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All content by Hannah Fitzpatrick
Ithaca College sophomore Alexa Chalnick has approximately 592,200 followers on the short-video app TikTok after posting songwriting challenges for other creators to duet. Chalnick’s #SingForAlexaSaturday, a weekly educational and performance workshop that features musical theater industry professionals, gives her TikTok followers a space to perform their favorite musical theater pieces as well as to meet professional actors.

Student uses TikTok platform to host musical theater workshops

By Hannah Fitzpatrick, Staff Writer
September 25, 2020
Baker Racquel Riccardi specializes in allergen-free and vegan baked goods. She sells them at the Alley Cat Cafe in Ithaca, the bakery’s only wholesale location.

Local baker serves up allergy-friendly treats

By Hannah Fitzpatrick
March 4, 2020
The members of Ithaca College’s Pulse Hip Hop Team rehearse their heel dancing routine for their upcoming spring semester showcase Feb. 23 in the Emerson Suites.

Focused Footwork: Pulse Hip-Hop prepares for showcase

By Hannah Fitzpatrick
February 13, 2020
Wolf Parades newest album, Thin Mind, lacks substance in its sound and execution. While the songs lyrics keep Thin Mind from being a complete failure, ultimately the album is forgettable.

Review: Indie album falls on thin foundation

By Hannah Fitzpatrick
February 9, 2020
A crowd of concert attendees lines up outside of the Athletics and Events Center to watch Bob Dylan and his band perform Nov. 17. The performers did not allow media photography inside the concert.

Bob Dylan and his Band perform on campus

By Hannah Fitzpatrick
November 21, 2019
Troye Platt picks a writing prompt during a National Novel Writing Month (NaNoWriMo) writing session at Alley Cat Cafe. NaNoWriMo is an annual writing event where people from all over the world write a novel of 50,000 words in the month of November.

Annual National Novel Writing Month fosters creativity

By Hannah Fitzpatrick
November 14, 2019
Freshman Massaran Cisse started a business selling gluten-free, vegan lip gloss. She had the idea for her business after she could not find a lip gloss that worked for her in stores.

Students build businesses out of personal passions

By Hannah Fitzpatrick
November 7, 2019
Kanye Wests highly-anticipated album Jesus Is King lacks lyrical prowess and the quality of Kanyes older work. Many of the songs offer ridiculous imagery and sloppy beats.

Review: Awaited album is anything but divine

By Hannah Fitzpatrick
November 6, 2019
Spectators travel from house to house to watch bands, including Cielle, pictured, perform at Porchfest on Sept. 22 in the Fall Creek and Northside neighborhoods of Ithaca.

Annual music festival supports community

By Hannah Fitzpatrick, Staff Writer
September 25, 2019
Professor Janet Galvan rehearses with the Ithaca College Choir. Galvan was an artist in residence at Mississippi State University in September and acted as a guest conductor.

Q&A: Choral director acts as artist in residence

By Hannah Fitzpatrick, Staff Writer
September 18, 2019
Pressure is a perfect balance between Wage Wars typical hardcore rock and pop. It is experimental and smooth, creating a pleasant, melodic and awe-inspiring experience.

Review: “Pressure” is a dynamic album to remember

By Hannah Fitzpatrick, Staff Writer
September 10, 2019
From left, juniors Gemma Gallucci and Bryan Robles sit in the Take It Or Leave It (TIOLI) room in the basement of Clarke Hall. TIOLI is a way for students to reuse old items instead of buying new ones and wasting resources.

Take it or leave it offers environmental benefits

By Hannah Fitzpatrick, Staff Writer
September 4, 2019
From left, sophomore Julia Salvatore and Edd Schneider hold their name plates at San Diego Comic-Con in California. Salvatores panel focused on head injuries in comic books.

Students discover niche research opportunities at Comic-Con

By Hannah Fitzpatrick, Staff Writer
August 28, 2019
Junior Jessica Tornai branches out during her summer trip to Bryce Canyon National Park in Utah with the Partners in the Parks program.

