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Little Italy hopes to extend its territory

By Michelle Lim

Gallatin professor, performer, oral historian and radio producer Judith Sloan will be starring in a one-person show called, “Yo Miss! Teaching Inside the Cultural Divide,” in which she uncovers the truths and inside stories of a teacher learning from her students. As a project of an educational arts nonprofit organization called EarSay, “Yo Miss!” was written by Sloan and inspired by her personal experiences teaching in Queens, jails and various ethnic neighborhoods. The show, which combines theater and radio, artfully weaves disparate themes into the performance, including motifs like the misconception between cultures, Sloan’s own memories and clashes between generations of students and teachers. “I first thought of this in 2009, while I was writing different stories about teaching,” Sloan said. “It started out as radio stories as I was

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The proposed growth of Little Italy has garnered much support from local residents. The expansion would increase foot traffic. By Kristine Itliong Little Italy is ready to spread the red, white and green of the historic district even farther. The Little Italy Merchants Association — a local group that has organized the summer-long Mulberry Street Mall since 1995

— asked Community Board No. 2 earlier this month for permission to extend the popular street mall by one extra block this summer for a one year trial. The street mall, which currently starts at Canal Street and ends at Broome Street, would stretch one block farther north between

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montana said. “It becomes a desolate island. This expansion would counter that.” Tramontana brought the issue to LIMA at the request of two business owners in the area. After surveying the business owners

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Violets improve to 7-2 By Sara Levy

By Chris Saccaro A common trend — the adaptation of popular shows from England for American audiences — has recently plagued American television. Two successful returning shows this season, “Shameless” and “Being Human,” are remakes of hit British series. Whether these adaptations are necessary or if the originals can survive on their own is questionable. “Shameless” and “Being Human” both follow the same premises as the original British versions. “Shameless” — a near carbon copy of stories, characters and dialogue — depicts the struggles of a dysfunctional Chicago family and has been critically acclaimed, receiving an early third season renewal. The original is equally successful overseas, having entered its ninth season this January. But “Shameless” and “Being

Kenmare and Broome streets. The one-block extension would be open only to existing vendors who already crowd Mulberry Street. It would to attract additional foot traffic and business to the pedestrian mall. “It’s a struggling block,” president of LIMA Ralph Tra-

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“Being Human” follows a similar plotline as its British counterpart. Human” are not the first British hits remade for U.S. audiences. “The Office” stands as one of the most significant remakes but this trend has been occurring for decades as both “Three’s Company” and “All in the Family” were based on British shows. This recent remake boom has seen a few failures. MTV’s version of “Skins” was a fiasco that did not take into consideration how many American teens were already fans of the original series. Because of paid services like Netflix and Hulu, streaming for-

eign media is now becoming easier than ever. Americans have discovered new British shows like “Downton Abbey” and “Sherlock,” which have gained cult followings and critical praise in America. The popularity of these and several other shows demonstrates American audiences’ ability to enjoy a British show without the need to translate any cultural differences that arise. And yet two more popular English dramas, “Sherlock” and

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NYU men’s volleyball traveled to Bard College in Annandale-on-Hudson, N.Y. on Tuesday night and extended their winning streak to six games. The Violets swept the match, taking each set with scores of 25-15, 25-17 and 25-20. NYU’s victory over Bard is its first on the road and improves its record to 7-2 overall. Sophomore setter Connor Mortland and junior outside hitter Taylor Fauntleroy, who leads the Violets in kills per set average, recorded matchhighs with 40 assists and 13 kills, respectively. Seven of the 16 players on the roster did not travel with the team. Junior outside hitter and opposite George Koch filled in for sophomore middle blocker Nick Capriccio, and sophomore out-

side hitter Parker Kolodka substituted for freshman opposite and setter Matthew MacDonald. “The team did really well even though we were shorthanded a couple of players,” Fauntleroy said. “Everybody stepped up and played really well.” Senior captain Pat Dodd agreed with his fellow opposite-hitter. “Due to class obligations and injuries, we were a little shorthanded tonight,” Dodd said. “The guys stepped up and contributed to a solid win.” NYU has won all five matches within the United Volleyball Conference while Bard has yet to win against any UVC teams this season. The Violets are in the middle of a six-match winning streak as well. Dodd is impressed with the team’s unity.

