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WEdnesday, november 16, 2011

OWS pledges to continue with protests despite eviction

Protesters disrupt Sexton town hall

By Amy Zhang

By Jordan Melendrez

An hour after midnight on Tuesday, protesters were uprooted as the New York Police Department and Sanitation Department swept through Zuccotti Park, forcing protesters to leave. While many peacefully filed off the property, a few scuffles broke out and 200 protesters were arrested, according to NYPD Detective Brian Sessa. Citing safety issues and the unavailability of the park to other New Yorkers, Mayor Michael Bloomberg ordered the group to collect its belongings. Some, however, said they had little time to do so. “I feel that my personal self has been violated because everything that was in that tent I worked for, and for no reason it was all confiscated from me.” Ian Schipman, 18, said. “I have no access to it. I’ve been essentially robbed.” All leftover belongings, including

In his first town hall meeting this semester, NYU President John Sexton discussed university expansion, financial aid and the new Cogeneration Plant in front of a packed room of NYU community members Tuesday afternoon. But perhaps the highlight of the night came when the conversation was interrupted by protests. About 50 minutes into the meeting, a majority of audience members began shouting: “Student government and town hall meetings, such as this, give the illusion of involvement and are unrepresentative of the student experience at NYU by operating in Abu Dhabi, Shanghai [and] Tel Aviv.” Sexton, who maintained his SPYROS PAPAVASSILIOU FOR WSN

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President John Sexton was met by hecklers during his first town hall meeting of the year.

NYU grad marries fashion with startups By Hilary Presley Recent NYU graduate Rebecca Zhou is bringing together her two passions: fashion and entrepreneurship. The 2011 graduate is the brainchild of Raise Cache, an upcoming benefit fashion show that will bring together high fashion and New York City’s burgeoning tech scene. Event organizers hope to raise $100,000 for hackNY, which works to support the next generation of innovative thinkers. The event will spotlight young, creative entrepreneurs from New York’s growing tech scene, many of whom will model clothing for the event. Designers such as Rent the Runway, Bauble Bar, Chloe & Isabel, Lineby and Warby Parker will showcase their clothing and on the startup side, representatives from foursquare,, Squarespace, Raptor Ventures, and many more are expected

to be on hand. Zhou first turned to start-up companies after being let down by her experience working for large corporations. Inspired by the unique work of startups, which she says foster outside-the-box thinking and high energy, Zhou wanted to create an event that would draw attention to the industry. She hopes Raise Cache will “put a spotlight on all the exciting things happening in New York Tech today and give hackNY a megaphone to let the world know, especially students, that there are amazing opportunities in New York,” and specifically with hackNY. Founded by faculty members of both NYU and Columbia University, hackNY sponsors high performing mathematics and computer technology students across the country and matches them with intern-

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Bonito leads women’s basketball to season opening rout of York

By Laura Buccieri

The NYU women’s basketball team showed off its deep bench in their first game of the season, as nine players scored en route to a 72-49 victory over York College Tuesday night in Jamaica, N.Y. “This was a big win,” said senior guard Cara Bonito, who had a team-high of 15 points in 18 minutes on the court. “It was a great first start to the season.” At the start of the game, NYU traded baskets with York, before opening up a lead late in the first half. The Violets led 39-31 at intermission. In the second half, NYU clamped down, holding York to a mere 18 points. “We picked up our defensive intensity in the second half,” said Bonito, who was playing in her first regular season game as captain. “We ran the ball well and that is really going to be our staple this season: getting defensive stops, pushing the ball and executing in the half court when we have to.” NYU shot 46 percent from the field, compared to York’s 25 percent. The Violets were the essence

of consistency, shooting almost the same percentages in each half from the floor, free throw line and behind the arc. NYU took 14 shots from three and made four of them. “We have worked heavily on our defense and it showed today,” head coach Stefano Trompeo said. “Our defense and rebounding helped spur some great plays on offense.” Senior forward Erica Franke contributed 10 points. Franke has developed a reputation at NYU for being a scrappy big. Tuesday was no different as she led the Violets in rebounds with eight, five of which were on the defensive end. Senior captain Tana Bertino scored 14 points on six of 14 shooting, snatching three steals and draining two threes. Sophomore guard Diana Leondis, who played sparingly last year, had a cerebral night with five assists and no turnovers. York was led by Shadae Rice, who had 13 points in the losing effort. The Violets are back in action this Friday at 6 p.m. at Coles


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1. “Lamb” by Christopher Moore

Looking for your next funny read? Look no further than “Lamb: The Gospel According to Biff, Christ’s Childhood Pal.” Written by San Francisco funnyman Christopher Moore, this clever (and rather lewd) novel will have you constantly chuckling as you learn things you never knew about the world’s favorite saviorherein referred to simply as Josh. I promise you, it’s worth a read. — Clio McConnell

2. “Commando”

3. Oh My Rockness

This shouldn’t have to be here right now. In an idyllic world, every American would watch and understand the importance of Arnold Schwarzenegger’s most straightforward and gut-satisfying work. While modern action movies may still be crushed under the iron thumb of excessive CGI, this flick knows that all it needs is one muscle man, a stack of grenades and some bad puns to create action thrills. It’s the pinnacle of 1980s action cheese. — Charles Mahoney

