Breaking Down New York State’s Ballot Proposals

Election Day is tomorrow, and while you probably know something about the mayoral race, you’ll also need to know about the six New York State ballot initiatives you’ll be voting on if you head to the polls tomorrow. These initiatives are proposed amendments to the state constitution, and many of them seem like obscure issues that are hard to vote on without knowledge of the subject at hand. In order to alleviate some confusion, …

New York City Judge Rules That Unpaid Interns Have No Protection From Sexual Harassment

Unpaid internships–love em, hate em, you probably have had one at some point. But did you know that as an unpaid intern, you have no protection from sexual harassment in the workplace?22-year-old Lihuan Wang learned that lesson the hard way. She was reportedly sexually harassed by her boss during her unpaid internship in in 2010 and filed a lawsuit last January. But a New York judge ruled last week that that unpaid …

New York Takes A Gamble On Casino Expansion

If Albany has its way, full scale casino gambling may be headed to New York this November. In a long, drawn out process, the state legislature managed to pass a proposed amendment to the State’s constitution to allow casino gambling, which is currently forbidden by law. The measure is going up for public vote, so it’s up to all of you this November 5th to approve or deny the measure.Casino gambling will likely conjure …

Will Tokyo Suffer The Olympic Curse?

Japan is celebrating after the International Olympic Committee announced it would be hosting the 2020 Olympic Games in Tokyo. The city previously hosted the games back in 1964, and it’s winning bid comes after a failed bid to host the games in 2016.Tokyo failed in its 2016 bid because of a lack of public support. Public support increased significantly for the 2020 bid, especially in months following the massive earthquake and tsunami that wrecked Japan’s …

200 Ceramic Pigs Found At Stern; Origins And Current Whereabouts Unknown

In what might be considered the most significant archeological finding of our time, The New York Times reported this Sunday that a collection of over 200 ceramic pigs has been (re)discovered in a supply closet at Stern.“Among the castoff cleaning products and outdated office supplies in the all-but-forgotten storage area were crates full of pig-shaped tchotchkes: salt and pepper shakers, gravy boats, ashtrays, and all manner of figurines. There was a wax candle piglet, …

In Gutting The STOCK Act, Congress Plays By Its Own Rules

The STOCK Act, a law that was designed to stop insider trading among government officials, was gutted last week when a key part of the law was repealed unanimously by Congress and signed by President Barack Obama. But if anything, it’s more of a surprise that Congress passed the law with such a wide margin in the first place given its ubiquity in Washington.In an investigation a year and half ago, 60 Minutes uncovered …

Here’s Everything You Need to Know About David Boies

Yesterday’s announcement that attorney David Boies would be the speaker at this year’s commencement elicited mixed reactions… to say the least. Some of you complained that Boies doesn’t have the same name recognition as past speakers Sonia Sotomayor and Bill Clinton, which is true. After years of high profile speakers, there were reasonably high expectations that another celebrity would give the address. And, after paying this crazy tuition for four years, we at least …

Congress Quietly Repeals Congressional Insider Trading Ban

While Congress might be stuck in a deadlock on just about every issue imaginable, there’s one piece of legislation that both Democrats and Republicans hate unanimously: the Stop Trading on Congressional Knowledge (STOCK) Act, a law passed last year designed to prevent insider trading among lawmakers and government officials by requiring them to post disclosures of their financial transactions online.Both parties and both houses of Congress hated the disclosure portion of the law so …

Marijuana Decriminalization In NYC: How Will It Affect NYU?

During state budget negotiations a few weeks ago, there were murmurs that a deal could be reached between Governor Cuomo and Albany lawmakers to decriminalize small amounts of marijuana in NYC. The governor proposed making marijuana possession a violation rather than a misdemeanor, aiming to reduce the amount of people jailed overnight and reallocate police resources. It was a proposal that was even supported by control-freak Mayor Bloomberg but was ultimately overlooked in the horse …

Columbia Professor Named New Dean Of NYU Law

The NYU Law School is continuing its string of hires from Columbia Law School, announcing yesterday that Columbia professor Trevor W. Morrison will be its new dean.NYU made headlines back in 2006 when it got 3 Columbia law school professors to decamp to NYU and again in 2010 when it poached another Columbia faculty member.Morrison, 41, who has taught at Columbia since 2008, was previously a faculty member at Cornell Law School and a …

Bloomberg’s Soda Ban Struck Down, Headed To Court On Appeal

Today was the day when Mayor Michael Bloomberg’s ban on large sugary drinks was supposed to go into effect, but unfortunately (or thankfully, depending on who you are) a judge struck down the ban yesterday afternoon.In his opinion, New York Supreme Court Judge Milton Tingling called the regulations “fraught with arbitrary and capricious consequences,” echoing the concerns of business owners and consumers who said that the rules would be complicated and unenforceable.At a news …

Governor Cuomo’s All In: New York Inches Closer To Legalizing Casinos

Continuing his crusade to make bring Las Vegas style gambling to New York, Governor Cuomo announced in his State of the State address this past January that he plans on building three casinos in upstate New York, saying the gaming centers would drive traffic to economically struggling areas. The governor has been insistent on expanding casino gambling, discussing it last year in his last State of the State address and again in …

How I Spent My Day In Washington D.C. With John Sexton and Justice Elena Kagan

“Work hard and do your job well, and have a lot of luck,” Justice Elena Kagan said to a group of NYU students on Monday at the Supreme Court. While such advice might be hard to follow, you can’t argue with someone who’s worked her way up to where she is.Justice Kagan was taking questions from NYU students from New York and Abu Dhabi to give us her insights on workings of …

The NRA Falsely Blames Video Games For Shootings… And Then Makes One

In the aftermath of the shootings at Newtown, Connecticut that left 28 dead, NRA President Wayne LaPierre blasted the video game industry, calling it “a callous, corrupt, and corrupting shadow industry that sells and sows violence against own people, through vicious violent video games with names like Bulletstorm, Grand Theft Auto, Mortal Kombat, and Splatterhouse.” Perhaps that’s why it makes a whole lotta sense for the NRA to release its own shooting simulator on …

Fun Things Hillary Clinton Can Do Now That She’s Unemployed

Over the past four years, Hillary Clinton has served our nation as Secretary of State, traveling to more than 111 countries, meeting world leaders and conducting diplomatic negotiations. In the middle of all that, Hillary always found a little time to cut loose, whether it be by chugging beer in Colombia or by dancing the night away in South Africa. After Hillary announced her intentions to retire from her role as Secretary of State, …