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St. Mark’s Bookshop nears final chapter

‘Forbidden NYU’ ready to bring in the laughs

By Hanqing Chen

By Jessica Littman

“Forbidden NYU” cast a lighthearted mood over Silver 703 as the cast rehearsed for its show opening tomorrow night. Cast and crew members joked and mingled as they donned their constumes and put the set together. “[The show] is really funny,” CAS freshman and cast member Torrence Browne said. Even after two months of rehearsal, everyone involved in the show was still appreciative of its humor, laughing as their fellow actors practiced. This will be the 12th annual performance of “Forbidden NYU” by the College of Arts and Science Theater. “A lot of songs have been in it since the beginning,” Gallatin senior and cast member Michael Brick said. “But there are some songs that are different every year because NYU changes every year.” This will be Brick’s third and


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The cast of “Forbidden NYU” puts the finishing touches on its 12th annual performance.

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James Chapin’s work is displayed at the Brooklyn Museum.

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Governor Cuomo to let ‘Millionaire’s Tax’ expire By Jessica Schultz

By Cody Delistraty Even with some gimmicky exhibitions of Star Wars costumes and hip-hop music, the Brooklyn Museum hasn’t exactly fared well with critics or the public. But Friday’s opening of Youth and Beauty: Art of the American Twenties drastically helped reverse its reputation of the dull, second-tier alternative to the Metropolitan Museum of Art. Bringing together 140 works by artists of the 1920s, such as Charles Demuth, Edward Hopper and Georgia O’Keeffe, the exhibit boasts the lesser-known works of these modern artists who dealt with the increasingly urban, industrial world. “The artists brought individuality to their environment,” curator Teresa A. Carbone said. “They expressed the aesthetic

Beneath a veil of quiet quirkiness, there exists a sense of urgency at St. Mark’s Bookshop — Greenwich Village’s 34-year-old, trademark offbeat bookstore. The store is on the brink of foreclosure as it is currently undergoing final negotiations with the Cooper Union administration, the landlords of the shop’s Third Avenue location. The current negotiations dovetailed from a saga of negotiations that started two months ago, when the bookstore owners originally filed a plea for rent reductions. Due to declining sales, the shop has been struggling to keep up with its $20,000-per-month rent fee and asked for a deduction of $5,000. Although Cooper Union rejected the plea on Tuesday, as of Friday, negotiations have resumed, and employees at the shop are back on their tightrope, still struggling to survive. “I think we’re all pretty freaked out,” Margarita Shalina, an em-

The 99 percent is now equipped with even more ammo in the income inequality debate. New York governor Andrew Cuomo continues to reject a renewal of the state’s ‘Millionaire’s Tax,’ which is set to expire at the end of the year. The surcharge tax, which was enacted in 2009, applies to those with incomes over $300,000 for married couples and with incomes beyond $200,000 for those who are single. Cuomo’s office estimates that the tax would provide an additional $4 billion at a time when the state government is facing a deficit of $2.4 billion. The current Occupy Wall Street movement, which has major camps in New York City and Albany, has been calling for an end to income inequality. But OWS members aren’t the only ones who support the tax that Cuomo is determined to let expire. A recent poll by Siena College found that 72 percent of registered voters in the state approved a renewal of the tax and a tax hike for those making more

than $1 million per year. “Many Democrats who support progressive tax policies will oppose the governor’s regressive tax policies as one more sign that the government is out of touch with the public demand for fairness in economic policy,” Steinhardt social studies education professor Robert Cohen said. According to a study done by The Fiscal Policy Institute in December 2010, New York State has the highest income inequality in the country, with the top 1 percent of the state’s population bringing home 35 percent of the state’s income that year. The top 1 percent in the United States made up 23 percent of the nation’s income last year. Cuomo, however, stood by his decision, claiming the tax will force residents and businesses to move out of the state. Many, including Richard Wolff, professor of economics at University of Massachusetts, Amherst and current visiting professor at The New School, believe that the governor’s anti-tax

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Are you vegan? Are you in need of healthy recipes for meals that won’t taste like cardboard? Do you eat? If you answered yes to any of these questions, take a gander at this food blog that provides simple, delicious recipes to satisfy your needs, vegan-oriented or otherwise. — Gabi Jensen

Hoping to be inspired by a true example of quirk and imagination? Check out “Pushing Daisies,” the ABC show that aired from 2007-09. Bryan Fuller, the creative genius behind the project, has created a work that, in my opinion, is pretty much perfect. Its cheerfully morbid tone is conveyed via beautiful set and costume design, hilariously witty writing and marvelous acting. It definitely warrants a look. — Clio McConnell

2. ‘Skins’ (U.K.) The U.S. version of this show was a flop, but the original British series about troubled teenagers living crazy lives is a raw and dramatic depiction of growing up. Get to know Tony, Cassie, Freddie and Effy while reflecting on the fact that while life in New York City can be insane, at least you’re not dealing with killer therapists, bus accidents and neglectful parents. Seasons one to four are available on Netflix Instant Watch. — Carrie Lowe