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Community Board No. 2 to vote on growth on Mulberry, Tramontana found 11 of the 12 businesses on the block approved of the expansion. He also received 71 letters from residents of the area supporting the proposal. “Expansion would mean more restaurants, more fun and a great area,” local David Berke, 66, said. “Little Italy, for the people of New York City, tourists and in the area, would be an even better destination point.” The extension would also alleviate car traffic by increasing pedestrian flow on Broome and Kenmare, according to Tramontana. “I am all for the expansion of Little Italy because, as an Italian, it makes me sad that it’s disappearing,” said Madeleine Bearzi, Tisch junior and a resident at the Broome Street

residence hall. “I don’t think having more Italian restaurants nearby is a problem.” While the proposal has generally received wide support, some local residents still feel the expansion of the popular tourist attraction would bring noise, trash and traffic disturbances to the community. “Little Italy already has character of its own,” local Christiane Lee, 26, said. “Expanding it would make it an even bigger tourist attraction that New Yorkers don’t need.” Community Board No. 2 will determine the final decision at its full board meeting on Feb. 23 at St. Anthony of Padua Church. Kristine Itliong is a deputy city/state editor. Email her at kitliong@nyunews.com.

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Mixed Connections uses computer algorithms to match potential couples. By Ana Luisa Crivorot There is now a more unique option for those who believe in finding their perfect match. NYU-Poly professor Luke Dubois created a new website called Missed Connections, which scans Craigslist personal advertisements and matches compatible individuals. “I thought it would be interesting if everyone’s computers could help others find the people they’re looking for,” DuBois said. DuBois said he got his idea for Missed Connections from SETI@Home, a program from the late 1990s and early 2000s that allows computers to search for extraterrestrial life.

OkCupid founder discusses his dating service By Emily Smith Online dating is the modern method of meeting people. Christian Rudder, one of the four founders of online dating website OkCupid, spoke about Matchmaking in the Digital Age at the New York Academy of Sciences last night. Okcupid.com, which was founded by the same four people who created SparkNotes, launched in 2004. It sends over 1.3 million messages per day and is completely free, unlike other dating websites. Rudder, a graduate of Harvard University in mathematics, explained the site’s matching process: A complex algorithm matches users with each other based on a compatibility percentage derived from their responses. “We try to find someone that’s in your league,” Rudder said. “We don’t just want the guys messaging all of the hot girls.” According to Rud-

der, the average age of OkCupid users is 28. It has a relatively low number of 18- to 21year-olds because they can meet new people more easily. But with the increasing popularity of sites like Date My School, the spectrum of those who use Internet dating seems to be growing. Rudder attributed this rise to the digital age that dominates the world today. He continued to speak about the different services and trends OkCupid provides in addition to dating opportunities. For example, Rudder displayed a graph of men’s ratings for women’s photos that represented a symmetrical bell curve. Other data revealed the peak ratings women gave men were around 1.5 out of 5, which drew an uproar of laughter from the audience. The site founder said Internet dating on OkCupid involves more than simply matching

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people by their responses to questions. It is a more thoughtful and complicated process, Rudder said. “We are not trying to answer the question of what makes two people perfect for each other,” he said. “People are sick of the people they see every day,” Rudder added. “They want to meet complete strangers. Our main priority is to help you prioritize who you want to get to know.” CAS sophomore John Petinos said he believes this form of dating will become the norm. “I’d rather meet people in real life, but I think it definitely has its purpose,” he said. “In general, people don’t socialize. Maybe it’s here, or maybe it’s this age, or maybe it’s how things will be from now on.”

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Craigslist currently has a feature that couples people based on their profiles but at times misses connections. DuBois’ computer algorithm links these missed connections. After it looks through the listings of women searching for men and men searching for women, it pairs them up based on common words they have on their profiles. “Words like ‘the’ and ‘of’ don’t count for much,” DuBois said. “Words like ‘red’ and ‘train’ and proper names count for a lot.” “[The website] then gives a guess as to the odds that the two listings are actually looking for one another,” he added. “If the percentage is high enough, the two listings pop up in browser windows, and [the user on the computer]

can write to them both, connecting them and playing matchmaker.” The site currently does not take into consideration same-sex couples, but DuBois plans to revisit his formula to include them in Missed Connections. He added that though Missed Connections mostly relies on simple words, he plans to make the program more comprehensive in the future. “The project won’t help you search for a partner,” he said. “It’s about a fun way to help people.” Gallatin junior Yifey Kong said the use of online dating websites is an acceptable practice. “In today’s society it is only rational that [websites such as Missed Connections] exist,” he said. “[Although] you can’t categorize attraction with numbers, it makes sense in our modern society because now everything can be abstracted with numbers.” NYU psychology professor Jim Uleman said he has doubts about Missed Connections. “A relationship has to start with making initial contact, and Missed Connections may aid in that,” he said. “[But] the dynamics of initial attraction are different from the dynamics of lasting relationships.” Ana Luisa Crivorot is a contributing writer. Email her at university@nyuews.com.

