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24-hour policy in discussion for Birnbaum library MICHAEL “TJ” WILLIAMS Features Assistant
The University is currently in the process of considering 24-hour service in Birnbaum Library. As of today, there is no set date for a definite decision, but efforts to accommodate University students are underway. Birnbaum Library has a library committee that meets several times throughout the year. Consisting of both staff and students, the purpose of the committee is to discuss any concerns or ideas for the Birnbaum Library. One idea that was brought up recently is to keep the University library open for 24-hours. This has been a suggestion for a couple of years now, even back when Mel Isaacson was on the library staff as the previous Library Director. Rey Racelis, the new Library Director who is hoping to develop a 24-hour library, explained, “It’s not an easy thing to implement... The 24-hour operation is always being considered but it all comes down to the availability of resources, budget-wise. The availability of staff, the availability of security, and the availability of cleaning staff all need to be there.” Staffing is one of the biggest concerns. There needs to be a minimum of two people working, not including the needed employees to pull from if another gets sick or is unable to come into work. This only incldues staffing for the circulation desk. If the collaborative learning room were to be open, another employee would be needed. The reference library is not planned to be available after regular library hours. There would also need to be additional non-students hired both part-time and full-
“We have to assured that there is enough security in the entire library. We do not want any thing to happen but we have to be ready in case something ever does” -Rey Racelis, Library Director time if the 24-hour library were to be implemented. “It’d be hard to leave the responsibility to students alone,” Racelis said. “It is not right to leave a student all by him or herself in these extended hours.” Security is another important factor that is causing the hindrance of the library being opened for 24-hours. “We have to be assured that there is enough security in the entire library. We do not want anything to happen but have to be ready in case something ever did,” Racelis continued. The second floor of the library may be closed if the 24-hour policy is implemented. It would be nearly impossible to prevent this though, because people could easily get past a rope or minor blockade. To prevent this entirely, Racelis stated that a pull-down, like that on the front of stores, would be required. This would cost a lot. Students would like to have the second floor remain open because there are easily accessible bathrooms upstairs, in addition to more quiet study spaces. Another obstructing factor for the 24-hour library is the availability of cleaning
staff. There needs to be a consistent flow of employees to clean, especially within the bathrooms. Other factors that need to be considered—which are out of the library’s control—include the energy, heat and electricity costs that would need to run timelessly if Birnbaum Library was transitioned into a 24-hour library. Racelis stated that the library has offered numerous study opportunities “in exchange for our inability to currently open the library for 24-hours.” Two weeks prior to the start of the examination periods, the library stays open until
Students utlilizing the University library reyracelis.blogs.pace.edu 12am. There are three 24-hour study classrooms when classes are not in session: E325, E326 and E327. Additionally, the student union is open from 8am to 11pm, whereas the Reading Room right next to the Student Union remains open for 24-hours, both of which are open when classes in session. In regards to Computer Resource Centers, W205 and W206 are open for 24-hours even after W202 closes. Max Elliot Colvill, freshman, said, “Right now I do not use the library often but I think since we have nowhere to study after 11pm in Maria’s Tower, I would definitely use the library if it were open 24 hours. I think a lot of people in Maria’s Tower are not happy that they have to leave the lounge even if they are quietly studying especially if their roommate is sleeping, then they have nowhere to study. Having the library open 24 hours would allow people to go somewhere which would be amazing, especially considering finals are coming up and we will have 24 hour quiet hours.” Maria’s Tower recently put a new rule into effect that residents in Maria’s Tower are not allowed in the quiet lounges after quiet hours, which commence after 11pm. A 24hour library may be a key solution to this issue. There is no date finalized as to when University students will find out if the 24hour Birnbaum Library initiative will be implemented.
For updates on the library’s progress check out lthe Library Director’s, Rey Racelis, blog: https://reyracelis.blogs.pace.edu
The halls Birnbaum library’s second floor reyracelis.blogs.pace.edu
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University students volunteer in New York Cares Day
Center for Community Action and Research enlists students to revive community garden SHYAM NOOREDEEN Staff Writer
On Apr. 20 approximately sixty students teamed up with the University Center for Community Action and Research (CCAR) to take part in the annual New York Cares Day – Spring Edition, formerly known as Spring Hands-On Day. Participants arrived at the Hattie Carthan Community Garden in Brooklyn, where they spent the entire day planting, mulching, composting, painting, cleaning and more. Participators arrived at 9a.m. where they met Yonette, the Coordinator of Hattie Carthan Community Garden, who assigned them tasks and provided an itinerary for the day. According to NewYorkCares.org, more than 4,000 volunteers citywide took part in the event where they helped cleane parks, plant community gardens and rehabilitate public spaces. CCAR has noticed a strong turn out for hands-on volunteering opportunities like these. The event has grown so extensively in the past few years that another bus for transportation had to be secured, in addition to a
bigger space for all the work. “I think it’s the biggest because Pace students love to volunteer! We never have much of a problem finding volunteers for any of our events. However, the biggest problem we find is that most community organizations can’t accommodate the sheer
to the community or just to do something productive on a Saturday. Mengyun (Annie) Tan, who is a graduate student in Public Accounting added, “I took part in New York Cares Day because I wanted to meet some new friends, meet my service hours
“thank you” to volunteers for their work. “Students enjoy the feeling of contribution and hardwork and we are really happy to participate,” said Yuwei Hou, a Lubin Graduate Student. By lunchtime, everyone was hungry and exhausted. After a 30-minute
“I took part in New York Cares Day because I wanted to meet some new friends, meet my service hours, and help other people.” -Mengyun (Annie) Tan, Graduate student
number of Pace volunteers. New York Cares can, and that’s why we have our biggest events – Paint A School Day & New York Cares Day Spring Edition – with them,” says Daniel Botting, Associate Director at CCAR. For many of the volunteers, the event wasn’t just about fulfilling civic engagement requirement, but also to meet friends, give back
and help other people. Also, I heard that it was a great chance to be connected with nature. I am an “environmental protector”, so I would love to do something to protect our environment.” Students were given the opportunity to rest whenever needed, and everyone kept a smile on their face throughout the day. Local community residents dropped by during the day to say
lunch of pizza and soda, students returned right to work to finish up the tasks they were working on. At the end of the day, volunteers successfully accomplished the day’s mission by planting, digging and cleaning garden beds. They also cleaned the chicken coup, painted murals, tables and benches, and cleaned the exterior of the park. Students then gathered in
a circle with Yonette to reflect on how important their service is to the community and to our planet. Yonette left students with the thought that “everything comes from the earth, and you are harming it by spitting, urinating and exploiting it.” When asked about students’ accomplishments, Botting says, “she (Yonette) appreciates our work, but it’s always the general community members, that come up to me after the day is done and thank me profusely for all the work that Pace students have done, that really hits home for me. This garden serves an integral role in the community, and Pace’s work, in part, keeps it that way. I look forward to going back to Hattie Carthan Garden next year”. A similar New York Cares Day will follow in the fall, when University students assist with painting classrooms and murals at a New York City Public School. Should you be interested in future events, or like to be added to the CCAR listserv, please send an email to firstname.lastname@example.org. The CCAR is also on Facebook, search “Civic Engagement at Pace” to keep up with events, and browse photos of past events.
University students work to restore Hattie Carthan Garden Photos by Shyam Nooredeen
May 1, 2013
Students advocate against dangers of bottled water ANA SOSA Contributor Members of the University community congregated in room W519 for a presentation and chat on the dangers behind water privatization on Apr. 24. The meeting was organized by the group “Tap It!” which dedicates its efforts towards spreading awareness of the repercussions of selling bottled water as a commodity. Cat Volpe, sophomore, gave an eloquent presentation in which she discussed surprising facts about both the industry and their products. Issues such as plastic waste, chemicals within the bottles, unethical companies and scarcity of water were discussed. According to Volpe, less than 1 percent of the earth’s water is drinkable, and the available supply is decreasing at an increasing rate. Water is not only used for the purpose of hydrating, it is also needed in areas such as agriculture, manufacturing and households. Ironically, most of the machines used to produce water bottles are powered by water or steam. It takes about 32 ounces of water to produce one 16 ounce water bottle. Companies redundantly waste two bottles worth of water to create only one bottle that ends up being 2,000 times more expensive than regular tap water. Oil, another scarce resource is also used to manufacture the bottles. Approximately 714 million gallons of oil are consumed each year by the industry--that’s the equivalent amount of oil used to power one million cars for 365 consecutive days. The factories are also responsible for contamination of surrounding areas due to the constant release of chemicals. The communities around these factories have been found to have unusually high cancer rates as well as case fatality rates. People drink bottled water because it is convenient, and because it is believed to be safer than tap water. Alina H. Rizvi, senior, is an individual who only drinks bottled
water, or thoroughly filtered water for these reasons. When asked why she doesn’t drink water straight from the tap she responded: “I have never drank tap water because I was under the impression that it isn’t sanitary. My parents insist that if I really wanted to drink it, I should filter it first.” Rizvialso says that besides her parents, the media is a contributing factor in her decision to not drink tap water. However, Volpe made it clear in her PowerPoint presentation that bottled water is not necessarily cleaner or better than tap water. In fact, 47 percent of the bottled water comes from the tap, despite what the logo may portray. Tap water and bottled water are not regulated the same way. Tap water is regulated by the Environmental Protection Agency and bottled water is regulated by the Food and Drug Administration. EPA regulates 100 percent of tap water, whereas only 30-40 percent of bottled water is approved by the FDA. This of course leads to some discrepancies in the industry. The plastic that is used for the bottles, for example, is not as safe as one might think. Six out of seven bottles are safe to drink from, however the other water bottles can leach potentially harmful chemicals into the water, these are marked with a PC or a 7 near the recycling symbol. Some bottles leach hard-to-pronounce chemicals such as Bisphenol A, Benzene, Vinyl chloride, Styrene, and Beuto-dyine into the water that can potentially cause cancer, diabetes, birth defects and infertility when ingested. If the bottle is reused, it exacerbates the outpour of the chemicals in the plastic. Another concern that was highlighted in the presentation was the huge amount of waste and pollution that comes with the bottled water industry. Though recycling has become somewhat of a beneficial fad, only 10 percent of water bottles get recycled. The members of the group Tap it! displayed by the front door of W519, a huge 4-foot
tall pile of used water bottles with a sign reading “The displayed bottles were used by the University community in less than a day.” The meeting was held at only 12:20pm. Plastic bottles are a huge contributor of waste. There are currently five man-made giant garbage patches located in the oceans and around 90 percent of the garbage is composed of plastic. These landfills are terrible for the marine life that is situated around them, and cause harmful chain reactions in the ecosystem. There is absolutely nothing wrong with drinking water straight from the tap. Many agree that New York has one of the best tasting tap water in the United States. If people feel compelled to buy bottled water it is often because the media has told us to do so. The three main companies that dominate the market are Nestle, Coca Cola and Pepsi. These companies have horrible ethical track records and are strictly profit oriented companies. It is in their best interest to sell as many water bottles as possible, and the only way of doing so is if they market their product as a necessity. Volpe explains that the company’s purpose was “to taint the image of tap water and this is exactly what the bottled water companies did! They put all their advertising muscle into proving how bottled water is ‘clean, safe, and pure ‘and that tap water is not these things.” The group Tap it! is spreading awareness in the hopes that people who have an aberration against tap water will make the paradigm shift and drink less bottled water. Volpe insists that it is detrimental to get off the bottle if we want to become a “community of empowered consumers who are acting in an environmentally and socially responsible way. “ Tap it! aims to inform the Pace community about the dangers of water privatization and how empowering one’s dollar can be. Like Tap It! on Facebook for more information and group meeting updates.
