photo by A. Martinelli

The Ghostbusters Controversy Haunts Halloween—and I’m Glad

Just when you thought it was safe, the Ghostbusters remake controversy (a.k.a. Ruining my Childhood) is back from the dead this Halloween. Only this time it’s girls that are doing the haunting. I know what you’re thinking. You thought neither the movie nor the backlash would have a lasting impact. To recap, a few grown men on the Internet spent the summer claiming… Read more →

photo by A. Martinelli

If Trump Wins, Will Canada Build a Wall?

Brooklyn—Are you still moving to Canada if Trump wins? Were you eyeing Canada even before the launch of the website Cape Breton If Trump Wins? Was the thought of a President Trump coupled with this summer’s record heat enough for you to explore the possibility of immigrating to Canada? I planned my Canadian vacation as soon as Trump gained traction… Read more →

photo by A. Martinelli

Hoyt St.—Meet Your New Speed Bumps

This morning cars were removed from Hoyt St. to install two new speed bumps, one at 2nd St. and another near President St. Some residents of the blocks along this stretch rejoiced at the prospect that the intersections would be safer to cross. Pedestrians had long complained of drivers barreling down Hoyt St. and drivers complained of having to enter… Read more →

photo by A. Martinelli

5 Things That Could Happen Now That Lena Dunham Has Criticized Oberlin’s Sushi Bar

Oberlin students are serious about social justice. So much that they’ve taken the fight to their cafeteria. Are they demanding better wages for Campus Dining Service workers? No! They have been battling what they perceive as cultural appropriation in the form of substandard sushi, not sticky enough rice, and “inauthentic” non-fried General Tso’s chicken. Some students demanded more fried chicken… Read more →

Elizabeth Ngo button jewelry at Néda

From Black Buttons to Black Tom

One doesn’t expect old fashioned maker culture to collide with World War I geo-political events in a jewelry case, but that is exactly what happened to me in a purple store front on the corner of DeGraw St. and Court St. The following piece is about a button necklace and it’s many connections to our first foreign terrorist attack, the Black Tom Explosion. You see, the… Read more →

photo by A. Martinelli

Date Night – Did I Marry a Mutant?

  Are your date nights stale? Does conversation lull as you come face to face with a wall of work week exhaustion heightened by the effects of wine and digestion only to realize every topic has been covered over the last 20 years? Are your date nights so predictable your husband resorts to a State of the Fridge address on… Read more →

photo by A. Martinelli

Here’s to Spring Volunteers!

Moms use the park a lot! During my children’s toddler years my entire life revolved around the park. I had a love/hate relationship with the park. It was my office, as I took phone calls with one hand and assisted a newly walking toddler with the other. The grassy lawns and picnic tables were my kitchen table, feeding babies in… Read more →