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For the second time this year, a Cornell University graduate punished for sexual assault is suing the school in federal court.  He’s accusing the Title IX office of gender bias in their investigation. The cases are part of a growing trend across the country in which young men are suing universities for Title IX violations.

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Cornell University is responding to President Trump’s decision to end DACA, the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program. This Obama-era executive action protects the children of undocumented immigrants. If legislation does not replace it, the program stops in six months. 

Laura Rosbrow-Telem.

To get more space for people to work, live, and play, the City of Ithaca is looking to the water.

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Monday is the deadline for public comments on the cleanup status of the Ithaca Falls Overlook. 

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Contingent faculty at Ithaca College and the administration have reached a contract agreement after months of negotiations. Contingent faculty are non-tenure track faculty. Both faculty and the administration said they're generally pleased with the agreement.

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Jewish Community Centers in the Southern Tier are seeking solidarity with Islamic groups. The move comes after several bomb threats to centers in upstate New York.

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When refugees resettle in a new country, they often deal with tension between new cultural values and traditional ones. For Joh June See Na, grappling with these values is "overwhelming," including the differences in how women are expected to interact with men.

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The Tompkins County Sheriff's Department is in the middle of two big studies: whether to expand the jail and whether to merge with the Ithaca Police Department. WSKG talked with Sheriff Ken Lansing about both.

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In September, a class from Wells College was on Cayuga Lake, near Aurora, when someone noticed a non-native weed in the water. It was hydrilla, an invasive plant that can cause big problems.

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A proposal to re-word a swimming ban at Ithaca natural areas to make it easier to understand is on hold. The city's Common Council wants to focus on education and outreach instead.

But education isn't always easy.

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Much of the Finger Lakes and Southern Tier is facing a severe drought, according to the U.S. Drought Monitor. The City of Ithaca is asking residents to limit water use

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In a city where available living spaces are filled to capacity, micro-apartments are part of a larger effort to address the housing shortage and encourage commuters to move to Ithaca.

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New York’s Southern Tier will be represented this weekend at the Olympic trials for men’s wrestling. 

Enock Francois is a sixth grade special education teacher at Spencer-Van Etten Middle School in Tioga and Chemung Counties. 

He also trains with Cornell University’s Division I team. 

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Enongo Lumumba-Kasongo is a PhD student at Cornell University, but she’s also a producer and nerdcore rapper. She calls herself Sammus. In her new single 1080p, she shows her fans that there is no distance between these two aspects of her life. There are a couple video game references sprinkled into the song, but the focus is on the rapper’s personal journey to good mental health.


Tompkins County Solid Waste Division rolled out their traveling compost drop spot Saturday.

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Ithaca College students return to class today for the Spring semester knowing college President Tom Rochon will step down in 2017. 

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In a letter addressed to Ithaca College faculty, staff, students, alumni, parents and friends of the school, President Tom Rochon announced he will retire at the end of the 2016-2017 school year, effective July 1, 2017.

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A large majority of Ithaca College faculty voted “no confidence” in college President Tom Rochon in a vote that concluded last week. Results were announced Monday. 

Jaime Warburton is a poet, writer and professor in the writing department at Ithaca College in Ithaca, NY. She is author of the chapbook Note That They Cannot Live Happily published by Split Oak Press. Her work has been published in many literary journals including, Gargoyle Magazine, Women Arts Quarterly  and The Southeast Review.

In 2006, while still in her 20's, Warburton was diagnosed with Rheumatoid Arthritis. We discuss her journey coping with this chronic, incurable autoimmune disorder as part of our "Health Challenges" series.

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Students at Ithaca College concluded a confidence vote on college president Tom Rochon yesterday. Rochon has faced criticism over his handling of recent racial incidents and accusations of top-down leadership.

A crowd of about 100 gathered in a ballroom on campus to hear student body president Dominick Recckio deliver the news.

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Ithaca College students release the results of a confidence vote in their college president Monday, and the college faculty hold their own vote next month. President Tom Rochon has faced criticism and protests for his handling of racial incidents and what some call top-down leadership. He spoke to WSKG’s Solvejg Wastvedt about how the college has responded and what he’s learned. Here are the highlights:

The faculty at Ithaca College are considering whether or not they can trust the school’s president to lead them. Today, faculty held what they called a “teach-in” to talk about their frustrations with President Thomas Rochon. The move comes ahead of a vote of confidence or no confidence.

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Faculty at Ithaca College plan to hold a "teach-in" Thursday to call for college president Tom Rochon’s resignation. It’s the latest in a string of protests by faculty and students.

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College campuses around the country saw protests this week – Ithaca College among them. Students and faculty there are holding referendums on President Tom Rochon’s leadership. Results from a student confidence vote will come out November 30, and faculty voting begins on that day. Here’s what you need to know about what’s at stake:

Updated at 4:30 p.m. ET

Just days after the University of Missouri's chancellor and the system president resigned under pressure from students, another college leader is facing a crucial moment.

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Just days after protests at the University of Missouri caused the system president’s resignation, protesters at Ithaca College are calling for their president to step down. Like Missouri, the Ithaca movement has been years in the making. The protesters say President Tom Rochon fails to address racial incidents and is leading the college in the wrong direction.

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City of Ithaca police officers started wearing body cameras this week. Officers don’t have to wear the cameras if they’re getting training or doing an investigation but they do have to wear them when they’re enforcing the law.

Artist Stephan Phillips | Out Of Bounds

Oct 18, 2015

Stephan Phillips is a graduate of  The Cornish College of the Arts in Seattle, Washington. He also studied art history at Syracuse. His work has been shown in one and two person shows as well as in group events, in many galleries and art spaces, including The State of The Art and Corner's Galleries, both in Ithaca,NY; The Box heart Gallery in Pittsburgh; Prince Street Gallery and Allied Artists of America, both in NYC.

He was a member of The State of the Art Gallery from 2008 until September, 2005.

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The Fall Creek Gorge in Ithaca will get attention from the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency due to lead at the base of the gorge. The agency announced the cleanup this week.

Broadcaster Jeff Mix | Out Of Bounds

Sep 6, 2015

Jeff Mix had a long career in broadcasting, beginning at age 17 as a volunteer for WVBR, Ithaca New York's classic rock station. After a stint in the Army, he returned to Ithaca and WVBR and eventually created his own show "Mix in the Morning" beginning in June 1999. He became the WVBR Traffic Manager in 2000. His broadcast career was cut short on December 21, 2012 when he suffered a massive stroke at age 43.