Bottled water distibuted by the Coca Cola company skinnymom.com
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Farewell school, paper, and friends
Fotini Sachpatzidis Editor-In-Chief Katrina Abreu Ads Manager Nicole Morales Managing Editor Damien Morgan Creative Director Sarah Aires News Editor Olivia Beteta Arts Editor
FOTINI SACHPATZIDIS Editor-in-Chief
Erick Mancebo Features Editor
Dear Pace Community and students,
Brian Rentas Web Editor
it is hard to believe I’m really typing this. These past few months as Editor have really taught me a lot. Tuesday night editing sessions and weekly Monday pitch meetings are meaningless without great people who all share the same goal. The idea of being part of a team never fully hit me until I saw how everyone on the paper fulfills their designated role. I always believed I was a better worker solo, but learned that having an extra set of eyes makes all the difference when producing a stellar product. It’s been a pleasure serving the Pace community and students and I hope that our hard work has offered insight on how much we care about the school. Our stories this year reflected student opinions about the administration and highlighted university talents that otherwise might go unnoticed. Next year’s editorial board will continue to work hard and make the paper more progressive. I wish everyone all the best and will always remember the impact the paper has left on me in my career.
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May 1, 2013
Remaing Boston bombing suspect faces charges Man tied to the recent Boston marathon bombing faces impending legal action CHRISTIAN GOMEZ Arts Assistant
Brothers Tamerlan Tasnaev and Dzhokhar Tasnaev were seen leaving backpacks containing explosives, and walking away from the two bombs that were set off during the end of the Boston Marathon on Apr. 15. The following Friday, MIT security guard Sean Collier was shot and killed by Tamerlan and Dzhokhar. From MIT the duo then stole a Mercedes with intentions of heading to New York and attempting to bomb Times Square. The plan said to have been made on the spot was impossible due to the lack of gas in the stolen car. When attempting to refill the tank, the hostage taken by the Tasnaev brothers escaped. A gunfight ensued against local police hunting the suspected bombers. The aftermath of the gunfight left elder brother Tamerlan dead and Dzhokhar on the run in the Boston suburb of Watertown. Dzhokhar made his last stand hiding in a town resident’s boat. He was later captured alive by members of the Boston Police department that had been conducting house to house searches for the remaining Dzhokhar brother. Since his arrest, Dzhokhar has been hospitalized for gunshot wounds acquired during the manhunt and as of Apr. 28 the remaining suspect of the bombing has been moved to medical prison facility and faces the death penalty for the crimes to use a weapon of mass destruction. Freshman Valentina Sotomayor hopes to see Dzhokhar tried to the full extent for his crimes. “He did something terrible and has ruined and taken the lives of children it may be extreme but the death penalty is appropriate for his crimes.” Dzhokhar has told officials that after the FBI
had posted their faces following the Marathon bombings the brothers had made an impromptu plan to attempt to attack New York. The critical error that the brothers made was refilling the gas station. While this was happening, Tamerlan, who was driving the Mercedes with a hostage in the car had put his gun down in an attempt to use the navigation system. While Dzhokhar paid for gas, the hostage who has identified himself as “Danny” in an interview with the Globe, fled while the brothers were distracted. The parents of Tamerlan and Dzhokhar have said repeatedly that they do not believe their sons are responsible for the bombings. The brother never showed aggression or religious radicalization according to family members. Uncle of the brothers Tsarni, who lived with the boys for a year spoke publically during the manhunt demanding his nephews to turn themselves in. Tsarni has said the brothers were born Muslim but not extreme believers; “Their family was not practicing. Nobody used to pray. The younger one didn’t pray; he just partied.” Tsarni stressed that he only ever spoke to the boys about getting good grades, “I just told them to learn and study. If not you’ll have to work like me,’ “said Tsarni who is a construction worker in Maryland who only recently began going to a local Mosque. The FBI has been previously alerted to watch older brother Tamerlan who during 2011 visited his home country and spent some time in Chechnya. During Sept. Tamerlan was mentioned again to the CIA, after this tip he was added to the CIA watch list TIDE. The TIDE list is larger than the no fly list in the United States. While Russian intelligence believed Tamerlan as threat after the initial FBI investigation turned up nothing, he was also interviewed by the FBI who said they saw nothing suspicious in Dzhokhar Tsarnaev, Boston marathon bombing suspect someone returning to their home country.
South Korean workers flee from neighbor North Korea OLIVIA BETETA Arts Editor
The intrigue around North Korea continues to build as the last of the South Korean workers flee the communist country. The Democratic People’s Republic of Korea, more commonly known as North Korea, has been pressuring the South Koreans working for Kaesong International Complex. The company is situated just inside the border of North Korea. It was established back in 2003 to boost inter-Korean ties, however following Pyongyang’s third nuclear test in February, tensions within North Korea proved too much. Thus far 125 employees have left the Kaesong complex with the remaining 50 set to leave on Monday Apr. 29. Before the employees were pulled many of the South Korean workers faced difficulty entering the industrial park. Shortly after North Korea withdrew their 53,000 workers from the site. Restricting access to the complex is nothing new to the North Koreans yet this marks the first time South Korea has withdrawn all their employees. South Korea has been very cautious with their relationship with their neighbors to the north since the country spilt in 1948. Since then relations between the two countries have been tumultuous at best. Recently the situation has deteriorated with North Korea entering a “state of war” with South Korea. Many news analysts are wary to believe the Democratic People’s Republic is capable of waging nuclear war. The country has released a great deal of propaganda since the 1960s, which consistently insults
other countries throughout the globe, especially South Korea. The official Korean Central News Agency reports these insults in a number of languages, including English, and is available for anyone to read, except South Koreans where the news outlet is banned. Yet the North has resisted using direct threats of war and has only done so a handful of times in the past. Newest leader Kim Jong-Un, known as the boy king, is much more boisterous than his father and has consistently been making threats against the South. The Pyongyang Times has released a number of stories in which they attack the actions of the South. Some of the headlines include “KPA [Korean People’s Army] units on standby, zeroing in on targets”; “Not needed: prisoners, apology, surrender”; “Burn the enemy to ashes”; “Throw them into furnace”; “Teenagers vow to join army.” Many have disregarded the numerous threats of North Korea namely due to the fact they are unable to follow through with most of them. One such ignored threat involves North Korea nuking the United States of America. Several analysts are quick point to the fact North Korean Nukes cannot reach the USA. Conversely, the threats on South Korea are very possible and the United Nations has worked to placate North Korea. It is not apparent what the next move for North Korea will be. It has been reported that the country is gearing up for serious land and air military exercises but little else is known about the actions within the communist state.
Clip from North Korean proganda piece. bbc.co.uk
May 1, 2013
The Hobbit: 27 Animals Killed in Unexpected Journey CAITLIN MACNAMARA Copy Assistant
Most who have ever seen a film or television program with animals has read the phrase “No animals were harmed in the making of this film.” Unfortunately, there are too many cases that exist in which animals are being more than “harmed.” In the early age of cinema, animals often died when working on film sets. One may assume this is an event of the past, but recently there have been several cases of on set animal deaths. The American Humane Association (AHA) is the group that trademarked the phrase “No animals were harmed”. This association is in charge of making sure that animals on film sets are being treated well and avoid any accidents. The AHA boasts that they are “the only animal welfare organization with oversight sanctioned by the Screen Actors Guild (SAG).” Basically, the AHA is the only organization out there making sure that animals are being treated fairly on sets. Unfortunately, they rely on donations to do their jobs, which makes enforcing their guidelines all the more difficult. The AHA has a downloadable list of requirements that film and T.V. sets need to follow in order to be able to claim the “No animals were harmed” phrase. The requirements seem to be fair and reasonable, but the AHA cannot evaluate every project that intends to use animals. If a producer wants to ignore the guidelines listed by the AHA, he or she could choose to not inform the organization that they intend to use animals during filming, and potentially harm or kill an animal on their set. Or, they could enlist the AHA, and slip them a generous
donation for silence. Animal rights have always been a controversial subject. Some still believe that animals and beasts are to be tamed by men. Others empathize with animals and want them to be treated as humans should be treated: humanely. Even still, one would assume that with all the technological advances in the film and screen industry that animal accidents would be minimal. Unfortunately, this is not the case. Many were stunned when a shark was killed during the filming of a K-Mart commercial. On this set, the AHA was present, though they were not present for the transportation of the 5-foot-long white-tipped shark. The shark had supposedly shown signs of distress and, according to the People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals (PETA), the crew kept shooting. The AHA swears that the proper steps were taken in this case, and disputes the claims by PETA. Recently, reports have come to light of the deaths of twenty-seven animals on the set of The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey. According to published reports, the farm the animals were kept at full of “death traps” in the forms of sinkholes, bluffs and other unsafe living conditions. The AHA was employed to oversee this shoot, and claims that no animals were killed while actually filming. It took the death of three horses on the set of Luck (2012), a HBO drama about gangsters and horse racing, for the show to be pulled. According to AHA employee assigned to watch over the Luck set, Barbara Casey, she was wrongly fired after her complaints about the treatment of the horses were ignored due to pressure from producers.
