It is two in the morning and hope has been reduced to the tiniest, weakest point of light in the distance. You can barely see it glimmering. The third draft of your final paper is strewn haphazardly across your desk. Your shaking fingers rip frantically through your backpack, searching for the study guide you printed out at Bobst. Ten people were standing behind you as the machine chugged out those hot pieces of paper. They were all tapping their feet impatiently; one was crying. You are drowning. You are wasting away. Everything is useless. HAPPY FINALS!! Seriously y’all, we’re going to be fine, no matter how bleak things might seem. Send some emails to your TA, decamp for Albania or just buckle down and get the work done, because if you’re feeling down, just remember that your prospects will never be as grim as they were for some of history’s most despondent poetic minds. Lord knows we’re all in need of some perspective, so settle down with that third cup of herbal tea and read on.
Last Thursday evening, President Barack Obama lit Hanukkah candles at the White House with four hundred prominent American Jews—and me.
My father, the editor and publisher of Los Angeles’ sole Jewish newspaper, was invited, and planned to take my mother. Then she got sick. Score!
The hotel clock struck 5:40, and we went down 15th Street towards the entryway. We knew we had reached the correct gate because a loud line of two hundred people had formed behind it. We passed three security checks and some maybe-friendly but maybe-vicious guard dogs, and then we were in. Read more…
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Former South African President Nelson Mandela passed away at age 95 yesterday.
Did you miss the live broadcast of NBC’s The Sound of Music last night? Consider yourself lucky.
And DiGiorno Pizza agreed, apparently.
Watch out, y’all: sinkholes in Greenwich Village!
Have you ever wanted to read 9,000 words about snark (sorry, smarm)? Here’s your chance.
Photo of the Day by Julia Wang.
Members of the NYU Student Labor Action Movement gathered on the 12th floor of Bobst at 2:30 pm today to sing carols about workers’ rights. Likewise, they delivered a letter to John Sexton urging implementation of an updated code of conduct to protect the rights of workers in unsafe factories in Bangladesh that produce NYU apparel. The University Senate unanimously passed a resolution yesterday submitted by SLAM, specifically requiring NYU’s licensees to sign the Accord on Fire and Building Safety in Bangladesh across the 28 factories that produce NYU apparel in the country. Only one licensee, Adidas, has signed the accord to date.
In the letter that SLAM members left with Sexton’s office today, the student activists cite the Rana Plaza disaster in April, where 1,132 workers died in a factory collapse, as well as the more recent Aswad textile factory fire in October. “While garment factory workers are fighting for their lives, our university, as a consumer of these products, has a moral obligation to ensure that those who produce our collegiate apparel can do so in a safe environment, without fear of dying at the workplace,” the letter said.
For today’s event, part of SLAM’s ongoing End Deathtraps campaign, the carolers rewrote popular Christmas tunes. To the tune of “Jingle Bells,” students sang: “N-Y-U, N-Y-U, safety is a right / Oh what fun it is to stand with workers in their fight!” They also presented “Joy to the Workers” and “Workers’ Rights Are Coming To Town” before finishing with “Twelve Days of Workers’ Rights.” (“On the first day of Christmas, John Sexton gave to me workers’ rights solidarity!”) Read more…
It was inevitable, maybe: when the Program Board booked four punk bands in Kimmel, Public Safety was going to get annoyed. It’s a testament to the chipper professionalism of Program Board that the show didn’t get shut down — and that the volume stayed at acceptably loud-as-shit levels. Meanwhile, the crowd — a mixture of everyone from the New York Times music critic to freshman punk scene bbs — got into it.
But put yourself in Kimmel’s position: a bunch of kids starting to push each other to noise that’s barely qualifying as what mankind generally considers music. Program Board chair Sara Intrator was smart to paint the show in terms of cultural sensitivities — she explained passionately about the rich and positive environments of punk shows, and the historical implications of turning down the volume. By interfering with kids shoving each other, the Kimmel reps would be violating the sanctity of a cultural institution — and kudos to Kimmel for respecting even the loudest cultural traditions.
The one concession: no stage-diving. And Sleepies, Perfect Pussy, White Lung and Ceremony played loud. (Photos below.) Read more…
While you were sleeping until 4PM and raiding the fridge over Thanksgiving break, the Supreme Court announced that it would hear two religious freedom cases on the birth control mandate in Obamacare: Sebelius v. Hobby Lobby Stores, Inc. and Conestoga Wood Specialties Corp. v. Sebelius. Now, I’m sure by now you are completely sick of hearing about Obamacare, but the upcoming court cases are about something bigger than the Affordable Care Act: the personhood of corporations.
