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Tuesday, March 6, 2012
Islamic leaders support NYPD
Coastal cities face higher risk of flooding By Kristine Itliong
By Eric Benson
New York City may see another storm sooner than previously expected. A recent study found that global warming and rising sea levels along the Northeastern coast will put coastal cities at risk for flood damage from different storm surges and hurricanes at a pace twice as fast as the global rate. To analyze the effects of this climate change, four researchers surveyed models of New York City — one of many coastal cities at risk. Located at the vertex of the right angle made by Long Island and New Jersey, Manhattan is a prime location for hurricanes and storm surges. “Although New York is a very dense metropolitan area, people may not be well aware of the risk, as hurricanes don’t come to this region often,” said Ning Lin, a
The American Islamic Leadership Coalition, a group of North American Muslim leaders and organizations, held a press conference at the New York Police Department headquarters yesterday. They expressed their support of recent NYPD-sponsored surveillance that investigated Muslim organizations in the New York area, including student groups at NYU. Speakers denounced civil rights groups including the Council on American-Islamic Relations that have condemned the NYPD‘s recent surveillance of Muslim communities. “We are not here to criticize the NYPD, but rather to thank them for the monitoring of extremists that the Muslims should be doing,” said M. Zuhdi Jasser, founder and president of the
NYU holds panel discussion on documentary filmmaking Female filmmakers shared their experience of working in the industry last night.
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New burger joint is a job well done OVERALL Affordibility
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‘Yemen’ overcomes middling plot
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By Michelle Lim The already raved-about burger chain, Five Napkin Burger, has made its grand entrance at Union Square. It syncs perfectly with the youthful atmosphere of 14th Street and is minutes away from several NYU dorms. In 2003, founders Andy D’Amico and Simon Oren started out by opening their first Five Napkin Burger on the Upper West Side. They quickly became popular with their specialty and gourmet burgers. On Feb. 20, Five Napkin added its fourth New York location to one of the city’s most populous and busiest areas. This is the chain’s seventh total location. The chain offers eight different burgers, all carefully and precisely grilled to order. Its most famous selection is the Original Five Napkin Burger: 10 ounces of fresh ground beef garnished with gruyere cheese, caramelized onions and rosemary aioli. CAS sophomore Da-
Five Napkin Burger sits conveniently between four NYU dorms. vid Chang tore into his Bacon-Cheddar burger and uniquely seasoned Tuscan fries. “The food is pretty expensive, but it tastes so good,” Chang said. “The patty is such high quality —
almost steak-like.” Paired with its original fries, the meal comes out to be $13.95, but these burgers are definitely not
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With one of the strangest movie titles this year, “Salmon Fishing in the Yemen” has a plot that is similarly bizarre. Thankfully, firstrate performances by Ewan McGregor and Emily Blunt will have audiences falling for it hook, line and sinker. Based on Paul Torday’s 2007 novel, Academy Awardwinning Simon Beaufoy adapted “Yemen” to the screen. The film is about making dreams come true, but largely manages to avoid causing a feeling of nausea. Any character’s success from matters of love to politics to parenting is earned through significant hardship. Indeed, to bring salmon fishing to the Yemen — a typically arid region of the Middle East — is an endeavor which necessitates obstacles. The undertaking is the pet project of Sheikh Muhammed (Amr Waked), who believes that importing a
fishing industry to his desert is equivalent to bringing peace. Blunt plays Harriet Chetwode-Talbot, the sheikh’s representative in Britain, who delivers the same sass and biting humor of Blunt’s character from “The Devil Wears Prada.” Blunt plays her role in “Yemen” as gracefully as she did alongside Meryl Streep. McGregor also succeeds as Dr. Alfred Jones, a thoroughly adorable Scotsman. Alfred is England’s top fisheries expert, and he is the epitome of a stick in the mud. McGregor can compete even with cinema’s other Jones — his skill with a fishing rod rivals Indy’s proficiency with a bullwhip, and he fills out the safari gear nearly as well. From his first contact with Harriet, Alfred decides that the sheikh’s ambition is no better than a lavish practical joke. But Alfred finds that he is forced to cooperate
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“Shameless” tells the story of the always inappropriate yet hysterical Gallagher family from the South Side of Chicago. William H. Macy returns in the show’s second season as degenerate drinker Frank while Emmy Rossum plays oldest daughter Fiona, who tries to keep the family stable. Watch as the characters live up to their title in this dark comedy on Showtime on Sundays at 9 p.m.