Casey claims in a suit that both the AHA and HBO succumbed to this pressure causing the loss of her job. A lawyer for the AHA says that Casey was just the victim of “necessary staff reduction.” If all of these accidents are occurring while the AHA is actually present, one can only imagine how animals are treated on low budget sets. So does the American Humane Association still care about the treatment of animals? With the amount of accidents occurring under the associations watch, one has to wonder if their motivations are still legitimate. Is the AHA so obsessed with generating the necessary funds to keep the organization alive that they’ll allow the occasional loss of life. And how many other sets have contributed to animal deaths, yet managed to keep it under wraps. It’s unfortunate that animals have been dying just for money and entertainment. Most audiences feel a sense of relief when the AHA’s phrase appears on the screen. However, with recent news revealing the truth, that phrase doesn’t seem so comforting anymore. Perhaps there needs to be another organization created to look out for animals on film sets. Or maybe animal alternatives should be used on sets. It’s disheartening that in 2013 animals are still being exploited in the entertainment industry. After all, no animal dreams of becoming an actor. Hopefully with the growing outrage of the deaths and injuries of animals on set, the AHA can get it’s together and remember why they’re on those sets. Hopefully, more donations to the AHA will allow the organization to do their job without the looming pressure from those they work with. Otherwise, Audiences cannot be sure that “No animals were harmed in the making of this film”?
Embarrassment of rising comedic actress Aubrey Plaza NNEKA OKOLI Staff Writer
MTV’s annual Movie Awards aired Apr. 14,or as freshman Armando Herrera called it, “the day Aubrey Plaza forgot the punch line,” referring to up and coming actress Aubrey Plaza, attempt to jokingly steal Will Ferrell’s Golden popcorn award for Comedic Genius during the ceremony. After Ferrell’s refusal to allow the award to be taken, Aubrey was left on stage silent before retreating off stage uttering no word of explanation for her actions. Naturally, the failed comedic stunt was compared to Kanye West’s outburst during the 2009 MTV Music Awards as he told the world that Swift didn’t deserve her award and that the VMA rightly belonged to Beyoncé. However, the major difference is Aubrey did not say anything. Ferrell commented, “I think she wanted to tell me something important, but there was no message. It was just a lot of hot liquor breath….and a little bit of sweat. And then she ran away” Fans are left to wonder exactly why Aubrey Plaza ran on stage in the first place and why she said nothing before getting off the stage. University freshman Desi Duran stated, “Aubrey Plaza has no balls! She clearly wanted the award for herself but was too drunk to format a logical sentence. In my opinion she is a total idiot”. It is commonly believed that Aubrey was drunk walking on stage barefoot, carrying an alcoholic beverage—not to mention she had “#TheToDoList” written across her chest. Amarando Herrea freshmen stated, “I think it was a publicity stunt gone terribly wrong. Aubrey Plaza knew she didn’t deserve the award, and Will Ferrell has been around for years—she cannot compare. But she had all eyes on her, and she had the floor. She could have made her career and took her comedy to the next level but she did nothing and made a complete fool of herself,”. Publicity stunt or not, it has been made abundantly clear by MTV officials that Aubrey’s charade was not in the itinerary for the evening, as she was asked to leave shortly after the stunt. Sticking true to her comedic nature Plaza tweeted after being asked to leave by
officials, “Thanks for the advice @KanyeWest went better than planned!” on Apr. 15, 2013 at 1:48 am. Aubrey maintained a low profile making no public appearances until the CinemaCon Awards on Apr. 18, 2013. It was at the CinemaCon Awards where Aubrey received her first award. Duran stated, “I cannot believe she had the audacity to show her face after what happened at the MTV Movie Awards! She deserves an award for going out in public,” and it was apparent by Aubrey’s outfit alone at the CinemaCon Awards that her publicist had a lot of damage control to do. Aubrey wore a conservative burgundy skater dress. The collar of the dress came to the base of her neck—leaving no space for “#TheToDoList” on her chest—the sleeves ending at the elbow, and the hem of her dress hitting right about the knee. “I saw a picture of her outfit in a magazine and thought I was looking at a soccer mom” said Herrera, he continues, “She needs to find the happy medium between sloppy, drunk mute Aubrey and sober humorous Aubrey because this soccer mom charade is not on the spectrum and has no one fooled.” Aubrey’s fans are not fooled by this damaged control technique and in fact would have more respect for the rising comedian if she simply embraced the MTV Movie Awards incident and continued life as usual. Aubrey is a rising star in the comedy world and has a lot of opportunities on the horizon. Her stunt at the MTV Movie Awards is just a blemish in the grand scheme of career, “Of course I’m still going to see the ‘The To Do List’, it’s going to be hilarious” stated Duran. “The To Do List” is set to release in August of 2013, Aubrey Plaza as she plays a high school senior who creates a list of multiple sexual activities she must do before she completes high school. The movie follows her journey, filled with embarrassment and undoubtedly awkward situations, as she attempts to check off each item on this list. While it is unclear if there will be any repercussions for Aubrey’s actions at the MTV Movie Awards, it seems that her embarrassment was punishment enough. Aubrey’s fans are over the entire incident and are eagerly awaiting the release of “The To Do List” this fall.
May 1, 2013
Take a tour of NYC one cupcake at a time
OLIVIA BETETA Arts Editor Sugartooth Tours will show people the sweeter side of NYC with their desert tours. Currently, Sugartooth offers two types of tours, Heaven in Hell’s Kitchen and the Cupcake Crawl Across Manhattan. Sugartooth Tours is the work of two friends Allyson Tolbert and Sarah Rolleston. The two met while performing in a traveling version of Beauty and the Beast. Soon they became friends and they were living together in Hell’s Kitchen. One summer, in an effort to celebrate Tolbert’s birthday, Rolleston began looking for ice cream tours. Unfortunately, Rolleston was unable to find any such tours, so she did the next best thing and planned her own tour of the best ice cream shops in the city. Tolbert, a huge fan of the frozen desert, was incredibly excited at the prospect and welcomed the gift that would eventually spark the idea for an all out desert tour. Later Tolbert and Rollenston went back to the drawing board and created a desert tour for the Hell’s Kitchen. The tour was largely successful, offering a variety of sweets confections, from baklava to candied yam cookies. The two then began to create more tours throughout the city. There are specialty holiday tours and season desert shops in addition to the year round Hells Kitchen tour. The newest tour added to the line up is the Cupcake Crawl. Beginning at Sprinkles Cupcakes on 60th St the tour works it’s way across Manhattan. In just under three hours everyone on the tour will have tired six cupcakes in a variety of flavors. During the tour, walking and the subway are both utilized. The tour weaves its way through midtown and the theater district all the way down to Greenwich Village. Along the way some truly delicious deserts are offered in some very unexoected places. Some of the stops may be known to the general public but Tolbert and Rolleston really found some hidden hot spots for the tour. Walking to the bakeries is half the fun as Tolbert and Rolleston discuss the history of not only the desert but also the districts and architecture of the city. The most remarkable part however may be how much time the two have actually spent planning the types of cupcakes available to try. Typical flavors like carrot and banana are done to perfection. More unusual cupcakes like the Breakfast of Champions and a gluten free chocolate cupcake are both some of the offering found on the tour. Tours can be groups as small as three and as large as sixteen. Private tours are also available for those with unique allergies or those looking the change up the routine. Sugartooth Tours are the perfect way to pass time before a show, or just enjoy some sweets with friends.
May 1, 2013
Spring fever hits NYC with All Time Low OLIVIA BETETA Arts Editor
All Time Low and Pierce the Veil co-headlined the sold-out show. All Photos by Olivia Beteta
Few things have signified the change in season as much as the Spring Fever Tour. The tour which, features tco-headlines Pierce the Veil and All time Low hit NYC for two consecutive sold out shows on Apr. 24 and 25. The show began with British five-some You Me at Six. The band was only on stage for a relatively short time but managed to belt out seven songs to the crowd’s enjoyment. The band’s popularity has been consistently rising since the 2008 release of their debut album Take Off Your Colours. Fans screamed as lead singer Josh Franceschi crooned popular songs like “Bite My Tounge” and “Loverboy.” It wasn’t long before Mayday Parade took the stage. Fans were instantly charmed by the Florida natives. In addition to playing an array of their most popular songs they also preformed a hard rock cover of the Goyte song, “Somebody That I Used to Know.” The crowd was visibly excited as the set began to whine down and All Time Low’s staff began to set up. A sea of crowd surfers erupted as All Time Low emerged. Screams and cheers could be heard throughout the theater and within minutes the band was bombarded with bras. Both girls and boys eagerly sang along to every lyric in each song. The audience danced throughout the set and their excitement was palpable. Mid way through their set lead singer Alex Gaskarth put his electric guitar away for an acoustic. In a surprising turn of events fans in the center of the crowd began to sit and sway along to the slow song. It was a surprising sight for the entire audience but especially Gaskarth, who stopped playing mid song to make sure everyone was safe. The song came to an end and the rest of the band reappeared on stage to close their set with their most popular song to date, “Dear Maria Count Me In.” A black curtain fell as All Time Low walked off stage. Nothing could be seen behind the curtain. Fans stared open mouth trying to catch a peek of the sound check and set up. All Time Low had wowed the crowd with an impressive light show and an hour-long set leaving anticipation at an all time high for Pierce the Veil. The lights disappeared and the curtain rose to reveal a Halloween type scene complete with black-light ghouls. Music exploded through the speakers. Heavy metal guitar riffs echoed throughout the theater. Fans went wild as the band used their unique stage presence to command attention. Every song sounded like a serenade from lead singer Vic Fuentes. As the band worked their way through their set the fans became more boisterous. Mosh pits emerged in the center of the audience as crowd surfers were carried towards the stage. The excitement of the fans was matched on stage. Guitarists Jaime Preciado and Tony Perry jumped around the stage all the while strumming along to the songs. Drummer Mike Fuentes seemed completely lost in the music, as if his drums were the only things that mattered. When Fuentes did resurface he looked around the crowd and smiled. Vic Fuentes took a moment between songs to thank the crowd for their ongoing support before finishing the set. After the performance fans stood at the stage not quite ready to leave, still hoping for one more song.
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May 1, 2013
Native American culture struggles with cultural appropriation JEFF WHITNEY Staff Writer
Orginally published Dec. 13, 2012 The more attentive viewers of Victoria’s Secret Fashion Show on December 4th may have noticed that the calendar-themed event neglected November. But it was not pure neglect that kept Victoria’s Secret from honoring the full twelve months. Instead, the world’s largest lingerie retailer landed in hot water with the Native American community. The fashion show itself took place on November 7th, and preview photos were released to the internet. The model representing November was Karlie Kloss, who strut down the runway in a leopard-print bikini, turquoise jewelry, fringe-covered heels, and a feathered war bonnet. The outfit not only homogenized Native American culture, but used a very important part of it for commercial gain. This, of course, all happened in a sexualized manner. Immediately following the pictures’ release, various independent writers and bloggers publicly denounced Victoria’s Secret for cultural appropriation. Cultural appropriation is the adoption of a culture’s symbols, rituals, or ideals, frequently used for commercial gain. The cultures stolen from are typically those of a marginalized group. Blogger Adrienne Keene, who runs a blog called “Native Appropriations” was one such blogger. In previous posts, she had explained the offense of wearing Native American headdresses, explaining, “The image of a war bonnet and war paint wearing Indian is one that has been created and perpetuated by Hollywood and only bears minimal resemblance to traditional regalia of Plains tribes. It furthers the stereotype that Native peoples are one monolithic culture, when in fact there are 500+ distinct tribes with their own cultures.” Basic research on the war bonnet also indicates that it was reserved for warriors who committed particularly brave acts in battle, worn only on special occasions as a sign of great respect. It is arguable that its use by a non-native person with little understanding of the culture trivializes and condescends the Plains Indian culture. Victoria’s Secret is not the only offender of cultural appropriation in the past few months. It has been a hot topic as of late, with another recent controversy sparked by No Doubt.