Hobby Lobby, an arts-and-crafts store owned by a devout Christian family, and Conestoga Wood, a cabinet manufacturer, both claim that the Affordable Care Act’s contraceptive mandate requiring employers to supply employees with birth control coverage violates their respective companies’ religious freedoms. In order to claim rights under the religious clauses of the First Amendment, the companies must prove Mitt Romney was correct all along. Not about gay marriage, 47% of Americans, or even his magic underwear. Rather, Hobby Lobby and Conestoga Wood look to further enshrine in law Mitt Romney’s infamous reminder: “Corporations are people, my friend.” Read more…
Though the season of music festivals has long passed us by, the magic of the Internet can bring the days of summer music straight to your dorm room this finals season. YouTube has become something of an archive of concert videography over the years, from brief, amateur iPhone recordings to long professionally shot videos. While many festivals post a few live songs from festival sets or sell DVDs of full performances, festivals like Pitchfork and Tomorrowland have begun posting entire sets on YouTube for your free viewing pleasure. Didn’t have the money or time to make it to one of these carnivals in person? No problem, just Google it and chances are its been posted somewhere.
Recorded versions of live concerts certainly lack the intensity and feeling of actually being at the real thing. I mean, watching a mosh pit on a Macbook or listening to a symphony through earbuds obviously just isn’t the same experience. Plus, many of these concerts are ripped from DVDs or live streams and posted unofficially, raising copyright issues.
Still, live music on YouTube is so convenient and has such variety that many will bear with bad quality and unlawfully posted content. Here’s a brief primer on live music on YouTube, five favorite sets from the past year and beyond that are on YouTube ideally suited for finals procrastination purposes.
For virile young men, donating sperm can look like the holy grail of money-making opportunities since, you know, you’re getting paid to do something you’d be doing at home anyway. And as the semester draws to a close and your bank account withers away into nothingness, those Craigslist ads and posters outside Bobst guaranteeing paychecks of up to $1200 a month can be especially enticing to any student. In fact, most city sperm banks — like the Manhattan Cryobank – recruit solely from local universities and colleges.
“My uncle [donated sperm] all throughout college. He was broke…and he saw it as an easy way to make money. He got $100 per [donation],” David Zumwalt (CAS ’16) said. “It was easy, because he was a dumb, poor bastard in college, and all he had was his sperm.”
But the process isn’t as easy as merely showing up, drop off your little swimmers, and walking out a couple dollars richer. After filling out the initial application — including a “Personal Essays” section that admittedly awakened the Common App jitters of high school — it can take anywhere from four to eight weeks until you might get paid to ejaculate. Choosing to become a sperm donor is like adding a part-time job on top of the past-due work you most certainly have: donors sign on to commitments ranging in length from four months to a year, during which they are required to make weekly or biweekly deposits. The process places a number of constraints on the donor’s life, including abstinence for two to five days leading up to donations, as well as a reduction in alcohol and nicotine consumption.
Nostalgia hits hard this time of year, so it’s only appropriate to look back on the past year. Music probably got you through a lot in 2013, from helping you power through finals to kicking back on the weekend. Below are NYU Locals’ favorite songs of the year, from the ubiquitous songs of summer to the most energetic punk track. Up first, a few picks from our staff.
Best song to sing in the shower while the neighbors watch because you can’t afford blinds: “Wrecking Ball” by Miley Cyrus.
Explanation: “Why not? ‘Wrecking Ball’ is already on its way to becoming one of the best songs of all time. Also, my shower (and most showers) probably have the proper acoustics necessary to belt out the more intense notes. Plus, Miley Cyrus is naked in the video and it just seems appropriate to be naked too.” — Eric Eidelstein, City. Read more…
Don’t we all wish we could create a better NYU? You know, work together to make something awesome happen on our (lack of a) campus? Well, today at 4pm you can do just that at the Create a Better NYU Hackathon.
For those of you out there who may not know, a hackathon is kind of exactly what it sounds like. People come out and literally hack things with code and ideas. Most of them last for a long period of time, like one or two or three days straight. Sometimes even a week. That’s a lot and lot of coding and exhaustion and nerdiness.
The event will last 24 hours and has invited students, teachers, and alumni to join in to help build apps, websites, or data visualizations that can help NYU. Sounds like there will be some serious building and hacking going on. There will be, wait for it, food there as well! So, really, this event has everything. It will take place on the 3rd floor of Kimmel. You bring the brains, they bring the data. Read more…