Gender-bending portrayal of Disney characters offers a new point of view

By Kyra Louie, Staff Writer
@beammeupkyra

You're sure to look at these gender-bent Disney characters in a different light./ PHOTO VIA Wikimedia Commons

You’re sure to look at these gender-bent Disney characters in a different light./ PHOTO VIA Wikimedia Commons

Have you ever wondered what your favorite Disney characters would look like as the opposite sex? Well, look no further!

Sakimi Chan is a Canadian digital artist who “loves to draw fantasy, sci-fi and gender bending.” Her works include characters from Disney, anime and original content. She also does commissions for avatars from the popular forum and social network Gaia Online.

In case you didn’t know, “gender-bending” is when an artist switches a character’s gender. A bad example would be if Spongebob were made to have more feminine qualities. A better example would be to portray Nintendo’s Mario and Luigi as females and Princess Daisy and Peach as males. Most genderbent characters are very attractive and reflect the original almost spot on, but it’s weird to think how characters would act or be treated if they were the opposite gender.

Some people have attempted to gender-bend Disney characters using screenshots and Photoshopping the characters’ physical features to look more masculine or feminine, but Chan drew her pieces with the original personalities in mind, creating something more true to character.

Chan doesn’t always gender-bend in her art. Her other works include portrayals of characters like Jack Frost, Wonder Woman, Princess Mononoke and Link, as well as characters from the animated television show “Adventure Time.”

Personally, I love looking at gender-bent characters. It transforms my interpretation of the character and lets my imagination wander to what they would be like as the other gender. My favorite character out of the entire Disney set was gender-bent Hades. She is beautifully crafted and is on point with the original Hades. She is, in my eyes, perfect.

Check out Chan’s set of Disney characters here. Or if you’re interested in seeing more of her work or want to buy a print, see her DeviantArt page.

Spotlight: New Admissions Reception Center opens

By Stacy Schoonover, Staff Writer
@stacyscootover

Thinking back to when I was a prospective student trying to find the college of my dreams, I remember certain campus elements that I often compared: the dining hall, the library, the fitness center… and the admissions building.

While Boston University’s old admissions building is nice, I remember that when I visited there wasn’t enough space for the amount of prospective students and their families. The spot on Bay State Road where it resided was pretty, but it was further away from the George Sherman Union and the College of Arts and Sciences.

The new BU Admissions Reception Center relocated to 233 Bay State Road, which is a five-minute walk from the GSU and the School of Management. It’s next to the BU Castle, has a better view of the Esplanade and is a larger space that will accommodate more prospective Terriers.

This address used to be the Hillel House, but has since been renovated and enlarged. The building is now connected to the Castle, which provides restroom access and better transportation for handicapped guests. The interior was enlarged to improve circulation and to meet capacity regulations.

Not only was the interior of the building improved, but the sidewalks and plaza next to it were expanded as well. As the face of BU, the center gives the university a more modern vibe. Were I a prospective student this year, I would be very impressed.

How to Live to Senior Year: Tomatoes

By Sabrina Katz, Staff Writer
@sabrina_katz

Tomatoes are an excellent a wonderful source of nutrients./ PHOTO BY Sabrina Katz

Tomatoes are a great for nutrients./ PHOTO BY Sabrina Katz

To-ma-to, to-mah-to! This week, I’m focusing on tomatoes and showing you why they should be a part of your diet. Tomatoes are a wonderful source for nutrients and are featured in plenty of different world cuisines.

There are many different types of tomatoes: cherry, Roma, heirloom, and more! The smaller tomatoes, like cherry and grape, are a great go-to snack, while the other, larger tomatoes, like Roma and heirloom, work really well in salads and other dishes.

Why should you incorporate these lush, juicy tomatoes into your lifestyle? Tomatoes contain vitamins A, B and C, which are antioxidants that help your vision, blood and immune system. The presence of potassium and chromium also stabilize blood sugars and control cholesterol.