This New York City-specific concert-tracking website truly is on top of things. From its witty up-to-the moment Tweets to the comprehensive concert lists they send via email, the seven-year old free online tool keeps you in the loop with its varied, extensive coverage of New York’s live music scene. — Gabi Jensen

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4. Uniqlo

The Japanese version of H&M, Uniqlo is essential for rookie New Yorkers tackling their first winter, as well as for seasoned city dwellers looking to upgrade their cold-weather wardrobe. Reasonably priced and fashionable, check out their HeatTech line for winter-friendly shirts and socks. Visit the newly opened, huge global flagship store in Midtown for even more options, such as $9.99 jeans and $12.90 fur earmuffs. — Carrie Lowe


5. Denim on denim

Once a scandalous prospect, pairing denim with denim has become a go-to look as of late, and we’re all the better for it. Denim vests, denim jackets, denim shorts, denim pants, denim button-downs and yes, a denim backpack (thank you American Apparel) are all must-haves. The key is to make sure the shades of denim you are wearing are different. You will be a vision in blue, a veritable denim dream. — Parker Bruce

1 Urban Agriculture — Past, Present, Future

5 to 7 p.m. | NYU Kimball Hall, First Floor Lounge The rise of the urban agriculture movement has brought unprecedented interest in the great outdoors. Join panelists and hear about the past, present and future possibilities for the movement.

6. “We Found Love” music video by Rihanna

The video for “We Found Love” takes Rihanna’s latest pop tune to a whole different level. Sparking viewers with a sense of youth and rebellion, it’s about much more than a silly girl’s love; it’s frenzied, fiery, consuming, almost wild L-O-V-E and the hopelessness one feels when it’s all gone. It’s unlike anything this pop princess has ever done before — take my word for it or see for yourself. — Susan Cheng

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Join the publisher, poetry editor, fiction editor and contributing editor of monthly journal The Brooklyn Rail for a panel discussion.

Learn about the most pressing issues in public education, including the No Child Left Behind and Race to the Top programs.


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Four thousand first dates

An estimated 6,000 women and 4,000 men participated in a massive speed dating event in Shanghai. This ultimate blind date event lasted two days, during which there were long lines of single or divorced men and women waiting for a five minute meeting with a potential partner. About 3,000 parents attended with their sons or daughters to search for worthy future in-laws. — Reuters

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Protesters disrupt town hall composure during the crowd’s statements, was finally able to respond after about 10 minutes, once the disruption ended. When the students involved stood up and left the room, Sexton referred to them as “hijackers” of the meeting. But despite the outbursts, many calmer students were able to voice their concerns to Sexton. “Are we going to have more study abroad sites?” Steinhardt sophomore Anna Zhao asked. “Are we going to have more diversified programs at each site?” In response, Sexton described NYU as a circulatory system that has two parts to its theory behind expansion: the need for students and faculty to be academically aware of the world, as well as the need for them to be culturally aware. But Abby Uhrman, a student in the sociology Ph.D. program, asked why the university predominantly selects abroad sites with strong educational institutions and economy.

“I think it’s unfair to say that the sites that have been chosen give a kind of monochromatic ... experience,” Sexton said. “We had students in every nook and cranny of poverty in the world and NYU, and there is nothing that prevents our students from studying in those areas.” Despite Sexton’s efforts to arouse a more light-hearted meeting with jokes and wit, there was still an unnerving intensity, especially when a few audience members raised the topic of financial aid dilemmas. Sexton responded by saying NYU’s financial aid is nowhere close to where he wants it to be. Sexton said if he had one wish, it would be to change the capacity that NYU had to provide financial aid. But he also wanted to remind students that they needed to recognize the institution’s financial offerings before they commit to the school. Jordan Melendrez is a contributing writer. Email her at

New York City teachers see strain of budget cuts By Sarah Skirmont Gramercy Arts High School teacher Gretchen Ziegler is used to dipping into her salary to supply her students with art crafts. “Cuts have been in the arts across the board, which is really unfortunate,” Ziegler said. “Our own minimal salaries are spent on things the government should be providing for us.” Ziegler’s story is not an unusual one as New York City schools continue to make budget cuts. In a survey conducted by the United Federation of Teachers, a union dedicated to policy development that affects New York City’s school system, more than 60 percent of elementary schools and high schools have had to reduce or eliminate after school programs this fall. Earlier this year, Gov. Andrew Cuomo cut more than $1.3 billion from education spending. Manhattan’sEleanorRoosevelt High School Principal Dimitri Saliani has experienced first hand the belt tightening that the city has forced upon them. “As well as having to cut our 12th Grade Advisory class and cut back on certain class offerings, we had to excess our two school aides,” Saliani said. NYU Steinhardt professor of educational psychology Mark Alter said that these cuts are detrimental to the future of New York’s education system. “We need to reduce class size and increase teachers,” Alter said. “If you look at schools as more than just teachers, any cuts are going to inhibit education.” In addition to the cuts, the sur-

