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, and we ought to act like it. To no one’s surprise, he also teaches “Art Now: Ancient Tradition, Radical Change,” which reveals how to vision quest-dream using values embedded by American Indian ideologies and cultures.

Dr. Ruhe is grown from an academic garden that boasts art theory, naval history, and advanced nuclear physics, a selection you might expect from a Gallatin professor. And like these credentials, the path that he took to reach NYU is also far from traditional. Read more…

‘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 of your combo rice platter free of charge because… why not?

Popular among the on-campus students living at U-Hall, Palladium and Founders, he’s even started taking orders on his phone so that nobody would have to wait outside in the cold for too long. And, last night, he unveiled the latest addition to his menu: curry chicken; and, once his other cook comes back from vacation in around a month or so, they’ll introduce chicken briyani.

You heard it here first. Another installment of our white/hot sauced miniseries, ‘Who’s That Halal Guy?‘ Let’s go.

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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 States, holds much of the responsibility.

Last week, Parenti published a controversial op-ed in the Huffington Post in which he called out 350.org and climate activist Bill McKibben’s Do the Math campaign. The popular campaign aims to pressure universities, pension funds, and churches into divesting from the fossil fuel industry, but Parenti argued that a divestment campaign, while great for mobilizing the masses, isn’t going to hit the industry where it hurts.

We spoke to Parenti about his arguments against the Do the Math campaign, Tropic of Chaos, his response to Hurricane Sandy, and why pressuring and working with the government should be the climate justice movement’s top priority. Tonight, Parenti will speak at NYU, and you should check it out. Read more…

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 the overwhelming security that love exists on AmEX terms. Read more…

The Bookmark Is Back

Spring has sprung and The Bookmark is back for a second edition. We talked to a few people around campus to see what they’re reading as they enjoy the weather.

 Name: James Legris Major: Sophomore studying English Location: Stern Plaza

What are you reading right now?

Housekeeping by Marilynne Robinson.

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

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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. In his most recent film, 18 Slash Stainless (which can be viewed above), former NYU student Russell Carter plays the role of a crazed young man with a strange obsession for following strangers. The young director describes 18 Slash Stainless as a “goodbye video” for his friend, who has left NYU to pursue an acting career in Los Angeles. While Seb Som is only a freshman, his talent is undeniable, and something to watch out for. Read more…

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 was first inspired, when I saw Emma Thompson’s ‘Journey’exhibit last November. I saw these huge traincars and I had no idea what I was getting myself into. I just remembered being so overwhelmed, and I just needed to latch onto something. I needed some sort of centering, to figure out more about it, and how I could get involved. Lauren was involved with ACT.

Lauren Kalogridis: Out of all the clubs [involved with human rights], I stuck with ACT, mainly because there were so few people, so it was really intimate. It was more discussion based, but the events they would have were big.

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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 was Maguire.

What’s your relation like with the Bobcat? Do you guys ever bro out together?

We’re good friends. However there is a small rivalry. At last year’s Relay, I won NYU’s favorite mascot. And then Bobcat and I got into some minor dance offs last year at Strawberry Fest. Read more…

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, MUMBLECORE, and HEROIN) within the next several months. Despite the off-putting nature of minimal editing and filming from a Macbook, MDMA is an entertaining brain bender that features the couple ingesting drugs, accidentally taking the subway to Brooklyn and interviewing each other while riding the Toys R’ Us Ferris wheel—which leads me to believe that their drug induced adventures are far from over. After watching the film, I had the chance to ask the pair about their creative processes, upcoming releases, and the future of MDMAfilms. Read more…

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 Maura sing and play guitar (when she’s not playing the keyboard) to create a garage-pop mosaic of snappy rhythms, charming harmonization, and poignant lyrics about girls, love, and friendship. Luckily NYU Local got the chance to ask the quartet about their formation, label, and what to expect from their upcoming release. Read more…