Their music video for the single “Looking Hot,” featured Gwen Stefani and other band members dressed as stereotypical Native Americans, playing along with a “Cowboys vs. Indians” narrative. The incident ought to have provided a warning for Victoria’s Secret, given the parallel results within one week of each other. No Doubt pulled the video from the internet and issued a formal apology. Fashion designer Paul Frank also found himself in the cultural appropriation doghouse, and handled the apology more proactively than others have. Following a backlash to a “neonNative American powwow” themed party featuring glow in the dark glow paint and countless other offenses, Paul Frank Industries had a mess on their hands. They issued the standard apology and pulled all of the offending products, but also released a statement announcing that they will hire a Native designer to help with a new line, with proceeds going to a Native charity. The people over at Paul Frank will never manage to make everything okay, but they did set an example for an ever-offensive American society where Urban Outfitters decides they can sell “Navajo” panties, and musical icons Lana Del Rey and Ke$ha decide they have the right to wear headdresses. This is all before discussing the sexual aspect of it. To put this as simply as possible, there are two facts to consider before exploiting this culture in a sexual manner. First, rape and sexual assault of the indigenous Americans was extremely prevalent in the European invasion of the Western world. It spans as far back as Christopher Columbus’s personal letters to the king of Spain. Second, it has not stopped. Currently, one in three Native American women will suffer from rape or sexual assault, and non-native men commit 86 percent of those crimes. Furthermore, in 1978, the Supreme Court ruled that tribal governments cannot prosecute any non-Native criminals, regardless of where the action took place. According to the press, though, this is all beside the point. On November 10th, Victoria’s Secret tweeted to over one million followers “We are sorry that the Native American headdress in our fashion show has upset individuals. The outfit will be removed from the broadcast.” This solves almost nothing, aside from preventing the worst-case scenario. Removing the outfit was the equivalent of putting a band-aid on a broken leg. It will do little to resolve the deep seeded issues surrounding the use of Native American images in popular culture. It is only by giving the indigenous people the respect they deserve that the many wrongs can began examiner.com to be fixed.
This year’s summer festivals look to draw biggest crowds ever MICHAEL “TJ” WILLIAMS Features Assistant
Orginally published Feb. 20, 2013 Each summer, the streets of New York City fill with music fanatics as they line up to see some of their favorite artists at of the popular musical festivals featured in New York City. The Governors Ball is a large music festival that takes place from Friday, June 7th to June 9th, 2013 on Randall’s Island in New York City. There are over 50 artists performing including Kanye West, Kings of Leon, Guns N’ Roses, Nas, Kendrick Lamar, Beach House, The Lumineers, Of Monsters and Men and St. Lucia. Tickets are on sale now, but are selling fast. For General Admission 3-Day Tickets, the cost is $220. VIP 3-Day Tickets are $470 and for those who want the Super VIP 3-Day Tickets, the cost is $1,500. Regular VIP as well as Super VIP attendees are privileged with very close viewing areas of the stage, air-conditioned restroom facilities, massage services, comfortable seating areas, shade and an exclusive bar that includes wine. However, those that pay the extra for the Super VIP 3-Day Tickets are granted car service to and from the festival, concierge service, side stage viewing, a backstage bar, three food vendor tokens per day, and of course, a merchandise pack full of Governors Ball goodies. There are activities for everyone though throughout the music festival that include The Silent Disco, free water
refill stations, a photo booth, numerous lawn games, and ping-pong tables dispersed all over. What is s a music festival without great food, attendees can expect there to be representatives from Luke’s, Little Muenster, Num Pang Sandwich Shop, Asia Dog and Wooly’s to name a few. Additionally, there are two main electronic music festivals that take place in New York City: Electric Daisy Carnival and Electric Zoo. The Electric Daisy Carnival takes place on May 17 and 18, 2013. 2-Day General Admission tickets are $215.00 and 2-Day VIP tickets are $320.00, which can be purchased at any time even though the line-up has yet to be released. Electric Zoo is another electronic music festival that takes place from Aug. 30 to Sep. 1. The line-up for this music festival is also yet to be released, and once again, tickets are on sale already. 3-Day General Admission tickets are $329, 3-Day VIP Experience tickets are $649, and 3-Day Platinum Experience tickets are $1,199 until supplies run out. Courtney Baxter, University freshman, stated, “I am very excited for the Electric Daisy Carnival, which is always my number one choice for music festivals because they always have such a great lineup to represent electronic music. I might try to get to the Governors Ball too, whose lineup is insane!” One of New York City’s finest music festivals, Bamboozle, has unfortunately been cancelled for 2013. There was no definite reason as to why, but organizers mentioned on Facebook, “We are sad to announce we will miss all of you in 2013 but keep your eyes peeled for 2014 info. Have
a warm and safe holiday season!” This is tragic, last year Bamboozle had an all-star lineup with artists such as Bon Jovi, Foo Fighters, Incubus, My Chemical Romance, Mac Miller and Skrillex to name a few. Hopefully, this music festival returns in 2014 with an even more amazing lineup. On July 13th, 2013 however, be sure to catch the Warped Tour when it comes to the Nassau Memorial Coliseum in Long Island, New York – not too far from the city. Although this is not technically a musical festival in the tradition sense per se, as it is travels venue to venue throughout the summer, it is definitely worth attending. There will be performances from 3OH!3, Goldfinger, Big D and the Kids Table, Motion City Soundtrack, Reel Big Fish, Bowling for Soup, Allstar Weekend, and several other bands. Tickets are on sale now for $49.55, the price after all fees and taxes have been added to the original price of $39.00. Other music festivals in New York that are not necessarily in the city, but worth attending include Camp Bisco (outside Albany, NY), Identity (in Wantagh, NY), Trespass America (Syracuse, NY), Country Fest (Albany, NY), Freihofer’s Saratoga Jazz Festival (Saratoga Springs, NY) and Mountain Jam (Hunter Mountain). Music festivals are great experiences and entirely enjoyable. For those who never attended one, put it on your summer bucket list. For those who have previously attended a music festival, try to attend a different one this year. There are so many great festivals in New York City and surrounding areas. Spend your summer enjoying music at one, or several of these, music festivals.
May 1, 2013
Party Down at the University
IRENE SCHULTZ Arts Assistant
Orginally published Nov. 5, 2012 The university’s renowned performing arts department has produced another fantastic week of theatre. The most dramatic of all works presented thus far, Caryl Churchill’s drama “A Number” was truly outstanding. Directed by senior Chad Chenail as a part of a magical night of one acts performed in the Schaeberle Theater—including Harold Pinter’s “Party Time”—Churchill’s complicated and eccentric script thrilled the audience. The play touched on the controversial subject of human cloning, along with the questions of identity and nurture. From the very moment the show began, the combination of video projection and the brilliant choreography revealed to the audience that the plot revolved around the concept of cloning. The idea of human cloning proves upsetting, establishing the unnerving tone of the play, which ultimately reveals itself as more of a tragedy than a drama. As the show evolves, an understanding is gained that there is more to the story than just human duplication, but that of the value and worth of a person. “Both once [sic] act plays had incredible performers, especially those in ‘A Number,’” said David Shocket, a member of the technical staff at the Schaeberle Theater. At first this particular production of the play got off to a bit of a rocky start because it was evident that the cast, consisting of two male actors, had forgotten several lines, interrupting the authenticity of the story. However, as the actors grew more comfortable onstage in their characters, the acting became more real and the lines came more naturally in the moment. The main plot of the play is based on the character of Salter, played by junior Soun Long, who becomes entangled in lies and conflicts with his sons. Previously, Salter was married with one male child. When his wife and mother of his son commits suicide, Salter attempts to raise the boy on his own and fails due to his inability to grieve the loss of his wife. Ashamed by his lack of success as a father, he ultimately sends his first son away. Regretting his troubled parenting and behavior, Salter feels he needs a second chance at being a father and clones his son’s DNA in order to create an exact replica and start all over again with a new son. With the implementation of the procedure, which was guaranteed to produce only one copy, having gone horribly wrong, Salter’s second son Bernard discovers he is not unique. The truth behind this story is revealed throughout the play as Salter’s first son, still alive, discovers there are other people who are just like him. The use of the projection screen in the background added to the overall production because the somewhat eerie videos portrayed the scientific process of cloning while the script and actors contrastingly conveyed the emotional aspect. The music and repeating heartbeat
cue enhanced the intensity of each scene and heightened the tone the author and director intended to portray. Chenail as director is nothing short of an artistic genius. The reoccurring stage blocking and choreography for the character of Salter was not only aesthetically intriguing, but at the same time illustrated with miming hand motions that he is the person responsible for conducting the cloning experiment. The background music added tension and in no way hindered the production. What really stole the show was the incredible talent Jade Ziane, who in this play made his performing debut at the university. He certainly made a great first impression. Surely, not a single audience member who had the privilege to watch this young man perform can deny that they were impacted by his performance. Ziane’s ability to change clothes onstage and become a completely different character was very impressive. He fully committed to each different character, including that of Bernard 1 (Salter’s 1st son), Bernard 2 (the clone made to replace the original son), and Michael Black (one of the many clones of Bernard), and delivered a believable performance. It takes an amazing actor to be able to transform so drastically in the matter of minutes in order to act as aw completely different version of a character, each with a different emotion. “Each version has their own agenda, which all intertwine because the sons have interacted with each other and know they all exist,” adds Shocket. The most memorable and exhilarating part of the play was the one moment of silence when Salter is on his knees begging for forgiveness from his original biological son, who sits, gun in hand, staring straight into the distance without moving a flinch. The audience was completely on the edge of their seats in suspense of when and if the trigger would be pulled. The actors were so in the moment that the outcome was unpredictable and nothing could be expected. “The two performers in this play were exceptional and really enticed me for the whole performance” Shocket lauds. As the original son Bernard discovers his father’s replacement clone of himself, the play ends in death of all Bernard clones and ultimately of Salter himself. “The show is very dark, and somewhat creepy as well, and they conveyed clearly,” Shocket adds “I really enjoyed this production of the show.” With a script lacking any stage directions, a bare stage, and simple costumes, director Chenail had the freedom to make many decisions, none of which were mistakable or unjustified and all of which contributed to the overall production. The author’s main idea of the play is that of self. Salter meets and interacts with three of his “children,” all of whom have the same genetics, but are very different versions of that same person. For an entire intense 60 minutes, the audience of Churchill’s play “A Number” indulges in a person’s discovery that he is a clone. When one is not an individual person, they are no longer unique, but rather a number.
