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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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

End of the Year

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This weekend seeing my extended family I realized exactly how quickly this past year has gone. “You just ended your freshman year,” my aunts and uncles would ask, and I would have to respond that no, surprisingly I just finished my sophomore year. They would then say how quickly it passed and asked how my year was. I would close my eyes and think about a few memories and smile back, responding “Really, it was great.”

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NYDM

NYDM

Since bid-day at the end of September, I had been hearing about NYDM, or the Dance Marathon at NYU. “It’s 12 hours straight of dancing!” and “it’s so much fun to dance in it, you have to go!” I didn’t really know what it was, except this fun event where you dance for 12 hours straight to fundraise for something. Next thing I knew, sign-ups were going out and I read that we would get ZTA fanny packs. Sign me up, I thought. Free fanny packs and dancing for 12 hours just to raise money? It seemed easy. Flash forward to the 11th hour and 55th minute of dancing and I realized two things: dancing for 12 hours is not as easy as it seems, and everyone was right, NYDM was a blast!

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Non-Conformity to Fall Fashion

Christmas decorations are being set up on the Walgreens in Astor Place. Ice skating rinks are starting to open. It could start snowing in a few weeks. It was in the 50’s in New York City this past week. I still refuse to wear a jacket until November.

Ice-Skating last early November in Central Park
Ice-Skating last early November in Central Park

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Breast Cancer Awareness

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About 1 in 8 women will be diagnosed with breast cancer in their lifetime and breast cancer is the most common cancer among women. Unfortunately breast cancer affects all our lives. As everybody should know, October is Breast Cancer Awareness month, and breast cancer awareness is Zeta Tau Alpha’s philanthropy!

Throughout October, Zetas partner with the National Football League to distribute pink awareness ribbons at NFL stadiums across the country, and with Susan G. Komen® to sponsor the Survivor Program at Races for the Cure®.

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