By Brooke Jackson-Glidden, Features Editor
Let’s be honest: MTV has sort of lost its spark. Maybe it’s because mainstream music generally falls flat once you enter college (or leave the eighth grade). Maybe it’s because MTV rarely plays music anymore.
Regardless, the mtvU Woodie Awards, which celebrate the music “college students love,” may revive MTV’s image in the eyes of the pop-apathetic 20-somethings who haven’t watched an MTV music video since The Red Jumpsuit Apparatus and Lupe Fiasco dominated the airwaves.
The Woodies, a “people’s choice” anti-VMAs, will feature acts that are hard to disregard, including hip hop goddess Iggy Azalea and hipster gospel preacher Jack Antonoff. Azalea was nominated for her video “Bounce,” in which she tours the streets of Mumbai in ornate saris and gold spandex atop an elephant.
“It’s a very surreal video,” Azalea said in a phone interview. “Because the song didn’t have a narrative element to it, I wanted that escapism.”
Azalea released the music video for her song “Fancy” Tuesday, and is set to release her next album next month.
Azalea has been on the scene for the last two years, after moving to Miami alone when she was 16 and emerging as the girlfriend of rapper A$AP Rocky. The artist exposed her past in her single “Work,” released last year.
“It’s my journey into adulthood in that song,” Azalea said of “Work”. “That’s the part of my life being chronicled.”
“It’s about desperately wanting to get better at stuff,” Antonoff said. “I think that’s a more clear version of happiness that people can relate to. It’s not exactly being happy, but wanting to be happy…My only hope for Bleachers is that [he] reaches the people who need it.”
Azalea and Antonoff join artists like Bastille, Childish Gambino, James Blake, Disclosure and Lorde at the award show, which will air on March 16 for national audiences. Voting is still open for all of the categories including best college radio station, for which BU’s own WTBU is nominated.
By Stacy Schoonover, Staff Writer
With Spring Break only days away, school is the last thing students (myself included) want to think about. But staying on top of school during the break can really help your stress level and well being for the remainder of this semester. Here are some tips you can use to get ahead and use time wisely during spring break:
1. Look at your syllabi.
Find your syllabi for each class and focus on the next two weeks of classes after the break.
2. Make a list.
Write down the assignments, readings and homework for each class for these next two weeks.
3. Choose a few assignments to complete over break either from each class or from one or two classes.
Getting future readings done is a good use of time and they’re easy to do while lying on the beach, flying on a plane or riding in a car. If the readings are for the not-so-near future, take notes in the margins or on a laptop so that before the due date you can review what you read. It’s a real time saver!
4.Figure out when you’re going to accomplish your academic goals.
Instead of simply packing homework, plan ahead: allocate time to work. I usually pick one assignment per day. I know I’m going to the beach during my break, so I’m going to read a book for my International Relations class on those days. So, don’t let the work get in the way of your plans, but find a way to fit them in.
5. Find a way to reward yourself!
Getting even one assignment done during the break is an accomplishment in itself, so find a way to reward yourself. It’ll help motivate your studies.
Homework is important, but remember to also have fun. Spring Break should give students a breather from the busy life of a BU student. Get work done, but in the words of Donna and Tom from NBC’s “Parks and Recreation”, “treat yo self” to a fun week. We all deserve it!
By Sanah Faroke, Staff Writer
Typically for spring break, I go home. Don’t get me wrong, it’s actually amazing. I get to see my family and my friends and drive my own car and not deal with schoolwork and oh, did I tell you I’m from Miami? Basically, I live where everyone vacations. There’s the beach, the parties, the sun, the tan (except I’m already really tan so I hide under an umbrella). I can even wear flip flops, which is obviously a necessity.
The thing is, although I’m in paradise, I still think about all the work I have to do. I plan to apply for jobs this spring break (How much fun is that?). Well, it’s actually pretty exciting because I’m a nerd, who also plans to read for fun during spring break.
