Tuesday, April 15, 2014

Thoughts on the Lack of Outrage Following the James Franco Scandal

by Clara Butler

James Franco's behavior still matters, regardless of his apology.
By now, the media has shrugged off the fact that James Franco tried to solicit sex from a minor. He has appeared on numerous shows since then, even SNL, and ever since his confession that “Social media is tricky,” no one seems to care that he could have potentially committed a felony, one that could have landed him on a sex offender registry. But why has the media, and the public, deemed his almost-crime acceptable? My opinion is that acts like these have become so normalized within our society that we are already onto the next news story by the end of the week.

Franco’s scandal isn’t the first time that a celebrity has used their influence to try and coerce someone into an act that they weren’t comfortable with, nor was it the first time to try and commit such an act with a minor. In fact, this isn’t the first time this has occurred THIS YEAR. A few weeks back, women took to Tumblr to expose some very influential YouTubers that had engaged in abusive behavior and manipulative relationships. Some of the girls were minors, and some reported putting up with it since they looked up to these men as idols and role models. Similar to the 17-year old who posted her text conversation with Franco on the Internet, these women stood up and shed light on their abusers rather than sinking into the shadows. But even then they were called names, threatened, and many were quick to protect the YouTube idols that could do no wrong in their eyes.

Sunday, April 13, 2014

Why Every Barnard Student Should Be Watching Veep

by Laura K. Garrison

Where are my Veeple people?
Tonight, girls around campus will share HBO GO passwords and crowd around lounge televisions to watch the continuing saga that is the fourth season of Game of Thrones and the season seven premiere of Mad Men. Afterwards, they will return to their last-minute homework, plan for L-course signup, and eventually try to get some sleep for the busy week ahead. Unfortunately, these students will be missing out on one of the funniest, and most underrated, television shows currently on air: HBO's Veep, starring Seinfeld's Julia Louis-Dreyfus, My Girl's Anna Chlumsky, and Arrested Development's Tony Hale. Veep has been well-received by critics, garnering numerous awards including two Emmys for Julia Louis-Dreyfus and one for Tony Hale.

Season three of Veep premiered last Sunday, as Vice President Selina Meyer (Louis-Dreyfus) stopped in Iowa during her book tour for Some New Beginnings: Our Next American Journey. Her bumbling staff is back in DC for the wedding of her Director of Communications, Mike McLintock (Matt Walsh), and the President (unknown, but referred to as POTUS) is forced to make a major announcement after a social media-related mishap by Jonah Ryan (Timothy Simons), the annoying White House liaison to the Vice President. Though off to a bit of a slow start, season three promises a bright future for the Veep's political career, including a possible presidential campaign, new staff members, and continued rivalries with some of Washington's most influential men.

Every Barnard student should watch Veep, a true lesson in women's strength and leadership.

Friday, April 11, 2014

#throwBACCHANAL: Who Are These People?

by Kiani Ned

This Saturday, the long awaited (??) #THROWBACCHANAL will be happening on Low Steps at 1pm. Are you ready to jam along? I didn’t think so...because who even are these people? I’ve prepared a quick study guide for those of you not familiar with what Columbia will be serving us come Saturday afternoon and a little reminder for those of you who are. Get ready to #throwback!

The Openers:

California Love is composed of Taylor Simone and Josh Mac, both CC ‘14. I actually know these people. They’re really cool people. These individuals met in high school in… you guessed it… Los Angeles, California! Simone’s velvety yet energetic R&B vibes and Mac’s effortlessly cool and laid-back rap style will definitely remind us of the West Coast and hopefully evoke some southern California weather vibes….

Here is Taylor’s most recent project-- a video for her song "Greedy":

Wednesday, April 9, 2014

7 Off-Campus Places to Study Now That Spring is Officially Here

by Danielle Owen

With the temperature rising and the end of the semester coming up quickly, now’s the best time to make the most of your remaining time in New York City while also being productive. Grab a classmate and check out some of these places for your next study session:

Bank of America Atrium, 1 Bryant Park

Bringing the outdoors in.

Outside the Steven A. Schwarzman Building (The New York Public Library), 
5th Avenue at 42nd Street

The weather is too nice to be stuck inside any library, no matter how beautiful.

Monday, April 7, 2014

Hobby Lobby Remains Willfully Ignorant About Lady Parts

by Danielle Owen

… And people say that sex education isn’t important. The US Supreme Court will soon provide a ruling on Hobby Lobby’s appeal that Obamacare infringes upon the corporation’s “religious freedom," or rather, their right to force their religious beliefs on their female employees. The lesser version of superior craft store Michaels has claimed that Obamacare’s birth control coverage mandate is “forcing them to violate the law or violate their belief that life begins at conception – a choice no company should have to make.” Apparently, not a single person in the entire corporation knows how to use Google, otherwise it would have taken them five minutes to realize that neither regular birth control nor emergency contraception has anything at all to do with abortion.

