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/ April 21, 2016 12:40 pm / Comment / You May Hate Sports, But You’ll Love This Allen Iverson Documentary

I don’t care about sports, and I think it’s a safe assumption to say that if you’re reading the Entertainment section of NYU Local you probably don’t either. And yet, despite my visceral aversion to watching or, god forbid, playing any game that involves sweat and aggression, I’ve recently found something to love about sports: the documentaries. Netflix recently added a...

/ April 21, 2016 9:57 am / Comment / Are Students Who Commute Less Happy?

Over time, I have become used to the sympathetic “oh” people say when I tell them that I spend over two hours a day, five days a week, commuting to school. NYU has a significant commuter/off-campus population, totaling around 53% of the student body, and I have some unfortunate news for that half of our school: commuters are reportedly “less happy” than non-commuters, at least...

/ April 20, 2016 10:18 am / Comment / FDNY Makes Surprisingly Non-Objectifying Calendar Of Firefighting Women

Is there anything better than a calendar of hunky firefighters? Try a calendar celebrating the New York Fire Department’s fire fightin’ females. This year, FDNY’s Calendar of Heroes will not only include 12 months of ridiculously chiseled man abs, but also 12 months of banging female biceps. Not only that, but for the first time ever, smokin’ hot (I’m sorry) FDNY...

/ April 20, 2016 9:33 am / Comment / NYU’s Bernie And Hillary Duel In College Dems-Sponsored Debate

  Monday—on the eve of the suddenly-very-important New York primaries—the NYU College Democrats hosted a debate between NYU Students for Hillary and NYU Students for Bernie. Each organization was represented by three student debaters, who fielded questions about topics ranging from immigration to net neutrality to foreign policy. The questions were asked by representatives from seven student-led advocacy groups, including...

/ April 20, 2016 9:01 am / Comment / NYU Divest Occupies Bobst Executive Elevator for 33 Hours

Eighteen members of NYU Divest concluded a two-day demonstration in Bobst Library on Tuesday evening, after NYU administrators threatened to suspend participating students. Divest, a student activist group focused on ending NYU’s investment in fossil fuels, had spend 33 hours occupying Bobst Library’s executive elevator—the only elevator that is capable of accessing the university’s administrative offices, located on the library’s 11th and 12th floors. Divest members began...

/ April 19, 2016 1:42 pm / Comment / Befriend NYU Student Kyle Duke Before He Becomes The Next Mac DeMarco

Meet Clive Davis’ very own Brooklyn indie rockstar Kyle Duke, and his band, Kyle Duke and the Brown Bag Boys. With a style that could only be described as Demarco-esque Lo-fi bedroom pop, Kyle’s music is a unique blend of several different genres, with his most notable influences including Mac Demarco, Tame Impala, The Grateful Dead and the Beatles. The band is set to release both their...

/ April 19, 2016 11:52 am / Comment / Why Democrats Must Stand United Against Trump No Matter What

With the New York primary happening today, Democratic voters have a tough choice to make. However, even divided as ever, former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton and Senator Bernie Sanders offer different approaches to the same goal: defeating Donald Trump. Many younger voters, and seemingly most of NYU, are diehard Sanders supporters. Bernie’s Washington Square Park rally drew 27,000 people last week,...

/ April 19, 2016 11:09 am / Comment / Big Changes Hit NYC Common Core Testing

Common core testing has begun in New York public schools, but with a few rather notable changes. When third through eighth graders sit down to the test this year, there will be fewer questions than previous years, and the time limit to take the test has also been abolished, and test results will no longer affect teacher evaluations, as they did...

/ April 19, 2016 9:38 am / Comment / Rescuing Leftover Cuisine Saves Leftovers To Feed The Homeless

Despite the fact that millions of people in the United States do not have the adequate financial resources to fulfill their basic dietary needs, 40 percent of our food is thrown out and wasted. That’s $162 billion trashed each year. Restaurants contribute to this statistic, as most of them just dispose of any excess food they cannot sell. Some groups taking action...

/ April 18, 2016 3:27 pm / Comment / How Girls Grew Up And Got Great

Last night Girls wrapped up its fifth season with an exceptional two-part finale that capped off an equally exceptional season. Episode for episode, this might be the best season of Girls thus far. But it seems like people don’t care about Girls like they used to. For the first three years following its debut in 2012, it seemed that the only kind...

/ April 15, 2016 2:24 pm / Comment / Not Just Fucking and Flowers: Nadya Tolokonnikova Of Pussy Riot

Additional reporting by Opheli Garcia Lawler. Four years ago, feminist punk protest group Pussy Riot grabbed the world’s attention after their infamous “Punk Prayer: Mother of God, Chase Putin Away” performance went viral. Band members Maria Alyokhina and Nadya Tolokonnikova served two years in jail for their public protest against the President of Russia and his government, but they continue to fight what Tolokonnikova...

/ April 15, 2016 2:05 pm / Comment / Meet Zari, Sesame Street’s New Feminist Afghan Puppet

Sesame Street has a new cast member—Zari, a young Afghan feminist, who wears a hijab along with her school uniform. Zari, described by Sesame Workshop as “a curious and eager six-year-old girl,” will be featured on segments that focus on topics like “girls’ empowerment, national identity, physical health, and social and emotional wellbeing.” First of all, Zari is adorable. Look...

/ April 15, 2016 12:33 pm / Comment / Bonnie ‘n Clyde Strike Again (In Spirit)

In a movie-esque turn of events Monday, an HSBC in Borough Park opened to find a large hole in the ceiling over a vault. No alarms had gone off and no trace of the robbers was found on security. Over $280,000 gone and only a ladder on the roof as evidence. It’s seriously just like a movie. While the police...

/ April 15, 2016 11:08 am / Comment / Smoothies Around NYU Are Way Too Expensive

The other day I was around Palladium and I was craving a smoothie. I thought it would be a cheap and healthy alternative for a quick snack, but I was very wrong. In some chain stores, smoothies ranged from $7.00 to $9.00: I don’t care how many fruits a smoothie has, it should never be $9.00. If you go to...

/ April 15, 2016 10:12 am / Comment / Celebrate Record Store Day 2016 This Weekend

It’s that time of year again: Record Store Day is this Saturday, April 16. Celebrating this holiday is pretty easy: go out to your local indie music store, listen to some vinyl, and maybe pick up a few records. It’s a simple, fun formula for a nearly decade-old holiday. Record Store Day started in 2007 by a group of independent record store owners, but...

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