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OWS calls New York students to action
NYU fraternity rocks to a good cause
By Amy Zhang
By Kristine Itliong
Last night marked the beginning of the second annual Rock-A-Thon to raise money for Save A Child’s Heart, an Israelbased non-profit organization. In front of Weinstein Residence Hall, NYU community leaders and members of the Alpha Epsilon Pi fraternity will take turns rocking in the AEPi chair until Nov. 16. SACH provides pediatric heart surgery and care for children in developing countries. The Rock-A-Thon is an opportunity for AEPi to not only make a positive contribution to the cause but also to further its Israel advocacy campaign. Zachary DuBow, a CAS senior and the president of Alpha Epsilon Pi, was the first person to sit in the rocking chair for the fraternity’s 48-hour fundraiser. “Two facets, SACH and Israel advocacy, are most important to us,” DuBow said. “Since [the
AEPi members raised money for charity with the help of the community and a rocking chair. organization] works so well with our mission as a Jewish fraternity on campus, we decided to make this an annual event.” Last year, AEPi raised $5,400 for SACH. For each minute
Garden hosts delectable comfort food at Roberta’s By Cody Delistraty
Just a few stops off the L train, you’ll find Roberta’s restaurant in Bushwick, Brooklyn, a quiet refuge from hectic Manhattan. Strings of lights set the mood in the restaurant’s outdoor garden where 20-somethings casually eating their dinners. A two-hour wait might seem a little extreme for a restaurant
that, from the outside, looks like it could play host to drug deals. But when you move past the curtain and into Roberta’s makeshift vestibule, you will find yourself in an effervescent and bustling dining room. It’s here that you can find fresh salads and creative pizzas, a talkative mix of local families, cu-
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The innovative food pairs well with the laid-back atmosphere.
spent in the chair, they earned $1. The group also accepts donations from passersby, AEPi members sat through hail, rain and cold last year during their 30-minute-long shifts. Unlike at last year’s event,
the second Rock-A-Thon has sponsors who have donated food and money for the event. T-shirts will also be given to Rock-A-Thon participants.
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The Occupy Wall Street is seeking more student voices. In an effort to broaden its reach, organizers have invited New York City students to join in a Week of Student Action. With mounting concerns over student debt and tuition increases, organizers from CUNY, Columbia, the New School, Pratt, Julliard and NYU have issued a call to increase awareness of their universities’ ties to Wall Street. For student organizers, this week is pivotal in that it coincides with both the two-month anniversary of the movement and the City University of New York Board of Trustees’s meeting to discuss tuition hikes on Nov. 21. Yesterday, NYU4OWS organizers hosted a Corporate University Walking Tour. Modeled after admissions tours given to prospective NYU
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Drake solidifies place among best rappers By Natalie Hawley
As far as album sales go, Drake has nothing to worry about. Despite his quick and unlikely rise to the spotlight, he’s enjoying his hard-earned income and boasting about his successes just like any other rapper. But what sets Drake apart from his contemporaries is his willingness to express his emotions. On his 2010 debut, “Thank Me Later,” he created his identity: a sensitive up-and-comer, still acclimating himself to fame. Now, with his second album “Take Care,” Drake sets up a platform to reveal his versatility, bask in his indulgent life, and at the same time, rely on his soft side and ask for sympathy. His lyrics are blunt, but his delivery is persuasive because he swiftly taps into that swooning-voice quality in a way few other rappers can pull off effectively. This is the appeal of Drake. Solidified on “Take Care,” he plays the role of hiphop’s sensitive asshole. We got a taste of this in “Marvin’s Room,” a track made available early this summer. The barebones production (only a muted
bass and long, ominous chords) perfectly underscored Drake’s drunken, cooing phone call to his ex-girlfriend. He allows himself to be vulnerable — the move is risky but well executed. “I’m lucky that you picked up/ Lucky that you stayed on/ I need someone to put this weight on,” he sings — after, of course, letting her know the price he has paid for fame. “Take Care” features several topnotch choices in the artists that accompany Drake. In fact, the collaborations are arguably the strongest tracks on the album. Lil Wayne appears on two tracks, with lyrics as clever and crude as you would expect. Rick Ross throws down a verse on the epic, chorus-supported “Lord Knows,” and Rihanna sings alongside the fast piano on the title track, “Take Care.” Drake also takes some risks with the experimental, catchy “Crew Love” and the emotional “Doing It Wrong,” where he demonstrates his singing ability. To top it off, Stevie Wonder delivers a gorgeous outro via harmonica — an unexpected but perfect ending. Drake himself said it best on “Take Care’s” first single, “Head-
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lines”: “I might be too strung out on compliments/ Overdosed on confidence.” Fame hit him hard, he accepted it, and now he’s letting us know how it feels. In a world so strongly influenced by egocentric rappers like Kanye, that may not sound so impressive. But Drake craftily maintains his honest, passive quality amidst these rough verses, oddly giving him a lot of validity. “Take Care” reveals Drake’s creative growth as an artist and reinforces that he doesn’t plan to leave the spotlight anytime soon. Natalie Hawley is a contributing writer. Email her at firstname.lastname@example.org.
