By Katrina Uy, Staff Writer
Just how far are you willing to go to find Mr. Right or the girl of your wildest dreams?
A controversial new dating app called “Carrot Dating” hit the market last week. Its website states: “Gifts are the greatest ‘ice breaker.’ Carrot Dating turns ‘fat chance’ into ‘why not?’ From flowers to jewelry, there’s a bribe for everyone’s budget. You can have anyone! All you have to do is dangle the right carrot.’”
Yep, you read right. Brandon Wade, creator of the app and graduate of Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) believes that in order to get someone to go on a date with you all you have to do is bribe them with money. Forget all those silly things that relationships are usually based off of, like similar interests and whether or not you and your partner have chemistry. All anyone cares about is the money you shower them with!
Originally repulsed by the idea but still somewhat curious, I decided to download the app for myself and see if it was as bad as it seems.
Spoiler alert: It is, but the outrageousness of some of the bribes is worth the laugh.
After logging in, the app gives you the option to say whether you’re male or female and allows you to input your sexual orientation by choosing if you want to find singles in your area who are either male or female. Then, it presents you with a variety of suitors to choose from and gives you the option to bribe them after choosing one of five categories: dining, activities, gifts, entertainment, or popular.
I decided to go with “gift.” Options ranged from a box of chocolates to plastic surgery treatment. Some of my personal favorites from all five categories include a sky-diving trip, a tattoo, a tank of gas, and even plastic surgery treatment.
Admittedly, while a sky-diving trip does sound awesome, it won’t be enough to get me to go on a date with you. Tempting, but no. Just no.
The concept behind “Carrot Dating” likens both men and women to greedy goblins (Halloween pun) who only want your money. It teaches us that if at first we can’t succeed with our natural charm, wit, and looks, try, try again – and this time, with bribery.
But even if you do manage to get someone to bite, how long do you expect your relationship last? Any relationship built on manipulation and bribery is probably destined for failure from the start.
Money can’t buy you happiness, and it certainly can’t buy you love, either – although if you’ve got the greens to spare and are that desperate to find someone to date you, I guess it’s always worth a shot.
By Brandon Lewis, Staff Writer
Remember when Michael Jordan decided to pursue baseball? It was back in 1993 when he decided to step away from the NBA, which was the first of his three retirements.
He signed a deal with the Chicago White Sox and played for their Double A-minor league affiliate for the 1994 season. His batting average was .202 with three homers and 51 RBIs. These stats weren’t bad for the NBA superstar but they were average compared to other minor leaguers fighting to be in the major leagues.
I’m sure Jordan received a great deal of respect for attempting to try another sport, but we were all relieved when he returned to basketball in 1995.
Lebron James, the current king of the NBA, recently revealed on Twitter that he too wants to pick up another sport: football. Well, not pick it up, but just play in one NFL game. Check out the tweet here.
Before becoming a dominant force in the NBA, James played high school football in Akron, Ohio. Many believe that he could have played in the NFL, but I guess being the first pick in the 2003 NBA Draft made it clear which sport to pursue.
Imagine being blessed with the skills to succeed in both pro basketball and football, two of the most body-abusing sports! Now, do you understand why he’s called King James?
Plenty other athletes have also showed interest in other sports. Charles Barkley, an 11-time NBA All-Star, is known for having a terrible golf swing and was featured on a reality show that attempted to improve his golf skills. Michael Vick, the Philadelphia Eagles’ current quarterback, was drafted by the Rockies in 2000 as a starting pitcher. Then there’s Dave Winfield. Before he embarked on his Hall of Fame baseball career, he was drafted by four teams in three different sports. He was picked up the San Diego Padres (baseball) and drafted by the Vikings (football), the Hawks (NBA) and Stars (ABA). That’s just unheard of!
Despite all the talk about James making an appearance in the NFL, it looks as if the Miami Heat star will return to the NBA to help his team win its third straight championship. His season begins on Oct. 29 when the Heat take on the Bulls.
By Sabrina Katz, Staff Writer
It’s been nearly two months since we’ve been in school, which means you’ve probably had more than a few boring breakfasts.
Whether it’s been Cocoa Puffs every single morning or switching between strawberry and vanilla yogurt, chances are you could use some new, unique breakfast entrees to switch things up a bit.
If you’re fine with eating the same thing every day, more power to you! But for those of us with ever-changing morning munch-y desires, here’s a list of something new you can eat every day of the week:
Monday – Is it really Monday again? Unfortunately, you probably won’t be able to get over that dreaded beginning-of-the-week feeling, but eating a super delicious breakfast can certainly brighten your spirits!
Today, check out the omelets and toss in your favorite toppings (here’s a great way to eat your veggies!). You’re going to want a protein packed meal to keep you awake during your classes. Pair it with a slice of toast or English muffin and you’re good to go!
