April 23rd, 2014

An Affordable Mini 3D Printer Has Arrived And It’s Super Cute

Model cars. Jewelry. Furniture. Bullets. Presidential bobble-heads. Prosthetic limbs. Jet planes.

Besides the fact that these items might all comprise the eclectic Gallatin student’s dorm room décor, they also can all be produced with just a computer program and one of those highly coveted 3D printers. These technological powerhouses started out as hefty machines intended just for printing paper models. Now, the industry standard printer is streamlined, modern and sexy, though also very expensive. This is what we’d expect when pricing a metal box that can miraculously convert a picture into an object of virtually any shape and color with incredible detail.

The hefty cost of today’s 3D printers, which hovers somewhere between $1000-$4000, includes both the immense versatility as well the development the machines have undergone. Naturally, investing in a 3D printer is no small feat, and it seems that until now the market has primarily targeted industry professionals looking to invest in this superior technology to enhance their businesses’ or organizations’ productivity. But what about us consumers who crave a 3D printer of our own in our homes or personal spaces?

Aspiring 3D printer owners will be excited to learn that, after much time, the first consumer-focused, low-cost 3D printer is now available online for pre-order. M3D’s Micro printer, which was successfully crowdfunded on Kickstarter, costs only $300 and is small enough to fit comfortably on a desk or bookshelf. It’s portable, lightweight, easy to use and best of all, actually affordable —  not to mention it comes in a variety of pretty colors. Though the models printed from this machine may need to be simpler or perhaps broken down into smaller separate parts given the machine’s size limitations and lesser capacity, they’re just as vibrant and realistic as those on display at Makerbot, a popular 3D print store in the West Village that sells standard machines. Read more…

Finding A Yoga Studio In New York That’s Right For You

So you’re new to the city (class of 2018, anyone?!), or maybe you’re new to yoga. Either way, it’s time to find a studio. The benefits of daily practice are something preached throughout all styles and practices of yoga, andthough  I’ve found that doing yoga on my own can be great, the benefits of actually going to class are endless.

When I first moved to the city, I struggled to find a yoga studio that felt like home. I tried a lot of studios, liked a lot of studios, but it took me about six months before settling into somewhere where I can go to class every day. The search for a studio to call home was good for me. I went to new areas of the city and tried new styles of yoga. New York is definitely something of an American yoga mecca, so I highly encourage that you embark on a search of your own to find somewhere you love; however, this can be stressful and expensive. So, I’ve created a sort of breakdown of the studios I tried on my own search for a New York yoga home.

This is by no means a definitive ranking – there are so many yoga studios I haven’t tried – and it’s not a pros or cons list either. That’s sort of defeating the point of yoga, which comes down to doing what’s right for you, but I hope my adventures can help spur some of your own.

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[PHOTOS] Take A Look Back At NYU Through The Ages

Nassau and Beekman, 1830′s and today.

NYU’s location has changed quite a few times over the years. When the University was founded in the early 1830′s, the first classes were held in a 4-story building on Nassau and Beekman, near City Hall. The building, known as Clinton Hall, was constructed to be the new home of the New York Mercantile Library which presumably rented out space to the university. The new college, then called the University of the City of New-York, quickly outgrew the downtown space and began construction at Washington Square in 1832. Read more…

Holocaust Denier Claims The Universe Revolves Around Earth, NYU Professor LOLs

Did you know that there’s still some people who avidly believe that the universe revolves around the Earth?

Galileo’s centuries old and now widely accepted theory of a universe revolving around the sun was was recently thrown out of orbit after the creation of the “documentary” film titled The Principle.

Co-produced by Robert Sungenis, an anti-Semitic author and Holocaust denier, the film is based on his own book: Geocentrism 101: An Introduction into the Science of Geocentric Cosmology… Somehow, Sungenis bamboozled some four leading cosmologists into being featured in the documentary and are now insisting that they were misquoted and did not know the true purpose of the film.  Even Star Trek’s very own Kate Mulgrew had a role in the production as narrator. Although since the doc’s release, she has since released a statement via Facebook, saying:  ”I am not a geocentrist, nor am I in any way a proponent of geocentrism. More importantly, I do not subscribe to anything Robert Sungenis has written regarding science and history and, had I known of his involvement, would most certainly have avoided this documentary.”

Ever curious about how the NYU community reacts to such issues, we decided to ask NYU’s very own master teacher and History of the Universe professor, Gerceida Jones, what to think of this new development in the world of science. Read more…

NYU Students Tackle Financial Aid Education In NYC High Schools

Today, high school seniors are not only worried about getting into college because of the cutthroat competition, but they are also worried about being able to afford going to college because of the consistently increasing tuition rates. On top of that, many teachers and counselors, especially those in inner-city schools, are so underpaid and understaffed that any guidance in the college admissions process is like wishing for a puppy at 11:11. 