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Godzilla terrorizes Michigan woman
Edna Geisler of Commerce Charter Township, Mich., says she is being stalked and harassed by a 25-pound turkey on her own property. Geisler calls the foul bird Godzilla. The bird, which reportedly comes from the woods near her house, recently blocked Geisler from entering her front door after a trip to the grocery store. Geisler has even adjusted her schedule attempting to fool the turkey, but the turkey remains persistent. State wildlife expert Tim Payne said adult turkeys are known for aggressively defending their territory but also for scaring people. Geisler said she hopes the turkey will be gone by summer so she can work in her garden. — The Associated Press
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Women filmmakers discuss experience in industry
By Sarah Skirmont and Melissa Rodriguez
Female filmmakers gathered at the Arthur L. Carter Journalism Institute at NYU last night to discuss various topics in documentary filmmaking including obstacles, activism and the role of social media. New York Women in Film and Television, an organization dedicated to the progression of women’s success in film, hosted the event. The speakers on the panel included Heidi Ewing, producer of “Detropia,” which premiered at the 2012 Sundance Film Festival;
Rachel Libert, director and coproducer of “Semper Fi: Always Faithful,” a film that premiered at the 2011 Tribeca Film Festival; Jenifer McShane, producer of “Mothers of Bedford”; Kendall Nelson, director and producer of “The Greater Good” and moderator Paola Freccero, a New Yorkbased film industry executive. NYWIFT executive director Terry Lawler organized the majority of the event for filmmakers and those who aspire to work in the industry. “We hope that having these really excellent filmmakers, who have made these successful and
controversial documentaries talk about their success, will help people move forward in their careers and give them some ideas on what to do next,” he said. Ewing began the discussion by speaking of the challenging and rewarding aspects of the filmmaking industry. “There is no free ride in filmmaking,” she said. “In production I have needed to get rid of a lot of my content in order to shape the final piece.” Nelson discussed the challenges she faced in the distribution of her film, which chronicles
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owner of her own Canadian production company, said the panel provided a unique window into the community of female filmmakers. “I think the filmmakers really shared a lot about their processes and methods,” Cacciniero said. “There are a lot of women here who are making documentaries right now and [this] helped them to say it is okay if they have doubts.” Sarah Skirmont is a staff writer. Melissa Rodriguez is a contributing writer. Email them at email@example.com.
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Northeastern cities face higher risk of flood damage
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Washington Square Park was temporarily closed and barricades were set up last August due to tropical storm Irene. postdoctoral fellow in climate change at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology and leading author of the study. “We need to investigate the risk, better understand it and make people aware of it.” Funded by the U.S. Department of Energy’s science division, Lin and her co-authors drew climate data from multi-model data sets available through the World Climate Research Program’s Third Climate Model InterComparison Project. They then applied hurricane and hydrodynamic models to predict New
families whose lives have been affected by vaccination. “Thank God I didn’t think about distribution before I made the film, because selling it to television was very hard because TV is funded by pharmaceuticals,” Nelson said. “When you have a certain [controversial] topic, you will have a problem in distribution.” McShane added that filmmakers need to recognize the importance of having patience when they face challenges. “Persistence is really the key to hanging in there,” she said. Attendee Angelina Caccinerio,
York City’s surge risk under predicted future climate change. The probability of a surge flood in New York is currently once every 100 years. But according to the study, the effects of climate change and a one-meter rise in sea level may cause the city to undergo a surge flood every three to 20 years by the end of the century. “It was most surprising to me that the simulation study found such a significant increase in the change of extreme storm surges in Lower Manhattan under futureclimate scenarios,” said Erik Vanmarcke, Princeton professor of
civil and environmental engineering and a co-author of the study. “The effects of climate change really do need to be considered in risk-based design of civil infrastructure systems in coastal cities throughout the world.” NYU Wagner professor Rae Zimmerman, who specializes in environmental health risk management and urban infrastructure, said the city is in need of preventative action. “[New York City infrastructure] is prone to the consequences and harm caused by flooding,” Zimmerman said. “Land policy needs to be such that buildings are more flood- and hurricane-proof. There should be less development in the low-lying areas of the city and city zoning must be sensitive to that.” But CAS freshman Jessica Hsu said the risk does not scare her because there is nothing she can do about it. “It is what it is, but if a hurricane surge does happen, it would certainly be devastating,” Hsu said. Kristine Itliong is a deputy city/state editor. Email her at firstname.lastname@example.org.
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Tropical storm Irene hit New York City last August, briefly flooding lower parts of Manhattan.
