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spring 2011

Spring is arriving on the Ithaca College campus, which means a new issue of Fuse is arriving in your mailbox packed with new stories from our staff of student writers and photographers.


Every tax season, Ithaca College accounting majors head downtown to Alternatives Federal Credit Union, grab a computer, and help low-income families get up to $6,000 in earned income tax credits.


Want to immerse yourself in a foreign country but don’t want to spend an entire semester away? Ithaca College offers many valuable short-term study abroad experiences that take place outside of the academic calendar. Some connect international fieldwork to classroom research. Others focus on foreign internships or are service-learning projects led by committed faculty members. More than 500 IC students took advantage of short-term study abroad options last year. New programs pop up all the time, but here are a few that have become annual favorites. 


For the past four years, I’ve dragged myself out of bed at 8:00 a.m. twice a week to be body-slammed with hugs by five-yearolds— their way of saying hello. I am now an expert at washing tables and pouring water into plastic cups with zoo animal handles. I’m a pro at zipping up coats and at pulling jacket sleeves over mittens, and snow pants over boots. I cut mouse hats out of felt and draw hearts at the top of every paper, a symbol that reminds students to write their name.


The moment before a conductor’s downbeat is one of the most exciting in any musician’s day. In that instant, you experience the synthesis of many hours of rehearsal, new relationships, and untold amounts of knowledge gained. Imagine this energy at a performance of one of the most epic pieces of classical music ever written. Imagine it taking place in the venue where the Baltimore Symphony Orchestra regularly performs, or in one of the oldest churches in the United States.


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