So what does the motivated student do? They try to navigate the world of financial aid on their own. They don’t even file taxes yet, but they are expected to file forms like the FAFSA and PROFILE, which determine their entire financial aid package. More often than not, their financial aid package is disappointing and not at all reflective of their economic situation. At this point, students start looking for scholarships but once again problems arise: the deadline has passed, they don’t think they fit the criteria, the criteria isn’t even listed, they don’t think applying is even worth it, they don’t think they are worth it.

Faria Mardhani is a senior at NYU studying Economics and Politics and recognizes from personal experience the lack of basic help students have, especially in New York City, when it comes to financial aid education which is why she founded the non-profit organization Knowledge Access Initiative (KAI). Mardhani began by building a team of NYU students that shared the experience of being completely alone in the daunting quest to afford college, but shared the dream of a student-led initiative to solve the problem. Read more…

De Blasio Chats It Up At His Alma Mater

Bill de Blasio, the recently elected mayor of New York City and a member of NYU’s class of 1983, stopped by Skirball yesterday as the 17th guest speaker in the Alumni Association’s “Speakers on the Square” series. The mayor, who graduated with a degree in Metropolitan Studies, chatted with Fox’s Maria Bartiromo (also an alumna) about politics, leadership, and his time at NYU.

President Sexton introduced the pair and hailed them both as “stars in the pantheon of NYU.” Bartiromo went on to ask de Blasio about his experience as an NYU student in the 80’s. To say that the mayor was involved would be an understatement: a recipient of the Presidential Scholarship, de Blasio served as Weinstein’s hall president, co-founded the Coalition for Student Rights, and led protests against the administration before graduating on to an extensive career in public service.

De Blasio only just passed 100 days of mayorship. His list of achievements doesn’t come close to that of, say, Michael Bloomberg, but Baritromo was nonetheless eager to hear about the new mayor’s visions for the future of our city. Read more…

The Truman Show Is Being Made Into A Real TV Show

Last year, Paramount returned to the small screen with a relaunch of its television division, which was not too exciting until recently, when some of the content coming to TV screens across America was announced. Most notably, they’re working on a made-for-television version of The Truman Show. You know The Truman Show, right? It’s when Jim Carrey was serious for a minute and played a man whose entire life is a reality TV show. Eventually (SPOILER!) he figures out his life is a lie and escapes the reality the corporation that owns him created.

Now it’s going to turn into a television show: a television show based on a movie that’s about a television show. Everything is starting to get a little meta. Meta television isn’t exactly new — The Mary Tyler Moore Show was talking about a TV show on TV way back in 1970 — but they’ve definitely gained in popularity and become even more self-referential in the last few years. Meta is the new black. And with the success, or obsessive fan bases, of TV shows like 30 Rock, Arrested Development and Community it’s easy to see why everyone’s trying to get in on the self-referential game, no matter the context or weirdness level

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What The East Village Community Does After A Corporate Takeover

After a 7-Eleven opened up earlier this year in the East Village, residents and local businesses are fighting back to keep diversity in their neighborhood.

Although the East Village has always prided itself on being an area that promotes small business ventures, the chain store takeover has nonetheless become a huge problem in the eyes of some community members. According to the East Village Community Coalition, about 63 chain stores populate the square half-mile that makes up the community.

The relatively new 7-11 on Avenue A and 11th Street has only added to the controversy. Read more…

NYU’s Fourteenth President L. Jay Oliva Passes Away

On Thursday April 17, NYU’s fourteenth president L. Jay Oliva passed away. His cause of death has yet to be released. The New York State native was 80-years-old at the time of his passing.   

A graduate of Manhattan College and Syracuse University, Oliva began his tenure at NYU as a Russian professor in 1960 and served as an administrator from 1972 to 1991, when he assumed the role of NYU’s fourteenth president. After 11 years of service as president, Oliva passed the torch to John Sexton in 2002.  

”Under Jay Oliva, we have really achieved much of what we dreamt of 25 years ago,” NYU chairman Martin Lipton told the Times in 2001.  ”We have finished the transformation from a regional commuter school to a global university.” Read more…

Local Stops: The Aliens Are Here, Old Spice (Girls), And Outed Porn Stars


What happens when you come out as a porn star? Vox takes a look.

The Secret Service once threatened to kill Mr. Met. We’ve all been there, guys.

Your favorite Spice Girl just turned 40, and you’re old too now, and we’re all going to die one day.

Adult kickball players: Just like college students.

Photo of the day by Caleb Savage