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My dog ate my payment A couple from Florida lost $1,000 after their dog — a labrador retriever, chow and bulldog mix — ate a stack of cash. Joe and Christy Lawrenson, who were trying to pay off their car loan, left the money in an envelope on the kitchen counter before they left for work. When they came home, they found pieces of hundred dollar bills strewn across the floor. In an attempt to get their money back, they fed their dog peroxide to make him vomit. They then raked through the vomit for the bills, pieced together the money and sent it in a plastic bag to the Department of Treasury. Only one bill was too damaged to salvage a serial number. — News4Jax.com
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Occupy Wall Street calls New York City students to action
students, guides brought attendees to six different campus sites, including the Stern School of Business’ Tisch Hall and the NYU admissions offices. Along the way guides pointed out some OWS connections. “For the 1 percent of the university — the administrators, trustees and deans — life couldn’t be better,” guides said, as attendees stopped in front of Bobst Library. “John Sexton made at least $1.3 million last year, while the adjunct who taught you Shakespeare is lucky to pull in $25,000.” The walking tour also accused individual members of NYU’s Board of Trustees and other members of the president’s office of profiting from the financial crises. “They are fighting for more accountability from boards of trustees,” CUNY student and co-organizer of the Student Week of Action, Zoltan Gluck said. “It’s an important struggle.” In response, NYU spokesperson
John Beckman said that, while all students’ opinions are respected, labels shouldn’t be haphazardly designated. “We should be careful about caricature and vilification,” he said. “Most of the men and women on the Board of Trustees have been enormously generous philanthropists to NYU and to other not-for-profits. We should be careful about falling into us-versus-them divisiveness. The best solutions tend to emerge out of cooperative efforts.” According to OWS Week of Action organizer Christy Thornton, a third-year Ph.D. student at NYU, these events are only the initial steps. On Nov. 17, the group is calling for a city-wide student strike in Union Square to stand in solidarity with the National Day of Action, OWS and other organized labor rallies. Find their list of events at studentweekofaction.wordpress.com. Amy Zhang is city/state editor. Email her at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Occupy Wall Street fosters thriving library
Brothers’ iPhone app makes Central Park more enjoyable By Elizabeth Maguire A quick trip to Apple’s App Store can make your next visit to Central Park more musical and comforting than ever. Last month, NYU graduate Ryan Holliday and his brother Hays released “Central Park (Listen to the Light),” an iPhone application that uses the phone’s GPS locator to play different tracks of music based on the listener’s location within the park. The music is designed to mirror the aesthetics of the area where the user is located, according to Hays. Various beats fade in and out as the listener walks through the park, sometimes transitioning smoothly and other times changing abruptly between different regions of the park. The music, however, blends together and is designed to be played in a nonlinear way. The Holladays, who both went to college in New York, spent a lot of time in the park while at school, but they said they were primarily inspired by the idea of technology’s influence on the way people listen to music. “I think we were just kicking around ideas about how the functionality of a smart phone could open up new ways of listening to music,” Hays said. “To us, it seemed like using GPS technology was a really simple and elegant way of doing that.” The duo began discussing the idea a few years ago when the App Store was launched. They have been working on the technology for about a year and started recording tracks in May. “It was certainly a very different process than recording a traditional record,” Ryan said. “Lots of walking.”
The app uses your location within the park to play appropriate tunes. They have also released a location-aware album for the National Mall in Washington, D.C., where they currently live and perform under the stage name Bluebrain. The two are looking to create even more albums for other places in the world. “There will always be people that just don’t get it or see it as a novelty,” Ryan said. “But the majority of people really see what we’re trying to do which is demonstrate how the tools that are available in smartphones give artists a completely new set of tools to compose with.” Elizabeth Maguire is a staff writer. Email her at email@example.com.