vey says 74 percent of elementary school classrooms have increased in class size, along with 61 percent in middle schools and 59 percent in high schools. “It has been proven that the smaller the class size, the better that [the kids] are going to do,” Ziegler said. “If I have 34 kids in a class in a 45-minute period, one kid a minute is barely teaching. There are some kids that are struggling, and I can’t give them the attention they deserve.” Lynnette Velasco, spokesperson for city councilwoman Inez Dickens who is on the board of education, explained how the board has been working to stop the impending budget cuts. “Many of [Dickens’] constituents will be adversely affected, as will communities of color,” Velasco said, “In general, the council member will not like anybody else to lose their job. She is working to see that hopefully there are no cuts, but is it a reality that we don’t know.” In addition, Velasco cited some other possible solutions for the loss of after school programs and supplies in the classroom. “[Dickens] herself has called on volunteerism, and [she] has tried to fund as many youth programs as she can, but she wants to do more,” Velasco said. “We don’t know what the forecast is next year. When you sustain significant cuts to teachers, it is very hard, [and] it is a blow to the institution.” Sarah Skirmont is a staff writer. Email her at


Humor always in key for Third North UVL winner By Emily Yang With big hair and tie-dye shoes, Steinhardt freshman Rahm Silverglade exudes an air of confidence that no doubt helped him claim a spot at Ultra Violet Live, representing Third Avenue North Residence Hall. For his winning performance Silverglade composed a comical song in the competition, accompanying it himself on the piano. “The premise of my song was that I returned to the line, ‘I’m a cool motherfucker,’ ” Silverglade said. “It was creative with some fusion of jazz, pop and humor.” Silverglade, originally from the suburbs of Chicago, is currently studying music composition. He chose NYU for Steinhardt’s music program and the city’s location as the center of jazz. He said his parents had an influence on the musical interest he developed as a child. In high school, he participated in theater and was recognized as a musician. In addition to singing and playing the piano, he played the flute in jazz and marching bands. “Music is a way for me to connect to my being alive,” Silverglade said. “When I perform, a pretty magical thing happens on stage. [Performance] is not only a way as a means of expression, but other people experience it, too.” Tisch freshman Marlena Hoffman, who first met Silverglade

during Welcome Week, said Silverglade has not ceased to amaze her. “Rahm is quite competent in working with various instruments, exploring his voice, transposing music and dancing,” she said. Silverglade decided to participate in UVL because he enjoys performing in front of others and wanted to show his musical talents. “I used to perform a lot at school, but as a music composer, the focus isn’t performing,” Silverglade said. “I really like to perform and share what I do with other people.” After winning the preliminaries, Silverglade was all smiles. “Before, I thought ‘Should I really do this?’ ” Silverglade said. “I didn’t even tell my friends I was [performing]. I was satisfied with the fact that I didn’t do something that was cliché and took a little bit of guts.” In the near future, Silverglade plans to play Christmas gigs with his jazz trio, in which he plays the piano and sings. After college, he hopes to get even further involved in music. “I enjoy theater and movies, too, and so doing something with those would be fun,” Silverglade said. Though he has not decided what he will be performing in UVL, Silverglade said he has been looking forward to planning and performing his act. “It will be more musically involved: I will play jazz, sing a lot


Steinhardt freshman Rahm Silverglade blends jazz and pop.

and do something musical — something awesome,” Silverglade said. “I am excited for the opportunity to perform in front of some percentage of the NYU community.” Emily Yang is a deputy city/state editor. Email her at

WSP blogger draws from heart of the Village By Kristine Itliong While many students just know it as a place to enjoy lunch or catch a quick nap between classes, Washington Square Park is much more for blogger Cathryn Swan. It’s the inspiration for her work. Three years ago, Swan, who was concerned about the issues surrounding the park’s construction, came across a brochure advocating city activism. It read: “If all else fails, start a blog.” And so she started the “Washington Square Park Blog” in February of 2008. “When I realized the full scope of issues around the park’s redesign, the community’s sense of outrage and the fact that no one from the city’s Parks Department was really listening, I felt compelled to get involved,” she said. Though the blog initially focused on showing the progress of the park’s redesign, Swan found that it could serve a larger purpose. “Once I got started, it became clear that what’s happened at Washington Square is connected to what’s happened in other neighborhoods, other parks, other public spaces,” Swan said. “There never seems to be a lack of material.” Swan now uses the blog to voice her opinion on everything from NYU and local neighborhood events to current debates regarding Mayor Michael Bloomberg’s

policies. Her most recent blog posts discuss the ethics involved in privatizing public space, the proposal to move the park’s fountain 22 feet east in alignment with the Washington Square Arch, the ticketing of musicians and artists performing in the park and the death of trees around the fountain. “When something seems a little ‘juicy,’ and I’m able to break a story that I consider a good one, that’s fulfilling in its own way,” Swan said. “What I’m doing is a mix at times between activism and journalism, so I’ll comment at Community Board meetings whereas a mainstream journalist wouldn’t necessarily do so.”

Currently, Swan is also working on a separate blog, “Cathryn’s World,” which follows the progress of her in-the-making book, “The B-girl Guide: Rethinking the Way We Live.” She started the blog after holding a fundraiser for the book. Although she does not invest as much time and effort into Cathryn’s World as the “Washington Square Park Blog,” the second blog reflects Swan’s growth. “It’s focused on how we coexist on this earth with other species and each other, told partly through my personal experiences,” Swan said. Kristine Itliong is a staff writer. Email her at


Swan uses her blog to voice concerns about the park and city.