Friday, April 4, 2014

This Weekend: Pillow Fights and Arts Festivals

by Mariah Castillo

These past few days have been chaotic, both as students and as New Yorkers patiently waiting for spring to permanently arrive. All this rain makes me want to cuddle up in my room and hide under the blankets forever. According to several weather forecasts, however, the sun will really come out tomorrow and Sunday, just in time for two big events going down in the city!

MoCCA Fest 2014
The Museum of Comics and Cartoon Art and the Society of Illustrators are hosting their annual MoCCA Arts Festival this Saturday and Sunday. There will be plenty of artist booths and panels to look out for, along with goodies from independent artists. I personally didn’t know any of the guests of honor for this year by name except for one, Alison Bechdel (of Dykes to Watch Out For and  creator of the Bechdel Test). On Sunday evening, six MoCCA Fest Awards of Excellence will be handed out. The six entries are decided upon by a jury of famous cartoonists and illustrators. All the entries that the judges chose in the initial survey will be in Columbia’s Rare Book and Manuscript Library in its MoCCA Arts Festival Collection, so you won’t completely miss out if you can’t go.

Location: 69th Regiment Armory (Lexington Ave. between 25th and 26th Streets)
Admission: $5. You can buy at the door, cash and card accepted. (You can get in for both days and get a lot of swag for a fraction of the price of a Comic Con ticket!)
For more information, check out their Facebook page or website.

Thursday, April 3, 2014

The HIMYM Finale: How I Met Your Mother But Then She Died so I Banged Your Aunt Robin

by Katherine Aliano Ruiz

Too bad the finale wasn't nearly this satisfying.
I’m a sucker for parallels, so in theory, the final scene of How I Met Your Mother’s series finale where Robin opened her window, looked out and saw Ted with the blue French horn while uplifting music played in the background should have made me absolutely giddy. It didn’t. At all.

What makes me truly irate isn’t the fact that Ted and Robin got together in the end; it was how rushed and wrong it felt. A whole season surrounded Robin and Barney’s wedding, with the characters constantly reiterating the strength and endurance of their love only to have them divorce in the span of twenty minutes. Meanwhile, Ted and the Mother were going strong throughout the entire finale until its very last moments. I really, genuinely loved Tracy (the Mother), and I loved her and Ted together. For the first time, Ted Mosby, chronic sufferer of Nice Guy Syndrome, was in a mature, adult relationship where he didn’t idealize the woman he was with and didn’t try to fix her in any way. And then she died. The writers spent nine years crafting a story around the Mother, only to have her be a plot device that would simultaneously allow Ted to have the children Robin never wanted to give him and get her out of the way so Ted could end up with Robin. Yes, ladies and gentlemen, it’s 2014 and women are still being used as plot devices.

Tuesday, April 1, 2014

Macarons in New York City

by Zoe Baker-Peng

So many macarons, so little time.
I welcomed Thursday March 20th not only because it was the first day of Spring but also because it was the return of Macaron Day. Macaron Day NYC began in 2010, organized by Fran├žois Payard, the chef and owner of FP Patisserie and Fran├žois Payard Bakery. Inspired by Jour du Macaron in Paris, Macaron Day is devoted entirely to the celebration of the French delicacy – les macarons – and many participating bakeries/patisseries donate a portion of the day’s profits to City Harvest charity. If you want to learn more about what a macaron is (and how it differs from a macaroon) as well as how to make them, watch the video on the Macaron Day website.

Why was I so excited? The key part of Macaron Day is that participating locations give out a free macaron to customers! Having missed Macaron Day my first year in NYC (not by choice or accident), I was determined to make the most of my day this year. I planned my macaron excursion around the city by looking at the map of participating locations on the website and decided to work my way downtown. I knew that most locations had a limited amount so I had to hit the streets bright and early, keen and ready for my macaron reviewing and eating.

If you missed Macaron Day this year, keep an eye out for it in March next year but, no matter the time of year, it is always worth knowing where to find the best macarons in the city. Here is my Macaron Day story with the places that I visited and a short review on each one.

Wednesday, March 26, 2014

Take Me Out to the Ball Game: Mets and Yankees Student Tickets

by Molly Scott

Baseball and blue skies mean spring is here!
Going to college in the amazing city of New York provides us with a lot of awesome opportunities to take advantage of what the city has to offer at a relatively cheap price. Museum admission, concert, and theater ticket discounts are relatively popular - but there’s one hidden gem (especially for sports fans) for students in NYC that’s not quite as popular: cheap tickets to Yankees and Mets games. Spring training is almost over for these two teams and cheap tickets to many of their home games are available as soon as next week. Going to a Yankees or Mets game is a classic New York experience that you have to do before you graduate!

Mets tickets are only $10 at the ticket window on the day of the game and can be purchased online. Citi Field (where the Mets play) is located in Queens and you can get there via the 7 train, which departs from the 42nd Street/Times Square subway station. The ride in itself is pretty cool because for the majority of the ride you are above ground and can see some amazing views of Manhattan and Queens. The ride takes a little less than an hour (get on the express 7 train if you can, look for the red diamond). Get off at Mets-Willets Point.

