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About Jessica Roy

Jessica Roy is the Editor-in-chief. She began writing for NYU Local by talking about how much NYU Local sucks on her blog, Jess and Josh Talk About Stuff.

Leavin’ Blogs is Hard to Do

April 29, 2010 10:00 am Published by 18 Comments

When I first read NYU Local’s mission statement back in the Spring of ’08, I considered it one of the most laughable and brazenly arrogant things I had ever seen on the internet. Vocally critical of WSN on my blog, I saw Local as nothing but a wannabe Gawker offshoot; I believe my exact phrasing was, “It is, as most... View Article

Your Favorite Sites, Geocities Style

April 28, 2010 11:29 am Published by 5 Comments

Some wonderful internet soul has invented a site that allows you to plug in the URL of any site you like and view what it would look like had it been built on everyone’s favorite 90’s web platform, Geocities. Their tagline is, “Make any site look like it was made by a 13-year-old in 1996!” The result is a hilarious... View Article

New Proposed Filming Permit Fee Means Your Student Film Could Need a Bigger Budget

April 28, 2010 11:00 am Published by 3 Comments

For Tisch film students, one of the great things about filming in New York is the lack of permit fees. Cities like LA have long charged filmmakers for permits, so it’s no surprise that a cash-strapped New York would eventually follow suit. The Mayor’s Office of Film, Theater and Broadcasting has proposed a one-time permit fee of $300 in an... View Article

Comp Sci Professor Bans Laptops on Last Day of Class

April 27, 2010 2:16 pm Published by 17 Comments

It had been brewing all semester, and finally, on the last day of class before the final, all hell broke loose: my computer science professor decided it was time to ban laptops from class. It was to be a review session “discussion” type class, and she didn’t want us absorbed in our screens. The professor (who shall remain nameless since... View Article

In Which We Revive Our Xangas for Your Reading Pleasure

April 27, 2010 8:00 am Published by 30 Comments

Yesterday Blogger shut down The Style Rookie, a highly lauded fashion blog written by a middle schooler named Tavi, for posting a high fashion picture of a topless model. We at NYU Local were so outraged by this censorship that it inspired us to look back into the annals of our middle school Livejournals and Xangas in an attempt to... View Article

Attack of the NYU Spammers

April 26, 2010 1:40 pm Published by 20 Comments

NYU is such a hip, plugged-in campus that we have text message alerts set up in case of emergencies! We also have an estimated 894032 listservs, which unfortunately is just one way of saying that your inbox gets spammed approximately ten times a day with info on NYU events that you probably don’t give a shit about. (Hint: we list... View Article

Girl, You So Fine You Make the Earth Shake

April 26, 2010 11:15 am Published by 6 Comments

Following the declaration by an Iranian cleric that women’s provocative dress is to blame for earthquakes, Purdue University senior Jennifer McCreight decided to launch a campaign in an attempt to prove just the opposite. Today, folks, is Boobquake, or #boobquake, if you’ve been following the Twitter trending topics. To celebrate this holy holiday, all you have to do is wear... View Article

If Your Bike is Missing, The NYPD May Have Taken It

April 23, 2010 11:34 am Published by 4 Comments

Remember how Obama was at Cooper Union yesterday? Well, I hope you didn’t have your bike anywhere in the general vicinity, because according to Gothamist, the NYPD confiscated hundreds of bikes, fearing they could contain hidden pipe bombs. So, instead of, you know, informing the public by putting up signs about removing your bike before President Obama’s arrival, the NYPD... View Article

Comp Sci Courses To Help You Code Your Cool Little Heart Out

April 23, 2010 9:00 am Published by 1 Comment

Last weekend the New York Times ran a fascinating piece exploring the major gender deficit that exists in engineering fields, particularly in regards to Computer Science. As someone who’s about to move out to San Francisco and wade my way into the male-dominated Silicon Valley tech world, the piece immediately piqued my interest. I absolutely despised math and science in... View Article

How to Personalize Your Mac Dock Icons

April 22, 2010 12:51 pm Published by 2 Comments

One of the things I love most about Macs is the ability to optimize your user experience by making your GUI as pretty as possible. In my mind, nothing makes writing that final 10-page paper on your Macbook more pleasing than personalizing your Dock icons. Clicking on a unicorn instead of the Microsoft Word “W” is just plain awesome. Here... View Article

President Obama at Cooper Union

April 22, 2010 11:31 am Published by 1 Comment

President Obama is set to speak at Cooper Union any minute now. A police officer I spoke to on the scene this morning told me that President Obama would be landing around 11am, speaking around 11:30-noon, and flying back out around 1pm. While the event is closed to the public, we sent NYU Local reporter Myles Tanzer to try to... View Article

For Just $495, You Too Can Learn the Complicated Ways of Facebook and Twitter

April 21, 2010 11:41 am Published by Leave your thoughts

What is a tweet? What is the Facebook? For $495, a Columbia J-School professor will teach you just that, fretful technophobes! Professor Sree Sreenivasan is teaching a 4-week workshop at Columbia that will teach students how to use social media sites, including Facebook and Twitter. While your parents could probably benefit from the course, the Observer stresses that it’s mostly... View Article

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