5. ‘Rasputin: The Saint Who Sinned’ by Brian Moynahan Who’s hipper than Rasputin? Prince? Noam Chomsky? Chevy Chase? No. From multiple perspectives, and with painstaking detail, “Rasputin: The Saint Who Sinned” offers a complete picture of the life of the infamous Russian spiritual healer. If you’re looking for political intrigue, religious mysticism and allegations of cult-like sexual behavior with members of the aristocracy, this is your book. — Thomas Collins

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4. ‘Mona Lisa Smile’ It’s the perfect back to school movie. Watch Julia Roberts as a 1950s art history professor change lives in this 2003 treat. The movie is classy and not cheesy, as one might expect. It’s a strong movie that really gets you at the end. It just might make you want to recreate some scenes in your next lecture at Silver. — Parker Bruce

6. ‘Cool for School: For the Benefit of the Lunchbox Fund’ I love Conor Oberst, but I have to admit it took me three tries to fully appreciate Gift Horse Project’s new charity compilation, “Cool for School: For the Benefit of the Lunchbox Fund.” All proceeds go to school programs in Africa, so you can feel good about that, too. It’s definitely worth checking out. — Ritu Ghiya

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Study shows AAPI students fall short in higher education By Sarah Skirmont Asian Americans and Pacific Islanders are facing a struggle with regard to higher education, according to a recent report by Steinhardt assistant professor Robert Teranishi. Among AAPIs, four out of five East Asians and South Asians who attended college have earned at least a bachelor’s degree. But from 2006-08, 35 to 50 percent of Southeast Asian and 50 to 60 percent of Pacific Islander adults have attended college without earning any degree. Teranishi said the report shows a need for U.S. higher education professionals to look more closely at the AAPI student population and stop treating it as a homogeneous and universally successful group. “There are many AAPIs doing well academically, but there are also many who are struggling,” he said. “This is an issue for individual campuses, such as NYU, but also for our nation as a whole.” Data in the report was drawn from a number of sources, including the U.S. Census Bureau, the American Community Survey 3-year Public Use Microdata

Sample files and the National Center for Education Statistics Integrated Postsecondary Education Data System. According to a study published in 2007 by the College Board’s College Completion Agenda, 56.1 percent of students who entered an institution to earn a bachelor’s degree graduate in six years or less. Steinhardt professor of educational sociology Floyd Hammack said he thinks Teranishi’s work is meant to highlight the importance of the diversity of Americans in terms of national origins, immigration histories and levels of socioeconomic success in the nation. “As for NYU students, I think it is fair to say that while all are academically qualified to attend, their individual circumstances vary widely in ways that influence their [performances] here; some have to work two jobs to attend while others drive BMWs to school from their co-op apartments,” he said. “There are more of the former than the latter.” Sarah Skirmont is a staff writer. Email her at

Steinhardt hosts first forum on Occupy Wall Street By Tony Chau With the Occupy Wall Street protest ending its seventh week, the Steinhardt School of Culture, Education and Human Development’s International Education department hosted its first open forum on the movement yesterday afternoon. Although the forum was open to public, most of the roughly 30 audience members were graduate students affiliated with the program. Philip Hosay, director of international education and one of the organizers of the event, said the idea for the forum was born after students expressed interest in the movement. He added that it was held “essentially to give our students an opportunity to express their opinions and think about the issues.” Hosay opened the discussion by outlining three central topics to the movement: income inequality, the impact of student debt and the role of government in regulating the economy. A great part of the informal conversation focused on the first issue Hosay alluded to. “There has been a dramatic increase in the number of people who are categorized as living below the poverty line,” Hosay said. But first-year international education graduate student Evan George

had a different approach. “I think it’s easy to demonize the 1 percent,” he said. The topic then moved to the concern that the movement lacks a specific demand and clear agenda. Some, however, think the issue should not be a concern at all, as it may actually be beneficial to the movement not to have one constraining demand. “I think it’s actually a great tactic because in fact it allows them to gain strength from outsiders who wouldn’t necessarily identify with one particular message,” said assistant professor of international education Dana Burde. Rene Arcilla, associate professor of educational philosophy, agreed and cited examples from the 1960s, in which precise demands actually stalled the protest movements. “I think it’s a real innovation not to do that and to just say ‘We are the 99 percent and we’re here,’ ” he said. For some students, the issues at hand made the outlook of the future appear bleak, including first-year international education graduate student Andrea Brown. “I have never been so stressed out in my entire life about my future as I am right now,” she said. Tony Chau is a staff writer. Email him at


Tisch creates new high-end studio By Elizabeth Maguire

The Clive Davis Institute of Recorded Music opened its third recording studio this fall in Gramercy. The institute, an undergraduate program within the Tisch School of the Arts, first opened its doors in 2003 and currently houses approximately 100 students. Part of a larger control room, the newly formed Studio 21 North is equipped with microphones and recording equipment and is much smaller than the two other studios in the institute. According to Michael McCoy, production manager and adjunct instructor at Clive Davis, the room was originally for the company Soundtrack Film and Television and was reopened in mid-August after almost two months of construction. McCoy, who is slated to teach at the new studio, added that the studio’s design was also meant to reflect the direction of the industry characterized by advanced technology in its simplicity and smaller size. “This room was designed to work a little bit differently from our other rooms,” McCoy said. “[It is] more in the direction of a very high-end project studio.” The setup, he said, was meant to provide students with an ex-


