NYU Students Turn Up The Beat For Social Justice

shutterstock_154023764-2Whether you’re in the subway, on the street, or loitering outside of Silver, chances are you’re plugged in and tuned out. After all, this is the epoch of noise canceling headphones, Spotify Premium, and overnight, hip-hop mogul mixtapes. Three years ago, NYU student Johnathan Chen decided to seize upon this generational music mania, seeking to repurpose those daily, private jam-seshes in the spirit of social justice.The widely successful result of Chen’s idea is …

A Busker Explains The Dos And Don’ts of Watching Subway Performances

nyc_sound_tracksYou know what’s coming when we see movement between the subway cars, hear those doors screech open, and that famous call: “It’s showtime!” We roll our eyes, sigh muffled sighs, and studiously ignore whoever stepped through. They grandly announce their presence, maybe do some acrobatics. This is all fine and good (or obnoxious – contingent on how much sleep you got the night before).Street performance, or busking, is an age-old profession prevalent in large …

A Conversation With Professor Barnaby Ruhe, Gallatin’s Very Own Bodhisattva

Professor Barnaby Ruhe wears a tattered fanny pack and a cashmere scarf. His bookshelf is littered with the usual professorial fanfare; Joyce, Proust, and Plato are all in attendance. As I enter his office, he encourages a student: “Write the book. It’s not hard. It’s like a journal.”Ruhe believes that we 20-somethings need to create our world. We’re not starting at the bottom of the hill like we think we are, …

‘Who’s That Halal Guy?': Meet Farook, The 14th St. Vendor In Front Of U-Hall

Farook is an East Village all-star who’s been serving up meals on 14th Street between 3rd and 4th Avenue for over eleven years. His dedication and passion for serving the best halal food to his beloved NYU regulars led him to open up his own cart around two years ago just outside U-Hall. As some of you might already know, he’s an easy-going guy who throws down pita bread slices on top …

Doing The Math Better: A Talk With Christian Parenti

In his book Tropic of Chaos: Climate Change and the New Geography of Violence, journalist and scholar Christian Parenti travels across time and space to show how climate change has exacerbated problems which already exist—problems created by Western militarism and neoliberal economic restructuring around the globe.Published by Nation Books in 2011, Tropic of Chaos describes the “catastrophic convergence” of poverty, violence, and climate change, and how the Global North, particularly the United …

Confessions Of An NYU Sugar Baby: Part 1

NYU “Sugar Babies” have become a thing of legend. We hear rumors they exist. We know someone who knows someone who dates one. But who are they, really?If you’re new to the hype, NYU allegedly has the highest number of college “Sugar Babies” on Seeking Arrangement, a controversial dating website that matches young women with older, male “Sugar Daddies.” But what can they expect in exchange? The answer: money, presents, and …

An Interview With Tisch’s Up-And-Coming Filmmaker Seb Som

18/S from Eighteen Slash Stainless on Vimeo.If you haven’t heard of Sebastian Sommer yet, you will soon. The 18-year-old Tisch film student who goes by Seb Som started his NYU film career at a summer program where he made the short film, Mama Said Sardine Baby, which showed at the prestigious TriBeCa Film Festival. On top of such an impressive achievement, Seb Som has reached out to author Tao Lin, and adapted two of Lin’s short stories for the screen. …

The Anatomy Of Student Activism

Last Friday, Somaly Mam, a major figure in the anti-sex trafficking movement came to speak at the Rosenthal Pavilion thanks to the initiative of  Against Child Trafficking Club (ACTC) of NYU. We had the opportunity to speak with Lauren Kalogridis, the President of ACTC,  and Becca Park, the club’s vice-president, about human rights activism on campus and their impressions of Somaly Mam.How did you first get interested in the anti-sex trafficking movement?Becca Park: I …

Who’s House? Our Exclusive Sitdown With Housie Maguire

You’ve probably seen IRHC mascot Housie Maguire around campus, giving out hugs and high fives at university events. You may also keep up with him on his Facebook and Twitter accounts. But few students know what Housie is really about. I recently Facebook chatted Housie to talk about housing, costume fetishes, and tripping acid.Why is your name Maguire? Any relation to Lizzie?Sadly no. When I was created the president of the IRHC’s last name …

NYU Alumnus Tao Lin and Wife Megan Boyle Take Drugs, Hang Out in Bobst, ‘Make Films’

In addition to the buzz surrounding the unforeseen union of NYU’s notorious alumnus Tao Lin and blogger/author/essayist Megan Boyle this past November, the quirky duo (who have been spotted recently hanging out in Bobst) has garnered much attention for their latest project (appropriately titled) MDMAfilms. The self-described “extreme mumblecore”/”drugcore”/”emo” film/documentary/”event coverage”/production company released its first feature film, MDMA, on January 20th and is set to release three additional films (BEBE ZEVA, …

NYU’s Darlings Take The Stage (And Your Heart)

DarlingsLast weekend four NYU graduates, Joe Tirabassi, Maura Lynch, Peter Rynsky, and Matt Solomon (from left to right), took the stage at Death By Audio under the moniker Darlings, to honor the late promoter Ariel Panero. With majors in music business, journalism hybrids (both in Gallatin and CAS), and beer, the four friends got together in 2007 and started making music — good music. With Joe on bass and Matt on drums, Peter and …

Interview with an American in Abu Dhabi About Pork, Drugs, and Ski-Slope Shopping Malls

For those of us at NYU in New York, things like 4 am drunken cursing and vomiting into the gutter outside Third North are regularly scheduled parts of our weekends. But as NYU in Abu Dhabi is kicking off, American students and staff who have taken the plunge and moved to the Middle East are discovering that they might not have these types of cultural luxuries as we do back home.We …

Interview: TPM Associate Editor Ben Craw

We’ve got a special treat for you this morning: the NYU Local National section’s first-ever video interview! Cool beans! And for this special treat, we’ve got a very special guest: TPM Associate Editor Ben Craw, the guy behind all of those videos Charlie and I keep putting up at the top of our posts.Obligatory disclaimer, pseudo-apology: as you may have gathered, I’m not exactly an expert in the field of video interviews, and this one was done on my crappy …