Most of us know almost nothing about the city of Binghamton when we come here as freshman. We know what we hear, and that’s that the city is dangerous and depressing. If you don’t believe me, just look at this article: http://nyc.barstoolsports.com/random-thoughts/binghamton-new-york-is-the-5-most-depressed-city-2-most-obese-and-now-the-1-most-pessimistic/ or check out the Urban Dictionary definitions: http://www.urbandictionary.com/define.php?term=binghamton
For most of us, this is enough. We accept these things we see and the little that we get to know of the city itself (the bars and frats, of course) because this is just a stopping point. We’re only here for a little while, to get our degrees and go back to Long Island or New York City or wherever we’re from. Being in Binghamton is temporary, so it doesn’t really matter what kind of place it is.
The Binghamton Microcosm is a class that’s setting out to change that. The goal is to show the university students a little more of the city and to introduce them to a unique perspective. The projects we choose focus on finding ways to better connect the students and the city.