Lastly—and most importantly—tomatoes contain lycopene, which is another antioxidant that has been shown to reduce the risk for prostate cancer. Hear that, boys?

One thing to be careful of when eating tomatoes is eating them in the most natural form you can. That means avoiding ketchup and even some tomato sauces, both of which contain added sugars. Homemade salsa and tomato sauces are generally the healthiest because you know exactly what you put in them!

I know you’re dying to try a tomato recipe, so I’ve got one for you that incorporates some other foods I’ve blogged about before! Here’s my take on a dining hall Panzanella:

You’ll need:

  • 1 whole tomato, diced
  • 5-6 slices of cucumber, diced
  • 1 slice of whole wheat toast
  • Several slices of red onion
  • Red wine vinegar
  • Olive oil
  • Salt & pepper

Take the slice of whole-wheat bread and toast it in the toaster. Once it’s done, take it out and drizzle some olive oil on top. Next, slice the bread into small squares and mix it with the diced tomatoes, cucumbers, and onion slices. On top, drizzle some more olive oil as well as some red wine vinegar. Finish it off with salt and pepper and you’re good to go!

1964 World’s Fair reveals both groundbreaking and ridiculous predictions

By Jacob Carter, Staff Writer
@jacobca1995

Unfortunately, jet packs still fail to exist outside our wildest imaginations./ PHOTO BY Flickr user David J

Unfortunately, jet packs still fail to exist outside our wildest imaginations./ PHOTO BY Flickr user David J

This year marks the 50th anniversary of the 1964 New York World’s Fair. The event introduced a number of technological innovations to the general public. It is interesting to see how several inventions acted as precursors to today’s technology, while others are still the objects of science fiction.

One device that made a notable debut at the fair was the “picturephone,” developed by Bell System. As the name suggests, this groundbreaking item allowed people to call individuals and see the party on the other line. Though it was not well-received initially, the “picturephone” is clearly an ancestor to modern video communication services such as Skype.

Another device that proved to be revolutionary, arguably even more than the “picturephone,” was the personal computer. While the idea was nascent at the time, it is hard to believe that such a crucial modern invention materialized only half a century ago.

Of course, far more interesting than remarking on the innovations of the World’s Fair is laughing at its failures. For example, according to the “Futurama 2” ride presented by General Motors, people were clearly ambitious in terms of where humanity’s new frontiers were located. The company presented images of people colonizing the moon and living underwater, two environments that remain just as inhospitable now as they were then.

And no future speculation would be complete without the discussion of jet packs. Constantly touted as the hallmark of technological advancement, these devices also made an appearance at the event, apparently complete with actual flying demonstrations. Sadly, humans have yet to adopt this method of travel, and popular use of the jet pack exists as a reality only in the worlds of James Bond and science fiction.

Despite being a breeding ground for some eccentric ideas, the 1964’s World Fair was still an environment for revolutionary modernizations. As mentioned, some of these devices matured into what are now essential inventions, and their evolution is an indicator of just how fast and complex technology continues to grow.

Jet packs and underwater colonies may still seem laughable today, but as evidenced by the “picturephone,” one cannot even prepare to imagine how the world will transform in another fifty years. With that in mind, I think I’ll go ahead and put my name on the moon colony waiting list.

The Beauty of Dance: Diesel’s A-Z of Dance

By Shivani Patel, Staff Writer
@shizupates

Apparel company Diesel recently came out with a dance video entitled “A-Z of Dance” as part of its #dieselreboot campaign to advertise its new line of jeans. The company collaborated with i-D, a London-based fashion and style magazine.

Diesel’s new jeans are meant to allow people to remain active instead of feeling restricted by their jeans. To showcase this, dancers were filmed doing their specialty of dance on an empty rooftop.

Directed by Jacob Sutton, a London-based fashion photographer, the video showcases varied, popular dance styles. These styles include “bhangra,” “liquid dance” and “finger-tutting,” to name a few.

I love this video because it captures the essence of many different dance styles instead of focusing on one. Dance as a whole is moving towards a fusion of styles with roots in all sorts of cultures such as those of Spain, India and Africa.