Islamic community divided by NYPD surveillance
American Islamic Leadership Coalition addresses press about NYPD. American Islamic Forum for Democracy. “We recognize that we as Muslims need to be part of the solution for counterterrorism.” Congressman Peter King, chairman of the House Committee on Homeland Security, blamed media organizations for dramatizing the opinions of Muslim communities who denounced the NYPD surveillance. “It is absolutely disgraceful that elite media, such as The New York Times, have twisted the story,” King said. “Thank God for [police] commissioner Ray Kelly’s surveillance efforts.” Tarek Fatah, founder of the Muslim Canadian Congress, praised the NYPD for their recent surveillance. “The NYPD has been an extraordinary force in preventing counterterrorism,” Fatah said. “The media should not speak as if we were a victim. Those who undermine the NYPD are against liberty.” Samir Abdelkhalek, a senior at St. Peter’s Boys High School on Staten Island and an attendee of the con-
ference, said transparency is the key to success in public safety. “I have trust in the NYPD,” Abdelkhalek said. “As a Muslim, I have nothing to hide.” In light of the surveillance, students have expressed opposition in a Town Hall meeting held last week with NYU President John Sexton and in a recent studentsponsored roundtable discussion. In a letter to Kelly last month, Sexton expressed his concerns with the surveillance. “These possibilities are disquieting to our students and their families, harmful to our community-building efforts and antithetical to the values we as a university cherish most highly,” Sexton said. “I must report our community’s alarm over the reports of this activity and that we stand in fellowship with our Muslim students in expressing our community’s dismay.” Eric Benson is a deputy university editor. Email him at email@example.com.
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Campus feel of chic chain makes it perfect fit for 14th something you will find on a backyard grill. “I couldn’t come here everyday because of the price, but if I wanted good food, I would definitely come back,” said Chang, whose only complaint was that the food took a long time to prepare. This particular placement of Five Napkin appears especially lively and trendy, fitting in with the lighter attitude of Union Square. “The concept of this location is to attract young professionals and younger folks, like NYU students,” manager Todd Cederholm said. “We’ve got the extensive hamburger menu, sushi and beverages. The ambience is kind of indie rock, a very fun atmosphere with lots of energy.”
There are bright light bulbs illuminating the spacious and open restaurant, allowing the chatty atmosphere to exude a lot of young, vibrant and campus-like energy. The chain also offers a wide variety of milk shakes including S’mores — vanilla ice cream topped with pureed graham crackers, homemade marshmallows and cocoa powder. It is undoubtedly Cederholm’s personal favorite. Five Napkin Burger Union Square is located at 150 E. 14th St. at Third Avenue. It opens at 11:30 a.m. on weekdays and closes every night at midnight. Michelle Lim is a contributing writer. Email her at email@example.com
Question: When you go out to eat, how can you estimate the amount of butter and grease that is used to cook vegetables? How does this detract from the nutritional value of the food?
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By Marion Nestle Marion Nestle is the Paulette Goddard professor of Nutrition, Food Studies and Public Health at the Steinhardt School of Culture, Education, and Human Development. She is the author of “Food Politics” and, most recently, “Why Calories Count: From Science to Politics.” Each week, she will answer student questions about nutrition, health and food.
Spring break sweet spots By Emily McDermott Staying in the city for spring break provides ample time for dining activities you typically do not have time to enjoy. For those who want to take a break from studying to explore different neighborhoods, here are five food destinations off the beaten path and worth the adventure.
1. Max and Mina’s Ice Cream (Flushing) This ice cream parlor has been around for decades and offers bizarre and quirky flavors. Balsamic vinegar and jaVIA YELP.COM lapeños can top strange flavors such as beer, Nova lox, corn on the cob and apple. A popular combination is the shop’s Breakfast Bash, consisting of maple walnut ice cream, pancake pieces, French toast chunks and confectioner’s sugar.
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2. Colonie (Brooklyn Heights) With a wood floor and ceiling and plants crawling along the brick walls, Colonie is a welcoming place for Saturday and Sunday brunch. Begin with a basket of fresh delicious baked VIA YELP.COM goods including a tart cherry scone, lemon pistachio muffin, sticky cinnamon bun and blueberry jam. For your main dish, choose from standard brunch items or something more savory like a leek and gruyere scramble or duck hash with a poached egg and fingerling potatoes.