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The library at Zucotti Park currently boasts over 5,000 books. By Hanqing Chen For the hundreds occupying Wall Street, Zucotti Park in downtown Manhattan has become a home. Complete with restrooms, kitchens and phone-charging stations, the area has many modern accommodations, including a growing library. Since the protests began last September, many participants began donating books to the movement. Seeing the influx of material, ten days later Betsy Fagin, a Brooklyn librarian, decided to organize a formal library. “The People’s Library was founded by the people,” Fagin said. “I brought a proposal to the General Assembly to formally establish the library working group and take responsibility for the library.” The library’s loan policy operates on a principle of trust. Anyone can take and leave books when he or she wishes. Now, as the library nears its two-month anniversary, its modest collection of books has grown to a
vast online database of over 5,000. The concept has spread to other OWS sites around the country, including Boston, Washington, D.C., and San Francisco. “Everyone who participates in the library working group is considered a librarian of the People’s Library,” Fagin said. At the New York City site, there are currently 20 active members, five of whom are full-time occupiers at the park, but everyone is welcome to join. In fact, librarians come from far and wide. One of the library’s most dedicated librarians is Mandy Henk, an assistant librarian at DePauw University in Indiana who flies in occasionally to work at the library. “Libraries are essential to movements,” Henk said. “Movements in the 19th century to the social movements in the ’60s all had their own libraries. Libraries fuel diverse viewpoints and discussion.” Hanqing Chen is a deputy city/state editor. Email her at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Sponsors include the Edgar M. Bronfman Center for Jewish Student Life, Hasbara Fellowship, University Pita, Sigma-Burger-Pie, Pizza Mercato and Cafetasia. “It’s the best bonding experience we could possibly have,” said Jordan Fine, the AEPi vice president and a Stern junior. “This year we have even stronger support for the event from within our fraternity because of the success we had last year.” According to Fine, Liberal Studies Program Dean Fred Schwarzbach, representatives from the Office of Student Affairs and rabbis from Jewish organizations near the campus will all sit in the chair to raise money for the charity. “I think it’s really great that they’re taking the time to rock for children and to raise money,” Steinhardt sophomore Melanie Kressel said. “The fact that they’re willing to sit out all night is definitely different.”
AEPi will donate proceeds to Save A Child’s Heart. Director of MEOR, Rabbi Aaron Eiseman, spent some time in the hot seat. “People associate Israel with conflict,” he said. “Israel actually does such a tremendous work of char-
ity work. SACH is a beautiful thing. People need to see that.” Kristine Itliong is a staff writer. Email her at email@example.com.
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Essential eats at the Brooklyn Smorgasburg market
By Veronica Viayra While Williamsburg is the go-to place for vintage stores and indie music venues, foodies have been flocking to the neighborhood’s waterfront every Saturday to get their fix at Smorgasburg. The market is a strictly food-related offshoot of the Brooklyn Flea and is located between N. Sixth and N. Seventh streets. Since next Saturday will be the last Smorgasburg of the season, work up an appetite and try as many vendors as you can — some are just too good to wait until next year.
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S’more Bakery & Cafe
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With flavors like cayenne cherry chocolate chunk and cocoa toasted hazelnut, this is not your Italian grandma’s biscotti. But the biscotti’s hand-cut look gives off a heart-warming, homemade appeal. The crystallized ginger apple ones are bursting with exotic flavors and interesting textures, making them an intriguing new accompaniment to coffee or tea.
At this enticing cafe, the s’more gets a gourmet update with cinnamon and clover honey-spiked graham crackers, a large vanilla bean marshmallow and chocolate ganache. The anticipation while watching them toast your s’mores with a fire torch makes the first bite even more amazing. As owner Sarah Warren said, “Savor the mess.”
The bubble tea craze is still gaining followers, and the options offered here are incredible. At the storefront on 10th Street between First Avenue and Avenue A, Thirstea has established a steady following and a wide variety of flavors including chai and taro.
If the funny names don’t catch your interest, the intriguing combinations of flavors will definitely draw you in. The fruits in the jams come from small local farms, and the jams are made by hand. The different varieties include Three’s Company Triple Berry, Lime & Pandan and Wild Blueberry with Rum, Anise and Juniper. The latter has a delicious taste that goes great with some artisanal bread.
Kings County Jerky Co. With winter upon us, it is time to stock up on the necessities for survival while you’re stuck in your apartment or dorm room. Beef jerky is the perfect sustenance, but many are made with chemicals. The jerky sold here is handmade from grass-fed beef and all-natural ingredients. In addition to the classic flavors, including Korean BBQ and orange ginger, are some novel taste-bud tantalizers.