Currently, about 100 students use the new recording studio. perience different from any they might have had in a larger and more complex multimilliondollar recording facility. “A lot of musicians [and] a lot of producers aren’t necessarily working out of major commercial recording studios these days,” he said. “You see a lot of people working from home.” He also hopes that the setup and advanced equipment will enable students to grow accustomed to working in a high-end environment. Tisch sophomore Melody Hernandez said she felt the studio offers a refreshing change of scenery from what she was used to. “This is different, but it’s still consistent with the way that we learned to use a recording

studio in our freshman year,” she said. “If we only worked in one recording studio all four years and then went into the real world, we would get really intimidated.” Another sophomore in the program, Toluwanimi Adeyemo, said the students were able to record in the space before they began using it for classes. “We did a cover of ‘This Christmas’ by Chris Brown,” Adeyemo said. “It’s brilliant. Another [song] we recorded was a demo for an upperclassman who was going to use one of my songs to do a project.” Elizabeth Maguire is a staff writer. Email her at

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ployee for 10 years, said. “Personally, I don’t understand how the new Cooper Union administration doesn’t see our value as an educational institution.” Cooper Union director of public affairs Claire McCarthy said a decision regarding the bookshop has not been made and refused to comment further. Shalina said that in spite of the situation, she does appreciate the renewed sense of liveliness the drama has brought. “It has reinvigorated us as a store and as a people,” she said. “Before, we were feeling kind of downtrodden and forgotten.” Despite being in desperate straits, St. Mark’s Bookshop has received an outpouring of support from the local community. Cooper Square Committee president Joyce Ravitz organized an online petition in support of the book shop that garnered more than 40,000 signatures at the

time of publication. “I really like its cozy, outof-the way atmosphere,” Liberal Studies sophomore Saroja Schwager said. “I love that it’s so low-key.” She said she also appreciated the variety of literature that the bookstore provided. “There are also a lot of books there that I couldn’t find in chain bookstores like Barnes and Noble,” she said. In addition to signing petitions and singing the shop’s praises, customers have also been showing up and buying more books. “I knew we would get support from the community but not like this,” co-owner Terry McCoy said. “It astounds me. The store has seen an uptick of sales to holiday season levels.” But Shalina pointed out that such manic rises in sales also have their downsides. “The scary thing is whether this

kind of sale is sustainable,” she said. “It’s like we’ve become a kind of cause.” However, if negotiations do not end in their favor, McCoy said the future would be bleak. “There is a lot that goes into opening a store, but the cost is the most daunting,” McCoy said. Although the store has already relocated three times within St. Marks in its history, this time it may not have the funds to go on. “At a time when we are already struggling, [moving] might not be a viable option.” At this point, the store’s owners and employees can only hope for the best. “I don’t know anything at this point,” McCoy said. “We were turned down on Tuesday, so reconsideration is a positive for us.” Hanqing Chen is deputy city/state editor. Email her at

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will push away those who elected him in the first place. “In short, what Gov. Cuomo is teaching many of us, including the many of us that voted for him, is that he believes his political future requires him to serve the richest people before us,” Wolff said. “If their interests clash with us, we lose and they win.”

NYU4OWS member Christy Thornton also opposed Cuomo’s decision. “Occupy Albany has been bringing this struggle to Cuomo’s front door, and students here in New York City are fighting against tuition increases that are direct results of the state’s fiscal austerity,” she said.

“We will continue to do so, and prove to governors like Cuomo that the people won’t tolerate economic policies that coddle the richest among us while slashing services to the poor and middle classes.” Jessica Schultz is a staff writer. Email her at


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Forbidden NYU ready to bring in the laughs final “Forbidden NYU” show. “I saw it my freshman year,” Brick said. “I just thought it was the funniest thing I’ve ever seen. It still is.” Tisch sophomore Dara Orland explained the story behind “Forbidden NYU.” “ ‘Forbidden NYU’ takes popular Broadway songs and changes the words to make them relevant to life at NYU,” she said. This concept is based on an off-Broadway show called ‘Forbidden Broadway,’ which used the same concept to poke fun at popular musical comedies. The show consists of about 20 songs with little dialogue in between. “We’re all soloists at one point,” Brick said. “But no one member of ‘Forbidden NYU’ is the star of the show.” “Because there’s no plot line at

all, it’s just a cabaret-style show,” Orland said. “We can bring different characters to each number. There’s a lot of room for creation and [to] really [make] it your own.” Actors in the show stressed that none of the jokes about NYU are intended to be mean-spirited. “We all love NYU, and so does the audience, but this gives us a chance to laugh at the things we might not love so much,” Brick said. “The jokes are universally funny. They don’t alienate anyone. I’m blatantly in love with NYU.” The show mocks facets of NYU life from the large proportion of gay students to the high tuition rate to problems with commuting. Other songs make fun of more general issues faced by college students, such as “sexiling” and

social network addiction. At one point, there is even a joke that mocks the NYU Reality Show. Participation in “Forbidden NYU” is open to all students. “For students who aren’t theater majors, it gives them a chance to perform in a highscale, really funny, sold-out show,” Brick said. “Forbidden NYU” is directed by students Stephanie Jung and Peter Mastrocinque. It will have three shows: Thursday, Nov. 3, at 9 p.m.; Friday, Nov. 4, at 8 p.m. and Saturday, Nov. 5, at 8 p.m. All shows will run at the Somerville Theater in Silver Center (room 703). Cost is $5 for NYU students and $7 for non-students. Jessica Littman is a staff writer. Email her at


“Forbidden NYU” pokes well-natured fun at the university through its funny and original songs.