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Versace’s new H&M line fails to live up to hype WOMEN’S

men’s By Charles Mahoney Donatella Versace is just one of the many high-profile designers collaborating with mass retailers to make her designs more accessible. Her partnership with H&M should be a win for everybody: quality clothes for a bargain price, at a time when few can afford luxury. But, based on previews of the mens’ line, which debuts Nov. 19, it seems Versace gave about as much effort as her low-


ered price tag might suggest. The Versace for H&M menswear line fails so spectacularly, so bizarrely, that it’s hard to see what exactly Versace was trying to do. These aren’t clothes that men wear; they’re clothes that people see at a museum. The biggest offender is the black and white graphical suit, which seems to be an attempt at an optical illusion. It’s far too busy and the overall effect is shards of color rather than a cohesive whole. Islandthemed pieces are so busy and excessive that they threaten to dominate, rather than complement, any outfit. The overwhelmingly bright, hot pink suit on the other hand, has the opposite problem: It’s a monotone blare of overindulgence. There are some successes in the line, but they are mostly kept to the margins. Gold collar tips subtly add color to a basic black button-down. Black pants and shoes, unhindered by bright colors or ridiculous patterns, are also a high quality alternative to standard H&M pieces. The two best pieces of the line are simple accessories: a blue scarf with a Grecian column style pattern and a similar blue beanie. They’re bright without being distracting, good for adding a splash of color to the standard, dull blacks of fall. Select pieces restrain themselves in a way that most of the line doesn’t. There’s no sense of subtlety or sophistication. It’s just stuff piled upon stuff in order to create as much noise as possible — a problem, when you consider the egalitarian nature of H&M. It’s meant to present well-made and affordable clothes for the everyday man. Unfortunately, Versace for H&M comes through as desperation in clothing form. Charles Mahoney is arts editor. Email him at

By Veronica Viayra The long awaited Versace for H&M collection hits selected stores on Nov. 19, and the buzz couldn’t be bigger. In anticipation of the release date, eager shoppers can view the collection on H&M’s website. The womenswear is full of pieces that represent both Versace’s glamorous opulence and H&M’s target clientele. Pieces are grouped into categories representative of their style — from “stampa” (Italian for prints), filled with the collection’s boldest looks, to “baby doll,” which houses more toned down pieces. The stampa selections resemble Versace’s trademark style, though they are soaked in neon colors meant to catch the eyes of the customers, which often veers toward the gaudy. A quilted and cropped velvet jacket with blue and green leopard print and a short straight-cut dress with sequins, cheetah print and the line’s logo in gold will be tough sells. Considering both carry tags for $129, it’s possible that these will only be purchased by longstanding fans of the label as opposed to those looking for the next trend. The baby doll pieces, however, though they appear understated, make a more striking statement. The two dresses are more toned down, with one a solid purple, the other black and both in crêped silk chiffon with attractive bodice fittings. The luxurious feeling isn’t blared through a bright display but is evoked through the design. Even with the $149 price tag, pieces like these seem more relevant to the average fashionista who can sport ei-


ther out on the town. The collection also offers more showy articles: pieces adorned with neon hearts and fringe, shiny mesh-like metal dresses and studded dresses, skirts, leggings and outerwear that range in price from $29.95 to $399. The two closest locations offering the line are in SoHo on Broadway and Fifth Avenue and 18th Street. Customers will be able to browse the collection starting Saturday at 9 a.m. Veronica Viayra is a contributing writer. Email her at

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NYU graduate marries fashion and startups ships at New York-based startup companies. The goal is to bring the creative and innovative energy to New York City, as well as expose students to the inner workings of entrepreneurship. “The tech scene is really young and growing, and an event like this will help make it stronger,” Zhou said. Zhou and her team have been working with meticulous care on the event since earlier this year. Over half of the people involved with the event are NYU students and alumni, including Brian Malkerson, a second-year Stern student who is heavily involved in the student entrepreneur-

ial scene, and Nolan Filter, a senior in the Computer Science program at NYU and a past participant in hackNY. Malkerson got involved with start-ups because he “wanted to create something that had a little bit more meaning and wanted to fully immerse [himself ] in it.” Zhou emphasizes that many students assume the only career paths are the ones on Wall Street. It’s her fantasy that “students leave the event replacing dreams of working at Goldman Sachs with ones of building the next Apple in New York City.” To make the event even more accessible to students, discounted tick-

ets ($30) and free on-campus transportation to and from the event will be provided. Filter echoed her overwhelming enthusiasm and excitement for the event — it’s truly “a celebration of all New York has to offer, tech, fashion, music, food, it’s everything that New York does well.” Raise Cache will be held this Thursday, Nov. 17 and will be a three-part event. There will be a reception at 7 p.m. and the fashion show will begin at 8:30 p.m. Hilary Presley is a staff writer. Email her at


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How to wear your jumpsuit year-round By Cristina Corvino

With every fall and winter comes the ever-so-difficult question: How can I make jumpsuits work. It’s a daunting task, but here are some tips to wearing a jumpsuit while keeping your head held high. VIA FRENCHCONNECTION.COM

Start with solids

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Start with solid colors and work your way up to bolder patterns. If you’re worried about looking bland, wear a floppy hat or a funky long necklace to spice things up. If you do choose a patterned number, keep accessories simple to avoid clashing. After all, this adorably patterned French Connection piece ($54.99) needs no embellishment.