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Indian Creperie offers authentic dosas on the cheap
The menu has many stellar choices. By Kitty Thornton You won’t be craving traditional Parisian crepes if you find yourself in Hemant Phul’s new restaurant Indian Creperie. The restaurant will have you hooked on their dosas, which are similar to crepes in texture and shape but are made out of rice and filled with aromatic meats and vegetables. “There’s nothing like this in the area,” Phul said. In fact, the restaurant’s name was simply a business ploy. “It’s so much easier to get the message across,” Phul said about his decision to call them crepes. “There’s interest for non-Indians who will stop by and wonder what it is.” And so far it seems to be working as
Phul has had success in attracting customers. “I would stop in everyday if I lived in the neighborhood,” said Aaron Kirchner who lives in Brooklyn. “I may move just to be closer.” The menu is divided into “Small Bites” and “Not So Small Bites” with no item exceeding $9. Small bites include idli (steamed rice cakes) and vada (fried rice doughnuts), while bigger ones include dosas with a variety of fillings, most of which are vegetarian. Menu standouts include the vegetable dosa which has perfectly roasted beets, carrots and cauliflower. Be sure to try any one of the three dipping sauces: coconut, spicy tomato and veggie lentil. But beware, even the non-spicy dishes can get quite hot. Indian Creperie contrasts classic dishes with a modern interior, a perfect fit for the urban landscape and a strong appeal for a younger crowd. The narrow space has seating for 16 customers. The staff is friendly and accommodating, with a level of service better than most. The decor includes a wall of shelves that hold jars of spices and lentils, as well as an exposed metal ceiling. This small, sleek and casual space is great for dinner with friends or a quick lunch between classes. Indian Creperie 190 Bleecker St. 212-777-7188 indiancreperie.com Kitty Thornton is a staff writer. Email her at email@example.com.
Chocolate sold in all shapes, sizes and flavors at Chelsea festival By Sarah Kamenetz
Love chocolate? You’re in good company. Last weekend, New York City’s chocolate lovers got the chance to experience four days of sheer indulgence at the Annual New York Chocolate Show held at the Metropolitan Pavilion in Chelsea. The celebration featured fine chocolate companies and chocolatiers, chocolate sculptors, a Broadway-inspired chocolate fashion show, live chocolate making/baking demonstrations and book signings (of books about chocolate, of course). Visitors sampled and bought some of the best chocolates in the world from over 50 different vendors. Demonstrations and special appearances were made by the likes of Dylan Lauren, the daughter of Ralph Lauren and owner of Dylan’s Candy Bar, and George Duran, the host of TLC’s “Ultimate Cake Off.” But what made the event so special was that it appealed to the chocolate-loving everyman, while also offering haute chocolate for those with the most refined and defined palates. Peanut Butter & Co. and Jacques Torres were giving away a wide variety of prizes, including hugs from the Peanut Butter & Co. mascot (a giant monkey) and $1 hot chocolate. More exclusive goods included Xocolatti’s offer of nine luxury truffles, No Chewing Allowed!’s melt-in-your-mouth French truffles and ChocoBolo’s domed meringue-mousse-ganache chocolate cakes. Chocolate was not only flowing from fountains and being used as a dip for pretzels, potato chips and bacon but was also shaped into sculptures and clothing.
Sherri Adler, the owner of Rouge Confections, returned for her second year as a vendor at the festival. “The chocolate show is great because there are all different kinds of customers in different shapes and sizes,” Adler said. “Their interest has been great. This show brings a certain kind of customer with a sophisticated kind of palate.” Attendees were more than pleased with their experiences at this year’s chocolate show. Bonnie Hirsch attended the event with her husband and three kids, who couldn’t stop smiling. “We bought chocolate-covered bacon because it is unique and hard to find,” Hirsch said. “We have also tried chocolate-covered potato chips, the chocolate fountain, cupcakes, gelato and vanilla-chocolate pop rocks. We’ve tried it all. We are definitely are coming back next year.” Florian Bellanger, the owner of Mad Mac and a judge on Food Network’s “Cupcake Wars,” thought the chocolate show would have been incomplete without alternative non-chocolate confections like his macarons. “I think the macaron is the best cookie in the world,” Bellanger said. “The difference between a macaron and another cookie is simple: It is very sexy, it is a colorful cookie, it is finger food, it is a snack, it is a gift, and it is an alternate to chocolate.” Whether you’re in the mood for chocolate macarons, chocolate-dipped pretzels or plain old chocolate, consider putting next year’s chocolate show on your calendar. Sarah Kamenetz is dining editor. Email her at firstname.lastname@example.org.