What a student yoga instructor keeps in her bag

By Nicola Pring Applied psychology student by day and certified yoga teacher by night, Steinhardt junior Caila Koster emptied her black faux-fur backpack to give WSN a look at the items she needs to succeed as both a student and a teacher.



“This is really important to my life right now,” Koster said of her big blue planner. She’s currently balancing 18 credits, a psychology research team, yoga classes and the next step in her training as a teacher. “I didn’t know this before going to my training,

but it’s so standardized and official,” she said.

Wallet Koster carries a small wallet with a picture of the Buddha on it. She explained that the wallet was designed by Timo Weiland, a friend of hers from her hometown Jacksonville, Fla., where she grew up. Weiland’s wallets are recyclable and sustainable.

Mala Beads Koster pulled a string of brown beads from her backpack, and explained that they’re Mala beads, prayer beads used in meditation. “When I was little, my dad went to India and

Thefilmu looks to help actors network By Brittany VanBibber Four NYU juniors are hoping to revolutionize film networking with their new website A mixture of LinkedIn and IMDb, the site hopes to facilitate collaborations between student filmmakers and actors by giving them a platform for their work. CAS juniors Phil Ditzler, Stephen Kaliski and Ben Judson, and Tisch junior Brian Margarian worked together on promoting, designing, building and managing the site. “Thefilmu is a site that seeks to make interactions within the student film community easier, more efficient and more productive, providing users with networking tools to help them manage their projects from start to finish,” Ditzler said. The site will include a student film blog and a database, which will be available to anyone who wants to watch the work of students and filmmakers. Sam Littman, a student at Syracuse University, is in charge of blogging for the site. Ditzler and Kaliski do the design and programming, and Judson is in charge of the business and legal side of the website. Margarian runs the creative operations. “For people at NYU and schools like it, it’ll be a great way to branch out from your comfort zone.” Judson said. “The ideal user will be someone who has a project in mind and wants to find the right people for it — the best editor, the right camera man.” A page on Kickstarter, a website that helps artists fundraise for their projects,

got traditional Mala beads and dipped them in the Ganges River,” she said. “He came back and taught me how to meditate.” Meditation with Mala beads is extremely important to Koster — it’s the first thing she teaches her yoga students.

is being launched on Monday to help raise money for the legal fees and server costs of starting thefilmu. People can join the mailing list or submit a project to the thefilmu’s website, which is still in its early stages. Kaliski noted how the environment at NYU has been helpful throughout the process. “There is much more emphasis on creating things on your own, rather than following a pre-constructed path,” he said. So far, the members have gotten input from Tisch students and professors, and the responses to the idea itself have been positive. “People will use the site because it’s a result of our primal creative need for collaboration, specifically with those individuals who have a certain, unique skill set that can push the product to unanticipated levels of quality,” Margarian said. Some have compared the website to a LinkedIn experience for film students. It is a step up in the world of résumés for actors and filmmakers. Joining the site is not limited to students; independent filmmakers and actors are also encouraged to become involved with the site after it launches. “While Tisch will definitely be our biggest school at launch, we want the site to be accessible for film students and amateur filmmakers everywhere, so there won’t be any special focus on NYU,” Ditzler said. Brittany VanBibber is a staff writer. Email her at

route to a debate tournament at West Point with the NYU debate team. “I don’t smoke, and I don’t have any reason to have a lighter,” she laughed. “It just reminds me of the tournament and where my passion for debate came from.”

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The yoga instructor always has organic lip-balm on hand. “It’s really important to me to live a lifestyle that’s pretty pure in terms of what I eat and what I put on my body,” she said.

Koster produced a small, white stone from her bag. “The love of my life had this cut for me,” she said. “He’s really into stone energetics. I always like to have a piece of him with me.”

Lighter Koster carries a small, bullet-shaped lighter, which she purchased at a gas station en

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Brooklyn Museum finds success with new ’20s exhibit and lyrical of their landscapes.” One of the most memorable pieces was O’Keeffe’s “The Shelton with Sunspots,” which reflects her personal vision of the city: one that clashes with reality. Erasing crowds and confusion that invariably accompany city life, O’Keeffe depicts her vision of the perfect skyscraper as if entirely detached from reality. New, shining skyscrapers, the draw of city life and the ratification of the 19th Amendment giving women the right to vote, made way for a different perspective of women and sexuality. James Chapin’s painting, “George Marvin and His

Daughter Edith,” shows a young lady in a rural home staring at the view, dreaming of an escape to city life. Clad in a flowing pink dress, she evokes the era’s shift from rural innocence to pleasures of urbanity. The women of the ’20s were often depicted in a neo-Renaissance form of Venus-like perfection with curving, glowing lines or as complex seductresses, transitioning into a new type of urban life. From Man Ray’s famous photographic portrait of Berenice Abbott to Nickolas Muray’s timeless portrait of Gloria Swanson, women are shown looking out onto the world with purpose.

