Use Facebook Groups For Email List-Serves Instead of Google Groups

There’s a very good chance you’re part of a Google Group connected to one of the communities you’re a part of at NYU. The three major ones that I belong to on campus are for NYU Local, my fraternity and for Tech@NYU. While Google Groups are still the best option for a professional or in-class setting I encourage your student organization to switch to Facebook’s new Groups because they combine both emailing and Facebooking to create a superior form of communication. Read more…


Want To Live With The Next Mark Zuckerberg?

Remember how cool Mark Zuckerberg and Eduardo Saverin’s dorm room was at Harvard? Mark would sit coding late into the night while drinking beer. Eduardo would hover around him bouncing around ideas, encouraging Mark and coming up with cash to fund their project. A couple of federal law suits and a few years later, Facebook now accounts for 25% of U.S. page views and both Zuckerberg and Saverin are billionaires.

Now, Comp Sci Junior Andrew Flockhart is trying to put “together an explorations floor to foster a tech/entrepreneur community within NYU.” If entrepreneurship, tech (or making it big in general) is your passion, then I would get in on this right away and join some of NYU’s brightest minds. As The Social Network proved, billion dollar ideas aren’t conceived in conference rooms but late at night while geeking out with friends. Andrew assures that “you don’t have to know how to code!” to join his community. Here’s his pitch and details on how to join: Read more…


Dear Professors At NYU: Embrace Our In-Class Internet Usage

Dear Professors at NYU: You may have noticed, each year, that more and more students are bringing their laptops, iPads, iPhones, etc. to class and placing them on their desks during your lecture. Some of you ban them, which may make sense, since you recognize that to receive 100% of our attention we must be forced into the Stone Age.

Most of you allow them recognizing that we prefer to type notes and access course documents on our screens. However, many of you are clearly uncomfortable with this digital reality and often throw in remarks asking or begging us to put down our screens for a minute during a guest speaker or a film you are showing.

While I agree with you that digitally procrastinating during class is wrong, grade us on the quality of our work that we submit and don’t assume our “multi-tasking” during class is a negative thing that is taking away from our learning. Facebook in particular now accounts for “25% of all U.S. Page Views” on the Internet. You shouldn’t try to fight our in-class Internet usage. You should try to adapt your teaching methods to the way we now learn in the digital age. Here are three suggestions for embracing Facebook and Google, instead of fighting them. Read more…


Will 30 Proof Whipped Cream Be The Next Four Loko?

While Four Loko won’t live on past December 10 there may be a new way for college kids to indulge in alcohol without drinking it. Uber-male sports blog Barstool Sports posted about Boston Herald coverage of Canisters of Cream, a 30-proof whipped cream that comes in a variety of flavors. The whipped cream is appearing across Massachusetts liquor stores and has a competitor being distributed in Atlanta. Read more…


Smartgloves: Winter Gloves That Let You Type

Winter is quickly approaching and you may have noticed a few days already when your almost-numb fingers were begging you to throw on gloves or put your hands in your pocket, while your smartphone was yelling back at you to keep on tapping.

Local winter expert Rosie Sebastian recently mentioned that gloves are a must have item to survive the winter. When shopping for gloves this winter, you must remember that most gloves are not designed for you to touch type on your iPhone, Droid, or other mobile-tap device. Even the mittens that free your finger tips (which unfortunately are still the only option for BlackBerry keyboard users) will not save you from the winter cold that’s about to descend upon our city. After some intense Googling and asking some fashion-blogger friends, here are a few great options for “smartgloves” that will insure your data usage doesn’t decrease over the winter.

1. Etre’s Five Point Gloves - I found these on British site, MobileMag.com. They’re unisex and run for about $40 US. What’s unique about these gloves is that the touch fabric is built into the inside of the gloves and is installed on all five fingers. They come in Oxford Blue (with grey fingertips) and run in “small” and “large” sizes. The only downfall is that they can’t ship them to you until January 21st, 2011.

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Recent NYU Grads’ SiteSimon.com Featured on Mashable

Mashable, the New York Times of social media news, just featured a startup for their “Spark of Genius” column that “was founded by three recent graduates of NYU.” The three former Sternies, who graduated in May, each have full-time jobs and work on the site “any time we’re not working, weekends, evenings, and late nights,” according to Paul Ratajczyk, one of the co-founders and former Entrepreneurial Exchange Group (EEG) president at Stern. Site Simon (or if you’ve noticed the clever play on words, Site’s I’m On) lets you “automatically share what you browse with friends.” Here’s their quick pitch:

Quick Pitch: Share your click stream with friends in real time and increase your influence score by discovering good content first.

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NYU Is A Top School For International Students

This week NYU began flaunting that they were listed as a “leading university in attracting international students and students who study abroad,” according to Open Doors 2010 Annual Report, published by the Institute of International Education. NYU was the “top institution in students who study overseas, with 3,524 during the 2008-09″ year. In 2009-2010, “NYU attracted the third highest number of students from abroad with 7,287″ behind USC and University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. While these numbers are not at all surprising for NYU, an institution with plans to take over the world, the report did highlight some interesting facts about the students from around the world who come to study in the US, most importantly how much they spend in the states: Read more…


AEPi Rocks (A Chair) To Save A Child’s Heart

Alpha Epsilon Pi (AEPi), the Jewish fraternity at NYU (I am a member) started a pretty cool charity event last night to raise money for “Save A Child’s Heart,” whose mission is “is to improve the quality of pediatric cardiac care for children from countries where the heart surgery they need is unobtainable.” Fraternity members “will rotate sitting in a rocking chair for 48 straight hours to raise money,” starting last night at 6pm, according to Jordan Fine, one of the organizers. The rocking chair is rockin’ outside Weinstein and yours truly will be sitting from 7:30-8pm tonight. The minimum goal is $2,800 but the hope is to raise closer $5,000. Above is a quick video I shot last night as they were getting started.


Don’t Go To Interviews Looking Like A Homeless Person, Check Out Wasserman’s Fashion Week

The Wasserman Career Center is doing something pretty cool this week to help all of you fashionistas learn about the industry, network and meet professionals. “Fashion Week 2010” started yesterday with HUGO BOSS sharing interview tips. Tonight at 5:30 is their panel with URBN, Macy’s, MyNines, TJX and Kenneth Cole. They’re trying to promote hashtag #WassFashWk but it’s mostly just @NYUWasserman tweeting. Here’s a chance to stop complaining that you don’t know what OCR is or that the economy is bad and go meet some people working hard to sell overpriced clothing. You must RSVP to the events on Career Net. Read more…


NYU To Finally Replace Terrible Email With Gmail

It feels like the messiah has finally come. After years of students loathing NYU’s Messenger email system and technology in general, the school has made an historical announcement: “NYU to Move to New Email System: University to Move from In-House System to Google Apps Education Edition“. That’s right – your email and calendar will look and feel exactly like Gmail and Google Calendar (but will of course be separate from your regular Google apps). Sadly, the switch-over won’t be ready until July 2012, but this is still a huge win for NYU. NYU projects Google Apps will save the school “$400,000 per year by eliminating the need to purchase, upgrade, and maintain in-house mail servers and to maintain software licenses.” Here is the post from Google’s blog, cleverly titled, “Passing the torch to the cloud: NYU is going Google”. Read more…