Chill Foundation’s benefit concert helps kids hit slopes By Sydney Wu Hundreds of students poured into the Kimmel Center for University Life for a benefit concert hosted by the Chill Foundation and NYU’s Ski and Snowboard Club Tuesday night. The concert featured musicians Ducky, Grouper and Explosions in the Sky. Every year, the Chill Foundation partners with NYU’s Ski and Snowboard Club to host a Valentine’s Day fundraising concert. All proceeds from the event go to help less fortunate inner-city kids hit the slopes, providing them with materials and lessons to learn how to snowboard. “I love snowboarding,” said Michelle Davidesko, a CAS senior and Ski and Snowboard club president. “I think it’s too bad that a lot of people don’t get to because they can’t afford it.” The concert opened with a performance by Tisch junior Morgan Neiman, who goes by the stage name Ducky. Ducky kept the lights dim in the auditorium and invited the audience up to the stage to dance. LSP sophomore Matan Ofri said Ducky’s performance was intriguing. As she gave her upbeat performance with a special tribute to all the single men and wom-

en on Valentine’s night, Ducky kept the audience entertained. Several students joined her on the stage for her last song. After her performance, Ducky said she was glad to have been a part of a great cause. “The crowd was awesome and I had a good time,” she added. Following Ducky’s performance, Grouper slowed things down with mysterious, soulful notes that were haunting and beautiful. “I thought it was really good, but it’s very hard to keep ambient music good in a live setting,” Nick Pitman, a Steinhardt sophomore and an audience member, said. The crowd cheered wildly as Explosions in the Sky, the final act of the night, took the stage. “They’re a really mind-numbing band,” Stern junior Daniel Chern said. “They have passionate music that doesn’t need lyrics to have a deep meaning.” Explosions in the Sky’s effect was reminiscent of the calm after a storm, filling the atmosphere with a sense of tranquility. The concert raised approximately $3,200 for the Chill Foundation. Sydney Wu is a contributing writer. Email her at university@nyunews.com.

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NYU’s own Ducky opened this year’s Valentine’s Day CHILL show on Tuesday night.


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Exhibition presents current relevance of AIDS epidemic

By Keerthi Harishankar

One of the windows of NYU’s 80WSE gallery displays a photograph of a person in a T-shirt reading “Thank God for AIDS” with the superimposed word “no” in capital letters. Gran Fury: Read My Lips is an exhibit of similar art by the Gran Fury AIDS art collective that was active from 1987 to 1995. The collective is a comprehensive documentation of the group’s work as well as prints of headlines produced by the AIDS crisis. Upon entering the exhibit, viewers are confronted with a 1990 bus poster that says, “Kissing Doesn’t Kill” above photos of biracial, lesbian and gay couples kissing. Its grand scale immediately sets the tone for the rest of the collective. Posters in other rooms at the gallery take over entire walls, effectively capturing the urgency, confusion and outrage of the time. Pieces are accompanied by their backlash. For instance, “Kissing Doesn’t Kill” is shown defaced on one of the buses on which the poster was originally carried. A powerful moment in the exhibit is seeing the installation of

the “Welcome to America” billboard, which reads, “The only industrial country besides South Africa without national healthcare.” Strewn across the floor are dollar bills with words like “Think heterosexual men can’t get AIDS? Don’t bank on it.” These elements of the exhibit effectively use juxtaposing graphics and media imagery. Gran Fury was an art activist group that grew out of the AIDS Coalition to Unleash Power campaign, which formed in New York City in 1987. It created propaganda in the style of advertisements to spread the word about the AIDS crisis and its effect on society at the time. The group was named after the model of automobiles that were then used by the New York Police Department. Gran Fury appropriated the name — also a powerful political statement — to express their frustration with the way the AIDS epidemic was being handled. “It seems political to us, but for them it was personal,” Edward Holland, registrar of the exhibit, said. “They were doing this because they had no choice. This was their community, they had friends who died of AIDS.”