Since you’ll be wearing the same color or pattern from the top down, break up the look of your jumpsuit by adding a complementary belt around your waist. If your jumpsuit is fairly simple, go for a standout pick, like this Minnie Mouse bow-inspired one from Anthropologie ($58).

Nothing screams confidence more than standing tall. Whether you choose stilettos, wedges or platforms, it never hurts to lengthen your legs with stylish heels. Keep them comfortable though; you should be able to walk tall in them too. Free People platforms ($99) will look great with flared or skinny-legged jumpsuits, so you won’t have to feel too guilty about splurging.

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Joe Fresh’s line offers the simple chic of J. Crew for a cheaper price. aged professionals. Yet in the competitive and elitist New York fashion industry, will Joe Fresh stand a chance against already established brands? Customer Shuo Wang has been to the store three times since its opening on Nov. 3. “It’s not that stylish, but it’s simple, and you can wear it when you work,” she said. “The quality is good. I think it will last.” Steinhardt freshman Saudy Melo agreed. “I thought the quality was



Sephora’s ‘Sensorium’ a treat for all five senses

Joe Fresh brings affordable new look to Fifth Avenue Canadian brand Joe Fresh has recently entered the New York City fashion market. Taking an ambitious leap of faith, Joseph Mimram, also the founder of Club Monaco, has opened four stores in New York City. Upon approaching the Fifth Avenue location, I noticed there was nothing flashy or exuberant about the store’s exterior. In fact, I barely found the little sign dangling in orange, which read, “Joe Fresh.” The interior of the store, though organized and clean, was plain, with a layout and clothing style similar to Gap. Most of the pieces are casual attire, and the store features an assortment of sweaters and outerwear, all at rather affordable prices. Some notable items were the “Neoprene Coat,” available in bright colors like orange and green for $99, and cashmere vneck sweaters reduced to $50 from $70. From the appearance and texture of the clothing, Joe Fresh carries highquality items, especially for its low prices. The stitching and fabric quality were much like that of J. Crew or Zara, yet the price was comparable to H&M. From the casual display of clothing and affordability, it seems Joe Fresh is targeting a large range of customers, from college students to middle-

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really nice when I tried it,” he said. “I would definitely go back and get new pants.” At least for now, Joe Fresh should garner more interest with its prime Fifth Avenue location, as well as good quality for an affordable price. The basic and classic pieces that it offers could serve a large audience and therefore prolong its lasting value in the market. Julie Zhang is a contributing writer. Email her at

Ask any of the millions of women who use perfume daily, and they’ll probably tell you that properly wearing it is hardly an exact science. But after visiting Sephora’s new “Sensorium” exhibit, creating your signature scent might make a little more sense. The exhibit, known by its full title, “An Immersive Journey Through Lucid Dreams From the Sensory World,” creates a dreamlike experience for fragrance enthusiasts and novices alike. Visitors are exposed to an extensive history of perfumes as well as a number of different scents. From start to finish, this exhibit is hands-on and engaging, while still providing educational insight. The exhibit begins down a hallway with a timeline detailing the history of perfume from the ancient Egyptians to modern day. Hanging from the ceiling are beautiful chandeliers constructed out of perfume bottles of all shapes and sizes. A brief science lesson about the molecular breakdown of scents is given and visitors are shown interactive “scent wheels,” where they can smell everything from Indian Jasmine to French Lavender. A look at natural versus synthetic scents is eye-opening, and so is the brief video outlining how perfume bottle designs are created. The next portion of the exhibit is certainly not for the claustrophobic. Though it can be skipped, it’s worth the few minutes to experience life without the sense of smell. Visitors are placed in a sensory deprivation

chamber with headphones hanging from a single hook inside a foam coated, white, closet-like room. Place the headphones, on and listen to testimonials from individuals who suffer from a rare disorder called “anosmia,” or the loss of scent. Up next is a Wonderland-like room filled with wall-to-wall screens along with scent-emitting scenery. As each section lights up and releases an odor, a coordinating scene is played on the wall. The scents range from calm and serene, like “6:01 a.m.,” to the downright bizarre, like “Bacon & Biscuits.” The best portion of the exhibit is saved for last. The Lucid Dreams room offers visitors quite the trippy experience. Small flowers with scent fans are positioned against large screens. As the participant inhales, a coordinating image is magnified; the stronger the inhalation the larger the image grows. All four of the “dreams” were created by leading perfumers from around the world. As an innovative way to include some Sephora marketing, the exhibit contains a bar with employees ready to match the scents you enjoyed in the showrooms with actual perfumes sold in-store.

The exhibit runs through Nov. 27. Tickets are $15 each, which can be later redeemed for a $15 Sephora gift card. Heather Mundinger is a contributing writer. Email her at

Inhabit Sample Sale

Alex & Eli Launch

Warm Coats and Warm Hearts Drive

Stock up on cozy cashmere at Inhabit’s sample sale to keep warm during what’s sure to be a cold winter. Prices start at $80, so there’s no reason you should shiver.

Fashionistas who can’t get enough “Man Repeller” will be able to celebrate the launch of Alex & Eli’s online Tailor Shop with the stylish blogger. Browse the looks, shop the discounts and prepare to repel plenty of would-be suitors.

