If Republicans Win The Battle This Election Season, Democrats May Just Win The War In 2016

Screen Shot 2014-11-02 at 10.17.44 PMIt’s been an ugly campaign season. Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell kicked it off with that wonderful “What Rhymes with Alison Lundergan Grimes?” autotune hit, and now it’s finishing off with democratic State Senator Wendy Davis’ tasteful wheelchair ad.For Republicans, the viral videos (like this wonderful, not at all sexist “Say Yes to Rick Scott” ad) have paid off. But for Democrats? Not so much.Analysts are reporting a …

Gallatin Junior Aides Republican Underdog In State Assembly Race

It’s not every day that a junior in college is a top aide to a politician. Nor is it every day that a single mother and retired JAG officer runs on the Republican ticket for an assembly race in DeBlasio’s New York.To the normal NYU student (normal being relative), Gallatin junior Chris Hofmann might seem like a square; a straight-laced dude who wears sweaters only a mother could love. He’s quick …

NYU Gallatin Course’s Collective ‘Mic Fiends’ Releases Mix Tape

What happens when you replace a test with a piece of poetry? A master class with a mixing session with Harry Belafonte? A final paper with a final collective performance at the Nuyorican?You get the most Gallatin-y course ever.Professor Bryonn Bain and his “Microphone Fiends: Hip Hop and Spoken Word” students, known collectively as the Mic Fiends, presented their works and released their mix tape (“The Heater”) as rappers, poets, …

Only Four NYU Students Studied At NYU DC Last Semester, And That’s Not Even Unusual

It’s a sunny August afternoon in Washington D.C.— move-in day for residents of one of NYU’s newest study away facilities, located just a few blocks from the White House. At nine stories high, NYU D.C.’s fin-like facade stands out as the hippest, shiniest building on the block.I’m the last of the NYU group to arrive. One of the faculty members lets me know that all four of us are here.That’s right. …

Forget TED Talks! Learn While Getting A Buzz On With “Raising The Bar”

In the middle of the Fair Folks and a Goat cafe, there are a few things you can expect to see. A few coffee-sippers, a couple of people reading books, maybe a reading or an open mic. But last night at this coffee bar, and at 49 other cafes and bars all around the city, over 9,000 people gathered to see what essentially became a series …

HBO’s Silicon Valley Just Makes It Happen

Bring together The Big Bang Theory‘s nerdy references (sans studio-grade laugh track), some of the 20-something stoner humor of Workaholics (without as many house parties), and the startup world drama of  The Social Network (minus Justin Timberlake), and what do you get? HBO’s new series Silicon Valley, starring a collage of your favorite comedy series sidekicks and produced by Mike Judge. The show follows a group of techies living in a start-up …

50 Wonderful, Horrible, And Ridiculous Things Your NYU Tuition Has Funded

Whether you’re thinking about heading to NYU or you can’t wait to get the heck out of here, one thing’s for sure–tuition ain’t cheap. Here are some of the perks and pitfalls that show how your $60K a year gets put to use.1. Face time with Alec Baldwin2. Summer homes for NYU executives3. A class taught by Jonathan Safran Foer or Former Prime Minister Gordon Brown or Richard Florida or Questlove …

NYU Professor/First Look Media Advisor Jay Rosen Hopeful For New Snowden-Themed Online Mag

Will a new news model save journalism from an advertorial demise? Well, First Look Media’s successful grand-publishing of The Intercept, an online magazine being led by journalist Glenn Greenwald,  might just provide some hope for the dying trade.The Snowden-saturated publication had its own headlines lead the day’s news cycle, after the site published rare, unseen photos of the United States’ intelligence facilities and reported on the …

NYU Study Abroad Guide 2014: Washington, D.C.

Because the first study abroad application deadline is February 15, we’re publishing new guides to NYU’s study abroad sites every day through next week. We’ll help you decide which language you’ll want to drunkenly learn. Check out all our Study Abroad coverage here.This past semester, I was one of only four NYU students living and studying at NYU’s DC site. In between classes, my internship, the government shutdown, and my briefings …

POTUS Admits He “Fumbled” On Affordable Care Act; Delays Insurance Plan Cancellations

 It looks like Obama’s team at the White House is throwing a Hail Mary pass to keep the Affordable Care Act in motion–without Congress’ interception intervention.The President announced that if your insurance plan was previously slated to get cancelled due its lack of compliance with the Affordable Care Act’s minimum coverage, you could keep your current plan for another year.The announcement comes after President Obama’s previous speeches on the ACA, when …

Local Went There: MLK Anniversary At The Lincoln Memorial

Amid the preliminary speeches and cheers on the National Mall in commemoration of the 50th anniversary of Dr. Martin Luther King’s “I Have a Dream” speech, I stumbled onto a hill near the Lincoln Memorial, armed only with a camera, a notebook, and a press pass.Past the crowds of press, big-name speakers stood on the memorial’s steps—including three former United States Presidents—reviving parts of 1963’s original rally cry for equality, and attempting …

The Obama Administration Is Having the Worst Week Ever

Yo, Barack Obama is pissed. Less than a year into his second term, he’s dealing with Congress’ rigid take on gun control, the outcome of the immigration reform summit, and now, he’s got conspiracy theorists saying “I was right all along! The government is watching my every move!”Regarding the never-ending saga of Benghazi, the CIA admits to watering down talking points. In Washington, the Department of Justice admits to seizing two months worth of phone …

Hipster Gawker Knew About Williamsburg’s Demise Before It Was Mainstream

Hipsters? Beacon’s Closet? Gentrification? The Times is on it!It’s been a week since The New York Times published “How I Became a Hipster,” (previously titled “Will.i.amsburg”) which would have been an insightful look into the quirks of living a Williamsburg lifestyle–if it had been published eight years ago. The piece follows humorist Henry Alford’s journey from life as a square into full-fledged hipsterdom. Alford embeds himself “among the rooftop gardeners and …

Local’s Resident Texan Talks Gun Control After The NRA Congregates In Houston

The National Rifle Association just wrapped up its annual meeting in Houston back in the Lone Star State. Some highlights: Texas Governor Rick Perry fired a big gun for funsies, a bleeding Obama zombie target was banned, and Sarah Palin recieved a standing ovation for her speech.This is the same speech in which she represented her 4.5 million “brothers and sisters” of the NRA by wagging her finger at the “lamestream media,” …