The Student News Site of Ithaca College


The Student News Site of Ithaca College


The Student News Site of Ithaca College


The Ithacan stands against antisemitism and all forms of hate on our campus and beyond. The Ithacan strives to be a place where all members of the campus community can share their thoughts and opinions and welcomes people to submit commentaries or open letters expressing their views on this issue. 

From the Editors: The Ithacan stands against antisemitism

By The Ithacan November 8, 2022
Eight swastikas in 2022. Even one is too many, but eight swastikas have been found on Ithaca College’s campus since the beginning of the calendar year. This behavior is unacceptable and cannot be tole
According to a Public Safety Alert sent via email to the college community Nov. 4, the three swastikas are being investigated as vandalism of property and possible hate crimes. 

UPDATE: Three more swastikas found in Whalen Center

By Clare Shanahan, Assistant News Editor November 4, 2022
Three swastikas were reported in the James J. Whalen Center for Music on Nov. 4, raising the number of swastikas found on the Ithaca College campus in 2022 to eight.
The two most recent swastikas reported at Ithaca College were found in the Baker elevator and outside of a Kosher Kitchen storage room near Terrace Dining Hall. Tyler Wagenet, physical security systems engineer in the Office of Information Security and Access Management, said via email that there are no security cameras in any location where swastikas have been found.

Investigations into five swastikas at college continue to see no results

By Clare Shanahan, Assistant News Editor October 26, 2022
At Ithaca College, there have been five reported instances of swastikas being drawn on or carved into surfaces on the college campus since January 2022.
Elizabeth Bleicher, dean for Student Success and Retention, gave a presentation on the newly formed Center for Student Success and Retention. The center aims to root out the barriers to student success and increase the college’s third semester retention rate, which for 2022–23 was 83%.

Faculty Council discusses substantial changes at the college

By Elijah de Castro, Senior Writer October 19, 2022
A mixture of positive and negative emotions were expressed at the Oct. 11 Faculty Council meeting where several substantial changes were discussed.
In an Oct. 12 email to the campus community, Cornish said a student reported a swastika etched into the metal inside the Baker Walkway elevator in the James J. Whalen Center for Music.

Second swastika found on campus in one week

By Caitlin Holtzman, Editor in Chief October 12, 2022
In an Oct. 12 email to the campus community, Cornish said a student reported a swastika etched into the metal inside the Baker Walkway elevator in the James J. Whalen Center for Music.
President La Jerne Cornish said the symbol has been on the door since August 2021 and was not reported until Oct. 6.

UPDATE: Swastika reported on Kosher Kitchen storage room

By Clare Shanahan, Assistant News Editor October 7, 2022
The Ithaca College campus community was notified via email Oct. 7 that a swastika was scratched onto the door of a Kosher Kitchen storage room in the Terrace Dining Hall.
IC Hillel, the Center for IDEAS and the college’s senior leadership collaborated to hold the “IC Day of Learning: Grappling with Antisemitism”  from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m Feb. 28 in Emerson Suites.

Day of learning held in response to antisemitism on campus

By Caroline Grass, Staff Writer March 2, 2022
In between classes Feb. 28 the campus community engaged in an open dialogue about antisemitism in response to symbols of hate found on campus.  
The event, held Feb. 14, was part of the Difficult Dialogues: Cultivating Cultures of Belonging Symposium — an event created to facilitate discussion of complex and controversial subjects by bringing guest speakers to campus to address challenging subjects.

Guest speaker gives presentation on equity in education

By Elizabeth Kharabadze, Staff Writer February 16, 2022
Raja Gopal Bhattar, a diversity, equity and belonging strategist, spoke at IC about incorporating equity, inclusion and belonging into education.
Senior Julien Sobel shares his reaction to the recent findings of swastikas drawn into glass and scratched on a poster on Feb. 3 and 8. He voices his dissatisfaction with colleges response to individualized symbols while broader conversations remain unaddressed.

Commentary: IC’s response to swastikas enables ignorance

By Julien Sobel February 10, 2022
marking these symbols as individual acts with "no place at Ithaca College or anywhere" acts only as repression of broader concealed problems
Following the discovery of the first swastika in Baker Walkway, Interim President La Jerne Cornish sent an email to the campus community condemning the symbol Feb 4. After the second swastika was found in Whalen, the Office of Public Safety and Emergency Management sent out an alert Feb. 8 to the campus community.

Two swastikas found drawn in Ithaca College campus buildings

By Elijah de Castro and Lorien Tyne February 9, 2022
Since Feb. 3, two separate swastikas have been found drawn on the IC campus. Both are under investigation –– one as a potential vandalism hate crime.
Ivy Walz served as the interim dean of the School of Music during the 2021–22 academic year. In 2020, Walz stepped into an administrative role as assistant dean after former dean Karl Paulnack stepped down at the end of the 2019–20 academic year. 

BREAKING: Swastika found scratched on poster in Whalen

By Alexis Manore, Editor in Chief February 8, 2022
A swastika has been found scratched on a poster in a practice room in the James J. Whalen Center for Music. 
A swastika was reportedly drawn on a whiteboard on a dorm room door in Tallcott Hall on April 20.

Swastika reportedly drawn outside dorm room in Tallcott Hall

By Krissy Waite, Assistant News Editor April 23, 2019
Tom Dunn said this is the first report of swastika graffiti on campus in the 2018–19 academic year compared to two reports last year.
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