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3. Sanchos (Bay Ridge) Hand-painted plates line the walls and mixmatched, old-fashioned chandeliers hang from the VIA YELP.COM ceiling adding to the homey atmosphere. Sanchos serves authentic and traditional Spanish cuisine. House specialties include Paella Valenciana, Vieiras Gallegas and Mariscada in green, ajillo or red sauce, among many other dishes.
7410 Third Ave., Brooklyn
4. Please Don’t Tell (East Village) Behind the unassuming deep-fried hot dog sign on St. Marks Place is a phone booth. Pick up the phone, and you will be on your VIA YELP.COM way to a speakeasy. But make reservations in advance because the wait can be nearly two hours. Unique drinks are served as long as you abide by the venue’s etiquette. Once you’ve had enough to drink or if you are running low on cash, finish the night with a caloric indulgence of a hot dog topped with fresh avocado and bacon.
113 St. Marks Pl.
5. Prosperity Dumpling (Chinatown) Chinatown can be intimidating, but taking a trip to Prosperity Dumpling will provide you with a delicious and cheap meal. You can get five dumplings for only $1, and for $9 you can purchase 50 frozen dumplings to bring home. While you are in the neighborhood, stop in a grocery store or market because fresh produce tends to be inexpensive, you can even find fresh spinach leaves for 99 cents!
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Answer: If you are eating out, guessing the amount of anything in food calories or fat is next to impossible. You cannot guess accurately unless you are in the kitchen watching what goes into your food, looking up the composition of each ingredient and adding up the nutrients. If you want to try this, use the U.S. Department of Agriculture food composition tables at ndb.nal.usda.gov. I like a little butter or olive oil on my vegetables. Fat brings out taste and makes vegetables taste delicious. Fat does other good things to vegetables. Without some fat in your diet, you will not be able to absorb and use beta-carotene and other fat-soluble nutrients. From a quantitative standpoint, fat
provides twice the calories per unit weight than do either protein or carbohydrate. A tablespoon of fat provides about 100 calories. A tablespoon of sugar gives about 45 calories. That kind of fat is important to health. All food fats — no exceptions — are mixtures of saturated, unsaturated and polyunsaturated fatty acids but proportions differ. Animal fats like butter are more highly saturated than salad oils. As for quality, grease sounds pejorative so I assume you mean oils that have been repeatedly reused. Those are best avoided, as are those that have been partially hydrogenated, a process that introduces heart-unhealthy trans fats. How can you tell fat quantity and quality? If a food looks greasy and smells bad, don’t eat it. It’s unlikely to be good for you. Marion Nestle is a contributing columnist. Email her questions at email@example.com.
Babyccinos: the drink of choice for the average working toddler By Nicola Pring Move over Juicy Juice, there is a new kid-friendly drink in town. The babyccino, a pint-sized decaffinated coffee or steamed milk drink intended for toddlers and children, is the latest coffee craze to sweep upscale Brooklyn neighborhoods. The idea for the drink was born in Australia and has recently become popular in coffee shops throughout Park Slope and Fort Greene. A small coffee shop in Park Slope, Café Regular, serves steamed milk-only versions of the beverage for a dollar a pop. Most Brooklyn coffee shops are reluctant to serve coffee versions of the drink to children after several negative reports on the trend. Parents and experts generally agree that coffee should be reserved for adults. “Growing children should not be drinking coffee as it can stunt growth,” said Lisa Young, an adjunct nutrition professor at the Steinhardt School of Culture, Education and Human Development. “I suggest they stick to milk drinks and keep it low fat.” Bittersweet, a cafe in Fort Greene, serves milk-only babyccinos in espresso cups. “We started getting a lot of flack from [the press],” Bittersweet manager Ryan Hess said. “They cited us as instigating this whole thing where everyone thought we were giving caffeine to kids, like we had some evil plan to caffeinate children or something, which is not true at all. There isn’t any coffee in at all, it’s just steamed milk.” Root Hill Café, which is on the border of Park Slope and Gowanus, was also accused of serving coffee to children. “It’s crazy, we never heard of [babyccinos] before this whole thing,” coowner Michelle Giancola said of the press Root Hill received.
