Jetset on NYU’s Dime

November 1 is fast approaching, meaning  applications for the CAS Dean’s Undergraduate Research Fund (DURF) are about to be due. Grants of up to $1,000 are awarded to CAS applicants each semester by a panel of faculty judges, funding anything from books to work release to travel. That’s right: travel. Accordingly, past applicants set a precedent for dreaming big and traveling far.Chris Corbo (CAS ’14) applied for a $1,000 DURF grant last year to fund a …

My Night With NYU’s Students For Political Action Club

I’ll level with you: even though I’m the National editor, I don’t live for politics. Sure, I’m knowledgeable, read around, and am generally confidant that I could hold my own in intelligent conversation, but it’s not my wheelhouse. That’s probably why I felt a little unsure going to a meeting of the NYU Students for Political Action Club for the first time.Last year, I read about what the SPAC’s purpose was. …

Meet America’s First University-Wide PAC: NYU Students For Political Action

After a month and a half of researching and clarifying potential legal issues, NYU has now established a PAC – or political action committee — set up to serve the political interests of university students. The group will be allowed to officially (we’ll get to that later) donate up to $1000 to local political candidates and up $5000 to federal election candidates.The PAC, tentatively known as NYU Students for Political Action, …

The Complete Guide To Your CAS Student Council Candidates

You’ve seen the Student-Faculty Banquet. You may have considered going to the Student-Alumni Banquet. After you pass the poster you might idly think about checking out the Formal on Thursday (it’s Gatsby themed!). Besides the table at Club Fest and the Facebook events for Bagel Fest, a lot of CAS students don’t have a very intimate relationship with their CAS Student Council. But did you know that this week, from Monday …

NYU Professors Toast Bubbly To Vote Of No Confidence Against Sexton

From left: Christine Harrington, professor of politics; Marie Monaco, professor of neuroscience; Mary Nolan, professor of history.Friday evening just before spring break was the quietest night on campus. Bobst library, packed with midterm throngs the whole week prior, stood nearly vacant. On the twelfth floor, the office of President John Sexton was ending a busy week as well. NYU had taken significant heat for a shady bonus doled out to …

BREAKING: Professors Vote, Declare No Confidence In President Sexton

When the poll closed at 6:00pm today, professors from the College of Arts and Science were gathered in the basement of La Lanterna café on MacDougal Street, awaiting the outcome of a week-long vote of no confidence conducted by their colleagues. At 6:09pm, screams and clapping erupted from the cluster of tables they occupied: the vote had passed.“It’s crumbling! It’s like Jenga!” shouted someone in the crowd.Mark Crispin Miller, NYU professor and head …

CAS Student Faculty Banquet Will Let You Get Cozy With Your Favorite Professors

Do you ever find yourself wanting to meet your professors out of class? Do you want to get their off-the-record opinions of NYU, or just tell them how much you loved their talk on “Food Photography?” (C’mon, you know you want to.)Fear not, because you’ll have the perfect opportunity later tonight with the annual CAS Student Faculty Banquet. Put on by the CAS Student Council, it runs from 7-9 pm on …

G. Gabrielle Starr Announced As New CAS Dean

Last night John Sexton announced the appointment G. Gabrielle Starr as Dean of the College of Arts and Sciences. If that second name sounds familiar, it’s because Starr has been CAS’s Acting Dean since Fall 2011, when her predecessor made the move to NYU Shanghai.Prior to that, Starr chaired the English Department, taught literature at NYU and Harvard, and racked up an impressive RateMyProfessor score.But, according to an email sent to CAS and …

Violets are Blue: Yale Kids Are Driven To Succeed In The Bedroom But What About Us?

First Things recently published an article claiming that the Yale student body has an overachieving attitude so intense, it permeates into the bedroom. Yes, that’s right. Not only is Yale known for educating some of the most intelligent students in the world, it now touts a reputation of having a student populace so driven, they’re even better at sex than the rest of us.So, in the spirit of pseudo-scientific logic and rigorous …

Dubstep, Hermaphrodites, And Tap Water: DURFing It Up At The CAS Conference 2012

The Dean’s Undergraduate Research Fund Presentation is coming up, and students from all facets of CAS are in it to win it. Armed with clever titles and even more clever ideas, undergrads from the Biology department to Gender and Sexuality Studies will fight to win between $250-1,000 in research grant money to make their propositions reality.Because there is only one of you and many, many presentations to see this year, we …

Better Know A Building: Silver

Silver, or The Silver Center for Arts and Sciences, is the academic building for most CAS classes. Connected by narrow hallways to the Waverly Building, and the Brown Building, the trio makes up the “Main Block” of NYU. Since most of us are on a strict “need to be there” basis with Silver, we decided to take the time to poke around the building famous for being “the building next to …

New Acting Dean Introduces CAS Open Hour

Gabrielle Starr is filling a gap this year on campus.When former CAS Dean Matthew Santirocco jetted off to NYU Shanghai, Starr stepped in as Acting Dean. Though the position is temporary, she’s begun to make permanent changes in the College. One of these is resurrecting the CAS Dean’s Open Hour, the last of which was held in November 2007. Starr hosted the first of these sessions last week.Per the college-wide e-mail Starr …