Tuesday - In my opinion, Tuesday is basically Monday, except that tinge of excitement you get from seeing your classmates again is long gone. I’d recommend French toast this morning. Make it more exciting by topping it with peanut butter and frozen blueberries.
Or, if you’re more traditional, you can’t go wrong with syrup. But you’re looking to skip the extra sugar from it, top your toast with some jelly instead: it’ll sweeten things up without giving you a sugar rush.
Wednesday – It’s Hump Day! Let’s kick the morning off with a bowl of cottage cheese. Mix it with fruit: blueberries, strawberries, or whatever you can find!
Make sure to add in a dash of cinnamon (there’s a shaker by the Grill area) to get an extra zing of flavor. It tastes great topped off on a slice of toast or half a bagel.
Thursday – Don’t be a cereal killer, be a cereal thriller! (Oh geez, not another pun…) Now sounds like a good time to whip out one of those sasquatch bowls. Fill it up with your favorite cereal, but why stick to one?
Mixing two or even three different cereals will give you a unique flavor in every spoonful.
Friday - Power through your last day of classes with a not-so-boring bowl of oatmeal. Here are a few combinations you can try in the dining hall:
- PB&J – Mix ½ cup of oatmeal with a tablespoon each of peanut butter and jelly.
- Chunky Monkey - Mix ½ cup of oatmeal with chocolate sauce and add sliced bananas on top.
- Blueberry Cinnamon – Mix ½ cup of oatmeal with a ladle-full of frozen blueberries, a couple shakes of cinnamon, and a tablespoon of honey.
Saturday – Hallelujah! Finally, Saturday has arrived. To start your weekend, make a kick-ass breakfast sandwich: toast and butter an English muffin, then add 2 sliced hard-boiled eggs to the inside. Throw in some salt and pepper and a couple squirts of hot sauce for good luck.
On the side, cut up an apple and dip in it some au natural peanut butter. Do you hear that? It’s my stomach, already growling for Saturday breakfast…
Sunday – Can you believe it’s been SEVEN WHOLE DAYS since you repeated a breakfast? Don’t stop now! On Sunday, treat yourself to the pancake bar.
Whether they’re chocolate chip or blueberry, pancakes on Sunday is sure to lift your spirits up before your next week of school begins.
All that’s left is drinks: switch it up between milk, tea, coffee and all those weird looking fruit-infused waters you haven’t tried yet. Bon appetit, mes amis!
By Devon Delfino, Staff Writer
According to a recent article in The Daily Caller, a couple of students at an Washington high school wore Confederate flags to school in order to protest the gay rainbow flag that another student had reportedly been donning for the past two weeks.
Growing up in close proximity to University of California, Berkeley, I am no stranger to the longstanding tradition of student protests. However, this type of acting out seems to only signal the longstanding prejudices of the ignorant. And there is nothing I disdain more than perpetuated ignorance.
Using a confederate flag, which stands for a pro-slavery and therefore a pro-discrimination mentality, to protest the rights of a subset of the population is just wrong.
It’s hard enough being a teenager and try to discover who you are or at least who you want to be, let alone having to deal with people who don’t accept you as you are.
To be perfectly honest, their suspension for violating the dress code and causing a disruption seems a little off. Suspension seems to be a fitting punishment, but the reasons cited seem a bit too insignificant.
The beliefs behind such an actions need to be addressed at the source, and ignoring the real reason behind these students’ actions doesn’t help that.
Hatred in the U.S. is still a problem, though I can honestly say that I have not been personally affected by this type of blind hatred in a very long time. And the fact that this instance happened in the light of day, rather than behind a computer screen, proves more worrisome. The anonymity of the Internet allows for some seriously dark thoughts to come out without the fear of any real backlash. If anything, this instance is only further proof that we are a ways off from defeating these antiquated mentalities of hatred.
By Brandon Lewis, Staff Writer
The owner of the Dallas Cowboys boasts a net worth of $3 billion. No big deal, right? Just another CEO raking in revenue for possessing a wealthy enterprise. Not much of a difference between him and the Rupert Murdochs and Mark Zuckerbergs of the world.
What’s shocking about Jerry Jones is, according to a CNN article, is that the football tycoon communicates via flip phone.
Jones was spotted at last week’s Arizona State-Notre Dame football game chatting on an old school flip phone. You would think he’d invest in the iPhone 5s or Samsung Galaxy Note, but I guess those phones aren’t on his radar.
When asked about his dated device on a Dallas radio sports show, Jones stated that flip phones worked for him and he didn’t have to deal with any pocket dialing with his phone.
I remember the days when everyone wanted a flip phone. I wanted one just to hear the clapping sound it made when I flipped it shut.