Bike share finally hits NYC streets
citibikenyc.com CHRISTIAN GOMEZ Arts Assistant
Orginally published Oct. 10, 2012 Back in high school most people would not be caught dead on a bicycle, but in New York limited parking space and heavy traffic make getting around on a single speed, light weight and portable mode of transportation like less of a bad idea. Citigroup along with Mastercard, will be launching their new rentable and returnable bicycle service called Citi Bike, similar to the services that are common in Europe, and Washington D.C. The service will be launched in March of 2013, beginning with 600 stations, and 10,000 bikes in Manhattan, Brooklyn, and Queens. The bikes are available 24 hours a day 7 days a week, with pricing starting at $4 for your first 30 minutes to an hour. Annual membership is offered and day passes are also available all provided at self-service, credit card only kiosks across the city. Bikes are provided for a majority of Manhattan and for a great part of Queens and Brooklyn with possibilities of expansion if Citi Bike does well. Bikes can be rented from any of the 600 kiosks and returned to any of the kiosks allowing users a wide range of options when traveling around the city. Lower Manhattan has a large amount of kiosks and one directly in front of One Pace Plaza. The aim of Citi Bike is to provide a “cheap, easy, efficient and fast” way to navigate the city. Also allowing those outside the MTA’s routes to get to bus and train stops with ease. According to Citi Bike, 54 percent of New Yorkers have to travel less than two miles to school or work and their program will offer an alternative to the subway and bus system, expanding the reach of public transport to many New Yorkers and allowing many to take a healthier alternative to the MTA. This biking service seems to come at the height of the popularity of bicycling in the city. This past summer Joseph Gordon Levitt stared in “Premium Rush” a film that focused on biking New York. NYC was also the host to the annual Bicycle Film Festival show casing films on a wide range of topics all centering on the growing urban biking movement that has been building up its cultural impact over the past decade. 25 cities around the world host the BFF making it difficult to ignore, Citigroup has taken full advantage of this and with the launch of Citi Bike they are taking this underground craze and giving it to the average person. Tim Dougherty, freshman, typically skateboards but said he was extremely excited for Citi Bike saying “It would be super convenient and I will definitely be getting a membership when it comes out.” The convenience of being able to return the bikes anywhere and not having to bring his board with him was very appealing to Dougherty and says he will be recommending the service to friends once it begins. Julian Hollinger also showed a great interest in Citi Bike and said if the prices were affordable he will be waiting for the day he can skip waiting for the train and just ride to his destinations. With dorms located across the Brooklyn Bridge, biking offers a healthy alternative to riding the subway every day to classes. The U.S. is finally joining the worldwide biking craze and Citi Bike couldn’t have picked a better time to spearhead the biking sensation for the everyday commuter.
May 1, 2013
Young actresses face challenge of being “next Meryl” Jennifer Lawrence, Amy Adams, Jessica Chastain all in the running
MICHAEL TJ WILLIAMS Features Assistant As winter fades, numerous entertainers in the film industry gathered for what has been deemed ‘Award Show Season.’ From the Emmys to the Golden Globes to the SAG-AFTRAs to the most important of all award shows, the Academy Awards. Each year, the wonderfully talented and versatile Meryl Streep graces the red carpet with an Oscar-nomination for Actress in a Leading Role. She has received an astounding 17 Academy Award nominations, winning three of them for Kramer vs. Kramer in 1979, Sophie’s Choice in 1982, and The Iron Lady in 2011. Having been considered the greatest living actress, there have been many predictions as to who the next Meryl Streep will be. Some actresses in the running include Jennifer Lawrence, Amy Adams and Jessica Chastain—all of whom have been nominated for numerous Academy Awards. Jennifer Lawrence, best known for her role as Katniss Everdeen in the Hunger Games franchise, has been at the top of many lists. Lawrence was first nationally recognized in 2010’s Winter’s Bone, in which she was granted with her first Oscar-nomination for Actress in a Leading Role. From there, she starred in romantic comedies such as Like Crazy and Silver Linings Playbook, horror films like Devil You Know and House at the End of the Street, and even landed lead roles in the very successful franchises X-Men and The Hunger Games. Through all these versatile roles, she can be compared to Meryl Streep. Having received two Academy-Award nominations, and winning one during this year’s Academy Awards for Silver Linings Playbook, her work is being thoroughly recognized in the film industry—another reason for her comparison to Meryl Streep. She has peaked as an actress at only 22 years old. Critics fear she may have reached her peak too soon, but if she continues to rise up, she may even surpass the success of Streep. The Hunger Games: Catching Fire and the drama Serena will be released in 2013, and Lawrence is currently filming both American Hustle, featuring Bradley Cooper and Robert De Niro, as well as X-Men: Days of Future Past. Greg Mooradian, freshman, said, “Jennifer
Lawrence has proven her talent by winning an Academy Award at the age of 22. She also already won two Screen Actor Guild Awards and a Golden Globe. She is an extremely diverse actress who has challenged herself by playing a variety of roles in many different films. With Jennifer’s hard work and talent, there’s no doubt in my mind she is the next Meryl Streep.” Amy Adams, also currently filming American Hustle with Jennifer Lawrence, is definitely a contender for becoming the next Meryl Streep, too. Adams has been in the film industry for a while, but it wasn’t until she portrayed the beautiful Giselle in Disney’s Enchanted that her name began to become more noticeably recognized. She then moved on to projects like Doubt and Julie and Julia, in which she co-starred with the one and only Meryl Streep. In the past couple of years, she has been nominated for the Academy Award for an Actress in a Supporting Role four times: For Junebug, Doubt, The Fighter, and The Master this past Oscar ceremony. She transitions easily from family films like Night at the Museum and The Muppets to more dramatic movies. This summer audiences will have a chance to see her as Lois Lane in her first franchise: Man of Steel. Adams has shown her ability to belt out tunes in Enchanted and The Muppets as well, and is therefore one step closer to being the next Meryl Streep, who has shown her strong vocals in Mamma Mia. Then there’s the amazing actress who took on the roles of Mrs. O’Brien from Tree of Life, Cecilia Foote in The Help and Maya from Zero Dark Thirty: Jessica Chastain. At this year’s past Academy Awards, she was nominated in the same category with Jennifer Lawrence, Best Actress in a Leading Role, for her part in Zero Dark Thirty. Like Lawrence and Adams, Jessica Chastain shares the versatility as an actress with Meryl Streep. In the film Jolene, she really gained the attention of critics. Chastain began as a young and naïve woman who eventually transformed into a hardened and cynical woman—this movie alone is proof of her versatility. Anna Michelle, freshman, believes the actresses are all capable of becoming the next Meryl Streep.
Meryl Streep at 84th Annual Academy Awards Fanshare.com “They all have the ability to completely transform and embody any character that is given to them, simply put.” Other names that have been thought of when it comes to the next Meryl Streep include Anne Hathaway, Emma Stone, Emma Watson, and Kate Winslet, but Winslet has pretty much defined a category of her own as an actress: ‘the ballsy woman characters’ category. There has been a lot of talk over who the next Meryl Streep will be, especially after the 85th Annual Academy Awards this year. Jennifer Lawrence, Amy Adams and Jessica Chastain are among the most-talked about for this honor, but there are numerous other actresses who have the potential. Although these actresses are amazing, Meryl Streep will probably always remain on top as she is perhaps the greatest living actress, possibly of even all time. v
Twitter unveils music discover app: Twitter #music JULIA YEUNG Staff Writer After months of rumors and speculation, Twitter officially revealed its new standalone music app, Twitter #music on April 18. The app, which is available for the iPhone and as a web service, allows users to discover new music and artists through browsing the categories of their own personal social networking contacts. Twitter, now in its seventh year, has constantly been on the rise towards becoming an important social network for musicians and artists. An article in Forbes noted that in Jan. 2011, the average musician received 1,040 new followers on their Twitter account. By March 2013, that number increased to 3,935, leaving the number of new followers for artists rising 140 percent, coincidently the same as the character limit for a Twitter post. With Twitter rising as a key social network for artists, the launch of Twitter #music seems to be a key way for the social network company to expand its influence into the music industry and also increase user engagement. The new app is based off of the technology created by the music startup company, We Are Hunted, who was acquired quietly by Twitter several months ago. The company focused on aggregating
data at first from music streaming services such as iLike and MySpace Music and then eventually went on to Twitter, BitTorrent and music blogs, to create a daily chart of songs that was gaining popularity online. Twitter acquired the service of the application and then chose to narrow the focus of the music to create separate categories within the Twitter space. Within the app, users see a visuallypleasing home page that features popular music trending on Twitter from various artists. Users also are provided with four other categories of music lists that can be accessed with the swipe of a finger on an iPhone or a click on the tab on the upper left corner of the website. The four other categories feature emerging artists that are gaining attention through tweets, suggested artists you might like based on the current artists you follow, a #NowPlaying section that hosts tweeted tracks of songs shared by the people you follow and a “me page” containing songs by the artists users follow. Clicking on any of the artists’ profiles will allow users to hear a brief 30 second clip of each song. Twitter #music allows Rdio or Spotify subscribers to sign into those applications from within the app and listen to full version of the song. “I love it. The layouts are colorful and engaging, much like the Windows 8 program. Even though the format is
not original, it is still very interesting. I especially like the fact that the music will still continue to play after you hit the home button on the iPhone,” said senior Chris Kang. While playing songs, users can also tap to pop up a virtual spinning turntable similar to the appearance of a vinyl record and tweet their thoughts on the song. The tweet will add an automatic #NowPlaying hashtag and an iTunes link of the song for followers to hear it. Users may also explore what other artists and musicians the artists they follow are following by clicking on their profiles. While the application provides strength in browsing for new music and artists for the user, it does not provide an actual music listening experience. The brief music clips play back to back for only 30 seconds a song creating a rather disharmonized listening experience. The application seems much better suited towards giving users the opportunity to make a quick decision of what song they are interested in hearing more of and then exploring more about the artists and their songs from there. Senior David Lee said, “I do think it’s a good feature for Twitter to include, but I might just continue using Pandora as my music service because it lets me listen to full versions of a song for free without having to go elsewhere.”
