Graduation is fast approaching! But never fear—there are still six full days before D-Day. So, seniors, this is your moment to fully bask in your NYU-ness, enjoying all the best things about our little slice of the Village, without the worst – homework, tests, pesky professors. We here at NYU Local want you to enjoy your weeklong lull before graduation as a carefree millennial with days to fill and drinks to imbibe. So we’ve compiled the 25 best ways you can spend the next week. It’s never too late to have some lol’s in your lull.
Here at NYU Local, we have a long history of going places that we are not invited to. We also have a long history of substance abuse. At 3:30 pm on Thursday afternoon, we combined both of these things.
Two intrepid reporters went where no one has ever gone willingly before: a Natural Science II class. This one, however– called “Molecules of Life”– has gotten rave reviews, and so has the professor, CAS legend Trace Jordan (No, not Tracy Jordan.) Professor Jordan has a stellar 4.8 out of 5 grade on RateMyProfessor.com, and many students have called him the best professor they’ve had at NYU.
After Hurricane Sandy walloped the northeast last fall, we saw some of the worst environmental impacts the New York City has ever experienced. There were threats of water-borne illnesses, garbage floating in plain sight, and even rumors of “super-rats” roaming the trash-strewn streets.
Now, a new study from the research group Climate Central has announced what may be the grossest aftereffect of them all: 10 billion gallons of raw and partially treated sewage that was released during the storm. The sludge was enough to cover Central Park in a 41-foot-high pile of muck, the report says. In layman’s terms, the city’s rivers, lakes, and streams became one giant toilet.
As graduation approaches, we seniors are feeling a lot of emotions. We’re feeling excited to start a new chapter (with or without a job). We’re feeling liberated at the thought of no homework, no deadlines, and no stumbling out of Bobst as the sun rises, bleary eyed and confused about why the morning is attacking your exhausted, baggy eyeballs. We’re also feeling nervous about adulthood, joblessness, and that horrible, horrible place: the REAL WORLD.
Graduation day is a day to take all of these feelings and shove them in a deep, dark corner of your consciousness – the same one that holds the memories of your first kisses, the time you fell asleep on the subway for four hours , or the cringe worthy outfits we wore on the first bright-eyed day of NYU. It’s a day for celebration and acceptance – a moment to take everything you’ve accomplished in the past four years and wrap it in a big fat red bow, slap some purple glitter on it, and parade it around for grandma, grandpa, and the entire 38,391-person student body to see.
Yesterday afternoon, members of the campus group Students For Economic Justice (SEJ) staged a mini-flash mob in Bobst. Singing a modified version of *NSYNC’s ‘Bye Bye Bye,” the group tailored the song’s lyrics to fit their demand that NYU cut ties with JP Morgan Chase bank. While their dance moves were somewhat lacking (sorry SEJ), they certainly caused a stir in the middle of the library’s massive lobby. Read more…
When tourists come to the Big Apple (because only tourists would refer to New York City as such), one of the major attractions they must visit is the Bronx Zoo. But, a 45-minute subway ride away (or, an hour and a half if you’re directionally challenged like this reporter), many people who’ve lived in this city for four long years have never even seen it. Until yesterday, I was one of those people.
Here at NYU, we straight females know that the odds are not in our favor. Last Saturday, NYU Local went to a land where the men outnumber women four to one, sports teams reign supreme and Keystone Light flows like the raging waters of the Hudson. For this installation of Local Went There, we’re taking you to the vodka-soaked, bar-crammed world of Stevens Institute of Technology, Lax Bros and all.
What was a Google Map-estimated travel time of forty-five minutes turned into an hour and a half-long journey through Jersey accents, bad subway advertisements and a longer-than-preferred conversation with a fellow PATH rider. Whether this was due to the reporters’ incompetence or to the confusing lack of maps on the New Jersey PATH train is unclear. The PATH is surprisingly clean and well maintained—so well maintained, in fact, that there are no trash cans for security purposes. This means, too, that there is a strict no eating or drinking rule; so train-gaming (pre-gaming on the train, that is) is particularly difficult (Thanks for nothing, Cory Booker.) If you do get to make the trip to Stevens, be sure to get off at the one and only Hoboken stop. If not, don’t worry—you’ll have an extra half hour to perfect your Jerseyese accent while you wait.
If you’re like many NYU students, the only times you’ve ventured across the Queensboro Bridge to that foreign land where Kevin James reigns supreme (and his devil-wife, Leah Remini, reigns as a Queen Of Nothing) was to visit MOMA PS1 or to get ripped at the Chili’s in LaGuardia. But Queens, it turns out, is so much more than the place you pass through to catch a plane home. Queens, the largest of the five boroughs, is a thriving hub of activity – and no place more so than Astoria.
New York could be entirely reliant on renewable energy within the next seventeen years, according to a new study released by researchers from Cornell and Stanford universities. The report gives a map of the path by which New Yorkers could become energy independent within the next decade and a half. With long-tem investments in solar energy, wind turbines, and solar panels, the study has delegated 2030 as a goal year for achievable energy independence.