Confronting Fordham: S.A.G.E.S.’ Fight for Healthcare and Free Speech

Until recently, students at Fordham University knew Fordham SAGES (Students for Sex and Gender Equity and Safety) primarily for the “condom drops” they have been conducting since the beginning of the school year. But at the beginning of the month, the previously-anonymous group went public as they delivered a petition with over 1,200 student signatures…
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Making Lincoln Center What It Is Today

Walking through Lincoln Center today, one is surrounded by endless artistic venues such as theaters, art galleries, dancing schools, and performing arts clubs. Lincoln Center is home to household names such as the Juilliard School for the Performing Arts, the Walter Reade Theater, the Metropolitan Opera House, Fordham University, and the David Rubenstein Atrium. Every…
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Appreciating vs. Appropriating: Where to Draw the Line

Appropriation of a given culture’s art, music, and space is often viewed as inappropriate appropriation when it is done disingenuously. Aspects of a given group in society can be culturally appropriated (i.e. music, art, traditions, customs) as well as spatially appropriated. Unwanted infiltration and appropriation of another culture’s “space” happens constantly in many urban, ethnic…
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Collegiate Escapism: A DocuDrama

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=PkiA8wVeoBY We all have our habits that help us deal with the stress of every-day life, whether it’s a quiet walk after a big meeting or a drink at the end of a long day. These are dramatic readings of interviews with college students, arguably one of the most highly stressed demographics in the country.…
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An Independent Bookstore Manifesto: Let Them Read Books

Unoppressive and Non-Imperialist Bargain Books, located on 34 Carmine St in the West Village, is a bookstore for the people. It arms the sans-culottes of New York City with intellectual weaponry that they don’t need to purchase through imperialistic companies. The bookstore’s website declares its mission: “NYC-based specialty bargain bookstore dealing in highly curated art,…
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The Sea of Green: A Closer Look at a Rooftop Farm and Restaurant in New York’s Greenwich Village

Expectation I sought out Rosemary’s, an Italian restaurant in the West Village, for its rooftop garden and locavore-friendly fare. As a vegetarian and gardener myself, I must admit my weakness for these types of modern, local foodie establishments and penchant for paying the often high premium that comes with them. My short walk from the…
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Dependence and Influence: A Look into Artists’ Relationships with Intoxicants

Lady Gaga, while recording her newest album, ARTPOP (2013), hinted that she had used various kinds of drugs to help boost her creativity. Multiple songs on her album allude to drug use – some subtly, others explicitly (“Mary Jane Holland,” “Dope,” and “Jewels n’ Drugs”). In an interview with Elvis Duran, the host of U.S.…
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Balancing Two Identities: What it Means to be Chinese in the United States

Strategically located between Centre and Lafayette Street in New York City, the Museum of Chinese in America (MOCA) faces both cultural Chinatown and Little Italy. While the museum is inside of an early 1900’s industrial building, the sustainable materials used to create the space and interior architecture reflect the fusion of history and modernity. The…
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The Brooklyn Barbie

Introducing Brooklyn Barbie: With a cozy beanie atop her tousled tresses she is ready for a crisp fall afternoon in Williamsburg! She wears thick-framed glasses, pre-muddied combat boots, and a worn out flannel. Each Barbie wears a unique t-shirt with an ironic, provocative statement on it. She is radical, rebellious, and different from all other…
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Wifredo Lam: The Modern Day Avant-Garde

Usually hanging up at New York City’s Museum of Modern Art (MoMA) is The Jungle, a famous piece by artist Wifredo Lam. This masterpiece usually hangs alongside Picasso’s Les Demoiselle d’Avignon. The placement of these two pieces seems fitting, as Picasso had a major influence on Lam’s work, and helped shape him into a modern day avant-garde painter. Lam, an Afro-Cuban painter,…
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