Another drawback is that artists are only given one song apiece within the application and if users want to listen to more of that particular artist they would have to look elsewhere. Also, even if the user purchases the complete song through iTunes, the application would still only play the 30 second version. Users would have to go through their own music player in order to hear the full version of the song. In addition, there is also a lagging time period for #NowPlaying related tweets in the people users follow compared to the normal Twitter newsfeed. Twitter can provide a source of music recommendations based on users’ tastes, but if they are only following a limited amount of artists, the application doesn’t provide many benefits. Other rumors on the launch of this application include integrating YouTube, SoundCloud and Vevo into the mix, but as of yet, this has not been done. It is believed that the integration with YouTube and Vevo could hint at the addition of music videos into the app sometime in the future. Overall, Twitter #music appears to be a useful site for browsing and discovering new artists, operating more as a marketing effort to increase user engagement for musicians and for Twitter, rather than a music streaming service. v
May 1, 2013
The Evolution of
: From Movies to Primetime
The Walking Dead, Mad Men and Breaking Bad dominate the T.V. Industry CAITLIN MCNAMARA Copy Assistant
Recent premieres of some of the most well-written series to grace the small screen have had a positive impact on the primetime of television. Mad Men, Breaking Bad and The Walking Dead are three hits, and all appear on the same network: AMC. Other networks have certainly had hits, but now that little network that used to show just classic films has been able to churn out some of the most quality television shows out there. AMC stands for American Movie Classics, and that’s all it used to be—hours of commercial and advertisementfree airings of the most beloved classics of cinema. The network debuted in 1984 and began broadcasting 24 hours a day in 1990. Of course, a T.V. station needs to make revenue and eventually ads were incorporated as a way to generate funds. Soon after, films that were by no standards considered classics were added to the lineup, and modern movies were introduced. Though one might assume Mad Men was the first original series on AMC, it’s not even the third. In 1996, American Movie Classics released Remember WENN, a dramedy about the fictional world of a Pittsburgh radio station, circa early 1940’s. The show ran for four seasons—almost a lifetime in the T.V. world— and was ready for a fifth when new management decided to cancel the show. Following the success of Remember WENN, AMC launched The Lot in 1999. The show took place in the 1930’s and followed a make-believe film studio called Silver Screen Pictures. The Lot ran for only two seasons and was not a success with viewers or even with critics. The next original programming from AMC was a Western mini-series called Broken Trail, which aired in 2006. The series was a huge success for AMC, and was what paved the way for the network’s next project: Mad Men. The screenplay for Mad Men had already been denied by HBO when it was brought to AMC. Since Broken Trail had been a success, Christina Wayne, who was in charge of original programming, could basically do no wrong. So when she stumbled upon the script for Mad Men, she took it on. The first season premiered in 2007, and has since been a hit over at AMC. Next was 2008’s Breaking Bad. 2010 saw the premiere of Rubicon, which unfortunately lasted for only one season due to low ratings. The same year was the premiere of The Walking Dead. Finally, The Killing, an adaptation of a Danish drama, and Hell on Wheels starring Common were added to the AMC family in 2011. Though AMC found success with Remember WENN, the company claims
The Walking Dead
the first original series to be Broken Trail. As a result of the “change of guard” that’s occurred throughout AMC’s lifetime, it’s probably easier to begin with the most obvious catalyst for the network’s success. What’s interesting about AMC’s jump into original programming were the network’s intentions. The point of giving the green light to Broken Trail was to gain a larger viewership for the classic westerns that AMC was already airing. Certain movies were chosen to lead in the episodes. This plan of action proved to be successful, so when Mad Men premiered, the lead in to the episodes was GoodFellas. In fact, AMC has used this trick with every series they pick up—dreaming up the possibilities while reading the scripts. The Walking Dead proved to be the perfect series for giving airtime to zombie and apocalypse movies. This is possibly why AMC has proven so successful, but the fact that they choose quality writing has a lot more to do with it. HBO has some beloved shows out there, but they’re not always quality. Though Breaking Bad and The Walking Dead give viewers a good dose of violence, the overall feel of AMC is not about gratuitous nudity and violence. The violence in Breaking Bad and The Walking Dead has a purpose—it adds to the story. Other networks verge on the soft-core territory with the amount of sex and nudity in each episode in order to get their ratings. AMC has come a long way from its humble 1980’s beginnings and the network doesn’t seem to be going away anytime soon. With Breaking Bad’s series finale coming in July, along with the buzz that season seven will be Mad Men’s last, AMC’s recent success in television prime time may take a negative turn if they don’t figure out a way to keep their viewership without these fan favorites. It’s been a slow build up for the network to be where they are, and hopefully they can keep their reputation for quality alive. The AMC Network has achieved much success in its recent primetime television and fans can only hope that the next show they pick up will be as thoughtful and well-written as it’s predecessors. v
May 1, 2013
Exercising Tips THATIANA DIAZ Features Assistant Excercising in New York never has to be boring or tedious, especially because of all the cool places. There are many amazing places to move your body including indoor and outdoor areas. No matter where you live in the city you can find one or more exercise facilities that you will like. With choices for everyone, there is no question about what to do in New York. Get your exercise now with these affordable and great places to work out. Swimmers: If you’re looking for a big pool, situated off the FDR drive on the Lower East Side is an Olympic size pool called the Hamilton Fish Pool. One of the biggest pools in the city, it would be a surprise that it is actually free to get in. You can also practice your swan dives into the deep end in the West Village at the Tony Dapolito Recreation Center pool. Though its 100-by-50 foot imprint doesn’t offer the expansive space of its Olympic-size counterparts, there are still lanes for laps, and the Keith Haring mural painted on the back wall helps make for an artsy aquatic experience overall. Want an amazing view for free? The pop-up pool at Brooklyn Bridge Park is a temporary lagoon with eye-catching glimpses of the Manhattan skyline. Patrons are let in during timed sessions so you are guaranteed no overcrowding. Yoga: Here in the Big Apple, there are nearly as many yoga studios as there are hot-dog vendors. Whether you want to do some Bakasana in Brooklyn or get your Utkatasana on Uptown, we have the top three yoga studios. Offering a wide range of classes, Pure Yoga on 77th Street has tons of options to power your body and connect with your chi. Ishta Yoga takes a flexible approach in that it incorporates different yogic styles, including Hatha, Tanta and Ayurveda, to suit the needs of each individual. Get the full experience with their studio offerings of Western massages, retreats and private instructor sessions between 60th and 61st streets. For students, they have a special 1st month unlimited for just $60. For basic, no-frills yoga, head to Astoria. At Yoga Agora, all classes are open level vinyasa, unless otherwise stated on their schedule, and range from beginning to advanced level. What’s more is that all classes are only $5. They even offer donation-based classes—just pay what you can afford that day. Fun Classes: Short-term retail spaces called pop-up shops are everywhere these days, and now KiwiSweat has brought that concept to fitness. The brand brings seasoned instructors and DJs to locations all over New York City for events that last anywhere between one day and four weeks. Past offerings have included yoga in Times Square and a sunset spin class on a rooftop in Brooklyn. Live your dream of becoming a dance star with Big Apple Studio. At $18 per class, this studio introduces patrons to choreography that doubles as a high impact cardio workout. Bonus: Broadway Bodies encourages everyone to sing along. Outdoorsy: NYC Parks has built over 100 miles of the proposed greenway system. Using greenways helps keep you healthy. By bicycle riding, walking, jogging or skating on the greenways, you can get exercise in an enjoyable way and spend time outdoors with some great views. Strict budget: Shape Up NYC offers free fitness classes every week at dozens of locations across the five boroughs. Shape Up NYC classes are taught by expert fitness instructors who know how to make fitness fun. Class offerings are varied and include aerobics, yoga, pilates and zumba. Shape Up NYC is a FREE program. You do not need to be a member of a recreation center in order to attend a class, though you must bring a lock for classes held at recreation centers. v
From dieting to light workouts to juice cleanses, THATIANA DIAZ Features Assistant
It’s almost beach season, and outlined are the best healthy tips on how to lose weight, how to tone your beach bodies and how to live a healthy lifestyle.
Light Workout. It’s important to have a balanced workout plan that includes strength, cardio and flexibility training. This doesn’t mean you need to spend hours in the gym each week. You should have no problem fitting in a seven to 10 minute workout every morning, which is actually better for you than the occasional hour-long gym session. Say goodbye to boring treadmill sessions. Instead, get a basic pedometer and set a goal of 10,000 steps per day or about five miles to stay slim and healthy. Cut Out the White Stuff. The easiest way to lose weight and improve your health? Ditch the white stuff. Most white foods like bread, rice, pasta, sugar, flour are primarily made up of refined carbs and empty calories, so cutting them out of your diet is one of the quickest ways to shed pounds and improve your well-being. There are a few exceptions to the rule, including egg whites, cauliflower and fish. Those are the only white foods you should have on hand.