This video showcases dancers such as Lil Buck, who specializes in a dance style called “jookin’” (otherwise known as “Gangsta Walking,” originating from Memphis, Tenn.). Viewers will probably recognize classic moves in the video such as YMCA, krumping and a more recent type of dance style – twerking.

Diesel did a great job of advertising both its jeans and its versatility by including dancers, like Lil Buck, who aren’t as well-recognized.

I found finger tutting to be one of my favorites. We’ve all seen some amazing tutting, but that never usually extends to fingers so I thought the focus on the hand was a fresh take on the dance style.

Pop Culture Countdown: Colbert inherits “Late Show” and new Poehler-Fey movie

By Danny McCarthy, Staff Writer
@thedanosaurus

With the thrum of Spring in full swing, it’s easy to believe that the end of school is nigh! But fear not, because although the semester is winding down, the world of pop culture will never die as long as there are people to care about celebrity Instagrams (aka me). So as is my duty and pleasure, let’s get down to “bidness.”

6. Prince George had a play-date in New Zealand:

We’re starting off with the King of Cute and the Duke of Darling: Prince George! At his first royal engagement since his birth, the little prince went on a play date with the children of notable dignitaries in New Zealand. The parents were all first-timers like Will and Kate, and included both single mothers and same-sex couples. The tiny future King of England was adorable in an overall onesie and is possibly the only person who can trump his glamorous mother, Kate Middleton! I’m looking forward to a lot of cute photo-ops in the future!

5. Stephen Colbert set to replace David Letterman:

We knew that when David Letterman announced his retirement, we could start expecting a flurry of potential replacements in the late night world. And it came as a bit of a surprise when Stephen Colbert of “The Colbert Report” was announced as Letterman’s successor. The shock mostly comes out of Colbert’s distinctive style and comedy, which has some people wondering how it will translate to the iconic late night show. Colbert has assured us that the show will not be done in any sort of “character” and that the public will get to see him being himself. I’m looking forward to Colbert and his take on “The Late Show.”

4. Anne Hathaway and Jimmy Fallon Broadway-ify Rap Songs:

So this is the thing that I never knew I needed until I discovered it. Anne Hathaway and Jimmy Fallon sang show tunes versions of rap songs. It is times like these that I am reminded that Hathaway, despite her impressive repertoire of serious roles, can easily change into a comedic actress. It’s a nice reminder, especially when it comes wrapped up in a Broadway ribbon of “In Da Club.” Brava, Anne Hathaway. Brava!

3. “Games of Thrones” premiere crashes HBO Go website:

Is winter coming? You should probably ask the cast of “Game of Thrones” in their fourth season premiere on Sunday. The hit show, which has captivated audiences with its complex story-lines, nuanced characters and sweet amount of naked butts, premiered on the HBO Go website. The colossal amount of traffic, about 6.6 million people tuning in, promptly crashed the site. The newest premiere marks the largest audience yet, up from 4.5 million in 2013. Word of mouth made “Game of Thrones” popular, and it seems like the fire has not diminished.

2. Miley Cyrus gets a new dog and a magazine cover:

The past week has been quite the roller coaster for Cyrus. Last Tuesday, her beloved dog Floyd passed away. But now she has a new puppy to ease the pain. Her mother, Tish Cyrus, got her an adorable pooch named Moonie. But sometimes a new love cannot dull old pain. Cyrus is grieving for Floyd, and her new Elle cover showcases her sad side. In the photoshoot, Cyrus rarely cracks a smile, preferring to smolder sullenly in beautiful Yves Saint Laurent and Christian Louboutin pieces. While the photos turned out stunning, we miss our fresh and wildly fierce Miley Cyrus.