Their faces evoke Ingres’ “Grand Odalisque” but with a greater sense of control over their bodies. Holding their faces, the photographed women suggest feelings of self-invention and containment. This creative exhibit is proving to be a much-needed 180-degree turn from the museum’s past. As Nancy Boissy, a member of the museum said, “I’ve seen many of these artists but never any of these works. I’m truly struck by the quality of the art here.”

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Twig Terrariums is one of the many vendors at the Brooklyn Flea.

Classic prep store has a neon twist By Hilary Presley

Behind the neon green doors of the newly opened store, C. Wonder (72 Spring St.) offers a bevy of punchy bright trinkets and gift ideas for the classic prep, but with a twist. Founded by Tory Burch’s ex-husband Chris Burch, the store aims to cater to its clientele by stressing the four C’s: customer service, creativity, color and a touch of cheer. From quilted totes and classic button downs to DIY charm bracelets and dog-patterned plates, C. Wonder has plenty of quality goods at an affordable price. With its eye-popping graphic walls and mannequins draped in layers of statement necklaces, the store is split into different departments for accessories, home and apparel. But what truly sets C. Wonder apart is the option to customize each purchase. At a crafty station called The Charm Bar, you can build a charm

bracelet from hundreds of trinkets to create a piece that looks as though it has been passed down through generations. They also offer in-store monogramming and engraving for $8, so you can put initials on bags, button downs, blankets, belts, glasses and silver boxes. These also makes for perfect personalized gifts this holiday season. Even the dressing rooms are tailored to fit your mood. A touch screen allows to you choose the lighting, music and volume depending on whether you are feeling excited, nostalgic, flirty, playful or cool. At the front of the store, you will find the brand’s signature punchy tote bags, leather wallets and purses — perfect for a student on the go. There is a large quilted tote for $128 and a computer-friendly sized canvas tote for $78 — both available in bright orange, green and red. For the dorm or apartment, there

are colorful ikat pillows for $38, a heart shaped waffle maker for $40, ikat-patterned dinnerware for under $15 and huge mugs for all the coffee you need to keep you running. The clothes are all quality basics but may put a heavier strain on your wallet because of their classic style. The style is geared toward a preppy crowd, but there are also military-inspired, fur lined coats for around $200 and classic cardigans for $68. There are foldable embroidered velvet flats with five layers of cushion support — also $68 — to stash in your purse whenever your highheeled feet need a bit of relief. C. Wonder also offers a flexible return policy. No matter how long it’s been, you can return or exchange any item and receive a free pair of $24 earrings to compensate for any dissatisfaction. Hilary Presley is a staff writer. Email her at


Personalization is the name of the game at the newly opened C. Wonder located at 72 Spring St.

By Brittany VanBibber Every Sunday, rain or shine, the vendors of Brooklyn Flea gather in Williamsburg with the hopes of seeing old and new faces alike — and selling them a few of their goods. Tents at the market offer everything from delicious homecooked Mexican food to old keepsakes one could find in their grandparents’ basement. People can be seen rummaging through items with one hand while balancing flea market food in the other. One particularly interesting vendor at Brooklyn Flea is Twig Terrariums. Twig Terrariums is staffed by Michelle Inciarrano and Katy Maslow, two best friends who have used their creative side to make miniscaped terrariums. “We get very elaborate with our mini-scaping,” Maslow said. “We are benevolent creators of these little worlds. A lot of the ones we bring to fairs and markets are ones we’ve created on a whim.” One of the terrariums on display this past Saturday had a mini-scaped scene of zombie creatures. The two, who have known each other since their teenage years, said “a lot of people want to see themselves in their terrariums in various ways. We’ve done a lot of naughty scenes.” Some of their weirdest projects include scenes of a girl hula hooping while holding a violin and a recreation of a dream in which everyone was outlined in gold. Twig Terrariums has an online store and a location in Brooklyn where they continue to create and sell terrariums. There is an array of creative, wacky vendors like Twig Terrariums, but also a large amount of food tents at the Brooklyn Flea. There are mini cupcakes, slowly braised pulled pork sandwiches

and a bean company. Asia Dog, a particular food vendor, sells hot dogs that are made with Asian-inspired toppings. The Asiadogs are made with flavors inspired by Korean, Japanese, Chinese and other Asian cuisine. Mel and Steve, owners of Asia Dog, “Have always had an interest in food. Both are half Asian so they drew their inspiration from there,” Asia Dog employee Ginny Hwang said. This is Asia Dog’s third year at Brooklyn Flea. Hwang says the crowd favorites are the Vinh, “‘the báhn mi style’ one, which is pickled and spicy,” along with the Wangding, or “Chinese barbecued pork belly which is sort of on the complete opposite end of the spectrum. It is sweet and savory.” Asia Dog shows up most weekends at Brooklyn Flea, at both the Fort Greene and Williamsburg locations. Not only are food and knickknacks a huge draw for customers but so is original artwork. One art alliance, Brooklynmade, involves Pablo Osorio and his friend Danny who photograph the city and then have their pictures silk-screened onto wood. The finished pieces are original and colorful. Right now Brooklynmade merchandise is available on Etsy and will soon have his own online store. Osorio sells his work at Brooklyn Flea, but you can also find him in places like Union Square. “The subway platform pieces are very popular,” friend and employee Josh Pinetta said. “There’s a lot of New York City and Brooklyn pride going on.” The Brooklyn Flea is open every Sunday from 10 a.m. - 5 p.m. through Nov. 20. Brittany VanBibber is a staff writer. Email her at