But the fact of the matter is, my mind still wanders back to my textbooks, my job apps, my laptop — and anxiety kicks in. I start to remember a time where the week before, I was in the freezing cold, always tired and stressed out and worrying, and you might as well put me in a mental hospital because I’m going ballistic. I freak out like any other normal college student and when it comes down to it, I basically planned my whole “vacation time” around doing work.
The thing is, we actually need to chill out.
This theory of taking breaks goes back to a study in 1999 by Wall Street insurance company New Century Global, who collaborated with the Cornell University Ergonomics Research Laboratory. In the 10-week study, they used a program to remind employees to keep good posture and take short breaks. Researchers found that the workers who took breaks were 13 percent more accurate in their work on average, while other workers who didn’t take breaks slipped up.
In another study published in the journal Cognition, researchers found that if people took short breaks, it would help them maintain focus without losing the quality of their work like it would if they worked overtime.
It’s not like I don’t take short breaks anyway, thanks to my BFF, the Internet.
Let’s be real, you know you take breaks all the time to watch Ellen DeGeneres because she’s hilarious. That’s a given, but seriously, watching those funny Parks and Rec clips do more than waste time — same goes for spring break. Yes, I know, it’s fun to dance on tables and ruin your liver, but remember, spring break is a much needed mental break. This week will actually help your concentration and help with your work performance after vacation. If you drink too much Corona and kill your brain cells, well, I don’t think I can help you there.
Either way, just “Don’t go cray on your vacay, brown suga.”
By Emily Overholt, Staff Writer
When is a joke dead? Is it when U.S. Health and Human Services tweets it?
Is it when GOP senators use it? Or is it when you can sell your house for a joke currency?
Yep. Coinye might be dead, Bitcoin might be mainstream, but a man in Wisconsin is selling his home for 100 million Dogecoins.
Based on the popular internet meme “Doge,” featuring a photo of a shiba inu and comic sans commentary, 1,000 Dogecoins amount to 97 cents. According to CNN, Matt Thompson should get $135,000 as long as the exchange rate holds steady.
And while holding the little used crypto-currency may seem like a bad idea to most of us, Thompson told CNN he thinks he can use it in his videogame and electronic resale business. Since he imports his wares from Asian markets online, he is likely to be able to put his Dogecoins to good use if he gets an offer.
If this sounds like a marketing plan (I mean, what could be more viral that doge?), you’re right. Thompson decided to accept the coins after his home had been on the market for three months with no offers, according to CNN.
The crypto-currency market is picking up, no longer only used by the deep web and Silk Road. Dogecoins in particular are popular among Reddit users. Not surprising since the online forum also made the meme popular. According to CNN, 100,000 users trade Dogecoins.
Still, I think I’d rather have a house on the market than a pocket full of much coin.
By Hannah Landers, Staff Writer
Awards season is the shining beacon of glamour and celebrity in an otherwise dismally dull late winter. With the pinnacle of the season – the 86th Academy Awards – happening Sunday, it’s getting harder to keep the excitement and ardor over who will win (and, equally important, what that winner will be wearing) in check. Keeping in mind that that excitement often turns to disappointment as the Academy inevitably chooses to bestow their honor on someone who (in your humble opinion) just isn’t up to snuff. Here are the official Muse Oscars predictions:
Best Writing – Adapted Screenplay
Ridley’s heartbreakingly compelling adaptation of Solomon Northup’s 1853 memoir blows all other competition out of the water. Plus, Ridley just bagged the USC Scripter award, which has predicted the Oscar sceenplay winner for five of the past six years (Sorry, “Up in the Air”).
Best Writing – Original Screenplay
With all of the powerhouses competing for Best Picture, Bob Nelson’s quiet little black-and-white story of the tumultuous but loving relationship between an aging alcoholic father and his adrift middle-aged son will, unfortunately, be lost in the shuffle—all the more reason it warrants the Oscar for its screenplay. Jonze will likely take home the prize, however, after wins at the Golden Globes and the Critics’ Choice Awards.
