The Madness Has Officially Begun

iIt boggles my mind how every year March Madness takes the country by storm. The tournament starts in the middle of March, often consists of 70 percent crappy borderline-unwatchable teams, and unfailingly grabs the attention of millions of Americans. I would attribute that fact to a couple key parts: gambling, interest in alma maters, and chaos.Isn’t it kind of cool that you can point the third weekend in March every year and think …

Killer Mike Talks Oklahoma Fraternity, Systemic Racism

 443e8126On Monday, rapper and social activist, Michael Render, professionally known as Killer Mike, gave a lecture on Police Brutality, For-Profit Jailing Systems, and Racism in America at NYU to a packed auditorium.While Killer Mike is best known for his music, he is also a very outspoken activist fighting for social equality, especially in regard to the African-American community. He was recently interviewed on CNN where he talked about his reaction to the grand …

Richard III Is Still Causing Drama Five Centuries Later

king_richard_iiiFive hundred years and he is still causing drama.This Monday, the bones of King Richard III were marched and paraded through Leicester and displayed in the town’s Cathedral. Over 5,000 people lined up to pay their respects to the dead king.To give a little background, before 2012 the remains of King Richard III were thought to be lost forever.However, much to the delight of British historical buffs everywhere, his bones were discovered under a car park …

[UPDATED] NYU’s Nonresponse to Andrew Ross’s Concerns On Academic Freedom

andrew-ross-speakingProfessor Andrew Ross, an outspoken critic of NYU’s labor practices abroad, was barred from traveling to Abu Dhabi on Saturday, March 14. He had planned to spend his spring break there to conduct research on low-wage workers in the UAE. NYU professors and students are supposed to be guaranteed safe passage to the country.Ross wrote to President Sexton and Vice Chancellor of NYU Abu Dhabi Al Bloom seeking an explanation. He received …

Andrew Ross Barred From Entering UAE

hqdefaultICYMI over break, NYU professor Andrew Ross, a labor expert and critic of the exploitation of migrant workers in the United Arab Emirates, was denied entry into the UAE on March 14 as he attempted to board a flight to Abu Dhabi.Ross learned the news at JFK when UAE officials cited security concerns for his travel ban. He had intended to spend his spring break there to conduct research on low-wage workers in the …

No One Actually Knows When (Or If) Coles Will Be Demolished

d4ac0e62709dd5a8c127dee516f50e83We all know that the Coles Sports Center’s destruction is imminent. We’ve written about it as far back as 2012, and yet the date keeps getting pushed back. Coles is only guaranteed to stay open until the end of academic year 2014-2015, but new evidence shows that its life may have been extended yet again. Maybe Coles will stick around forever, after all.An anonymous source said Provost David McLaughlin had a meeting with …

Future Pres. Andrew Hamilton Discusses Abu Dhabi Labor And His Vision For NYU

hamilton hatNYU has selected its next university president, officials announced Wednesday afternoon. Andrew Hamilton, Oxford University’s vice-chancellor, will replace current president John Sexton in January 2016. NYU Local spoke with Hamilton on the phone shortly after his appointment was announced.NYU Local: As president, what is your vision for NYU?Andrew Hamilton: “The reason I’m coming to NYU is that I am very excited about being part of, what I view — and I’ve been …

Oxford University Administrator Named Next NYU President

andrew hamiltonNYU has named its next president. Andrew Hamilton, Oxford University’s vice-chancellor, has been selected to succeed NYU President John Sexton, officials announced Wednesday.Hamilton, who previously held positions at Yale and Princeton universities, will assume his duties at NYU in January 2016.“I am delighted to be selected as NYU’s 16th president,” Hamilton said in a statement. “I have been a keen observer of NYU, its accomplishments, its trajectory, and its renowned president, John Sexton, for some …

Inside The Mysterious James Farley Post Office

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERAThe James Farley post office looks like a building stuck in time. Massive and squat with its Corinthian colonnade, it looks otherworldly on modern day 34th street. Step inside and its still one of the most impressive post offices in the United States, but among the beautiful moldings and eloquently painted ceiling, some of the paint has chipped off and the building is starting to show its age.When asked where to …

Seeing The Other Side Of American Legend Frank Sinatra

sinatramug1The New York Public Library and the Grammy Museum in LA have collaborated to produce a most unique exhibition on display at the Lincoln Center entitled Frank Sinatra: An American Icon. The exhibition commemorates the legend of a man who would have turned one hundred years old in 2015. The title epitomizes what Sinatra has become in our society: an icon of the American dream.The son of Italian immigrants, Sinatra supported himself with …

New Museum’s Tech-y Third Triennial Gets It (Mostly)

juliana-huxtable-interview-general-viewEveryone’s done a retrospective lately—just ask Björk. Biennials are for the Whitney, and Miami has Basel. What about something new? Enter the New Museum’s Triennial, an exhibit seeking to be “predictive” rather than retrospective. Focused on younger and recently-established artists, this year’s third annual Triennial is titled Surround Audience. Curated by Lauren Cornell and Ryan Trecartin, it seeks to “explore the effects of an increasingly connected world both on our sense of …

How NYU Student Ben Bartels And “The Hunchback of Notre Dame” Are Related

This spring, Paper Mill Playhouse is presenting The Hunchback of Notre Dame, a stage incarnation of the famous 1996 Disney film and the classic Victor Hugo novel. A collaboration between musical theatre giants Stephen Schwartz (Wicked) and Alan Menken (The Little Mermaid, Beauty and the Beast), the musical was first performed live in Berlin in 1999. It was re-adapted for the English language in 2013.Hunchback had its North American premier in the …

National Book Award Poetry Winner Terrance Hayes Reads And Delivers

TerranceHayesOur beloved school did a few things right this week. Early Tuesday morning, NYU reached a peaceful agreement with its graduate student union. And yesterday, Global Liberal Studies hosted über-poet and 2014 MacArthur Fellow (aka “Genius” Award recipient) Terrance Hayes for its Global Lecture Series.“Don’t charge me if I knock it over,” Hayes says, wearily eyeing the microphone, “I’m not the most graceful person.” Could’ve fooled me. The 43-year-old South Carolina native is rangy-handsome, …

Do You Yak? Do You Want To?

img_3876.pngNope, the yak we speak of doesn’t concern your friday night boot and rally, we’re talking about one of the most recently popular social media apps, Yik Yak. Yik Yak was initially created by two students at Furman University, Tyler Droll and Brooks Buffington, as a hyperlocal Twitter aimed at college students. The app was built with the intent of giving students an online platform where they’d have the opportunity to share …

Kimmy In The City: New York’s Role In The “Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt”

UntitledFriends and Seinfeld: two iconic sitcoms of the 90s following a group of friends as they navigate adulthood in New York City, and two of the shows that shaped The Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt’s titular character’s perception of New York. What else do they have in common? Neither one was actually filmed in here. That’s right two of the shows most commonly associated with the city were shot across the country on Hollywood …