Bring On the Broccoli. Broccoli is the best produce option because it cleanses the liver and helps to fight cancer. To receive the most benefits, it is suggested to clean and slice cruciferous veggies like broccoli 5 to 10 minutes before cooking and then steaming or microwaving them instead of boiling to help retain the most cancer-fighting compounds. Get Your Daily Dose of D. New research says that Vitamin D may play a crucial role in weight loss by controlling appetite and helping fat cells become more metabolically active. The sunshine vitamin also helps your body better absorb bone-boosting calcium, improves immunity, reduces inflammation and may even protect against some forms of cancer. Nearly 75 percent of Americans are Vitamin D deficient, so there’s a good chance you’re not getting your recommended daily dose of 400 IU—some people may need as much as 1000 IU, so check with your doctor to find out what’s right for you. The best sources of Vitamin D are salmon, tuna and mackerel, especially the flesh. And don’t forget the most convenient source of all: Sunlight. Vitamin D is actually produced in your body when ultraviolet rays from sunlight strike your skin. The UV rays trigger synthesis of Vitamin D, which then gets converted in your liver into its active form. Drink More Water. Drinking water is imperative for staying healthy,
May 1, 2013
Have the best Hamptons summer ever TK TK TK FONTINI SACHPATZIDIS Editor-In-Chief As the semester finally comes to a close and temperatures begin to rise, the only plausible thing to do is head out to the East End of Long Island and visit the Hamptons and Montauk. As a student, there are some limitations such as the inability to stay in gated mansion in South Hampton or have a driver chauffeur you and your friends around Old Montauk Highway, but that’s no reason to miss out on all the fun parties, celebrities, and delicious eats just three hours away from New York. So I’m going to assume you don’t have a private driver, or perhaps a car for that matter. The MTA and LIRR have a simple solution to get you to your weekend getaway for less than $50 dollars. Beginning this summer, the MTA will be offering an express service from Penn Station straight to Westhampton. This will save passengers time and more importantly get rid of the crazy drunken antics associated with some LIRR train rides to the Hamptons. Of course there is the classic Hampton Jitney bus that has been serving passengers for over 35 years. Fares begin at $30 dollars for one way, which includes on board snacks and water. Now that you’ve made it to the Hamptons without a car, you’ll need a method of transportation while you’re there. Instead of paying upwards of $20 dollars for a taxi cab, which raise their prices for out-of- towners, hop on the Hamptons Free Ride mini-bus. This electric free shuttle service has routes in Southampton, East Hampton, Amagansett, and Montauk. Since they are sponsored by the likes of Zappos, Heineken, and Flywheel Sports, you’ll be able to get gifts on top of an already expense free ride, according to guestofaguest.com. No trip to the East End is complete without parties and lots of them from Southampton to the beaches of Montauk. It’s important to match up your personal scene with the locals. For more of a clubbing similar to Manhattan’s Meat Packing District, check out the East Hampton and Southampton club scene. Celebrities such as P.Diddy and Katy Perry enjoy partying at notable club South Pointe while shipping heir Stavros Niarchos and rapper Jay-Z can be spotted at Dune. If parting hard in sometime pretentious atmospheres isn’t your scene, travel to Montauk, or how locals refer to it-“The End.” This small town at the very end of Long Island is a gem full of homemade ice cream shops, top of the line sea food, and their notable beaches. Unlike Coney Island or Jones Beach, Montauk beaches are full of tan surfers, clean sand and food trucks. Ditch Plains is one of the most visited beaches in Montauk where friendly late night bon fires that you may or may not get randomly invited to. The Sloppy Tuna, Surf Lodge, and Ruschmeyers serve as The End’s version of nightlife hot spots. Enjoy a day drink as ex-lacrosse bros reminisce about their days at Yale and observe the sea of pastel Lily Pulitzer dresses at Sloppy Tuna. Just as their name bears, the two-floor bar can get sloppy as beach goers stop by after a day out in the sun. At night, run into your typical Williamsburg hipster at Surf Lodge and catch a free performance from musicians such as Dev Hynes and Ra Ra Riot. The same laid back surfer atmosphere can be found at Rushmeyers, which boasts a beautifully lit garden and outdoor restaurant for late night craving. While planning your trip make sure to set July 4th weekend aside for the annual Shark Attack Sounds party in Montauk. Last year’s party attracted over 2500 guests including actress Naomi Watts, whose brother Ben hosts it, and Victoria’s Secret Model Alessandra Ambrosio to name a few. The entrance fee is $30 dollars which is a low price to party with celebrities and hear different DJs spin until the wee hours. Food is central to any East End visit and with each summer comes new restaurant openings. Nick and Toni’s have gain a large following for their Italian cuisine while Cyrils has made their lobster roll a necessity when passing by Amangasett on the way to Montauk. Noah’s is another Hamptons staple with a Soho vibe that offers great
sea food dishes and clams. While the Hamptons may be synonymous with money and socialites, it’s still possible to bump elbows with the rich and famous under a student’s budget. After finals, gather some friends, and make it out to the East End.v
Hamptons Free Ride in front of Sloppy Tuna in Montauk guestofaguest.com
The scene from last year’s Shark Attack Sounds party tumblr.com
find the best strategy to get the perfect summer body energized, and even losing weight. There are so many reasons to stay hydrated. Hunger is often disguised as thirst, it boosts your metabolism and water is the best energy drink available. To find out exactly how much water you should be drinking, divide your body weight in pounds by two and aim to drink that many ounces of water every day. Trade Supplements for Tea. Drinking all-natural green tea is an excellent way to boost your weight loss and your health. Not only does it have the power to stoke your metabolism, but it also contains the highest concentration of catechins, antioxidants found in plants that have been found to protect against heart disease and even some cancers. Sip on a few cups of green tea throughout the day to get all of its amazing benefits. Delay Dessert. You don’t need to completely eliminate dessert if done in moderation, just try not to indulge immediately after dinner. Avoid sweets directly after a meal since sugar disrupts the absorption of nutrients. The best time for a sweet treat is about two hours after you finish your meal. And when it comes to what you eat, try the good go-to dessert: dark chocolate. The flavonols found in cocoa improve circulation and increase blood flow to the brain, which helps you see more clearly. Sleep More to Slim Down. The old saying ‘you snooze, you lose’ couldn’t be more inaccurate when it comes to shedding pounds. Depriving your body of sleep can speed up the aging process and deter your weight-loss efforts. The brain craves carbohydrates when you’re
tired, so you could unknowingly sabotage even the best laid plans. Aim for a good seven hours minimum of shut eye every night to allow your body to restore and to protect vital organ functions. Make Breakfast Mandatory. You’ve heard it before, but it’s worth repeating: Breakfast is the most important meal of the day. Skipping the first meal of the day can increase risk for obesity more than fourfold. If you don’t eat right when you wake up, your body senses a famine is coming and slows your metabolism to compensate. Then, when your body is presented with food later, it’s ravenous and wants to pack it in, leading to bingeing with a slow metabolism—a recipe for weight gain. Your plan of action: automating your first meal of the day by eating the same breakfast, like an egg-white omelet or steel-cut oatmeal, or cycling through a small variety of breakfast foods each and every morning. Cleanse your body. Cleansing of the body scares some people but a cleanse is simply when you increase the ability of your body to detoxify itself. The most important thing to understand is that the best cleanse is not a product you buy. Rather, it is a series of steps you take, over time, that get you to a place where you feel much better. It is a process that you take that cleans and detoxifies your body. At its best, a cleanse is a sustained period of focus which will help to lead you to a place of better long-term balance and improved habits. The most popular form of cleansing is juice cleanses and there is actually a juicery with their own cleansing system right on Fulton Street called “Magic Mix Juicery.” v
May 1, 2013
Marketing major moonlights as hair, makeup artist Fulton St. resident puts cosmetology license to use, provides services to students ELINOR COHEN Contributor
Orginally published October 31, 2012
Elise Del Rio
Photo provided by Elise Del Rio
Looks are a very important part of an NYC college student’s life. While people at other schools may be content with walking around in messy buns and ponytails, it’s fair to say university students take more pride in their appearances and want to look as best as possible. With the limited budgets that most college students live on, “cheap-and-chic” is the motto that the majority tries to live by.—that’s where Elise Del Rio comes in. Originally from Flemington, New Jersey, Del Rio is more than just your typical beauty-obsessed girl. A licensed cosmetologist, certified in hair, skin and nail services, Del Rio is also a marketing major. She has been providing her services to clients since 2010 and already has a strong client-base. “Hair is my thing,” said Del Rio. “It’s my niche. I can do other things; I love makeup as well. But hair is where I really thrive.” It all started at Hunterdon County Polytech, where Del Rio was enrolled in an intensive cosmetology program for ten long months. Every day, from nine o’clock until three o’clock, Del Rio learned everything from basic hair cutting to how to provide Keratin treatments to giving aesthetic facials. After her schooling, Del Rio then had to pass a written test as well as a practical exam. Although Del Rio passed the exam with flying colors, she admits that it was no walk in the park. “We were timed on everything, and watched like hawks; you have to know everything from facial shaving strokes to finger dexterity,” she recounted. Still, Del Rio was determined to launch her career. As soon as she passed, she jumped right into the work scene. After working as an assistant at Signature Salon and Spa in Whitehouse, New Jersey, Del Rio was promoted to an apprentice. In this position, she was able to build clientele who trusted her. She also developed her own techniques and unique styles of hair
cutting and coloring. It was there that she realized just how passionate she was about this craft. When asked about her initial inspiration, Del Rio credited her grandmother as a factor. “She was also a beautician,” Del Rio remembered. “She had a salon in her basement, and I remember the smell of hair spray from when she would set her clients’ hair in their perms and rollers… I love that smell of hair spray.” “Most of all,” said Del Rio, “I love that when you give someone a haircut, you listen to them and you learn about their lives. You share stories and you give someone the chance to be transformed. [The client] leaves feeling renewed and refreshed and that’s the best return for my job.” Giving back is a main focus of Del Rio’s. She hopes to one day be an educator for a major company in the beauty industry. For now, however, Del Rio simply wants to offer her services to anyone who seeks them. She currently has a makeshift studio set up where she offers every hair service imaginable: blowouts, styling, trims, basic cuts, curly cuts, hair dyeing, highlights, Keratin treatments, and all other chemical and transformation processes. Del Rio understands the financial stress that most college students are under, and wants to make others feel good about how they look without depleting their bank accounts. “It’s good for college kids because we’re all broke and haircuts in NYC are certainly not cheap. They’re also not always reliable,” said Del Rio. “NYC is wonderful, but with hair you really don’t know what you’re going to get. A lot of people want to be edgy and eclectic, but some people just want to look natural and pretty; I can do that for them.” Del Rio’s passion for her clients is obvious. “I want to please my client first and foremost. I will always be honest with them if I don’t think it will look good, but I won’t do something that they’re not comfortable with.” v
Students at the University break into fashion industry GODWIN OSCAR OSEI Contributor
Orginally published March 20, 2013
ave you ever flipped through the pages of your favorite fashion magazine or streamed your favorite designers’ fashion week show and thought to yourself, ‘How do I get a job working in the industry’? Well, if you are a student at Pace University in New York City, the possibilities are endless. New York City, known as the fashion capital of the world, holds its title as the stomping ground for the fashion industry; hosting the powerhouses of the industry such as leading fashion establishments Valentino, Michael Kors and DKNY, fashion magazines like Vogue, ELLE, and W and powerhouse fashion public relations firms like People’s Revolution, and KCD Worldwide. As an inquiring mind into the fashion industry you have to think about the benefits you would acquire from the industry and the hard work you have to be willing to put in to receive those benefits. Certainly working in the fashion industry has its perks, but it requires dedication. It takes a village to put together the monthly issues of your favorite fashion magazines or the effortless garments and grand fashion shows you see by your favorite designers but somewhere in that village, there is a place for an aspiring beginner who dreams of breaking into the fashion industry.