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AIDS activist arts collective, which opened at the end of last month, is free and open to the public. “In America in late ’80s [and] early ’90s, you couldn’t go anywhere or do anything without AIDS being an issue,” Holland added. “It was always on the news, it was the hot button issue in America. Fast forward 20 or so years later, it’s sort of a re-examination, asking, ‘Is this still an issue?’ And it is. Glob-

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ally, it’s a huge issue, it’s just not spoken about with the same gravity as other issues.” Some members of the gay community, however, do not agree with this statement. “We’ve come so far with gay rights and AIDS protection that I’m not sure how relevant the exhibit is right now,” Stein-

The cast and crew of “Yo Miss!” rehearse for upcoming performances. collaborating with musicians.” The show takes place in Queens, which according to Sloan is “the most diverse place in the world.” But Sloan said her goal is not to reveal the differences between the cultures. “It’s about the different interactions between different subcultures,” Sloan said. “And showing how we are all human together.” Despite the serious overtone, the show is playfully humorous. Musicians Adam Hill and MiWi LaLupa chime in with live music, short dialogues and phrases directed toward Sloan that highlight the multicultural elements in the story. But the main message remains poignant to celebrate the uncelebrated. “The characters in the story are real,” Sloan said. “They may be composites of what happened in the past, or reporting of what I have experienced teaching in prison. Some of the scenes are based on real events. That is why this story is so real.” Fellow Gallatin professor Michael Dinwiddie has collaborated with Sloan as the direc-

tor of “Yo Miss!” “It’s really a human rights story, looking at ways how students change teachers, and how we all figure out how we live together, despite our differences in this changing world,” Dinwiddie said. The musicians were inspired by their own participation in the play. “Each performance is unique,” said Hill, who plays the violin in the show. “We never know what emotion we will inflect or reflect. We never really know what will happen until that moment happens. This play does not approach the standard. It has so many different angles. Judith is not just one character.” A portion of the proceeds from the show will go to EarSay’s Youth Education Project for immigrant and teenage refuge. “Yo Miss!” premieres on Thursday, Feb. 16 at 7:30 p.m. in Joe’s Pub at 425 Lafayette St. Tickets are being sold online at joespub.com. Michelle Lim is a contributing writer. Email her at features@nyunews.com.

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Tisch singer-songwriter bridges east and west By Sydney Wu

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hardt freshman Freddy Millan Jr. said. Gran Fury: Read My Lips runs through March 17 at 80WSE Galleries.

Singer-songwriter and Tisch senior Omnia Hegazy, who goes by Omnia professionally, describes her music as a combination of Middle Eastern sounds and American pop rock. She not only writes her own songs and composes the music for each piece, but she produces it as well. She does this on top of taking classes and working as both a commuter assistant and tutor for America Reads. Although Omnia’s family is not especially musically inclined, Omnia began playing the violin at 10. She still uses the violin to compose music for each song. Two years after starting violin lessons, Omnia picked up what is now her preferred instrument, the guitar. “It’s weird,” Omnia said of discovering her calling. “There’s a moment in your life when you figure out you can sing.” Omnia described her music as a fusion of east and west. Her Egyptian back-

ground has been very influential in her music, and she is interested in certain facets of Middle Eastern music. “Instead of building with harmony, you build it with octaves,” she said. Omnia is already building a following of fans. “I think it’s a great mixture of pop music and Mediterranean music,” Tisch sophomore Gus Constantellis said. “It’s also complicated in all aspects. It doesn’t take the easy way out.” Last year, Omnia released her first EP, “Jailbird.” “The EP is very much about freedom,” Omnia said. “It was a common theme that threaded all the songs together.” Each of the six songs on the EP relates to freedom in some way — freedom from an oppressive government, from fear or even from fear of love. In “Grace” Omnia coons, “I’m not an object, but a woman don’t you see / It would do you some good to learn the way to talk to me.” In the near future, Om-

nia said she hopes to tour in cities such as Boston and Washington, D.C. Several years from now she wants to visit and perform in Europe, especially cities with large Middle-Eastern populations. She said she believes this will not only further her career but empower the people with the messages found in each of her songs. “It’s unique,” CAS senior Paul Rezkalla said of Omnia’s work. “She’s not afraid to express her opinions. [Her music] has a Middle-Eastern twist, but it’s still accessible to mainstream audiences.” “She’s not just a singer,” Constantellis added. “She gives back to the world, which is a huge theme in her music.” Currently, Omnia is busy at work planning the filming and release of her first music video, which is for “Grace.” She will use a pledge campaign online to raise funds for the video. Sydney Wu is a contributing writer. Email her at features@nyunews.com.

