Rhino Poaching in South Africa

Rhino Poaching in South Africa

In the early twentieth century, rhino populations in Africa and Asia had an approximate worldwide population of 500,000. By 2011, the Western black rhino had been declared extinct by the International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN) and only 29,000 rhinos exist in the wild in total.

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Kruger National Park, South Africa (videos)

The Ranger from our visits in the Sabi Sands Game Reserve of Kruger National Park suggested that I use my GoPro to film footage of dangerous, predatory species by sticking my hand out of the safety of the vehicle close to the eye-level of the animal. This is what happened. (Surprisingly neither the leopard nor the lions even ate me).

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Kruger National Park, South Africa

Kruger National Park is one of the largest game reserves in Africa and covers an area of 7,523 sq. mi. The park is part of the Kruger to Canyons Biosphere, an area designated by the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) as an International Man and Biosphere Reserve.

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So What Are You Studying Exactly?

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Everyone who is in university or knows someone in university knows that one of the first questions asked is “What are you studying?” Everyone majoring in Metropolitan Studies at New York University knows that the response is a complicated yet rehearsed one. Instead of the straightforward response many have such as Politics, Math, Literature, or the sciences, I believe that Metropolitan Studies was designed to strike a conversation. Read more

Go Greek with ZTA

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With only a few weeks left until Fall 2015 sorority recruitment begins, I started thinking about all the reasons I am glad I went through the recruitment process at NYU just one year ago. I decided to rush my sophomore year and it was one of the best decisions I’ve made. It not only made a large school a little bit smaller, but allowed me to meet my best friends at NYU and get involved with my school, community, and numerous organizations.  Read more

NYC: A City of Violent Activism?

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NYU students protesting “Black Lives Matter” during Finals Week, Dec. 2014

New York City tends to be a place of social movements, especially downtown NYC. In New York City, activists pester pedestrians, constantly trying to find the next person kind enough to answer questions, simply listen to the cause, or donate some money. If you live in Manhattan and don’t buy your organic groceries at Whole Foods or Trader Joes, you’re not really a Manhattanite. If you wear genuine fur during the seemingly infinite winter months, a PETA activist may throw paint on you during your leisurely walk through the streets. This is the picture that many people have of someone who lives in NYC, but it is not always the reality. While it is true that these events happen, not every Manhattanite is a green-smoothie drinking, paint-throwing activist that will only talk about the latest protest they participated in. Read more

What is So Great About Cities Anyways?

There are city-people and country-people, and these categories are usually very distinct and separated. City-dwellers often dislike the country-side because everything is too far away from each other and there are not enough store options or places to go. Country-people don’t enjoy the chaos of a big city and often find themselves lost and overwhelmed trying to navigate the metro or choosing which of the numerous sit-down restaurants to stop at. Jane Jacobs separates these two categories as “foot people” and “car people,” those who walk everywhere (city-people) and those who can only manage to get places by car (countryside-dwellers). People who do not live in bit cities can often not imagine what it would be like to live in one, while people like me cannot imagine what it must be like to not be able to Seamless at 3am or take public transportation to every place I need to go. Read more