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Life is Pricey

Officials must be held accountable in LIRR scandal By Liz Beras When most of the nation and the world had its eyes fixed on the financial crisis of 2008, New York officials should have focused their attention on another scandal occurring right under their noses. The Long Island Railroad is the oldest and busiest commuter railroad in North America, stretching 120 miles and serving over 300,000 commuters a day. In 2008, the LIRR disability scandal was brought to light; since 2001, over 90 percent of retired LIRR employees were filing for and receiving disability benefits, which they may not have been entitled to. These disability benefits, which averaged $36,000, came in addition to the employees’ pension plans. The two at the center of the scandal, who are now being federally prosecuted, are Long Island-based orthopedic doctors Peter Ajemian and Peter Lesniewski. Together the doctors are responsible for 86 percent of the disability reports submitted to the LIRR before 2008. In a 2008 hearing held by then attorney general Andrew Cuomo, one of the charged doctors explained that after 2001 he started receiving more patients that were LIRR employees. It appears too coincidental that there was a sudden rise in patients who were then LIRR employees, suggesting an alternate reason all these employees were visiting these two specific doctors. The patients requested narratives

explaining their condition for the disability benefits application that the doctors seemingly falsified. The ethics of the doctors went out the window along with the integrity of the LIRR employees. The way the FBI sees it, the doctors charged each patient a minimum of $700 to provide the narrative for their disability benefit application and also gained profit by charging unnecessary tests to the insurance company. The doctors rebutted in a hearing, stating that no one ever questioned the narratives and retests the LIRR could have done. Not to disregard the apparently unethical actions of the doctors, they pose a valid point. There needs to be a checks and balances system in place. The public sector, including the LIRR, cannot carry on without certainty when there is this much money at play. The lifestyles of the LIRR retirees being prosecuted are disgraceful, given their fraudulent actions. For instance, LIRR retiree Gregory Noone’s pension, including disability benefits, is $105,000 a year after stating that he experienced severe pain when gripping objects, bending or crouching. Yet, Noone was capable enough to play tennis a few times a week and check in at a Long Island golf club over 100 times in 2008. Another retiree, Steven Gagliano receives over $75,000 a year, in pension and disability benefits, after filing for retirement with the claim that he suffers severe back pain. However,

it was discovered that he went on a 400-mile bike tour of New York State despite his back conditions. Noone and Gagliano are only two of many cases: As of 2008, the disability checks disbursed by the Railroad Retirement Board totaled over a quarter of a billion dollars. If the disability benefits are fully disbursed to the retirees, it could cost over $1 billion, a portion of this taxpayer money. To accommodate pension funds, New York State was forced to reduce spending in other sectors such as education and lay off numerous teachers. The LIRR’s president, Helena Williams, identified some of the scandal’s fraud; this, however, is not sufficient. The leaders of public sector corporations need to be vigilant of potential problems before they occur. There is not enough regulation put in place for corporations in the public sector, and this will continue to resolve in economic downfall if overlooked. From Watergate to Charles Rangel to the recent Solyndra scandal, it is time that public officials are held more accountable. If this means the government enacts the Dodd-Frank equivalent on the public sector, so be it. If not, the LIRR might want to start by rewriting its bylaws and emphasizing a sense of integrity in its employees. Liz Beras is a staff columnist. Her column, “Life is Pricey,” is about economics and its consequences. Email her at

The Observationalist

To be heard, our generation must vote

By Ben Miller

One of the interesting things about Occupy Wall Street is the way the movement challenges our conception of America as a democratic utopia — the reality of unlimited corporate and individual donations to political campaigns is one of the grimmest trends in contemporary American public life. But one thing begs to be said, we don’t have a representative democracy in large part because the generational groups that are protesting (in large part, those under the age of 40) haven’t voted in significant numbers for decades. Wonder why Medicare and Social Security reforms aren’t even on the table for most politicians? The over65 population always votes. Wonder why no presidential candidate has ever endorsed same-sex marriage, despite polls showing a majority of Americans are now in favor? The over-65 population isn’t in favor, and it always votes. The same trend can be used to answer why education is an undervalued issue, why true student loan reform is still on the back-burner and why marijuana legalization is still a political third rail. Almost every example of short-sighted policy-making — of decisions that are better in the

immediate sense but have sometimes devastating long-term consequences — can be directly tied to older Americans voting their interests and not being countered in any significant way by younger people who will have to live with the long-term effects of these policies. The most recent midterm elections were widely interpreted as a public rebuke of President Barack Obama’s agenda. But a large part of his coalition never showed up. Instead, over65 voters came out in record numbers which is why a Congress was elected that has disproportionately favored short-term tax breaks and deficit reduction through cuts to discretionary spending (such as those on vital education and social welfare programs that protect America’s young people) rather than cuts to entitlements or defense. Our generation has been handed one of the largest sets of challenges of any in recent history. We face an insecure life on a shrinking and warming globe. The instruments of public policy will be tested like never before — and our institutions will need to be up for the challenge. So before we protest, before we (rightly) decry the (disgusting) impact of corporate money on representative elections, we should ask ourselves: Did you vote?