Students engage with nature through Partners in the Parks

By Hannah Fitzpatrick, Staff Writer
August 27, 2019
From left, juniors Samantha Marks and Emily Zarabet began the Thriftaca Instagram page. Thrift shopping is popular among college students because it is more affordable and sustainable than buying fast fashion.

Students create virtual pop up thrift shop on Instagram

By Hannah Fitzpatrick, Staff Writer
May 1, 2019
The Ithacan is highlighting exceptional seniors from each of the five schools on campus who have done exemplary work in their major and across campus throughout their four years at Ithaca College.

Senior Spotlights: School of Business

By Hannah Fitzpatrick, Staff Writer
April 24, 2019
Members of Ithaca Colleges Anime Club meet Monday evenings to watch and discuss anime shows and learn about Japanese language and culture.

Anime Club celebrates niche and nerdy interests

By Hannah Fitzpatrick, Staff Writer
April 23, 2019
Sandra Steingraber, a distinguished scholar in residence in the Department of Environmental Studies and Sciences at the college, hosted a panel discussion how climate change intersects with social activism at the 2017 sustainability week.

IC hosts annual sustainability week

By Hannah Fitzpatrick, Staff Writer
April 21, 2019
Freshman Bryan Smith is an animator for “Loose Leaf.” The creators of the show said they wanted to  provide opportunities for students without previous experience to learn simple animation techniques.

ICTV show invites students to try their hands at animation

By Hannah Fitzpatrick, Staff Writer
April 15, 2019
U.S. Rep. Tom Reed (R-NY) represents Ithaca, which is located in New York’s 23rd District, and was reelected to the congressional seat in the 2020 election.

Representative Tom Reed visits college to discuss political issues

By Hannah Fitzpatrick, Staff Writer
April 12, 2019
From left, seniors Jane Alkhazov and Tiffany Sanabia, hold the awards they received at the 22nd Annual James J. Whalen Academic Symposium held in Campus Center on April 2.

Students present projects at 22nd annual Whalen Symposium

By Hannah Fitzpatrick and Sam Haut
April 3, 2019
Rocío Núñez Shea gave a brief presentation March 31 during an event for the Roy H. Park School of Communications’ final event in a series of events for Women in Media Month. At the same event, Lisbeth Perez presented her short documentary about a Puerto Rican youth living in New York City.

Women in Media event highlights dual identities

By Hannah Fitzpatrick, Staff Writer
April 3, 2019
LP3 reflects emo band American Footballs newfound maturity in recent years. The band has been on hiatus for years and this most recent album is a powerhouse, featuring guest artists and charmingly interesting instrumentals.

Review: Emotional LP twinkles

By Hannah Fitzpatrick
April 1, 2019
Zillah Eisenstein, emerita professor in the Department of Politics, gives a presentation about political activism and feminism during a Women Leaders Series event March 20.

IC hosts series on women leaders for Women’s History Month

By Hannah Fitzpatrick, Staff Writer
March 20, 2019
A gathering was held March 5 in Muller Chapel for members of the campus community to honor freshman Kelly Perkins. Perkins died March 4 in a car accident while driving to campus.

Ithaca College mourns the death of student

By Hannah Fitzpatrick and Madison Fernandez
March 6, 2019
Kehlanis newest mixtape was created over the course of a month and boasts beautiful lyrics and dynamic sound-layering. The mixtape keeps old and new fans hyped for what Kehlani is capable of.

Review: Khelani’s mixtape was worth the wait

By Hannah Fitzpatrick
March 3, 2019
Berkeleys On Fire has punk innuendos and flavor on the surface while exploring deeper, more hard-hitting emotions within. The album is dynamic and varying.

Review: SWMRS album it burning with passion

By Hannah Fitzpatrick
February 24, 2019
Senior Avery Santiago, a GLAAD ambassador, is one of the organizers of the inaugural “Valentine’s Gay” LGBTQ pride-prom. The dance is free and will take place from 7–9 p.m. Feb. 22 in Clark Lounge.