‘Tis the season for giving. Donate a gently used winter coat to Burlington Coat Factory’s Warm Coats and Warm Hearts Drive. If giving warmth to someone in need isn’t reward enough, you’ll also get 10 percent off a purchase at Burlington.

Thursday, Nov. 17 from 6 to 9 p.m. SoHo House, 29-35 Ninth Ave.

Through Jan. 16 Locations vary. Visit for more information.

Wednesday, Nov. 16 and Thursday, Nov. 17 from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. 320 W. 37th St. between Eighth and Ninth avenues, 14th floor


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30 Crest alternative 32 Preferred way to proceed 35 “___ your request …” 36 Pay cashlessly 39 Blocks from the refrigerator 42 One of the Fitzgeralds 43 Poet who wrote “Heard melodies are sweet, but those unheard are sweeter” 47 Medieval infantry weapon 49 TV show set at William McKinley High School 50 Begin to grin 56 High point of a Swiss vacation? 57 Novelist Philip 58 Tulsan, e.g. 59 Mudroom item 60 “The Mill on the Floss” author 62 Boogie

64 Fruit related to cherry plums 65 Italian wine center 66 Change a sentence, say 67 ___ 500 68 Laura of “Rambling Rose” 69 Speeds (up)

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45 Mediterranean port 46 Disneyʼs dwarfs and others 48 Came back 51 Eminem rap with the lyric “Guarantee Iʼll be the greatest thing you ever had”

52 Computer option 53 Wordless song: Abbr. 54 Admit

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63 La Méditerranée, e.g.

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Gingrich is Republicans’ only choice By Ben Miller Nobody believed me, but I’ve been saying it since last June, except for the brief time before Rick Perry’s campaign self-destructed. I’ve been saying it through the Tiffany’s debt, the retirements and the accusations that the campaign was more about book sales than an actual attempt at the presidency. And now it appears to be coming true. I think Newt Gingrich will be the 2012 Republican nominee for president. Let’s face it, Republican voters don’t like Mitt Romney. He hasn’t broken 25 percent support in almost any recent poll. In fact, even as both Perry and Herman Cain have seen their campaigns selfimmolate over the last month, Romney’s numbers have slumped rather than grown. Despite mediaafforded frontrunner status, Romney has never taken a solid lead in primary polling and should not take comfort from the fact that as various alternatives to his candidacy come and go, Republican voters continue to switch to new candidates rather than coming home to Romney. And many of his 2008 do-

nors still haven’t given this year. The problem is not that Romney is too moderate for them — it’s that his political positions are indecipherable. This is, after all, the same Romney who in 1994 said he would do more for gay rights than Ted Kennedy; the same Romney who, in 2002 as a candidate for governor of Massachusetts, articulated convincing progressive arguments for Roe v. Wade. His flip-flopping makes dying fish look graceful. His campaign organization is as unmoving and as immaculately uninspiring as his Styrofoam hair. The reason none of the non-Romneys have managed to stick is that both of them have had serious credibility issues with the establishment of the Republican Party. Rick Perry has proven that three things are one too many for his mind to contain at once; Herman Cain has alleged victims who have found Gloria Allred, which is never a good thing for first-time politicos self-funding their campaigns (go ahead, ask Meg Whitman about her nanny). It’s not that Gingrich doesn’t have liabilities — it’s that everyone knows about them. There are no surprises with him. Everyone

knows he’s long-winded. Everyone knows that he’s the moral values candidate who is married to his former secretary, for whom he left his previous secretary, for whom he left his first wife on her deathbed, dying of cancer. That’s not going to surprise anyone. He’s been in Washington longer than some of the monuments, so he has the establishment networks on his side. And the insurgent Tea Baggers seem to find him acceptably insane for their tastes. He’ll lose to President Barack Obama in a rout. But the Republican base doesn’t care who has the best chance to beat Obama. They think this election is going to be decided by the primary — that any of their candidates could win, when in reality, only Romney can. They’re willing to throw this election away to nominate someone acceptable to them. Hell, they almost nominated Michele Bachmann. Gingrich isn’t that much of a stretch. Ben Miller is a staff columnist. His column, “The Observationalist,” contains musings on culture, society and politics. It appears every Wednesday. Email him at


Lack of tracking devices a key Apple oversight By Liz Beras My laptop was stolen, making me one of 650,000 people annually to be the victim of such a crime. The most unfortunate part is that, according to the FBI, up to 97 percent of stolen laptops are never recovered. For someone who just had her MacBook Pro stolen, that statistic is not comforting. Having your laptop stolen, especially one you just purchased for school less than three months ago, is not an experience I would wish on anyone. Laptops are arguably “the way of the future.” As students, not only are they useful for completing papers and navigating Facebook, they are also a common tool for taking notes in class. My Mac is my life; I have become greatly dependent on it for everything, making it the best $1,500 I’ve ever spent. Having someone take my life away from me in a matter of minutes is ineffable. When I discovered my laptop was missing at a charity brunch I attended, celebrating several occasions and sponsoring a local nonprofit, I could not believe it. I was on my way out when I went to retrieve my bag, which seemed much lighter. The thief had the audacity to take the laptop and leave my burgundy case with my charger and writing