Looking back on the flip phone era made me realize that these phones weren’t that bad. Here are a few reasons why flip phones are still relevant:
The cell phone market is primarily composed of smartphone devices, which aren’t cheap especially without a contract. Flip phones are exponentially cheaper than the phones out there today. Many companies are selling them at low costs with the purchase of a plan. If you’re attempting to ball on a budget, the flip phone is for you.
Flip phones are most likely going to last longer than the dainty iPhones. When you drop a flip phone, a minor scratch may be the worst outcome. When a cover-less iPhone drops, you might as well have Apple Care as your emergency contact. And you don’t need to buy a case for a flip phone because it can take on pretty much anything besides water.
- Keypad Protection
Like Jones said, he doesn’t have to deal with pocket dialing. Smartphones are known for acting up when they’re put away in your bag or pocket. That gets annoying. Flip phones don’t have this issue. They physically fold to protect the keyboard from unwanted use.
Let’s remember that Jerry Jones is no spring chicken. The 71-year-old, like many older Americans, has trouble dealing with the vast world of technology.
It’s probably just easier for him to navigate a basic flip phone than a smartphone. But I will say that he’s seriously missing out on Candy Crush.
By Katrina Uy
Last weekend during her opening monologue on “Saturday Night Live”, she stated, “There are a few subjects I’m not going to get into tonight: I’m not going to do Hannah Montana, but I can give you an update. She was murdered.”
Well, then. That escalated quickly. How’s that for a break from the squeaky-clean image that was once beloved to pre-teen girls everywhere?
From her scandalous performance at the MTV Video Music Awards at the end of August, to her fourth studio album Bangerz, which was released just last week, 20-year-old pop star Miley Cyrus has been riding wave upon wave of controversy and success these past few months.
Miley’s career has been riddled with scandal ever since her Hannah Montana days on the Disney Channel. The controversies came in small doses – first it was leaked pictures of her almost kissing another girl at age 15, and then it was posing under a sheet without a bra for a Vanity Fair photoshoot by Annie Leibovitz later that same year.
Don’t worry, they said, she’s just acting like any other kid her age.
And maybe she was just being a normal kid, at least back then. But now, Miley knows what it takes to get noticed by the media and stay in the limelight. Be scantily clad in a music video or live performance? Check. Have a super hot on-again, off-again Australian boyfriend? Check. Oh, they called off their engagement last month? Even better – that just means more publicity to fuel the fires of her latest album, not to mention Liam Hemsworth is officially on the market again, ladies!
The scandals keep escalating, but in my opinion, Miley is the farthest from a train wreck by any means. She’s in total control of her career and unapologetically so. In an E! Online article, her most recent music video, “Wrecking Ball,” was the “fastest to reach 100 million views on Vevo.” Love her or hate her, she’s all anyone can talk about.
She’s got the looks, and she’s definitely got the talent. If you were to shield your eyes during any of her live performances and just listen to her sing, you wouldn’t be able to deny that she’s just as incredible live as she is in the studio. It’s a shame that she isn’t taking more advantage of her status as an A-list celeb by presenting herself as a role model for her fans but hey, priorities, am I right? Goodie-goodies don’t make headlines, Miley Cyrus 2.0 does.
And so I end on a conflicted note. On behalf of everyone with a sense of decency (think of the children!) I am begging you to please stop, Miley. But we all know that you can’t be tamed and probably won’t, and for the sake of your career you probably shouldn’t stop, either.
After all, there’s no such thing as bad press.
By Devon Delfino, Staff Writer
A wedding is a complex affair, from the flowers to the dress, the music to the cake, there are a million little details that require the attention of the happy couple or, more likely, the bride. And maybe for good reason.
In fact, in an article by Time, it may have proved a bit too complex for one British groom who decided that calling in a fake bomb threat was better than facing the repercussions of his fiancé finding out that he forgot to book the venue for the ceremony, as Neil McArdle admitted to in a UK court early this month.
As far as weddings go, booking the venue is pretty essential to the process. I just find it hilarious that it took him till the wedding day to realize his mistake.
The closest I can come to imagining the stress of a wedding is watching one of those shows like “Bridezillas” or “Say Yes to the Dress”; or movies like “Bride Wars” or my personal favorite, “Monster In Law”. From what I can tell, an angry bride is a force to be reckoned with.
But calling in a bomb threat? Really? Clearly not the best way to handle the situation, and definitely not a good way to sooth the nerves of a bride on her wedding day.
McArdle did call back later and admit the hoax, but not in time to avoid the total evacuation of the entire building.
Needless to say, a bomb threat is probably not the best way to start a marriage and I wouldn’t be surprised if the reschedule were a long, long way off.
By Brandon Lewis, Staff Writer
My personal definition of a musical is a cheery, upbeat theatrical production full of music. What comes to mind are the Lion King, Mamma Mia, Wicked, Book of Mormon, Jersey Boys and the list goes on, not a psychological thriller like American Pyscho, a film known for its graphic violence and sexual content. But it’s happening. A musical version of the movie is set to premiere in London later this year.
