It is April 2020. The world is really fucking weird right now.
Though we didn’t plan this theme around the coronavirus pandemic, it feels somewhat fitting that Tape would fall under these times. Tape, a tool that we all use to stick things together, to correct mistakes, and to hold things up. In a time where an unpredictable and relentless virus tears families and communities apart, it’s important now more than ever that we try our best to stick together.
And thus, Buzzsaw presents Tape; our first (to my knowledge) issue that was made entirely remotely. Over Zoom calls, emails, text messages and group chat messages, Buzzsaw’s diligent writers and editors worked together to create another issue for the Spring 2020 semester. Buzzsaw has seen, admittedly, a strange year; between the closure of Ithaca College, external bureaucratic difficulties, and our twentieth anniversary, it has been quite a year to contribute to this publication. Though if anything, Buzzsaw has persisted and continued to fulfill its mission: to be a publication that publishes progressive original creative journalism, commentary and satire that works to deconstruct society, pop culture, politics, college life and dominant Western beliefs. Tape feels like a fitting end to this year, to this chapter of Buzzsaw;sticking together when challenges threaten to rip us apart.
We’re not sure when the pandemic will end, or what the world will look like from that point onward, but we do know for sure that Buzzsaw will continue in spite of hardship and separation. The saw sticks together; the saw doesn’t stop.
News & Views
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The South Hill COVID-19 Recap by James Baratta, Rachael Powles, and Christian Maitre What you need to know about how the pandemic impacted the Ithaca College community