Tuesday, March 25, 2014

Transitioning Your Wardrobe: Winter to Spring

By Clara Butler

As we get more of those, “Oh my god it’s so warm out!” days, it’s important to subtly include pieces in your closet that will at least put you in the spring mindset, even if the snow seems to keep falling….

Jackets: It’s time to ditch that cozy, comforter-like puffer for something a little lighter and a whole lot more stylish. I love spring jackets because not only are there so many different styles to choose from, but you can even play with different fabrics like leather or an animal print. Spring also means shorter lengths in your coats so rather than hitting your thigh, these coats fit at your waist, the perfect height for layering over a spring dress or some cute jeans that won’t have to be tucked into snow boots.

Puffy CoatVarsity JacketGreen and Leather Jacket ($16 right now!)Moto Jacket

Wednesday, March 12, 2014

Superman: Lois Lane #1

by Mariah Castillo

When I heard that Lois Lane was getting her own one-shot I had two reactions. The first one was a big "YAY!" I’ve felt that Lois has been pushed around in the new continuity in DC, and having this come out after years of not having her own series was great. My second reaction was, “Just a one-shot?” Lois Lane, arguably the most well-known female character in comics, was only getting a measly one-shot? Come on!

Anyways, last week on a midnight comic book run I finally got hold of Superman: Lois Lane #1. The title is a step up from Superman’s Girlfriend Lois Lane (maybe DC would have made it so if they *spoilers* were actually dating in this continuity), but honestly, they should have removed the "Superman" part since he really only made an appearance in one page. She’s Lois Lane, dammit; she doesn’t need Superman to be the kickass reporter she is!


Tuesday, March 11, 2014

Crocheting Isn't Only for Old People

by Manuela Hiches

When I first learned how to crochet, it was my aunt's mother who had insisted on teaching me. In fact, her idea of a good time was to invite all the 'younglings' over to her house for a crochet gathering so to speak. We weren't all very fond of it, I know I wasn't. I used to think it was such a bore that I had to waste my time doing something that was meant for old people. I admit too that crocheting didn't become a hobby for me right off the bat. I disliked it very much and stopped doing it for years.
A new hobby, perhaps?

When I finally picked up crocheting again, it was on a whim. My mom always bought my winter hats for me, and don't get me wrong I did love them, but it wasn't quite the hat I really wanted to wear. Thus, I decided to stop searching for the hat and start making my own winter hats. It couldn't be too hard, could it?

When I first started the hat, it was slightly frustrating to remember everything my aunt's mother had taught me so many years ago but eventually I caught on. I was a bit iffy about the hat when I finished it because my family told me it was big on me but I loved the hat regardless. I mean, I made it with my own hands! There's honestly something special about being able to make something with your own hands and then be able to see the end result after much work. I finished the hat in two day since I had nothing else to do but crochet (I know, what an exciting life); in fact, I decided to make another one with a different pattern. It was a bit unfortunate that I finished the hat in the same time as the first but I was just glad that I had two brand new hats that fit me.

Monday, March 10, 2014

And In Other News...

by Mariah Castillo

Stay informed Barnard.
As of the time I am writing this article, I’ve been at Barnard for one year, six months, and sixteen days including NSOP, and while I can say it’s been an overall wonderful experience, my biggest gripe with my time here is that MoHi is basically a sanitized bubble, blissfully away from what’s happening in the world. Add to that the busy schedules of students, the spotty internet connection, and the fact that you have to pay for cable in your room, we might see students who don’t even have a clue of what’s going on outside our little zip codes of 10025 and 10027. While yes, news about things going on around campus is important, why should we limit ourselves to that? In this day and age, it’s pretty easy to find out what’s going on via our Facebook feeds and the blogosphere, so there’s practically no excuse to not have even a little inkling of the world beyond Barnard. With that being said, here are several events that have happened in the past two weeks. If you want to skip straight to the more lighthearted news, go right ahead.

You have to be cut off from the world in practically every way to not even know that something is going down. Here’s a little background to the crisis: In November 2013, the cabinet of President Viktor Yanukovych abandoned an agreement with the European Union that would have strengthened trade ties between Ukraine and the EU. A little before this suspension, Ukraine’s Parliament rejected a bill that would have allowed opposition leader and former Prime Minister Yulia Tymoshenko to leave the country for medical treatment, one of the stipulations of the EU-Ukraine trade agreement. Instead of signing this agreement with the EU, Ukraine strengthened its ties to Russia, and protests started. Later that month, protests started to grow, and on November 24, an estimated 100,000 people gathered in Kiev, the biggest since the Orange Revolution almost ten years prior (Fun Fact: the Orange Revolution came about when reports of the 2004 presidential election being rigged surfaced; the winner of said election was Yanukovych!).

Friday, March 7, 2014

10 Reasons You Should Watch Orphan Black

by Danielle Owen

Season two of BBC America’s critically acclaimed sci-fi series Orphan Black is slated to premiere on April 19th. If you’re all caught up on House of Cards and Game of Thrones, but you still have a little extra procrastinating to do, season one of Orphan Black should be your next TV binge spree. Here’s why:

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