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Book trades depth for clichés

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Greg Kinnear and Billy Crudup play opposite one another. By Clio McConnell “Thin Ice” has all the ingredients of a great dark comedy: superb acting, intriguing plot twists, sarcastic characters and deprecating jokes. The film, unfortunately, lacks a vital sense of time management. Greg Kinnear plays Mickey Prohaska, a two-faced, compulsive liar who is unable to save his own skin. He has perfected this role after portraying it in other films such as “Little Miss Sunshine” and “Ghost Town.” An unsuccessful insurance agent who will do just about anything to make a quick buck, Mickey euphemistically insists there is “nothing wrong with a little information management.” Kinnear’s Mickey is perfectly pitiful yet utterly contemptible. The audience never quite knows whether to believe him or not. It is this trait that makes Mickey so believable as a swindler. Alongside Kinnear, the great Alan Arkin portrays Gorvey Hauer, an endearing old Wisconsinite — with a Scandinavian accent — who has no idea what an insurance agent does, let alone how much such a service should cost. He more than makes up for what Kinnear’s character lacks in Midwestern hospitality. Completing the trio of main actors is NYU alumnus Billy Crudup. He is fantastic as the psychopathic Randy. Much like Heath Ledger’s Joker, Crudup is

perfectly calm at times, which is what makes him all the more terrifying when he loses it. And the story, though certainly quirky, is quite suspenseful. Gorvey is the owner of a famous violin, worth over $1 million. Mickey discovers the worth of the instrument before Gorvey does and plans to steal and sell it for his own gain. Things soon spiral out of control. Before we know it, Randy and Mickey are dumping body parts in a lake in the dead of Midwestern winter. This plot works within the film’s narrative. The mysterious puzzle pieces fall almost too neatly into the irritating jigsaw plot at the end of the film. The element of “Thin Ice” that is unable to suspend our disbelief is the minuscule amount of time allotted to the flawless finale, with the coup de grâce delivered by a voiceover. The film progresses very well, but then the protagonist’s dulcet tones kick in and explaine everything that had barely been hinted before the story came to a disappointing close. Plot wise, the ending is brilliant and unpredictable, but writer-director Jill Sprecher’s inability to deliver her denouement as effectively as Kinnear, Arkin and Crudup deliver their flawless performances will leave audiences frustrated. Clio McConnell is books/theater editor. Email her at cmcconnell@nyunews.com.

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Remaking of British television shows redundant “Mistfits” are being adapted for American audiences. The Sherlock Holmes drama will have a U.S. counterpart called “Elementary” on CBS, despite the original “Sherlock” creator’s threats to sue if the remake is too similar to his version. “Misfits,” like “Sherlock,” is already adored by American viewers, yet a remake is being penned by “The O.C.” creator Josh Schwartz albeit with input from the show’s creator. The success of programs like “Doctor Who” and “Downton Abbey” proves U.S. audiences are willing to watch original British

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shows. The ease of streaming new content directly from England is proving that the remakes, though successful at times, are unnecessary. Shows like “Three’s Company” and “All in the Family” premiered at a time when access to foreign TV was difficult, if not impossible. Now that times have changed, producers should worry about creating original content rather than wasting time with remakes. Chris Saccaro is a contributing writer. Email him at entertainment@nyunews.com.

A novel belonging to the poorly named genre of chick lit typically features a classic, romantic plot line inspired by the works of Jane Austen, and a career-driven heroine with narcissism and an addiction for shopping. This is Erin Duffy’s first novel, “Bond Girl” in a nutshell. Duffy, however, has altered the formula. This isn’t “Sex and the City,” and the titular Bond girl is not the blondhaired eye candy that appears in every James Bond movie. Instead, the novel introduces Alex Garrett, a young analyst working the government bonds desk at a large, semi-fictional Wall Street firm, which seems to be based around Duffy’s decade experience at Merrill Lynch before being laid off during the financial crisis. At times, the book feels like Duffy is rewriting her life with a loose, fantasy-fulfilling take, empowering her alter-ego to walk out of a job before being fired. “Bond Girl” is a breezy, mostly enjoyable read. Duffy focuses on fictionalized accounts of fictionalized debacles — fetching her