‘Valentines Gay’ prom to celebrate LGBTQ love

By Hannah Fitzpatrick, Staff Writer
February 20, 2019
From left, Dharon Jones performed in the series finale of Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt alongside Tituss Burgess who plays the character Titus Andromedon.

Q&A: Junior acting major in Netflix series finale

By Hannah Fitzpatrick
February 20, 2019
Weezer reached meme status when the group released a cover of Africa by Toto after a fan on Twitter requested it. Now, they have a whole album of covers. While most covers are strong, some fall short.

Review: Weezer’s Teal Album keeps the covers coming

By Hannah Fitzpatrick
February 8, 2019
IC students hiked the Mayan archaeological sites Xunantunich and Caracol while on a cultural immersion in Belize. They learned about Mayan culture and traditions.

IC students explore Belize for cultural and environmental study

By Hannah Fitzpatrick, Staff Writer
January 29, 2019
Heard It In A Past Life is an emotional release from Maggie Rogers. She sings delicately about her time and struggles in the limelight.

Review: Maggie Rogers’ album is full of heart

By Hannah Fitzpatrick
January 27, 2019
The fire was caused by a junction box underground. The box controls some of the lights in U Lot.

BREAKING: Junction box causes fire in front of CNS

By Ashley Stalnecker and Hannah Fitzpatrick
January 24, 2019
Senior Mike Hanlon calculates the amount of alcohol and water to mix with damiana leaf, a plant that can be used as an aphrodisiac, to help stomach issues and to help diminish symptoms of premenstrual syndrome. Hanlon has taken classes at Ithaca College and apprenticed with a local herbalist to learn the craft.

Senior helps students reap benefits of herbal medicine

By Hannah Fitzpatrick
January 23, 2019
Angelic Milks debut album has pleasantly strange instrumentals, but is plagued with incoherent vocals.

Review: “DIVINE BIKER LOVE” is far from lovely

By Hannah Fitzpatrick
January 21, 2019
The 1975s latest release, A Brief Inquiry Into Online Relationships discusses important themes like drug abuse, mental health and heartbreak, but some tracks sound generic.

Review: The 1975 release honest album

By Hannah Fitzpatrick
December 11, 2018
After its top-charting album Blurryface was released in 2015, genre-defying band Twenty One Pilots has finally returned to the music scene with Trench.

Review: Twenty One Pilots perfects signature alt-rock rap

By Hannah Fitzpatrick, Staff Writer
October 9, 2018
Dennis Charsky, associate professor and program director for communication, management and design in the Department of Strategic Communication, is the program director for the live event minor.

New Park minor to focus on event design

By Hannah Fitzpatrick, Staff Writer
September 24, 2018
Hozier released a four-song EP, Nina Cried Power, that showcases his skillful lyricism and powerful vocals.

Review: Hozier maintains momentum on ‘Nina Cried Power’

By Hannah Fitzpatrick, Staff Writer
September 18, 2018
Electronic duo Matt and Kim will be performing at Cayuga Sound Festival in Ithaca.

Q&A: Matt of Matt and Kim talks songwriting and Cayuga Sound

By Hannah Fitzpatrick and Olivia Riggio
September 17, 2018
IC Affiliate Austin Reid, a Springboard Innovation Fellow for Hillel and a gay Jew,  established a chapter of Keshet with Lauren Goldberg, executive director of Hillel.

IC Hillel sponsors club for Jewish LGBTQ community members

By Hannah Fitzpatrick, Staff Writer
September 5, 2018
Victor Rosa began loaning CDs to WICB in 1997. One year later he was asked to DJ the radio show Ritmo Latino and has been in the position ever since.