Best Actress in a Supporting Role
Who Should Win: Lupita Nyong’o for “12 Years a Slave”
Who Will Win: Lupita Nyong’o for “12 Years a Slave”
There is so much misery and suffering in Steve McQueen’s slavery drama – and rightly so – but the most captivatingly tragic figure is the young slave Patsey, played by Lupita Nyong’o with achingly terrific force.
Best Actor in a Supporting Role
Leto has swept the other awards in this category and most of the other contenders – with Fassy being the only possible exception – don’t hold a candle to his groundbreaking role and electric performance.
Best Actress in a Leading Role
Adams’ fiercely desperate performance was a highlight of over-hyped “Hustle,” but Blanchett has taken home pretty much every award she’s been nominated for, so an Oscar win for her is almost a certainty.
Best Actor in a Leading Role
Alright, alright, alright – There’s no stopping Hollywood’s favorite surfer from dominating the award shows this season, although veteran actor Ejiofor certainly deserves some kind of recognition for his heart-wrenching breakout performance.
“Gravity” was a stunning feat of technical brilliance and Cuarón earned his right to recognition for the film that required months of preparation, consultations with space experts and a shooting process that basically involved a more high-tech version of Photoshop-ing the actors’ faces and movements into a pre-animated sequence.
What Should Win: “12 Years a Slave”
What Will Win: “12 Years a Slave”
There’s been some buzz about “Gravity” for this category, but McQueen’s excruciating tale of free man-turned-slave Solomon Northup packs the kind of filmic impact that only makes an appearance every few decades.
By Stacy Schoonover, Staff Writer
If you have ambitions of starting a business and are in Boston University’s Entrepreneurship club, you’re on the right track! First time you’re hearing of it? Here’s some Q and A on the club to get you started:
Q: What is it?
A: E-Club acts as a networking organization and advances dreams of aspiring undergraduates. From meeting with successful entrepreneurs to sharing ideas with one another, the club is an easy way to build relationships with those in the small business world and start new business adventures.
Q: What does the E-Club do?
A: The club has bi-weekly meetings, holds seminars and has annual events. The club’s main event is what is known as the “Start-Up Weekend.” It’s a three-day affair in the ballroom of the School of Management where students have the ability to create prototypes for businesses, share ideas and converse with business owners and creators.
Q: Is the club successful?
A: Yes! Many club members have started their own start-ups, and used their skills learned to help them achieve. In face, here are a few students who’ve gotten into the entrepreneurial spirit and succeeded:
Basheglia founded the E-Club, and went on to co-found and serve as current CEO of Tap Lab, a social mobile gaming company. He recently returned to BU to speak with the E-Club about his successes and how the club helped him in his career.
McEwen, a senior in the College of Engineering, works for Dorm Room Fund’s Boston team, a great example of student venture capitalism that invests in student’s start-up ideas. Dorm Room Fund’s goal is to support and inspire more careers in the start-up industry by helping students take their ideas from their dorm room into the market.
Esteban da Cruz:
Da Cruz, current E-Club president, currently works part time at a Yoga studio as well as at local start-up company as an intern. In addition, he just went out on an interview for a start-up in Boston. Da Cruz acts as a mentor for the members by giving them advice and holding office hours where members can get one-on-one help.
For more information on BU’s E-Club, find them on Twitter and Facebook. In addition, McEwen encourages students looking for funding on their start-up ideas to fill out the Dorm Room Fund application on their website.
Take advantage of these links! If you want to turn your ideas into moneymaking corporations, E-Club is the place to be.
By Sanah Faroke, Staff Writer
I’m addicted to coffee. The first time I had a drop of coffee, I think the world literally stopped for a split second. It was earth shattering. Now, when I wake up, I can’t live without coffee. And I’m not alone, it is a $30 billion industry after all.
No, but really: If I don’t have a cup of coffee, I’ll have an extreme migraine. I can’t function, I can’t think, I can’t formulate sentences, I can’t even eat (just kidding, I can always eat). The point is, I’m actually addicted.
