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.
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
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
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.”
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!
If I asked you, “How does someone find out your race biologically?” what would you answer? Blood type? Bone structure? How is it possible to know someone’s race without looking at their skin?
Apparently, the answer is that there is no biological way to know. Underneath our skin there is no difference.
What is it like to undergo the Fall Recruitment process at NYU?
NYU has a relatively small Greek Life compared to many large schools, with around 3000 participants equating to about 13% of NYU’s student population. The recruitment process of rushing one of the eight sororities or the multiple multi-cultural chapters varies. The main Fall Recruitment process for seven of the eight sororities was held over two weekends.
NYU’s Bobst Library, officially the Elmer Holmes Bobst Library, is one of the main hubs of student life at NYU. According to NYU: “Bobst Library houses more than four million volumes, 235,000 serial titles, and over 40,000 linear feet of archives … The Library receives 10,000 visits per day and circulates 304,000 items annually. Bobst Library offers approximately 2,500 seats for student study.” And during finals week, each and every one of those seats are taken.
After more than fourteen years of first days, I would think that another one would be simple and easy. I was wrong. Still the night before the first day, I couldn’t fall asleep. What was I going to wear? Was my alarm clock going to go off? Should I make one slice of toast or two in the morning? I know that I am an anxious person, but I really shouldn’t have had anything to worry about!