notes enclosed. Should I be grateful for my charger and notes or appalled that someone would have thought out the theft so intricately? Had I not noticed my bag was significantly lighter, I would have been fooled given that the appearance of my bag had not changed. The feeling described in every cliche song suddenly overcame me: My world stopped as my heart began to beat as fast as it would after a vigorous run, yet everything around me kept moving. I could not have handled the situation with more poise or professionalism — no yelling, no tears, no vulgarities. It was surreal that at such an intimate event someone would be brazen enough to steal from a fellow guest. The cost of a MacBook Pro places it in the category for grand theft larceny in New York State. There are multiple categories for such a crime in New York, depending on the value of what was stolen, with the penalties ranging anywhere from restitution to up to 25 years in prison. It is distressing that anyone would steal, yet in this day and age crime is omnipresent. Given the high rates of property crime, including theft of laptops, companies should take measures to make recovering such products easier. A serial number can only do so much to flag the product for potential recovery and

a police report does not guarantee the recovery of my laptop. Companies like Apple would highly benefit from pre-loading tracking software on their products; this would not only suit current customers but will also draw in more. Until Apple and other companies decide to make the understandable decision to put anti-theft software on their products I suggest you download such software from thirdparty sources right now. Theft can happen anywhere: on the subway, on the street, during your bathroom break at Bobst and even at a charity brunch. Take cautious measures and download the “Find my Mac” app or a program like “Locate my Laptop.” I wish someone had told me this before I lost my laptop to the injustice in this world. Taking five minutes to get this software could save you thousands of dollars and much suffering. Give me sympathy, empathy and condolences, but at the end of the day, all I want is my laptop back. Now, is that too much to ask? Liz Beras is a columnist. Her column, “Life is Pricey,” is about the consequences of economic decisions. It appears every Wednesday. Email her at

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OWS ruling dismisses First Amendment

Justice Michael D. Stallman upheld New York City’s move on Tuesday to clear Zuccotti Park and prevent Occupy Wall Street protesters from bringing back their tents or remaining in the park overnight. According to The New York Times, the park had been closed since police began a surprise raid at approximately 1 a.m. Police then removed protesters, as well as their tents, tarps and other possessions. Mayor Michael Bloomberg revealed that the decision to clear the park was based upon intolerable “health and safety conditions” in the park. Stallman stated demonstrators “have not demonstrated that they have a First Amendment right to remain in Zuccotti Park, along with their tents, structures, generators and other installations.” The judge furthered the statement by saying that the occupation of the park was essentially a disruption to “others who might wish to use the space safely.” In doing so, Stallman has not only limited the First Amendment rights of OWS activists, but has simultaneously disenfranchised all American citizens. The judge’s decision to uproot the movement negates the voices of individuals fighting for equality in a muddled economic system. The WSN Editorial board believes that Bloomberg’s furtive decision to send such a significant force of the New York Police Department at 1 a.m. was a suspicious and unethical means of clearing the protesters from their fortifications. By stating the “final decision to act was mine and mine alone,” Bloomberg has tarnished his image and presented himself as a mayor only concerned with his image in lieu of fostering the city’s reputation for encouraging the freedom of expression on its streets. The reasoning Bloomberg uses — that Zuccotti Park’s compliance of being open to the public 24 hours a day is being broken by OWS — has no logical substance. Are protesters not considered the public? As a result of this action, Bloomberg will face reverse consequences. This action will not stymie the protesters or silence their voices — it only served to empower their cause and echo their call for action. OWS, as well as other movements throughout the nation, will undoubtedly band together and continue to grow, despite the city of New York’s opposition. Just ask the NYU students who marched into the Town Hall meeting with President John Sexton.

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Still new to cross country, Karten embraces his need for speed

By Sara Levy

Dylan Karten has been riding motorcycles since he was 18 months old. He’s always loved the speed. Now, as a senior in CAS, he is one of the fastest people at NYU, even when he’s not on his bike.


Senior Dylan Karten

Karten is one of the NYU men’s cross country team’s most talented runners. Most recently, he came in first for the Violets and ninth out of 272 runners at the 8K NCAA Atlantic Regional Championship race with a time of 25:25.8. Karten has helped lead the cross country team to the NCAA Division III Championships, which will be held this Saturday in Winneconne, Wis., at 1 p.m. But perhaps what’s even more impressive is that Karten only started running competitively four years ago when he was a junior in high school. “He’s definitely a product of hard work,” said junior Kevin Bonilla, who has run with Karten since their freshman year. “He does the little things and makes sure he’s ready to race.” Originally from Millbrook, N.Y., Karten was the captain of the Milbrook High School cross country team. As a senior in high school, he decided that NYU was the best place for him to run. “[I] decided [running] was something I wanted to pursue in college,” he said. “And so far, NYU has been the perfect place to further that desire.” Karten has not regretted the decision since. Studying economics and math, Karten said he finds all his classes stimulating.