According to an article in the Los Angeles Times, former Doctor Who star, Matt Smith, was cast as the musical’s lead character. Smith will play Patrick Bateman, a Manhattan businessman who serves as an investment banker by day and serial killer by night. So what is Smith going to be singing about on stage, the amount of blood oozing from his victims’ bodies or how much stock his employer is selling to investors? Beats me.
The Ruper Goold directed stage production is based on Bret Easton Ellis’s 1991 novel and the 2000 film adaptation in which Christian Bale played the lead role. Duncan Sheik, the Tony Award-winning composer of “Spirit Awakening”, created the score for the musical, which also stars Ben Aldridge, Susannah Fielding and Simon Gregor.
I’m interested in hearing Sheik’s score for this musical because I can’t imagine the types of songs he created to depict a storyline that’s far from the conventions of a typical musical. Let’s be real here. There is no musicality in murder and mental instability. This type of subject matter simply doesn’t suit theatre. I don’t know how Ruper Gould and his production team pulled this off but they found a way. “American Pyscho: the Musical” (I don’t know if that’s the official title) is set to debut at London’s Almeida Theatre on December 3 and run until January 25.
By Devon Delfino, Staff Writer
I’m pretty sure that everyone hates the typical, mind-numbingly dull nine to five; I know I did. For those of us who have had the pleasure of zoning out during a particularly boring day, thoughts easily wander into the fantasyland of quitting, about finally telling your boss that you hate everything that is your job.
That’s exactly what Marina Shifrin did in her now viral video entitled “An Interpretive Dance For My Boss Set To Kanye West’s Gone.”
Aside from the obvious hilarity of Shifrin’s idea to dance her way out of a job, watching the video evokes that classic scene in “Office Space” where the main characters attack the notoriously unreliable copy machine from their office with baseball bats (though with a far less violent approach).
Shifrin explains her reasoning in the description of the video, writing, “I work for an awesome company that makes news videos. I have put my life into this job, but my boss says quantity, speed and views are what is most important. I believe it’s more important to focus on the quality of the content. When you learn to improve this, the views will come. Here is a little video I made explaining my feelings.”
I don’t advise this particular method of quitting for everyone, at least not unless your video goes viral too; but there have been worse ideas conceived at 4:30 in the morning. In the end, you have to give her props for having the guts to take matters into her own hands and stand up for creative integrity. And then of course there’s her hilarious dancing.
To read more behind Shifrin’s idea click here.
Watch Shifrin dance below:
By Brandon Lewis, Staff Writer
It’s that time of the year again. Students are back in school, the cool weather is on its way and everyone’s favorite shows are returning for the fall season. Here are a few shows I think you should look out for:
Since I’m a native New Yorker, I have an overwhelming bias for Law and Order: SVU. Season 14’s finale ended with the cliffhanger of all cliffhangers. [SPOILER ALERT BELOW]
Detective Olivia Benson, one of the show’s remaining original characters, returns home following a disappointing verdict in which a rapist is acquitted of assault charges. She hears a strange noise in her apartment and attempts to investigate where it’s coming from, only to find the acquitted rapist in her living room with a gun pointing in her direction. Then, the screen fades to black. Will Benson survive the ordeal or are her days numbered? SVU airs on NBC on Wednesday nights.
The show that’s loosely based on the life on COM’s very own PR alum Judy Smith has been one of the most popular shows on television since the series premiered in April 2012. Ms. Olivia Pope and her incredible crisis management staff are responsible for cleaning up the mistakes of people and preventing their secrets from being exposed. They fix people’s problems before these problems ruin their lives. Pope is strong when it comes to the workplace but becomes vulnerable when in the vicinity of her former client, the current President of the United States. She has feelings for the president, and the feelings are mutual between the two. Will they ever become an item? We’ll just have to wait and see. Scandal shall return for its third season on October 3 on ABC.
The Marvel based show premiered on September 24 to a resounding 12.12 million viewers, which is pretty awesome. The series premiere was the largest for a network drama in four years. People really go crazy for anything Marvel related. The show follows around Agent Phil Coulson as he assembles a select group of agents known as the S.H.I.E.L.D. to protect the world from evil. Sounds like a typical Marvel plot, doesn’t it? It’s going to be interesting to see if the show continues to attract large amounts of viewers, since this is Marvel’s first television series. Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. airs on ABC on Tuesday nights.
CBS’s new show grips you right from the start. A prominent doctor, who is moments away from performing brain surgery on the president, is abducted along with her family. The assailants inform her that her family will die unless she kills the president during the operation. What would you do in that situation? Be known as the doctor responsible for killing the president or risk your family’s life for the sake of saving one of the most powerful men in the world? Tough call. Hostages airs on CBS at 10 pm on Tuesdays.