Park Slope’s Cafe Regular serves decaf coffee and steamed milk. Giancola said the cafe rarely gets requests for babyccinos, but would serve any type of drink a customer asks for. “If someone comes in and asks us for something and we can do it, we do it,” she said. “What they do with it once we make it is up to them.” Whether or not the drinks contain caffeine, some baristas say the idea of toddlers consuming coffee-inspired drinks is pretentious. “I think there’s always this air of pretention that comes with coffee,” Hess said. “But it’s funny and the kids want it. There are a lot of families that live in this neighborhood. I think it’s pretty adorable.” Nicola Pring is a staff writer. Email her at firstname.lastname@example.org
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‘Wrecking Ball’ takes aim at Wall Street
By Daniel Fuchs Few artists have released as many solid albums as Bruce Springsteen. From classics like “Born to Run” to recent releases like the 2006 “Magic,” Springsteen is one of the most reliable and consistent artists today. His brand of rough rock has entertained for nearly 40 years. He continues this streak on “Wrecking Ball,” reminding listeners why they fell in love with Springsteen in the first place. “Wrecking Ball” is a reflection of today’s tough economic times, addressing both sides of the financial divide: the bankers who thrust us into the recession and the citizens who have struggled since. “We Take Care of Our Own,” the album’s first single, is a rousing anthem in the spirit of “Born in the USA.” High-
lighting American solidarity and perseverance, the song’s energizing guitar riffs bounce over a powerful drum beat. The bluegrass-inspired “Easy Money” condemns bankers and politicians who allowed the recession to happen. Standout “Jack of All Trades” is the summation of what “Wrecking Ball” represents. The slow, rambling piano ballad details the struggle of unemployed Americans and the promise of hope on the horizon. The energized “Death to My Hometown” fleshes out Springsteen’s anger toward bankers and corporations, describing the decline of the average American town. Springsteen and his E Street Band remain musically inventive on “Wrecking Ball,” which mixes slow ballads with flutetinged roots-rock. Despite the plethora of emotional tones, “Wrecking Ball” never feels inconsistent because of its running themes of economic hardship, anger and struggle. Ever present is the intelligent, lush songwriting that has defined Springsteen’s work. Whether commenting on working-class woes or energizing listeners with anger over corporate crimes, Springsteen uses tight and evocative imagery to convey his ideas. Songs like “Rocky Ground” build on
biblical imagery, using such metaphors as “Rise up shepherd, rise up/ Your flock has roamed far from the hills/ The stars have faded, the sky is still” to express the pains of working class Americans. The angriest songs on the album, “Easy Money” and “Death to My Hometown,” are both calls to arms against bankers and corporations. On “Easy Money,” Springsteen sings, “I got a Smith and Wesson .38/ I got a hellfire burning and I got me a taste.” “We Take Care of Our Own” paints a vivacious tableau of a America united by its people, using such images as “From the muscle to the bone/ From the shotgun shack to the Superdome/ We yelled ‘help’ but the cavalry stayed home” to convey how Americans can band together to overcome their struggles even when abandoned by government. Artists like Springsteen release so many memorable albums that it becomes expected that each release will be as good as the last. With “Wrecking Ball,” Springsteen fulfills that promise as he crafts a record that reflects the current economic times while still remaining timeless. Daniel Fuchs is a staff writer. Email him at email@example.com.
Graphic novel ‘Goliath’ puts a new twist on Biblical tale By Catherine F. Tan Tom Gauld’s graphic novel “Goliath” effectively expands on six paragraphs of the well-known Biblical tale of David and Goliath. Yet in this retelling, the substance of the story lies outside the familiar tale’s plot. The strength of this version of the story is Gauld’s understanding of his medium. The book is replete with expressive eyebrows and clever artistic tricks that communicate the story in a fresh manner. The book’s simple line drawings and basic shapes dominate the character design and lend a child-like air suitable to the way Gauld has interpreted the characters. Gauld’s Goliath is the protagonist. He is not an imposing giant who has spent his entire life as a fighter. He does not mock David when he comes to face him with a stick and a sling. The protagonist is instead a friendly giant who would prefer to sit at his desk and be an administrator. Goliath, the fifth-worst swordsman in his platoon, cannot even confront David. An army captain writes Goliath’s arrogant challenge to David for him. The secondary characters represent familiar traits. The captain embodies the ambitious intellectual trying to turn a conflict into a battle of minds, but the king remains uninterested and uninvolved. Because of the lack of actual fight-
ing, it feels as though these characters are simply pretending there is a war without having much evidence to prove it. Because of the absence of battle, the quirky story plays more on office politics than it does on religious conflict or war. Despite this twist, “Goliath” somehow stays true to the original text while making its own salient points. The office humor riffs on the bureaucracy of war and the alienation of soldiers from conflict. “Goliath” also addresses ideals and motivations for battle. Though it is never clear why the two sides are in opposition, and Goliath is shut down whenever he raises this concern. He is told what to do and placated with meaningless cliches like “You just need to do your bit.” Gauld’s spin on a classic fable succeeds in creating a real person out of a myth. Goliath cannot burn things just by staring at them and does not eat rocks. He does tolerate — with a healthy dose of sarcasm — the constant questions of his young sidekick and shows admirable bravery when faced with challenges he never expected. In the end, Gauld twists readers’ expectations, and actually forces them to question David’s heroism in defeating an opponent who never stood a chance. Catherine F. Tan is a contributing writer. Email her at firstname.lastname@example.org.