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OWS reacts to eviction the People’s Library that held over 5,000 books, were moved to a sanitation garage located on 57th Street. Later Tuesday afternoon, Justice Michael D. Stallman ruled in favor of the city’s decision, saying the protesters could go into Zuccotti Park but could not take their tents, tarps and sleeping bags. Police then allowed protesters to re-enter the park in a single-file line, screening out those with tents or large bags. Stuart Schrader, a student organizer for NYU4OWS, said he could feel the support of students as the event unfolded that night. “As more of us found out about the event, people started trickling into Manhattan,” said Schrader, who also headed down to the park at 3 a.m. that night. “We gathered together to talk about what was going on.” Soon after the clearing, the event became platform for debate over liberty. For Todd Gitlin, Columbia University professor of journalism and communications, the decision was a violation of First Amendment rights. “The right of the people peaceably to assemble,” said


Gitlin, reading from the Constitution of the United States. “That’s what they were doing. Nowhere in the First Amendment does it mention sleeping bags. Nor does it specify how orderly these people have to be, as long as they are peaceable.” As more people gathered downtown, numbers hit about 1,200 at yesterday’s general assembly, according to a Tweet by OccupyWallStNYC. And evicted protesters weren’t discouraged. “Occupy Wall Street isn’t going anywhere anytime time soon,” OWS organizer Leina Bocar said. “Even if we don’t have physical space, we will still be a presence.” “The encampment has become a symbol and everyone thinks of it as a symbol,” said Gitlin, who said the location didn’t matter as much as the occupation itself. “You have to face the reality that if the encampment disappears completely it will be read by the media as defeat.” Additional reporting by Tony Chau and Jessie Schultz. Amy Zhang is city/state editor and Tony Chau and Jessie Schultz are staff writers. Email them at

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“The professors [seem] interested in the act of learning rather than just conditioning me for a job in the future,” Karten said. But Karten admits that outside of the classroom and off the track he leads a regular life. “[The] dedication to the simple act of putting one foot in front of the other has made me a pretty boring person,” he joked. When he does have free time, he likes to watch movies or catch up on the television shows he missed during the week. He mostly likes to watch HBO series like “Boardwalk Empire,” “Hung” and “How to Make it in America.” He also enjoys playing the guitar and nearly any sport. He is a big fan of jazz music and his favorite food is quinoa and pasta, “a staple of [his] diet.” His favorite movie at the moment is “Drive,” and his favorite place to eat in New York City is Curly’s on 14th Street. Still, his passion lies mostly in his running. “This fascination that my teammates and I find in this simple rite of exercise is what is interesting,” Karten said. Sara Levy is a contributing writer. Email her at

Sports Center, when they host the first game of the NYU Women’s Basketball Tip-Off Tournament. NYU will take on Clarkson University at 6 p.m. and then either FDU-Florham or St.

Joseph’s College-Brooklyn, depending on how the games play out. Laura Buccieri is a staff writer. Email her at


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New classes to remedy registration woes By Julie DeVito

Self-Fashioning in Literature and Drama

It’s that time of year again: registration season. And for those of you in need of a few four-credit classes to fill your days, look no further. Here are some classes that NYU will offer for the first time next semester that will beat out Expressive Cultures any day.

Gallatin | Thursday 3:30-6:10 p.m. Open to all NYU students Gallatin professor Jeanette Tran will examine early modern English literature and drama alongside theories of performance from multiple disciplines. Tran said she aims to offer students the historical, cultural and theoretical foundation needed to study the topic of self-fashioning — the process of constructing one’s identity. “I would like students to gain a more fluid understanding of how our social, racial and sexual identities are informed not only by our settings, but by our speech, physical appearance, institutions and audiences,” she said.

LGBT Topics in Education: Identities, Coming Out and Current Issues in Schools Steinhardt | Tuesday and Thursday 2-3:15 p.m. Open to all undergraduates Taught by Steinhardt professor Margaret Fay, the course will give an overview of LGBT identities and a look at challenges that members of LGBT community face in educational institutions. “In light of the spate of LGBT youth tragedies in the past year, it is clear that we need to do a far better job of supporting LGBT youth in schools,” Fay said. The first part of the class will provide historical context on the construction of sexuality as an identity and the LGBT rights movement in the U.S. It will also examine how schools should address gender and sexuality in relation to that history. The second half will focus on strategies for creating more inclusive educational environments for LGBT students.

Mimesis & Mimicry College of Arts and Science | Tuesday 2-4:30 p.m. Open to CAS sophomores and juniors as part of the CAS Honors Program Combining theory and representation of reality in fiction and art, English professor Elaine Freedgood hopes to explore the ways in which reality is imagined and the ways it affects individual perceptions of the world. “[In the course] we think about the ways in which what we read, see and listen to shapes our thinking about the world and how we might think

about it otherwise, and thus re-invent various aspects of it,” she said. Freedgood said she was inspired to start this course by the book she is currently writing on how 19th century fiction fluctuates between connection and disconnection with reality.

Special Topics in Crises Intervention and Management: Disaster Mental Health Steinhardt | Tuesday 6:45-8:25 p.m. Open to graduate and doctoral students in the psychology, social work and mental health areas Michael Maurer, adjunct assistant professor from Steinhardt, will devote his class looking at treatment options and how best to help those affected by emergencies and disasters to be resilient. “We will examine the psychological, physiological, biological, social and behavioral reactions to emergencies with an emphasis on risk factors, support systems, crisis intervention and treatment,” he said. Maurer added that the class will bring in case studies, disaster research, lessons from past disasters and social workers, as well as psychologists, in the trauma area. Julie DeVito is a deputy university editor. Email her at


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