The problem is, as if an addiction isn’t a problem in itself, is that even when I have my fourth venti from Starbucks, I still manage to get headaches.
Is it because I spend the wee hours of the night cramming for bio exams, running around interviewing people while under deadlines and constantly reading literature texts with little to no decipherment? Well, BU wouldn’t be BU if it didn’t make its students go crazy. In between all of my work, I have nervous breakdowns. My eye twitches, knots form on my back and the headache creeps back in. No amount of coffee will help, and coffee is from the heavens. It’s the stress I tell you! But actually, Dr. Sara Schramm proves it really is the source of headaches.
According to a study released last week, researchers found that people who have more stress in their lives have more headaches than someone who spends their day on the sofa with their cat. Schramm, the lead researcher from the University of Duisburg-Essen, based her findings off of 5,000 participants in Germany for two years.
Schramm characterizes the level of headaches into four categories: tension headaches, migraines, a combination of both and unclassifiable headaches (I’d add caffeine headaches, but that’s just me). Participants deciphered how many headaches they had during check-ins and rated their stress level from zero to 100 based on a stress measurement scale.
Those with tension headaches, which are the most common, rated their stress at 52 out of 100, while volunteers with migraines said their stress level was 62 out of 100.
There’s always Advil, but why bother with it when there are ways to lower our stress level? Some people run, some do yoga and others sleep. I’m a little less conventional. I’ll drive to the mall, pick up a cup of coffee and head to Brookstone. I eye the room for the closest massage chair and literally sit in one for 30 minutes. Then I scour the store to buy something small so I don’t feel guilty, but guess what, it works (the employees sometimes give me dirty looks, but who cares? I got the best (free) massage #iaintgotnoworries).
So take some time out of studying and relax. I’ll work on my caffeine addiction headaches next, but I can’t fully quit. Fine, we can talk about it sometime over coffee.
By Emily Overholt, Staff Writer
Oh Convenience Points. The magical currency of terriers all over Commonwealth Ave. While they’re great for snagging some late night Domino’s or some overpriced shampoo in City Convenience, there are some things you just can’t get. Despite being sold in places that accept the points that you bought on your iPhone a minute before getting to the cash register, you won’t be walking away with any of these:
They sell them in the City Convenience on West Campus, but you aren’t allowed to use your Monopoly money to get both those chasers and your weekend pack of smokes. It’s probably for the best though, one pack costs more than a small pizza these days.
In the biggest moment of irony, the BU Pub proudly displays a “we accept convenience points” tag on the backside of the beer tap, but the bartenders can get pretty testy when you don’t have cash on hand to pay for your lager. It’s okay though, at least you can get a sandwich in the proximity of a Blue Moon when you’re low on real funds.
3. Scratch Lottery Tickets
Another City Co. item that just isn’t meant to be. Just think of the pure profit of buying a scratcher with points and winning real money. You could go to the Pub and get a beer then.
As if the current Hockey East standings weren’t enough to make you mad at Boston College (they’re ranked #1 compared to BU’s #10), the BC version of Convenience Points, “Eagle Points,” get them a cab ride as well. But then again if I had to go out in Chestnut Hill I’d make the school subsidize it too.
5. Papa John’s Pizza
RIP good breadsticks…
By Joe Incollingo, Staff Writer
Speaking of swallowing until you burst: Tuesday night, Detroit Golf Club chef Kyle Hanley served a 10-course tasting menu to only 36 participants at the Elizabeth Theater above Detroit’s Park Bar. To make things more interesting, the food choices are based on and accompanied by Radiohead’s 2000 album “Kid A.”
It seems like Hanley was inspired by New York restaurant Brucie after they came up with a Beyoncé themed Valentine’s day menu earlier this month. Contrary to Brucie’s menu, Hanley’s was less about a play on words and more about the moods one might think of when listening to the sounds of Radiohead.