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Performances shine in ‘Yemen’
Ewan McGregor and Emily Blunt save movie’s weak story. when he is approached by the prime minister’s public relations agent, Patricia Maxwell, played to hilarious effect by Kristin Scott Thomas. She decides Britain needs to make a good-will effort in the Middle East no matter how absurd it is. “Yemen” is a film that tackles international relations with the Middle East in a subtle, down-toearth way. Despite its apparently global message, the movie eventually stoops to fry smaller fish. True, McGregor and Blunt make
a compelling and beautiful couple, but the feel-good ending of “Yemen” seems like somewhat of a cop-out. “Salmon Fishing in the Yemen” is a well written and fully engaging film with delightful performances by all involved. Nevertheless, at times it feels as if the filmmakers threw their biggest fish back into the water. Clio McConnell is theater and books editor. Email her at email@example.com.
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45 Ostrich lookalike 48 Spicy cook-off dishes 49 Conked with a pitch 53 Madison Square Garden, e.g. 54 Caravan beast 55 “Enough!”
56 State with a panhandle 57 Highchair feature 58 Prius, for one 59 Digs in twigs 61 Low-lying region 64 Scuff, e.g. 65 Geisha’s sash
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Eliminating siesta will improve Spain’s economy By Bryan Miesel
MADRID — At a first glance, Spain seems like your normal European country. Once I got to know the city, the people and the culture a little better, I decided that this was not the case at all. Spain is stuck in limbo between its Mediterranean culture of the past and its new economic and political ties to Europe. While the country uses the Euro, has a relatively sound banking system and is a member of both the European Union and Schengen Zone, the city of Madrid functions more like a Greek island and less like other European capitals like Paris, Brussels or Berlin. The institution of the siesta is still very much present in Spanish culture. From around 2 to 5 p.m., stores shut down, people take their break from work and the metro sees a midday rush hour. Among many circles, it would be considered rude to knock on someone’s door or to call them during this time. That is old Spain. New Spain, however, is much different. While Madrilenians take their two- to three-hour siesta break, they do not actually go home to sleep but enjoy an extended lunch out around town. The average weekday lunch here consists of a three-
course meal complete with a glass of wine and coffee with dessert. While this sounds lovely, it actually takes a huge toll on the productivity and functionality of Spain as a whole. Because people here are expected to be at work by 9 a.m., and don’t leave until around 8 p.m., they don’t eat dinner until 9 or 10 p.m., which means that most Spaniards don’t get nearly enough sleep. One of my expatraite friends who works here in Madrid told me that everyone at his office is always tired and incredibly unproductive. Spaniards don’t deny this either. During NYU’s study abroad welcome week, one of the professors told us that sleep depravation is a huge issue affecting not only productivity but also on-the-job safety. Most Spaniards will defend their siesta time, arguing that it is healthy to take a break from work or to nap during the day. Furthermore, they say it is necessary to escape the heat of the afternoon. This might be true if they actually napped, but the only people who really nap after their large midday meal are those who work very close to home or shopkeepers who can take a power nap in their store while it is closed. Additionally, European countries that take siesta, like Spain, feel dis-
tance from their other EU member states. While debating this issue in one of my language classes, my professor told us that it is often hard for Spanish companies to do business with other European nations because their work schedules simply do not line up. Most Eurozone member states that have been hardest hit by the world economic crisis — for example, Spain, Portugal and Greece — are ones that take siesta. More and more Spaniards, especially those who live in large cities like Madrid, are realizing that Spain must become more like the rest of Europe to compete economically. Spain’s GDP is $1.41 trillion; despite a high unemployment rate of 23.3 percent, according to The Guardian, Spain really has the infrastructure and industry to better its economy. Now it just needs the motivation and drive, something that comes with a more productive workforce. While eliminating the siesta will not solve all of Spain’s economic issues, it is a great first step. Spain, feel free to move into the 21st Century at your leisure. Eliminate the siesta. Bryan Miesel is a foreign correspondent. Email him at email@example.com.