boss a $982 wheel of Parmesan as retribution for her late arrival at work or slipping in her Manolo Blahniks in the snow. Duffy’s recreations of these accounts are enthusiastic and creative. But the tone of these fluffy escapades carries over to Alex as a victim of frequent sexual harassment, which ranges from inappropriate misunderstandings to a completely reprehensible dilemma between her job and her dignity. Duffy covers these traumatic moments with the same frivolous tone she uses when writing about Alex’s shoes and eating habits. As a result, Alex walks away from everything in an unsatisfying but relatively unscathed manner. Austen would be disappointed at her 21st-century influence. With a trite subplot involving a boyfriend who vanishes on weekends until his secret but expected affair is revealed, readers can see it coming long before the twist occurs, and Alex’s blind eye during the narrative is both unrealistic and unfulfilling. None of this is to say that “Bond Girl” isn’t a fun read. But by the end it’s difficult to

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buy Alex’s hatred of her job when the whole ordeal is nothing more than an amusing catalog of shenanigans and double-crossings. If Duffy had handled the more serious subject matter with more skill, she could have had an emotionally resonant and meaningful chronicle. As it is, “Bond Girl” fails to elevate chick lit beyond entertaining yet empty fare. Alexander Tsebelis is a contributing writer. Email him at books@nyunews.com.


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nyunews.com | THURSDAY, FEBRUARY 16, 2012 | Washington Square news

OPINION

edited by olivia gonzalez opinion@nyunews.com

Equality

Lin redefines ethnic lines in NBA

By Louis Loftus

What is so special about Jeremy Lin? What has made his jersey the NBA’s top seller and “Lin-sanity” New York’s favorite pun in a scant five days? Well, for one thing, Lin has a great story that even the most cynical among us finds irresistible — a loosing team’s biggest and most highly paid superstars (Carmelo Anthony and Amare Stoudemire) go down, giving an undrafted rookie bench warmer a chance to prove himself. He did this in spectacular fashion by passing the ball, scoring 25 points a game and leading his team out of the cellar. Add in a love story and a team of jerks to play in the championship game and there’s a Disney movie somewhere in there. And then, of course, he is one of only two ethnically Chinese players currently playing in the NBA. What makes Lin different from Yi Jianlian — and what I believe really makes him so compelling not only to Knicks fans but Americans everywhere — is that he is not Chinese but Chinese-American. Think back to 2002. From the moment Yao Ming went first in that year’s draft he represented a change in bas-

ketball. The game became global and now Ming, not Shaquille O’Neal, was its biggest star — both literally and figuratively. Ming’s significance could not have been more perfectly symbolized than by the NBA when in 2003 it printed its All-Star Game ballots in Mandarin for the first time. Ming, however, was Chinese, not American. Playing for the Chinese National Team in the Olympics was actually a requirement of his playing in the NBA. His career said more about the progress of China in the world than of the Chinese in America — more Ivan Drago than Jackie Robinson. This is not so with Lin. He was born in California and went to church, the YMCA and Harvard University. If he played in the Olympics this summer, he would play for Team USA. It is sad, but probably true, that such a Chinese person on the U.S. basketball team may seem so novel to so many people. It is a simple result, however, that many Americans, progressives and cosmopolitans among them, still do not view anyone of Chinese descent as American. Often, they are seen — if only unconsciously — as something foreign and equal but sepa-

rate and are lumped into a homogenous global group. Think about it. When Ming first started playing you might have asked one of your Chinese friends what he thought of him, but would you have thought to ask one of your German friends what he thought of Dirk Nowitzki? Of course all ethnic minorities in this country — blacks, Irish, Italians, Latinos — have had to endure such a period of alienation from the standard model of an American. It is a difficult path from exclusion to inclusion, which one could argue that many of the aforementioned groups are still walking it. But this path is one often led by people like Lin, who do so unwittingly and indirectly. Small steps in the right direction make the bigger steps possible. Clearly Lin is exciting for many reasons, but chief among them is that he represents one such small step. He is a reminder — unfortunate as it is that many still need reminding — that Chinese-Americans are every bit as American as anyone else. They speak English, go to school, pay taxes and now play in the NBA. Louis Loftus is a staff columnist. Email him at opinion@nyunews.com.

