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/ 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...

/ April 15, 2016 9:34 am / Comment / Bernie Sanders Rally Draws 27,000 To Washington Square Park

For a detailed look into what it was like at the rally, check out our Storify of NYU Local’s tweets from the night. On Wednesday night, the pseudo-quad of our beloved school was overtaken by a rally for Democratic presidential candidate Bernie Sanders. In a move similar to that of President Obama in the lead-up to the 2008 election, Sanders filled the park...

/ April 14, 2016 6:08 pm / Comment / Is The 2016 Election Shaping Up To Be A Battle of Coolness?

Is Bernie Sanders cool? When a political rally is opened by Vampire Weekend, the smell of weed is heavy in the air, and the crowd looks like that of a music festival, the question seems surprisingly relevant to the presidential primary. There’s no doubt that Hillary Clinton struggles to connect with millennials — we’ve seen the memes, we’ve seen the...

/ April 14, 2016 3:30 pm / Comment / “Rap Year Book” Author Shea Serrano Tells Us How To Be Good On The Internet

Shea Serrano is the New York Times Bestselling author who wrote The Rap Year Book, and before that one of the creators of the Rap Coloring Book. He was formerly a staff writer for Grantland and has just unveiled an illustrated newsletter called Basketball (And Other Things) which you can subscribe to here. On top of being a successful author...

/ April 14, 2016 2:33 pm / Comment / Instagram Sam Tries On The Kylie Jenner Lip Kit

“Kylie Jenner is so problematic,” my friend texted me the other day, out of the blue. “I mean, yeah, but why?” I responded. “Well, I was just looking through her Instagram, and just like… social media is her full time job. And people look up to that,” she said. My friend is right–Kylie Jenner’s empire says a lot about our...

/ April 14, 2016 10:41 am / Comment / How To Craft The Perfect Celebrity Conspiracy Theory

Last week, Buzzfeed posted the most important piece of media this side of the new millennium and it wasn’t that fucking watermelon. Instead it was an article entitled “There’s A Wild Conspiracy Theory That Louis Tomlinson’s Baby is Fake.” Reading it was what I imagine grad school is like: it took a while to get through, there were some rocky parts, but...

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