World Economics Forum tackles global economy By Omar Khedr Leaders from across the world arrived in Davos, Switzerland in late January to participate in the World Economic Forum, an annual weeklong conference that tackles issues of business, international politics and society. The importance of this conference lies in the depth of its discussion, its world-renowned experts and the commitment from its organizers to share the conference with the world. This year the Forum placed a spotlight on social and corporate responsibility in reaction to the occupy and protest movements that gripped the world last year. Participants stressed the need to make capitalism fair. While corporate social responsibility remained an important theme throughout the week, the conference included several economic and business panels on prominent topics like Big Banks: Cure or Curse, which was about how emerging markets can deliver global growth and economics for the 21st century. Today, the world faces slower economic growth, above average unemployment and higher income inequality. These economic issues, which were discussed in the panels, affect your choices: your college major, your job prospects, your family’s finan-
cial security and your future. What I found interesting is that business leaders directly addressed the questions and comments that many members of the Occupy movement had asked. David Rubenstein, co-founder and managing director of the Carlyle Group said, “Businesses do not think of ways to reduce wealth and jobs.” He added that to make capitalism fair we need to focus on improving laws and regulations, investing in education and promoting innovation and creativity. In other words, innovation, business and education need to come together. The Khan Academy, founded by former hedge fund analyst Salman Khan, is an example of how those factors can work together. Khan’s organization has provided more than 124 million free educational lectures across the world. Discussing the role of big banks, Stern professor Nouriel Roubini could not contain his contrarian viewpoints. “Little has been done to resolve the underlying issues,” he said. “In fact, we are worse off now than before the crisis.” He added that alleged U.S. regulatory attempts to close down too-bigto-fail institutions in the next crisis are not really believed by market
participants. With so many students considering summer internship and job options in finance, they need to take into consideration the changing industry dynamics before making a final decision. Firms currently experiencing significant regulatory constraints or going through a protracted transitional phase may not be the appropriate place to start. In highlighting trends facing the global economy for 2012, panelists pointed to lower global growth, a likely recession in the Eurozone and spillover effects to other regions from the Eurozone problems. The International Monetary Fund has lowered its 2012 growth forecast for the global economy to 3.3 percent. Christine Lagarde, managing director of the IMF, said, “No country is immune and everybody has an interest in making sure that the Eurozone crisis is resolved adequately.” At the end of the conference, the WEF of 2012 facilitated an important discussion on corporate social responsibility, predicted lower global economic growth for 2012, pointed out certain fault lines for regional economies and highlighted the presence of new global players such as Brazil, Russia, India and China. Omar Khedr is a contributing columnist. Email him at firstname.lastname@example.org.
U.S. gov’t must justify assassination of citizens Attorney general Eric Holder, in a speech on Monday at the Northwestern University School of Law, defended the American national security position regarding the targeted killings of American citizens who are involved in terrorist groups. In light of widespread concern from civil libertarians concerning the recent assassinations of American citizens overseas in three separate occasions, the Attorney General, for the first time, clarified the rationale justifying these controversial actions. Holder fleshed out three primary criteria that are necessary to initiate the killings of a target. They must pose an imminent threat of violence, cannot feasibly be captured and must be killed in an operation conducted in line with war principles. Legal precedence was set for the revocation of habeas corpus for enemy combatants by the Supreme Court in the 2004 case Hamdi v. Rumsfeld. The public, however, should become concerned about the government’s breakdown of due process, something inherent to our Constitutional principles. Holder took a major step by saying, “Due process and judicial process are not one and the same,” which is true by definition but not in any way true by American tradition and application. His defense of government actions will perturb Americans who chill at the criteria’s blatant subjectiveness. However, while the public discomfort toward the government’s lack of transparency is understandable, it must be paired with an equally strong concern for national security. The lack of transparency in question refers to the insufficient amount of proof from the government justifying the targeted killings of American citizens Samir Khan, Anwar Al-Awlaki and his 16-year-old son Abdul Rahman. Not only has evidence been withheld from public view but the legal memo justifying the executive’s unilateral use of lethal force has been secretly shielded from the American people by the Obama administration. The government’s opacity is being utilized for a matter deemed to be sensitive to national security, but their unwillingness to be transparent is a national security concern in itself. The killing of American citizens opens up too many possibilities for the government to abuse their authority. And an administration that keeps this extreme power a secret is beginning the fall down a very slippery slope. Therefore, even in some extreme circumstances where the threat is imminent and targeted assassination is inevitable, we believe that it is in the public’s best interest to see the evidence provided by the government to justify the assassination of American citizens.