Election 2012

Newt character flaws are his finest assets By Atticus Brigham

Though Newt Gingrich’s victory in South Carolina has not proved to be the bellwether that Rick Santorum’s Tebow-esque evangelical surge in Colorado was hailed as, over the long haul Gingrich has the best chance to beat Mitt Romney at the convention in Tampa. This is because of the personality differences between Gingrich and Romney. Former Speaker of the House Gingrich accurately predicted the battle for the Republican presidential nomination would last “until June or July,” laughably adding, “unless Romney drops out sooner.” Romney has irreversibly and unintentionally created a public perception as a phony who will say anything to get elected. Though Gingrich’s loquacious habits tend to vacillate between acerbic diatribes and pouting, Gingrich remains more electable than disingenuous and off-putting Romney. Romney’s claim to be severely conservative at the Conservative Political Action Conference further erodes his credibility when compared to “Obamneycare.” The $10,000 wager Romney made during a debate coupled with the 13.9 percent tax rate Romney received on his $21.6 million 2010 income reveals him to be more out of touch with the average voter than originally estimated. Republicans, who face a popular incumbent, cannot afford a candidate who courts working-class voters with false ebullience and very real elitism. Gingrich presents a viable alternative.

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Gingrich’s severe financial disadvantage was most visible when Romney spent $16 million on negative advertisements in Florida alone, outspending Newt five to one. As Gringrich pointed out, Romney’s biggest supporters are the banks that profited from Wall Street bailouts. Gingrich applies the transitive property to taxpayer money in saying, “Those ads are your money recycled to attack me.” Meanwhile, Gingrich has incurred $1.2 million in debt — partially because of spending sprees at Tiffany & Co. — and is on the verge of losing his main campaign contributors. Yet Gingrich’s decades of political experience, highlighted by the first 1994 Republican majority in Congress in 50 years, make up for his monetary disadvantage to Romney. In fact, the bigger this campaign funding gap grows, the more believable Gingrich’s self-ascribed populist label becomes. Gingrich’s intemperate attitude and bellicose tenor are also assets lacking in Romney. Gingrich unrepentantly dishes out withering ridicule and viciously shouts down hecklers. Romney serenades those at death’s door and follows everything with a tight-forced smile. Gingrich has launched a personal attack on President Barack Obama when proposing a series of three-hour moderated debates, in the spirit of the Lincoln-Douglas debates. “How does the finest orator in the Democratic Party look in a mirror and say he’s afraid to debate [me]?” Gingrich asked. Romney has been

respectful of Obama at worst. While Gingrich has had fidelity issues with his wives, Romney has had them with policies. Romney stutters and backtracks transparently convey a malleability reminiscent of the kid who will follow any fad to sit at the cool kids’ lunch table. In contrast, Gingrich’s assertive confidence comes off as steadfastness despite having a spotty voting record himself. As Gingrich’s stepmother said in 1994, “If he wants something, he wants it now. Newtie was always for Newtie.” Gingrich’s hubris is further reflected in handwritten notes from the period leading up to his big 1994 victory that were later sequestered by the Ethics Committee. In them, Newt labels himself the “System Designer” in the middle of concentric circles with everyone else around him. Gingrich may be mentally unmoored, but his character flaws are his greatest political asset. Gingrich is right in saying his victory will shock the country. “It will shock the world. And shock is what we need,” he said. The only question is whether Gingrich would be defibrillating a dead body politic to life or electrocuting an alive one to death. Atticus Brigham is a deputy opinion editor. Email him at abrigham@nyunews.com. This is part two of a series entitled “Gingrich’s personality: a political asset.”

staff editorial

Little Italy mars cultural authenticity The Little Italy Merchants Association has requested permission from Community Board No. 2 to extend their renowned street section and tourist site one additional block. The proposal asks for the changes to be made this summer and last throughout a one-year trial. Once a bustling Italian neighborhood in the depths of SoHo, the Italian-American community has largely dissipated with their remnants forming a few city blocks of restaurants and shops. As idealistic as the initiative sounds, it is a self-serving attack upon the culture of the neighborhood. New York City is already a tourist trap because of landmarks such as the Statue of Liberty, Central Park and Ground Zero, among others. Little Italy is already one of these landmarks, particularly known for its Feast of San Gennaro, an 11-day street fair celebrating Italian culture. But even such a fair cannot mask that Little Italy is no longer the heart of Italian-American life in New York City. Currently, Italian-Americans are more prominent in The Bronx, Brooklyn and Staten Island. Sure, the neighborhood serves as a symbol for the history of the neighborhood, but gone is the real essence of the culture. What once was a part of Little Italy is now Chinatown, representing the cyclical and wave-like nature of immigration, which is such a crucial part of the American landscape. We should embrace these transitions instead of trying to force anachronistic traditions on a culture that no longer exists there. The felt necessities of the time, not the memories a location evokes, should dictate how the space is used. Is creating new Italian restaurants run by people who are not from the area really showing the cultural impact of Italian-Americans in the neighborhood? Absolutely not. If anything, it is a scheme by the Little Italy Merchants Association to suck out more revenue from their namesake strip of land. The NYU area does not need any more tourist attractions. After all, the city should primarily serve its residents. Email the WSN Editorial Board at editboard@nyunews.com.