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Childish Gambino delivers with passion and wordplay
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By Brian Capuder As a writer for “30 Rock,” an actor on NBC’s “Community” and a musician by the stage name of Childish Gambino, NYU alumnus Donald Glover has proven himself to be a modern-day Renaissance man. After releasing several mixtapes, EPs and LPs for free, Glover signed to Glassnote Records to produce his first studio album, “Camp.” Inundated with Glover’s witty word play about pop culture and New York City life, along with thoroughly descriptive scenes about his struggle with not being “black enough,” “Camp” proves itself to be both a work of musical and lingual art. Opening with the track “Outside,” Glover laments about his family’s troubled past and recollects leaving the ghetto for a better life — a decision that has caused controversy throughout his life. Explaining his suffering as being “too white,” Gambino discusses the racial hatred he faced as a child and throughout his adolescence and college experiences at NYU (which he called “that white school”). His suffering translates smoothly through his raps, tugging with ease at the listeners’ heartstrings. Throughout the album, Glover also experiments with several effects, most of which he pulls off well. The one downfall is Glover’s use of the snare drum, which is a bit overdone. Both the electronic-influenced “Heartbeat” and early release “Bon-
fire” are the prime culprits of this musical misdemeanor that sounds too harsh. Glover redeems himself, however, with the surprising dubstep influence on “Heartbeat” and his expert integration of harmonized backing vocalists on “Outside.” “Backpackers,” one of the slower tracks on “Camp,” contains influence from none other than current prince of rap, Tyler, the Creator. The droll feel of spitting hate and the imagery of awkward sex with animals is reminiscent of “Yonkers” from Tyler’s debut album, “Goblin.” While this seems to be a stretch from his usual style, Glover manages to pull off this Odd Future-inspired style well. Closing his album, Glover finishes strong with “That Power,” rapping to spite “all these haters” and to let everyone know he’s proud of his life and career and is here to stay. The bass-heavy track is completed with backing vocals to complement Glover’s raging voice. “That Power” is Glover’s final experiment on the album. With added stylistic dialogue like Kanye West’s “Blame Game,” Glover puts his dramatic writing degree to use and reminisces on summer camp with a dreamy feel of nostalgia and youthful wonder. Although it’s cliché and cheesy, it leaves the listener at peace. It’s a satisfying conclusion to the collection of Glover’s lyrical vignettes. Bryan Capuder is a contributing writer. Email him at email@example.com.
Gaming industry must stagger releases By Jonathon Dornbush As an avid gamer, I’ve come to accept a high price tag on my entertainment. The wallets of countless gamers must already feel light after the releases of “Batman: Arkham City,” “Uncharted 3: Drake’s Deception” and “The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim.” But to keep up with the glut of releases this week, you may just have to sell your wallet itself if you want to afford everything. “Super Mario 3D Land,” “Saints Row: The Third,” “Assassin’s Creed: Revelations,” “Rayman Origins” and “Halo: Combat Evolved Anniversary” will all vie for your attention, not to mention “The Legend of Zelda: Skyward Sword,” which drops this Sunday. And while this may sound like an exciting time for gamers, the sheer number of options shoehorned into the end of the year may be hurting the industry. It’s no secret that the holiday season consistently brings in the highest sales of any time of year. Although it might sound like a safe way for companies to turn a profit, the flood of games in November and December leaves the rest of the year lacking good
titles. The summer drought has become a given each year, with only downloadable games preventing absolute desolation. The summer is a perfect time to release a mainstream title, too — students are on vacation and older family members will usually take time off. Yet the industry’s hesitancy to go against trends rears its ugly head every year, leading long release lists like this week’s. If you were to buy every game mentioned above, it would cost you over $260. The likelihood that someone would buy all of these titles is slim to none, and something is going to suffer. Usually, it’s the most creative or interesting titles. It may be a risk to publish a title during the slow months, The eccentric “Catherine” may have had audience-alienating anime style designations, but it sold over 500,000 copies in only a month because it was released during the summer. If that’s not proof that games can sell yearround, it’s hard to say what more game developers could want. Plenty of titles during this holiday season will be well worth buying. But why should gamers
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lose out on great games because they are asked to buy everything at once? Why should the industry shoot itself in the foot by preventing gamers from picking up all of the latest titles for financial reasons? If releases were more spread out, we’d get more games and companies would get more profit. But we know this. Let’s just hope companies pick up on it soon. Jonathon Dornbush is entertainment editor. Email him at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Israeli talent showcased at film festival By Stefan Melnyk
Why a film festival? The issues surrounding Israel and its peoples are a mess of religion, politics, history, ethnic tensions and economic disparities. So, again, why a film festival? “People like movies ... I like movies, and it’s an area in which Jews and Arabs do work together,” said Carol Zabar, founder of the Other Israel Film Festival. Maybe there is something to be said for that, but does cinema really have a healing factor that powerful? Zabar, who went to school in Israel, recalled a time when “people were talking more about equal rights.” But she believes that, as development increased, equality became less and less evident. Zabar is part of a committee of four that decides the festival’s cinematic selections each year. The film festival is openly geared toward films by and about minorities in Israel, but it is not over-aggressive. Some of the films playing at the festival are explicitly evoca-
tive (like “The Human Turbine” and “77 Steps”), while others lead by example rather than command (“Dolphin Boy”). If the film festival itself leans a little toward the latter in its own approach, so much the better. This year, the festival is particularly characterized by its technological innovation. Its new site, otherisraelondemand.org, streams a selection of festival films at no more than $6 each — some are even offered for free — and allows viewers to vote for their favorite films. Superficially, this signifies a film festival that integrates the latest technological resources into the traditional film-festival structure. However, on another level, it is entirely consistent with the democratic philosophy of the festival, one that takes as its premise the assumption that all those who desire a voice in the popular culture deserve one. At the Opening Night Gala, attendees emerged from a triumphant premiere screening of “Dolphin Boy.” The documentary
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jumps back and forth across ethnic lines but takes no notice. It is a film about people rather than issues. It was not the people at the event that exemplified the spirit of the evening, no matter how good their intentions — after all, you can find gatherings of concerned citizens anywhere. It was the film itself. And in that sense, Zabar is absolutely right about the power of cinema to connect people to one another. While a simple gathering of like-minded individuals may bring some measure of emotional comfort to its constituents, it is entirely without point or reward. Combined with art, however, the whole becomes greater than the sum of its parts, and that, it seems, is what makes this festival special. The Other Israeli Film Festival run through Nov. 17. Tickets are $12 or $6 for those with a valid student ID. Stefan Melnyk is film editor. Email him at email@example.com.