If not, why? Did your friends vote? If not, why? Did you remind them? And to the predictable response — why vote if there are no acceptable candidates — I answer this: Showing up at the ballot box and writing in ‘None Of The Above,’ if done en masse, makes an impact. If significant numbers of young people always voted, if not for a candidate than against the system, systemic change would come. So, in the 2012 Presidential elections, vote. Just do it. Vote for Obama. Vote for Herman Cain. Vote for Kim Kardashian, ‘None Of The Above’ or King Arthur if you want to. But vote. And if you don’t, I don’t particularly care what you think about any of the issues that come up over the next four years. I won’t want to listen to your kvetching about The Man and how politics only responds to old white people. It responds to them because they vote. And, statistically speaking, you don’t. So do. Ben Miller is a staff columnist. His column, “The Observationalist,” is a musing on culture, politics and society. It appears every Wednesday. Email him at

Staff editorial

Cuomo’s refusal to tax wealthy unconscionable

To much criticism, Democratic governor Andrew Cuomo refused to renew the state’s ‘millionaire’s tax’ in mid-October. The tax, enacted in 2009 and set to expire at the end of this year, puts a surcharge on married couples with incomes over $300,000 and individuals with incomes over $200,000. In a time of bankrupt budgets nationwide, the tax would provide New York, which currently has a $4 billion deficit, with $2 billion. The WSN Editorial Board strongly opposes Cuomo’s decision to leave behind this tax on the wealthy; it is a tax that is supported by 72 percent of registered voters in New York State, according to Siena College. By doing so, he is further alienating his Democratic constituencies and bringing his clear economic preference into the public light. One of the governor’s attempts to justify his opposition to the tax includes the fear that the surcharge would cause people and businesses to leave the state. However, this assumption has no empirical or factual basis and leaves Cuomo with an empty argument. New York State has the highest income disparity in the country, with 1 percent of the state controlling 35 percent of its income. The statistic does not include the capital gains assets and the corporate bonuses as well, making the figure possibly larger. With the ‘millionaire’s tax’ on the way out and an austerity package being enacted, further income inequality is guaranteed. This disparity empowers the Occupy Wall Street and Occupy Albany movements by providing the starkest picture of the country in downtown Manhattan. This recent decision by Cuomo to not renew the tax sets the stage for the Occupy movements in Zuccotti Park and Albany to have a concentrated goal that millions of New Yorkers can relate to. As we have seen on the federal level, Congress cannot be trusted to implement a tax on the wealthy to raise revenue and combat deficits. The state level is where this inaction can be fixed. Instead, the decision by Cuomo is exacerbating Washington’s failure, letting the pitfalls repeat themselves yet again. Email the WSN Editorial Board at

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The best and worst of the NHL By Daniel Hinton As the 2011-12 NHL regular season enters its second month, WSN takes a look at the most surprising and disappointing starts to this season.

By Ryan Gilmore

Most Surprising Team: Edmonton Oilers This one obviously goes to the Edmonton Oilers. They have finished the last two seasons with the fewest points in the NHL. As a result, the Oilers have drafted at the top in consecutive years, picking left wing Taylor Hall in 2010 and center Ryan Nugent-Hopkins in 2011. Both have had impressive starts this season, as Hall leads the team in plus/minus and Nugent-Hopkins leads all NHL rookies in goals and assists. Goalie Nikolai Khabibulin’s start has been even more powerful and impressive. October has been a resurgent month for “The Bulin Wall,” who leads the league in save percentage and goals allowed per game at .960 and 1.12, respectively. After finishing in the bottom three in goals allowed for the past two years, Edmonton is now at the top of the league. Currently, the Oilers are on a five-game winning streak, during which they became the first team this season to defeat the Washington Capitals. Hopefully for Oilers fans, Khabibulin and the rest of the squad can continue to compete with the best of the West.

Most Surprising Player: Jaromir Jagr, Philadelphia Flyers Philadelphia Flyers right wing Jaromir Jagr is another veteran who has had a productive start. After three seasons in Russia’s Kontinental Hockey League, Jagr has made a smooth transition

‘Suck for Luck’ campaign bad for the league


Roberto Luongo needs to be consistent for the Canucks. back to the NHL. He has contributed to the second best offense in the league with an average of one point per game and is on pace for a healthy +22 rating. At 39 years old, Jagr, along with Khabibulin, is further evidence that age may just be a number in this league.

Most Disappointing Teams: Detroit Red Wings, Boston Bruins Following a five-game win streak to begin the year, the Detroit Red Wings have lost five in a row, including a 7-1 blowout against the Caps and a 4-1 loss to the lowly Columbus Blue Jackets. For Detroit’s standards, centers Pavel Datsyuk and Henrik Zetterberg have had slow starts. Datsyuk, a three-time Selke Trophy winner as the league’s best defensive forward, currently has a -5 rating while Zetterberg, who finished fifth last year in assists with 56, has recorded only two in ten starts this season. Nevertheless, the Red Wings are a perennial Stanley Cup contender and goalie Jimmy Howard has been solid between the pipes, so expect them to return to form soon. With only eight points in 11 games, the Boston Bruins must

be mentioned among the biggest disappointments. Their offense is currently ranked 26th in goals per game after finishing fifth in the category last season. To be fair, they did win the Stanley Cup just four months ago and goalie Tim Thomas is still their best player, so perhaps they deserve some slack. No need to panic ... just yet.

