The Gays’ Gaze: Jennifer Hudson, Courtney Love, and Raven-Symoné Walk Into a Bar

JamalEmpire2The Gays’ Gaze is queer entertainment column- the most NYU (but not the most Gallatin) thing to ever happen. In the first episode of Empire, one of the characters asks, “Is this King Lear?” He’s not far from the truth. The show opens with Lucious Lyon (Terrence Howard) receiving a medical diagnosis for ALS, and facing the fact that he will have to decide which of his children will become the new …

Subscription Boxes Are Cooler Than The Care Packages Your Mom Sends You

A-partial-group-of-subscription-boxes-weve-runYou can’t fit a square into a circle (fine wisdom via Hilary Duff) but you can fit it into a box. Read on.When you’re sent off to college it can be easy to disassociate from home. For some of us that can be a breath of fresh air, while for others, it’s terrifying. Truth be told, even the most independent feel the desire to indulge in a taste of home.If that taste is close …

Warm Waters Wash Sea Lion Pups Ashore

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERAimrsUnfortunately for the ecosystem, sea lion population, and anyone with a heart, lion pups have hit a crisis point.Thousands of sea sion pups have been washing up on the shores of California from San Diego to San Francisco. Pups have been washing up in record numbers since 2013, but this years’ number is already five times greater than 2013’s final total.The pups …

NYU Faculty Demands Divestment From Fossil Fuels

shutterstock_226073734Yesterday morning, faculty members demanded NYU divest its fossil fuel holdings in a letter delivered to President Sexton. The letter, with 138 signatures, comes as the Fossil Fuel Divestment Working Group is set to present its findings at tomorrow’s University Senate meeting. The university has approximately four percent (or $139 million) of its $3.4 billion endowment invested in fossil fuels.The letter warns that the continued use of fossil fuels endangers the commitment made by …

The High Cost of NYU Sperm

nurse-gail1Nurse Gail Ingram is a graduate student and has been a practicing RN since 2005. She is NYU Local’s health columnist.Cash starts to run low near the end of the semester, but for some of us there’s an opportunity to make an extra buck. And by some of us, I mean those with sperm.NYU guys are heavily targeted by sperm banks to provide donations in exchange for cash.  In fact, NYU sperm …

The Sexiest Selfies of the 20th Century

Screen Shot 2015-03-25 at 8.17.24 AMFor the first time in an American institution, the Neue Galerie is exhibiting a show of Austrian artist Egon Schiele’s masterful portraits. Cited by the museum as “one of the twentieth century’s most important artists,” Schiele’s portraits will only be on display in NYC until April 20th, and is free to the public next Friday (April 3). Schiele was especially famous for his ahead-of-his-time sexually provocative depictions of …

Listen To This FKA Twigs/Biggie Smalls Mashup Mixtape Right TF Now

fka biggieHi. Kindly stop Tindering/Netflixing/studying right now and listen to this mixtape. Or listen to the mixtape while you Tinder/Netflix/study. I don’t mind, either way – just listen.If you’re a living, breathing human who metabolizes glucose and binds oxygen to hemoglobin, English musician FKA twigs’ LP1, gave you some kinda feels. Assuming you are still human, you know the late Biggie Smalls persists as a hip-hop legend. But if you don’t (know)/are …

Monica Lewinsky Reclaims Her Narrative In New TED Talk

22MONICA_1-master675As you probably already know, TED is a widespread, nonprofit organization dedicated to spreading ideas through the voices of many inspirational speakers during various  “TED Talks.” These “TED Talks” are instilled with the idea of spreading a deeper understanding of powerful ideas with the intent of changing the attitudes and lives of those who listen. From Bill Gates to Stephen Hawking, some of the world’s most talented and insightful minds have inspired …

Restaurant Milk & Hops Perfects The Art Of The Drunk Eat

MG_5253-Version-2-870x580As of last month, a little taste of Queens has taken up residence in the village on Broadway between 8th and 9th streets. Milk & Hops, whose owner Yang Gao started out with Astoria Wine & Spirits on Broadway and Astoria Bier & Cheese on Ditmars Blvd., turns having a beer into an artistic experience, and elevates grilled cheese’s status from a classic drunk food to a delicacy.The combination market and bar offers 10 …

#RaceTogether: The Price Of A Conversation On Race In ‘Post-Racial’ America

chi-starbucks-race-together-cups-20150322  Yesterday your least favorite but most convenient coffee provider decidedly nixed its “Race Together” campaign.For those of you who are unaware of the Starbucks’ program and thusly stand as testament to its shortcoming, the “Race Together” campaign set out to foster a dialogue between customers and baristas on race relations in America by inscribing the hashtag #RaceTogether on all of its products and releasing a eight page pamphlet in conjunction with USA TODAY that featured a …

NYPD On High Alert, Guarding National Treasures At The Met

themetmuseumAfter recent terrorist attacks on cultural institutions around the world, the NYPD has been on high alert, surrounding NYC museums including the Metropolitan Museum of Art. The Met houses a collection of Assyrian art similar to artefacts recently targeted by the Islamic State in northern Iraq.Just last week, 23 people were killed, mainly tourists, in an attack at the Bardo Museum in Tunisia. While investigation is still ongoing, the Islamic State has claimed …

The Madness Has Officially Begun

iIt boggles my mind how every year March Madness takes the country by storm. The tournament starts in the middle of March, often consists of 70 percent crappy borderline-unwatchable teams, and unfailingly grabs the attention of millions of Americans. I would attribute that fact to a couple key parts: gambling, interest in alma maters, and chaos.Isn’t it kind of cool that you can point the third weekend in March every year and think …

Killer Mike Talks Oklahoma Fraternity, Systemic Racism

 443e8126On Monday, rapper and social activist, Michael Render, professionally known as Killer Mike, gave a lecture on Police Brutality, For-Profit Jailing Systems, and Racism in America at NYU to a packed auditorium.While Killer Mike is best known for his music, he is also a very outspoken activist fighting for social equality, especially in regard to the African-American community. He was recently interviewed on CNN where he talked about his reaction to the grand …

Richard III Is Still Causing Drama Five Centuries Later

king_richard_iiiFive hundred years and he is still causing drama.This Monday, the bones of King Richard III were marched and paraded through Leicester and displayed in the town’s Cathedral. Over 5,000 people lined up to pay their respects to the dead king.To give a little background, before 2012 the remains of King Richard III were thought to be lost forever.However, much to the delight of British historical buffs everywhere, his bones were discovered under a car park …

[UPDATED] NYU’s Nonresponse to Andrew Ross’s Concerns On Academic Freedom

andrew-ross-speakingProfessor Andrew Ross, an outspoken critic of NYU’s labor practices abroad, was barred from traveling to Abu Dhabi on Saturday, March 14. He had planned to spend his spring break there to conduct research on low-wage workers in the UAE. NYU professors and students are supposed to be guaranteed safe passage to the country.Ross wrote to President Sexton and Vice Chancellor of NYU Abu Dhabi Al Bloom seeking an explanation. He received …