Editorial Board: Olivia Gonzalez (Chair), Atticus Brigham (Co-Chair), Sanchay Jain (Co-Chair), Chris DiNardo, Emily Franklin, Matt Kao, Ben Miller and Peter Murphy.


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SPORTs

edited by daniel hinton sports@nyunews.com

ACC, NBA, Big Ten top Weekend Watch

Courtesy of Keith Allison

Dwight Howard may be playing his final season in Orlando. By Sebastien Van Heyningen Every week, WSN lists the top three sporting events of the upcoming weekend. Here are the games that sports fans need to fit into their weekend schedule. University of Michigan Wolverines vs. The Ohio State University Buckeyes (Saturday, Feb. 18, 9 p.m., ESPN/ESPN3) With March Madness just around the corner, the Wolverines will visit the Buckeyes on Saturday night. Although the football teams won’t be participating, these schools despise each other in every sport.

Michigan, currently ranked 19th nationally, will look to stay in the top 25 and add to a two-game winning streak that began when they held the University of Nebraska-Lincoln to 46 points. No. 6 Ohio State will try to sweep its regular season series against the Wolverines and climb the rankings within the Big Ten Conference and the nation. Duke University Blue Devils vs. the University of Maryland Terrapins (Sunday, Feb. 19, 3 p.m., ESPN2/ESPN3) Speaking of rivalries, fifthranked Duke women’s basketball will travel to seventh-ranked Maryland to face forward Alyssa Thomas and the Terrapins. Thomas is averaging 17 points and seven rebounds per game, but she is coming off a poor shooting performance against Miami in which she made only 33 percent of her attempts from the field. The last time these two teams met, Thomas put up a double-double with 26 points and 10 rebounds, but Duke edged out a 80-72 victory. After defeating Viriginia Tech at home on Wednesday night, Duke remains undefeated within the Atlantic Coast Conference. The Blue Devils now look toward Sunday when they will have a chance to beat one of

their biggest rivals on the road. Orlando Magic vs. Miami Heat (Saturday, Feb. 18, 3:30 p.m., ABC) The battle of the Sunshine State continues on Sunday as the Magic head south to Miami to take on the Heat. The current situation of Orlando’s Dwight Howard brings back memories of former Magic center Shaquille O’Neal in 1996 and, more recently, Miami’s LeBron James in 2010. Despite disappointments as a team on the court and rumors off it, Howard has averaged 20 points, a career-high 15 rebounds and two blocks. Howard is also playing more minutes than ever as head coach Stan Van Gundy tries to maximize the center’s playing time in what could be his last year in Orlando. On Feb. 8, the Magic won by 12, led by Ryan Anderson’s 27 points and Howard’s 24 rebounds. Besides Howard, Orlando’s roster is filled with perimeter shooters. The team’s success constantly depends on their performances. If James, Dwyane Wade and the rest of the Heat stifle the Magic shooters and continue to create plays in transition, Miami will avenge their most recent loss. Sebastien Van Heyningen is a contributing writer. Email him at sports@nyunews.com.

MVBall continued from PG. 1

Volleyball grabs sixth straight win, fifth in conference

File photo by David Lin

Junior Taylor Fauntleroy has NYU on a six-match win streak. “In the past few weeks, we have really come together well and we need to continue this progress,” Dodd added. The Violets will compete against Ramapo College and Rutgers University in Newark in the NYU Tri-Meet at Coles

Sports Center on Saturday, Feb. 18. The first match of the day against Ramapo, another member of the UVC, will begin at 1 p.m. Sara Levy is a staff writer. Email her at sports@nyunews.com.


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