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Law and Order
Police not the enemy in Occupy Wall Street protests By Louis Loftus The Occupy Wall Street movement proudly describes itself as being leaderless. It has no official list of objectives, no collective set of principles, no foundational texts. Other than being among a 99 percent majority “that will no longer tolerate the greed and corruption of the 1 percent,” the one sentiment that seems universal in Occupy Wall Street and its various incarnations across the country is an extreme aversion to dogma and a deep reluctance to tethering the movement to any specific (and possibly imperfect) doctrines. While the idealism of this sentiment is apparent, the danger of the ideological ship is that it is prone to drift. Two weeks ago in Oakland, riot police using tear gas and beanbag rounds forcibly drove hundreds of protesters affiliated with Occupy Oakland from their encampment in Frank Ogawa Plaza outside City Hall. Though this was not the first conflict between protesters and the police in Oakland, it was the first to receive nationwide coverage. Images of civilians fleeing through clouds of smoke as heavily armed SWAT team members bombarded them from behind riot shields have ignited the online and television media. In New York the day after the in-
cident, thousands of demonstrators marched the two and a half miles from Zuccotti Park to Union Square in solidarity with the Oakland movement. Chants of “We Are Oakland” filled the streets, fights broke out and arrests were made as the protesters squared off against its old enemy — the police forces of the United States. While police brutality is an extremely important issue in America, as the incident in Oakland demonstrates, it is a red herring with respect to the greater movement. In the war against income and social inequality, the enemy of the 99 percent is not the police. Indeed, it is safe to say that nearly all of the officers quelling riots in city parks across America are proud members of the 99 percent. Few robber barons take up the gun and shield. In this instance, the police are not the arm of the oppressor but rather of the oppressed. The police are a manifestation of the power of the state, not of the wealthy, and if Occupy Wall Street has any hope of affecting real change, it must understand that the state is on its side. Stricter financial regulation, cheaper schooling, justice for corporate crimes — all are to be achieved through actions of the state. Where the protests of the Vietnam War and civil rights
movement had ground to gain by butting heads with the police, at least in the manner described in Martin Luther King Jr.’s “Letter from Birmingham Jail,” police brutality only distracts from and confuses this cause. Jean Quan, Mayor of Oakland and a supporter of the Occupy Movement, said on Nov. 3, “Last week’s costs for the Oakland Police Department were $700,000.” And for what? Whatever throwing rocks at police and refusing to evacuate the plaza gained Occupy Oakland, it seriously risked losing both its public and political support, and so does all such behavior. Nothing calms the nerves of the millionaires and billionaires of the 1 percent more than seeing the various members of the 99 percent, both in and out of uniform, fighting amongst themselves. But who within the movement will say this? Who will keep the message from drifting and save the occupations from a death of distraction? Likely, no one will — there is no leader. As Alex Matkin, a 26-year-old member of Occupy Oakland points out, “You have to take the good with the bad ... We’re not a cohesive group.” Well, the 1 percent should certainly be grateful for that. Louis Loftus is a contributing columnist. Email him at email@example.com.