Most Disappointing Player: Roberto Luongo, Vancouver Canucks While goalie Roberto Luongo is notorious for his slow starts, with the exception of last night’s 5-to-1 victory over the Flames in Calgary, he has been particularly terrible this season with a save percentage of .869 and a goals allowed average of 3.54, following last Saturday’s 7-4 win over Washington. With Vancouver’s recently unpredictable offense — which despite being 11th overall in goals per game has already been shutout three times in 12 games — Luongo needs to develop consistency soon if the Canucks have any hope of returning to the Stanley Cup Finals. Daniel Hinton is a staff writer. Email him at

You know something is up when fans are actually hoping their team loses. But this season, several teams’ fans are doing just that as many of the NFL’s bottom dwellers are essentially campaigning to be the worst team in the league. The reason: to draft Stanford’s redshirt junior quarterback Andrew Luck, the perceived white knight destined to ride in and save whichever franchise drafts him. There is certainly reason to believe Luck can do just that. He’s 6 feet 4 inches tall, with great poise and a cannon for an arm. He has also put up impressive numbers, completing 70.7 percent of his passes for 3,338 yards, 32 touchdowns and just eight interceptions last season. Still, the questions remains: Is an unproven prospect worth embarrassing your organization? Some franchises, like Miami, seem to think so, especially with head coach Tony Sparano on the sidelines leading an abysmal football team. In Week 7, the Dolphins blew a 15point lead to the Denver Broncos with only three minutes remaining. They ended up losing in overtime 18 to 15. If that’s not sucking for Luck, I don’t know what is. Other teams, like Indianapolis (0-8), don’t even have to try to lose — they’re just that bad. The Colts were murdered on national television by the Saints, 62 to 7 in Week 7. The St. Louis Rams are only slightly less abysmal at (1-6), and just above them is Minnesota (2-6). The idea that fans want their organizations to tank for Luck is inherently absurd, especially considering how often NFL prospects labelled as incredible end up as busts. Do the names Jamar-

cus Russell, Tim Couch, Ryan Leaf and Heath Shuler ring a bell? And there are more — a lot more. Luck may not even end up as the best NFL quarterback to come out of his draft class — we just cannot predict that. He certainly has the intangibles to be the next Peyton Manning, but you cannot tell by simply looking at his college career. Flashy college numbers do not equate to NFL success. Telling your team to lose just for the sake of an unproven college prospect is both unprofessional and bad for football. The other wrinkle in this situation is that Luck might not even go to the team that drafts him. His father, Oliver Luck, was an NFL quarterback himself and has a lot of involvement in what his son does with his football career. Miami might draft Luck, but he could decide he does not want to play for a team with zero fan base, no running game, a bad coaching staff and very few weapons. Luck has enough leverage to pull a John Elway or Eli Manning power play. So a team intentionally tanking might actually scare Luck away because it shows a terrible organization. When asked about “suck for Luck,” Luck was even quoted as saying, “I think it’s stupid.” Fans are spending too much time thinking about the future. Sit down on Sunday and root for your team to win — that’s the point of being a fan. Luck will go somewhere, be it Miami, Indy, Minnesota or elsewhere, but there are plenty of other prospects coming out of this draft, and to shame your franchise for the sake of one rookie is ridiculous. Ryan Gilmore is a contributing writer. Email him at Follow him on Twitter @RGilmoreWSN.


NYU grad Mears takes a closer look at model behavior By Briana Hanratty When NYU grad Ashley Mears was 16, she was approached by a casting agent in a downtown Starbucks. Rather than seeing this as a career opportunity, however, Mears thought this would be the perfect way to explore her studies. “I thought, here is my chance to study it sociologically,” she said. “The agency agreed to my research plans, and my professors encouraged the project.” So Mears joined up to work as a model at an agency in London and New York City. While she was there, she went out on castings and jobs to document the process of becoming a model or “attaining the look.” She interviewed more than 100 models, agents and clients. Now a professor of sociology at Boston

University, Mears recently published her book “Pricing Beauty,” detailing her research. The book looks at all facets of modelling from the economics behind the field to what goes into crafting the right look. “Because a model’s look, like a piece of art or other cultural good, is instability.” Mears said. “Producers in fashion must work together to reach consensus on which looks will be ‘in’ fashion, and what prices to sell them.” Mears also spoke of the impact her education at NYU had on her research for the book. Mears said an ethnographic methods course provided a forum on how to take and analyze notes, as well as how to properly interview. Professor of sociology Harvey Molotch recalled teaching Mears, and said they still keep in touch.

“Ashley decided to leave the world of high-fashion modeling, of which she was a good success with work in various fashion capitals of Europe and Asia,” he said. “But she has an active mind and couldn’t help thinking about the wider implications of her work, and this led her to do systematic research on bodies, on how the world constitutes beauty and the way the labor market operates in this sphere.” In addition to teaching three courses at BU, Mears is researching the spread of global culture by studying a group of international model scouts in Eastern Europe and Siberia. Briana Hanratty is a staff writer. Email her at


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