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New playoff system will help America’s pastime By Cole Riley Major League Baseball has expanded postseason play by adding a second wild card team to each league. The new playoff format will take effect this season and will establish a new one-game wild card round while division winners will get a first round bye. The winner of the wild card round will advance to face the team with the best record in their respective league. This is the first time that MLB has tinkered with its postseason format since 1995, when commissioner Bud Selig added wild card teams and created a three-round playoff system. That expansion was an overwhelming success in terms of ratings, television deals and interest in the sport. However, some have voiced dissent to MLB’s new 2012 playoff structure. Since the expansion allows two additional teams an opportunity to make the playoffs, Philadelphia Phillies manager Charlie Manuel said he fears it will de-emphasize the regular season, while Mitch Goldich, a sports columnist for The Huffington Post, said baseball’s rush to implement this new structure is unnecessary. Goldich said he thinks the new round will create even more of an imbalance between the two leagues as the 16 National League squads — compared to 14 in the American League
— battle for two wild card berths. According to Goldich, the new playoff system will not work well until 2013 when the Houston Astros move from the National League to the American League, making an even 15 teams in each league. Both Manuel and Goldich overlook one critical point: More eyes will be on baseball in October. With the NFL in full swing, and the NBA and NHL starting their seasons, baseball has a lot to compete with during the postseason. Adding another singleelimination game through the wildcard round is ingenious, and instituting it in 2012 is smart. In recent history, elimination games have proven that baseball is not the most boring professional sport to watch. In 2007, the Colorado Rockies defeated the San Diego Padres 9-8 in 13 innings to claim the National League West crown. In a 2008 tiebreaker, the Chicago White Sox out-pitched the Minnesota Twins, 1-0. Then in 2009, the Twins came back to defeat the Detroit Tigers 6-5 in 12 innings to win the AL Central. A win-or-go-home game between two desperate wild card teams will boost ratings, add another exciting angle to the MLB playoff picture and further increase interest in America’s pastime. Cole Riley is a deputy sports editor. Email him at email@example.com.
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Chelsea’s catastrophic coaching carousel By Sara Levy André Villas-Boas, Chelsea’s now former manager, was fired on Sunday, two months before the end of the football season. Just a few weeks ago, Villas-Boas was telling the press that the Chelsea owner Roman Abramovich would support him through the rest of the season. But last week in an interview, Villas-Boas said, “I think I have felt the confidence from Abramovich but … the pattern of behavior of the owner has led to a downfall [of coaches] in similar situations or even better situations.” That pattern of behavior he spoke of was Abramovich’s frequent tendency to sack managers. Since he took over Chelsea Football Club in 2003, there have been seven managers in the past nine years, a rarity for the sport. Last season, he fired Carlo Ancelotti, under whom Chelsea won the Football Association Cup and the Premier League in 2010. Chelsea did not have as much success last season but they still finished second on the table. Yet for Abramovich, this was not good enough. As a diehard Chelsea supporter, I find what Abramovich
did to Villas-Boas, Ancelotti and the five that preceded them disgusting. There is a reason that there are websites specifically aimed at Chelsea entitled “Has André Villas-Boas Been Sacked Yet?”; now have a big yellow “YES.” I don’t see why anyone would even want to manage this club knowing that if they don’t achieve tremendous success in their first season, they’ll be axed. Letting Villas-Boas go on Sunday after losing to West Brom Albion was disgraceful. A club needs time to be nurtured and gain familiarity with a coach. All Abramovich has to do is look at the success of Manchester United. Alex Ferguson has been their manager for 25 years running. They have won the league 12 times, the FA Cup five times and the Champions League two times. Sir Alex was hired in 1986, and only in 1993 did Manchester United win the Premier League for the first time under him. Throwing out a manager every time he doesn’t live up to Abramovich’s exceedingly unrealistic expectations will only hurt the team. Now, Chelsea needs to find a new manager,
Former Chelsea Manager André Villas-Boas and after finding one, the players need to become accustomed to his style of coaching. To be fair, I was not entirely happy with the way Villas-Boas was managing, but if the only way was out, he at least deserved to leave the club with the dignity of seeing the season all the way through. Now the club is a mess and has to start anew for the eighth time since 2003. That is not how a proper team is run. Sara Levy is a staff writer. Email her at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Published on Mar 6, 2012