MTA trash can removal a threat to city sanitation By Atticus Brigham The New York City Metropolitan Transit Authority recently removed garbage cans from a few subway stops, including the NQR’s 8th Street station, in an effort to decrease underground pollution. This small-scale experiment is being conducted with the hopes of discouraging individuals from bringing their trash underground. The MTA eventually hopes to spread the practice to stations across the city. While the intentions are commendable, to remove one of the last places New Yorkers have to dispose of unwanted items is misguided. First, there are already few trash cans posted up on Greenwich Village street corners, and they often overflow early in the day leaving a plethora of trash halfheartedly thrown in the direction of the can. And a full trash can is a productive one. It has served its purpose for the day, further supporting the idea that the city needs to add rather than subtract from the number of trash cans it has. Were the MTA’s efforts to remove trash receptacles to succeed, our civilized society has the dis-
tinct potential to push the lower classes into a tribal existence akin to the Occupy Wall Street vagrant camps. Trash bins are fragile levees holding back a torrent of filth that would turn our famous avenues and quaint side streets into rodent-infested cesspools ripe for moral debauchery. As former New York City mayor Rudy Giuliani put forth, the presence of graffiti and broken windows in one neighborhood promotes the idea that it’s okay to perpetrate further crime in the area because the first illegal act has not been prosecuted and property restored. It follows that, were New York City to dial back on its already meager efforts to quell the rising tide of waste in our overpopulated city, underfunded parts of the city will eventually become proverbial trash cans. The MTA must adopt a zero tolerance policy on threats to the city’s quality of life. This experiment must be stopped in its tracks before it makes our streets dirtier than they already are. While the area from Union Square to Houston St. is certainly not exclusively NYU’s territory, we comprise a substan-
tial number of the affected community. How many Chick-Fil-A packages drifting up from our soon-to-be filthy subway stop will it take for the NYU community, and the administrators who speak for us, to protest this shortsighted practice? But who will be most affected by the loss of MTA trash cans? Taken as a whole, this small attack is only one in the city’s continual series of assaults on the urban poor (i.e. not NYU). Whether or not the poor will choose to live in our filth or leave, by intentionally making efforts to decrease the quality of life of our city’s most needy and downtrodden through the loss of urban public services (all the way down to trash cans), we implicitly encourage an exodus of the poor. Sleeping on the streets in the cold November rain is already hard. Spending nights surrounded by garbage that New Yorkers have fewer places to dispose of would be downright unbearable. Atticus Brigham is a deputy opinion editor. His column, “Borough Beliefs,” is about law, ethics and the city and appears every Tuesday. Email him at firstname.lastname@example.org.
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Women’s basketball season tips off tonight in Queens
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Senior point guard Cara Bonito By Laura Buccieri It’s been over eight months since former NYU guard Maggie Ely missed a baseline jumper that would have kept the Violets’ season alive in the regular season finale against Brandeis. Instead, as her jumper fell short and the buzzer sounded, NYU finished with a sub-.500 record and did not qualify for the NCAA or ECAC Metro Tournaments. But the NYU women’s basketball team will get another chance in 2011. The quest for the postseason begins with tonight’s season opener, as the Violets travel to Jamaica, Queens, to face York College at 6 p.m. This year, NYU has four incoming freshmen, replacing three departing players from last year’s squad. Guards Melissa Peng and Whitney Hooper, as well as forwards Jenna McLoughlin and Julia O’Connor, are this year’s newcomers. Guard Chelsea Blake and forward/center Chrissy Kilmurray both graduated, and Ely took her talents to the Midwest to play for the Violets’ conference
rival, the University of Chicago. “There is a very positive energy surrounding the group, and it has been visible on and off the court,” head coach Stefano Trompeo said. “Having five seniors and a hardworking team is helping to develop new roles.” With nine of its 13 players standing at 5-foot-10 or above, NYU has a height advantage this season. If the Violets can combine their strengths inside with their quick transition game, they should be able to compete in the always-strong University Athletic Association. “We are a very different team this season,” senior guard and captain Cara Bonito said. “Defense has been our focus in the preseason, as well as executing in the half court and keeping our transition game consistent, which has been our staple.” This mental toughness will be a key component for NYU this season because the team is so young — seven of the 13 players are freshmen or sophomores. But if they are mentally prepared, their physical game can take its time catching up. “Since we started practice, everyone has been preparing mentally and physically for our first game,” Hooper said. “I think the coaches have prepared us well and are great motivators.” Senior guards Tana Bertino, who played in 18 games last season, and Bonito, whose 1.93 assist-to-turnover ratio last season was the second best in the UAA, lead the team as co-captains. After tonight’s season opener, NYU will begin its home schedule Friday night at 6 p.m. against Clarkson, as part of the NYU Women’s Basketball Tip-Off Tournament. Laura Buccieri is a staff writer. Email her at email@example.com.