Costing $125 a seat, the meal begins with “pan-seared diver scallop with yuzu fluid gel, fried cellophane noodle, lemongrass ponzu and chili oil” set to “Everything in Its Right Place,” and wraps up with a “mousse duo with blackberry pâte de fruit” to accompany “Motion Picture Soundtrack”
Hanley’s already hinted that he wants to make this a regular event with other albums every month, but if you can’t wait, then here are some other meals you can eat to your favorite album:
1. Simon & Garfunkel’s “Sounds of Silence“: Black coffee and chicken soup
2. Bruce Springsteen’s “Born in the U.S.A.“: A patty melt on rye with fries and a Coke
3. Beyoncé’s “Beyoncé“: Diamond-crusted tuna tartare, followed by 22 days of hummus
4. Vampire Weekend’s “Vampire Weekend”: Bodega potato chips, paired with an ironic cocktail “invented” by your friend Levi
5. Cobra Starship’s “¡Viva la Cobra!”: Ultra Blue Monster Energy drink and spicy ramen
6. The Beatles’ “Revolver“: Piping-hot beef Wellington from the England section of Epcot
7. The Smiths’ “The Queen Is Dead“: Cold beef Wellington from a dark, dank Manchester pub, served with a side of cigarettes
8. Kanye West’s “Yeezus“: Gorilla steak au poivre, paired with a 1978 Henri Jayer Richebourg Grand Cru ($19,767.79/bottle)
9. Daft Punk’s “Discovery“: Bagel Bites
By Sanah Faroke, Staff Writer
Before I went to school and before I had any friends, my mom was my best friend. We used to play Mario Kart and Street Fighter, which I would always win (probably because she just pressed a bunch of buttons and hoped she wouldn’t spin out on a banana peel or get knocked out).
When it came to games like Monopoly, I’d lose. Unless I use a calculator, I’m not playing. Scrabble? I probably shouldn’t use a dictionary, right? And then there was the Memory game. It was one of my favorites, but I’ve learned (and this is still a problem), my memory sucks.
I could never remember where the other picture of the dumb boy sticking his tongue out at me was. It was like he was taunting me and I’d panic and blank out. If I lost — which happened more than I’d like to admit — I’d cry, like the big baby I was. Then my mom would take pity on me, flip some cards over and we’d play again.
A study published earlier this month in the Journal of Neuroscience explains that our loss of memory is actually our memories getting rewritten.
Donna Jo Bridge, a postdoctoral fellow in medical social sciences at Northwestern University’s Feinberg School of Medicine, conducted a study where 17 volunteers played a memory game. They had to remember where an object was placed on a computer screen with different backgrounds. Once the original background was changed, and participants had to place where the object was, they continuously got it wrong. When they were asked to locate the object in the original place after seeing it in different places on three different backgrounds, they would get that wrong too. The results of the study makes me feel a little better about my childhood.
The good news is, when researchers instructed for volunteers to put the object in a different location that was not the original spot, for some reason the subjects could then remember the original location of the object.
So what this study can infer is that the hippocampus (the area of the brain that deals with our memories) can decide what is important and can build upon that original memory or change it. It makes total sense. I say that I have selective memory just because I can remember in vivid detail in kindergarten when a bully (I won’t name any names) stole my Purell hand sanitizer and then filled it with soap and water and put it in my lunch box. Yup, never letting that go. But there are (multiple) times when I meet a group of people and instantaneously, I forget their names. Yeah, yeah, sue me.
But there are also times when this selective memory can benefit us.
Thanks to the hippocampus, our memory of the past can be altered subconsciously. Think of your ex-boyfriend. Don’t you kind of hate him? Well good. He was a jerk anyway. But if our memory actually remembered all the good things that happened, you’d probably never be able to get over the guy who played you. We tend to focus on the bad instead of that first kiss under a shooting star. Because we focus on the bad, our memory alters toward that, which helps us move on. Can I get an amen?
So although we can remember something from our past, and think we remember it exactly how it went down, it’s possible that we’ve altered our memories. Maybe that bully in kindergarten gave me dirty looks all through grade school because I told on her… or maybe she just had the sun in her eyes? Come to think of it, she made the same face indoors. #hatersgonnahate