As a newbie looking to start in the industry, internships are your best friend. They are what prospective employers look at to judge your experience and your ability to function in a job position. A simple ‘fashion internship NYC’ Google search brings up great websites that advertise open internship positions. Websites like freefashioninternships.com and the Marketing/PR section of craigslist.com post internship listings daily as well. Ann McGaffigan, junior, who has previously held internships at Valentino and Maison Martin Margiela suggested that students “apply to the internships at every showroom you can find. Also in some cases companies will not have an internship listing posted and you will have to directly e-mail the department head for information. You can often find the contacts through the business’ website.” The process of applying to internships is tedious, yet rewarding. Personalized cover letters and organized résumés are a must. It gives the potential employer the chance to review your work, so you want it to be as straightforward as possible. You can’t be expecting to land your first internship working at Marc Jacobs. You have to be open to the option of finding internships at small startup fashion brands. Those are the places where you get to experience the daily grind of an up and coming company. By now if you are thinking you have no chance in the industry because you have no fashion experience, fret not as junior Kristie Dash, who is currently interning at Vogue advises, “You have to start somewhere and you just have to find someone to give you a chance. Think about all the
things you did in high school and are currently doing in college and figure out a way to relate that to the internship you are applying for. If you want to be a fashion writer and aren’t writing for the school paper or a blog of your own, get something going. You have to show that you have taken initiative”. If you have no experience you certainly have to take the prerogative to do something creative to make yourself stand out from your competition. If you are interested in being a fashion photographer you can start your own street style blog. That’s how most of the young photographers at Fashion Week started their careers. If, instead, you want to be a stylist start your own style blog and put together pictorials with your friends. If you want to be a fashion editor, start your own blog critiquing editorials and runway collections. Essentially blogging is the stepping stone into modern fashion and if you want to build some experience, that’s the right way to begin. Model and Project Runway host Heidi Klum’s famous line ‘In fashion one day you’re in, and the next day you’re out’ holds true in every sense. As Kristie Dash puts it “Once you have your foot in the door somewhere, if you work really hard, your supervisor will notice and be appreciative.” The smallest detail like printing out your supervisor’s daily agenda before they get to the office shows that you care about your job. If you do not show some sort of initiative and hard work, then you’re out. Someone else from NYU, Parsons or FIT will be waiting to fill your spot. v
May 1, 2013
New perspective for hurricane-battered New Yorkers JULIA YEUNG Staff Writer
Orginally published February 20, 2013 Posh towers in the Financial District sat vacant for months, tenants displaced as building managers raced to restore storm-thrashed boiler rooms and electrical systems, and residents of Long Beach, LI lined up their old Christmas trees on the beach, in the hopes of slowly restoring washed-away natural dunes. The effects of Hurricane Sandy have without a doubt changed the way New Yorkers perceive storms and the vulnerability of New York City. With such an enormous storm displacing many New Yorkers with damaged homes and no access to power back in Oct., many NY residents are wondering what will happen in the event of another storm similar to Hurricane Sandy, which are forecasted to be a much more common occurrence. As sea levels in the region continue to steadily increase year after year, environmentalists, politicians, and climate experts are working together to see how the man-made infrastructure of NYC can better interact with nature to protect residents in the event of another hurricane or weather event. Klaus H. Jacob, a Columbia University seismologist, believes that these “once in a century” type of storms will become a yearly event by 2100, it may be best to start preparing NYC’s infrastructure against the event of another hurricane. While constructing large-scale infrastructures like underwater gates to try to control the force of tidal waves are expensive and difficult to build, architects, environmentalists and civic engineers propose integrating nature into NYC’s infrastructure as a way to better protect residents from the force and effects of powerful storms like Hurricane Sandy. The proposed plans are designed specifically for the three vulnerable neighborhoods of Lower Manhattan, the Red Hook and Gowanus sections of Brooklyn, and northern Staten Island. Lower Manhattan was where most of the city’s power failures occurred due to its low relation to the sea and artificial landfill interior. A proposed plan by architect Stephen Cassell and his team from Architecture Research Office and partner firm, dlandstudio, envision integrating natural aspects into the area to create a more resilient and durable city in the face of powerful storms and incoming surges of water. Cassell and his team envisioned covering the edges of Lower Manhattan with a grassy network of land-based parks that include watery patches of wetlands and tidal salt marshes. Although it may not be possible to entirely stop water from entering into the city, these engineered green spaces would be able to reduce the flow of incoming water by absorbing it and therefore, reduce flooding in the area. Storm surges create huge amounts of energy and force in incoming waves—by having wetlands circling around the edges of Lower Manhattan, the amount of energy and impact on the coastline would theoretically be reduced and absorbed by the land itself. Cassell also plans to extend the area of the Lower East Side by adding an additional block or two of landfill to create space for the creation of a new park and a salt marsh. Junior Sharmin Rahman was cautiously open to the proposal. “I think it’s a really good idea to use nature as a way to protect ourselves, but I wonder how effective will the parks and marshes be against very strong storm surges,” said Rahman, before adding,
“Since the climate will continuously be changing over the years, I hope the infrastructure will be able to adapt and keep up with those changes.” In complement to the land-based parks and marshes, Cassell also proposed the reengineering of streets to better handle surging waves. Streets divided into different levels based on location and possibility of water exposure will be replaced with new adaptable roadway material. Level One streets would have their asphalt replaced with absorptive material—like porous concrete—to act as a sponge for excess water and to irrigate excess to plantings in the street bed. Level Two streets would be constructed to handle stronger surges and be designed to send running water to the marshes at the edges of Lower Manhattan, where prepositioned ponds will await, ready to collect the runoff for use during dry periods in the future. Finally, Level Three streets would handle the bulk of the water by being parallel to the shoreline and draining the surging water back into the harbor. These streets would have to be constructed, likely changing the current city grid. But by reintegrating nature back into Manhattan, the city can operate more as an engineered ecology, rather than as a man-made structure that continues to push away at nature—a losing battle. Kate Orff, another architect and landscape designer, plans to rebuild “nature’s wave attenuators” through the use of oysters for the Red Hook and Gowanus sections of Brooklyn. Red Hook, hit hard by Hurricane Sandy’s surging water, is an area of interest for landscape architects. The low-lying area used to be protected by the Bay Ridge Flats, a small archipelago of islands protecting the Brooklyn coastline, which are no longer present due to dredging. Orff plans to use a system of artificial reefs in the channel and a bay built out of rocks, shells, and fuzzy rope to nurture and grow oysters. These oysterstudded barriers would form an “ecological glue” over time and help lessen the gravity of onrushing tides. The oysters are also natural water filters as a single one can clean up to 50 gallons of water a day. By placing oyster nurseries in the Gowanus Canal, Orff also hopes that they would be able to purify the federal Superfund site. Orff is also calling on New Yorkers to change the way they think about infrastructure—not as something that separates us, but as something that is already embedded in our cities and public spaces. For northern Staten Island, engineer Lawrence J. Murphy from the New York office of global engineering firm CDM Smith proposed the construction of a classic storm-surge barrier with a drawbridge across the Arthur Kill, a navigable waterway that separates Staten Island from the mainland of New Jersey. The barrier is a dam-like structure with suspension towers and tidal gates below the surface that can open and close when needed. The storm-surge barrier aims to protect against a Category Three hurricane as it reaches a height of 22 feet. A complex system of locks and drawbridges will also work to accommodate the large amount of commercial ships that navigate the waterway. The barrier would operate on emergency power in case of an electrical failure and would also produce electricity when equipped with tidal generators. The Arthur Kill Storm Barrier (as it is named) can also be used as an area of public recreation because of a multiuse path that would provide bicycling, walking, fishing, and bird-watching opportunities. Agie Ip, a senior, supports the proposals. “I hope that they act on these proposals and not just only talk about them. I’m from Staten Island and I would like the reassurance that we are going to be better protected next time and not only say that we are.” v
Downtown Manhattan, with depictions of the completed World Trade Center site nytimes.com
May 1, 2013
THATIANA DIAZ Features Assistant
Social Media helps Boston public stay informed Twitter key in keeping public informed of threats Through the smoke billowing out from the two explosions and amidst the screams of those injured and scared, a modern tool stepped up in the chaos to bring needed information and a semblance of order during the horrific attack on the Boston Marathon. Twitter, the modern-day ally who aided so much in the reporting of Tunisia and the Middle East rebellions, once again provided a forum for all those seeking to find and put out information in second-by-second updates. After the bombings took place, pictures, videos and tweets were almost immediately posted online as Boston Police and other officials directed the uninjured to evacuation routes, and medical personnel rushed into the smoke, broken glass and blood. Though the pictures and videos rapidly turned grim, reporters and authorities were quick to utilize the advantage these recordings provided. The Boston Police department’s Twitter page put up tweets such as that an explosion did indeed occur, and kept updating the page with information on what citizens of Boston were expected to do. As more and more images went up, police were able to have before and after pictures of the finish line and of at least one of the bombsites. Any possible way investigators can piece together what happened is crucial. The ability to use Twitter also allowed civilians, both those caught in the attack and those with friends or family in the area, to reassure one another of their locations and safety. Through texting, Twitter and Facebook, people were able to find their loved ones and find information on where to go or how to help. Many other sites and organizations used Twitter as a posting board, putting up links to other sources of information and aid. Google put up a reminder about their Google Person Finder program, a system that allows you to enter in a person’s name or information and uses it much like a status, searching their database and others like it for matching or related information. This allows people to help one another find their loved ones during times when phones are disabled. The Red Cross used Twitter to inform the public that they, at that time, did have enough donated blood to meet the demand. This was important to get out, as some of the runners who were not injured by the blasts headed towards the nearest hospital with the goal to give blood. The extra people running into the emergency rooms and lobbies were an unneeded distraction with the hundreds of victims being rushed in. News reporters and even the White House used social media to update the American people on what was being done and when to expect more information. At 6:00 p.m. that day, three hours after the first explosion, the official White House Twitter page announced when President Obama would address the nation. Even with all the pros of this social media outlet, it has its faults. That’s the clearest lesson we can draw from the errors made by CNN and AP reports on Twitter the week of the bombing. Both news outlets incorrectly and prematurely reported that a
Boston Marathon suspect had been arrested. People on Reddit pushed the theory that a Brown University student who has been missing for more than month was one of the bombers—a story that gained steam on Twitter when people listening to police scanners heard the cops repeat the student’s name. This brought anger to Boston citizens as they waited for any news surrounding their beloved city. The question is whether criticism can actually be made in an age where news is wanted quickly. If consumers are consistently asking for lightening fast news, they are bound to get wrong information some of the time, simply because newsrooms don’t have the staff or means to verify their sources. If users are constantly looking for news updates, whether on Twitter, CNN or on the Web, that probably means that value speed, and prefer that news organizations take risks. What all this boils down to is that in our age of the Internet, information can be updated again and again as new facts and new events are happening, even in the middle of a confusing and shocking crisis. In this way, officials can get out necessary information, can utilize the eyes and experiences of witnesses, and people can find their loved ones in an amazingly short time and that is what people should focus on instead of the mistakes of human beings. v
Cambridge, MA police using Twitter for alerts