Victor Rosa celebrates 20 years as DJ for Ritmo Latino

By Hannah Fitzpatrick, Staff Writer
September 4, 2018
Review: Fall Out Boys surprise EP succeeds

Review: Fall Out Boy’s surprise EP succeeds

By Hannah Fitzpatrick, Staff Writer
September 4, 2018
Nicole Hassoun, associate professor in the Department of Philosophy at Binghamton University, spoke about why she believes it is a basic human right to have access to health care at an event on April 19.

Speaker discusses efforts to implement universal health care

By Hannah Fitzpatrick, Staff Writer
April 25, 2018
Church of Scars is the first full-length album from Bishop Briggs, the Los Angeles artist who spent three years working on the album.

Review: Briggs’ vocals weakened by ineffective instrumentals

By Hannah Fitzpatrick, Staff Writer
April 24, 2018
America, the newest album from alternative band Thirty Seconds to Mars, successfully incorporates R&B and electropop influences rather than the bands usual hard rock edge.

Review: Alt-rock band puts electropop spin on ‘America’

By Hannah Fitzpatrick, Staff Writer
April 21, 2018
Bronx rapper Cardi Bs debut album, Invasion of Privacy, reached No. 1 on Billboard 200 Chart. The album features collaborations with artists such as Migos, 21 Savage and SZA.

Review: ‘Invasion of Privacy’ pops with fierce, funny flow

By Hannah Fitzpatrick, Staff Writer
April 16, 2018
Joel McHale, comedian and host of “The Joel McHale Show with Joel McHale,” performed at Ithaca College on April 15. Comedian J.F. Harris opened for McHale.

Joel McHale wraps up Ithaca Today with comedy act

By Hannah Fitzpatrick, Staff Writer
April 16, 2018
Ariana Blossom, a researcher who served as a chemical specialist in the U.S. Army for four years, discussed her experiences with unhealthy masculinity in the military on April 2.

Speakers raise sexual assault awareness by sharing stories

By Hannah Fitzpatrick, Staff Writer
April 11, 2018
Sheila Vakharia, assistant professor from Long Island University Brooklyn, discussed drug addiction and societal responses to the issue on April 9.

Professor discusses complexities of drug addiction

By Hannah Fitzpatrick, Staff Writer
April 10, 2018
Drummer Jarrett Dougherty, lead singer and guitarist Marissa Paternoster and bassist King Mike of Screaming Females will perform at The Haunt on April 12 for a tour of their latest album All At Once.

Q&A: Screaming Females set to play show at The Haunt

By Hannah Fitzpatrick, Staff Writer
April 10, 2018
Panelists spoke about their experiences applying to and excelling in college as a first-generation student April 6.

First-generation students speak about their struggles

By Hannah Fitzpatrick, Staff Writer
April 9, 2018
Jen Huemmer, an assistant professor in the Department of Strategic Communication, presented her documentary of research about sexual assault on college campuses March 20.

Professor presents her research on sexual assault

By Hannah Fitzpatrick, Staff Writer
March 28, 2018
Julien Barbagallo, drummer for indie band Tame Impala, released a French-language solo album.

Review: Barbagallo impresses with folksy French album

By Hannah Fitzpatrick, Staff Writer
March 13, 2018
Josh Rivedal, a playwright, author and mental health advocate, came to campus to discuss depression and suicide March 1.

Performer advocates for mental health awareness

By Hannah Fitzpatrick, Staff Writer
March 5, 2018
Punk band Screaming Females has released its seventh LP, All At Once. The album shows off complex melodies and lead singer Marissa Paternosters impressive vocals.

Review: Screaming Females showcases stunning vocals

By Hannah Fitzpatrick, Staff Writer
February 28, 2018
MGMT, the band best known for songs Kids and Electric Feel, have returned to its electronic roots in its fourth album Little Dark Age.

Review: Psychedelic pop album has presence and permanence

By Hannah Fitzpatrick, Contributing Writer
February 18, 2018
Patricia Rodriguez, associate professor in the Department of Politics and Latin American Studies coordinator, helped develop the politics grant.

Three students receive grant to do political activism

By Hannah Fitzpatrick, Contributing Writer
February 16, 2018
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