Now is the time to legalize MMA By Sanchay Jain
Ultimate Fighting Championship’s national television premiere on Fox attracted 5.7 million viewers last Saturday. The event, which featured a stunning victory for Junior dos Santos over the previously undefeated Cain Velasquez, made dos Santos the new heavyweight champion and brought in a total gate of $1.1 million. Yet a sport of such magnitude and popularity currently cannot take place on the grand stage known as Madison Square Garden. As a matter of fact, mixed martial arts is illegal in the state of New York. Along with five other states, New York succumbed to the negative press coverage of the sport in the 1990s, best exemplified when Arizona senator John McCain referred to it as “human cockfighting.” The present reality of MMA stands in stark contrast to the image conjured by critics like McCain more than a decade ago. Gone are the days of matching up men from two vastly different weight classes against each other. Gone are the days of American promotions trying to follow the rules of Brazilian vale tudo (literally translated, “without rules”). In its place is a set of rules originally crafted by the New Jersey State Athletic Control Board that has become the Unified Rules of Mixed Martial Arts. After the emergence and subsequent disappearance of flashy promotions like EliteXC, which drove former street-fighter Kimbo Slice to bankruptcy, the UFC has emerged as the central or-
ganizer of MMA in the United States, just as the WWE had accomplished for professional wrestling. And that’s where the similarities between MMA and professional wrestling end. MMA is ultimately a sport that exudes competition and athleticism that is not matched by other major professional sports. It combines amateur wrestling’s grappling strategy and technique with boxing’s dynamism. In fact, when you consider the current state of boxing, it is clear that the MMA is far more entertaining to watch. Manny Pacquiao and Floyd Mayweather Jr., universally regarded as the top two boxers in the world, simply refuse to fight each other. Instead, they choose to create artificial intrigue in pointless match-ups that often end in controversial fashion, while continuing to take verbal jabs at each other during interviews, as if they were rappers rather than fighters. Last Saturday, while Pacquiao was fighting Juan Manuel Marquez in another unfulfilling finish for the world welterweight championship, the UFC brought together two of the best heavyweight contenders in order to determine who was worthy of the heavyweight championship. Although the match was only one minute and four seconds long, ending when dos Santos landed a powerful uppercut that sent Velasquez to the canvas, it was decisive, explosive and worthy of all the hype bestowed upon it by fans and promoters alike. Meanwhile, the undercard of the show, which was streamed
Junior dos Santos online through Facebook and FoxSports.com, featured an intense battle between Clay Guida and Ben Henderson that went the distance. Henderson won by unanimous decision. As successful as this show was, it is not a part of UFC’s contractual agreements with Fox, which begin January and will run for seven years. It is a complete travesty that a well-regulated sport with this much excitement and potential has not been legalized by the state of New York. The last attempt to legalize it fizzled out in June of this year. After passing through the state senate, the bill died in the House’s Ways and Means Committee. Hopefully, a couple of New York politicians were among the nearly six million spectators of Saturday’s show — a sport as dynamic as MMA deserves a stage as grand as MSG. Sanchay Jain is a deputy sports editor. Email him at firstname.lastname@example.org.
DINING ROBERTAS continued from PG. 1
Garden hosts delectable comfort food at Roberta’s
Roberta’s pizzas are flavorful and affordable.
linary adventurers and in-the-know Manhattanites — all worth the wait. As you wait for your table on a garden bench, a young woman approaches with a smile asking if she can bring you a drink. Nurse your drink. Take in the crisp autumn air. Listen to the light chatter. When you are finally seated at the ski lodge-style wooden benches, don’t forget to order the popular Roberta’s bread. The bread is so crispy on the outside and chewy on the inside that it gives Balthazar’s famed baguettes real competition. And passing on the Roberta’s Cheese Plate with Italian Verde Capra and Vermont Twig Farm Cheese — a
semi-hard goat cheese aged for 80 days — would be a tragic mistake. The main courses include simple, airy, well-crisped pizzas along with cuttlefish, octopus, beef carpaccio and foie gras. Chef Carlo Mirarchi pairs his fish dishes with subtle ingredients like black garlic and treviso, which he gets from the restaurant’s gardens. Melissa Metrick, the head gardener, tends to the produce in the backyard and rooftop gardens. She grows basic fare like basil and cucumbers as well as specialty items, including little-known varieties of cherry tomatoes like sungold, snowberry, husk and Cuban yellow grape. Student’s can’t go wrong with Ro-
berta’s. Pizzas run from $10-17 with a diversity of delicious varieties, like the Speckenwolf pie (mozzarella, speck, mushrooms, onion and oregano; $14). More incredible, though, are the entrées. A succulent lamb breast costs $18, and beef Carpaccio with caviar and egg yolk is $13. Roberta’s can mean many things. It can mean haute cuisine or a place to relax. It can mean pizza and beer with the family or a glass of Valpolicella Superiore and a filet of steak with your date. It is a place where anyone is welcome. Cody Delistraty is a staff writer. Email him at email@example.com.