1. Amy Poehler’s new Old Navy commercial & teaming up with Tina Fey for movie:

Amy Poehler and Old Navy have teamed up again and the result is glorious. In the newest ad, Poehler is grilling a woman in an Old Navy dress while making the worst burrito of all time. Poehler is also due to team up with bestie Tina Fey for a new movie called “The Nest,” which will feature the two comediennes as sisters having one last party in their childhood home. If their last project together, “Baby Mama,” is any indicator, this movie will be amazing.

That’s all for this week. If there was anything I missed, put it in the comment section below!

Science Tuesday: Employers rank personality over technical skills

By Sanah Faroke, Staff Writer
@sanahfaroke

The first job I applied to was for a temp position at a Barnes and Noble bookstore in my hometown. I was terrified about the interview process and I tend to scare myself by doubting my qualifications, but once I got in there, I was hired on the spot.  I figured that as long as I didn’t have a criminal record or a really heavy accent, I’d be golden.

The thing is, I didn’t have any real experience in the bookselling industry, and even then, I beamed with excitement about being around books (and possibly finding ones I wanted to buy) and I’m all about working hard, which the manager liked.

According to a recent study from CareerBuilder, employers aren’t just looking for candidates that have the desired skills, but also the personality. They don’t go hand in hand, but they’re measured in importance equally, which is good news for people like me. Having a pleasant personality in a job interview isn’t a new thing, but according to the study, having good humor, good fashion sense or pop culture knowledge can play a part in getting hired. Finally, all that useless pop culture trivia will pay off.

The study, conducted online by Harris Interactive, questioned 2,076 managers and human resource professionals nationwide about qualities they looked for in candidates and what they kept tabs on while the employee was working between May 14 and June 5, 2013.

The top personality traits managers looked for in new employees were:

1. Hard workers
2. Dependable
3. Positive
4. Self-motivated
5. Team-oriented
6. Organized
7. Good under pressure
8. Effective communicators
9. Flexible
10. Confident (ehem, not cocky)

One day, the manager who hired me asked if I’d been manning the phones all day, and I had been. He then told me that a customer called him and told him that he should permanently hire the girl answering the phones and so, I was no longer a temp (and no longer a cashier).

Although I technically didn’t perform well under all tasks, I persevered, worked hard and was always cheerful and motivated.

So although knowing how to code or film with a JVC camera or cook with a skillet are things you may need to know for your industry, remember that hard skills aren’t the only qualities employees look at. And heads up, they’ll also stalk you on social media, so you better fix that up too.

Good luck to all you seniors venturing out into the real world soon. Take note from “Morning Glory”: Becky may be embarrassingly enthusiastic, but the point is, she got the job!

“Boy Meets World” spin-off trailer released

By Robin Ngai, Staff Writer
@bluebird1278

If you were a true 90s child, then “Boy Meets World” was something that you watched every day when you came home from school. As the years went on, you grew up with Cory, Topanga, Shawn, Eric, and Mr. Feeny. From their young and awkward middle school days to their angst filled high school years and finally to college and eventual marriage, you stuck with them through thick and thin.

Now, after almost 14 years, it’s back (and with a teaser trailer to prove it). Your favorite gang has come together once again, and this time it’s to inspire a new generation of preteens (but let’s be honest, a large amount of twenty-somethings will be tuning in as well).

“Girl Meets World” is a spin-off that is centered around Cory and Topanga’s daughter, Riley, and their son, Auggie. Though it will be centered around their lives, guest stars of the original show are rumored to appear as well.

While you’re waiting around for “Girl Meets World” to premiere, check out photos of the cast and a video of the new cast discussing the original show.

Personally, I’m looking forward to a Cory and Shawn reunion and an appearance from the one and only Mr. Feeny. I could not have imagined my childhood without this show and for them to be reuniting is a dream come true. I’m pretty sure I’ve learned a majority of my life lessons from “Boy Meets World” (and also “Full House”), and I’m hoping that “Girl Meets World” will continue the legacy.

Check out the teaser trailer below:

Just Touched Down in Londontown: Exploring London

By Margaret Waterman, Staff Writer
@mh_waterman

Camden Market is a great way to spend a weekend in London./ PHOTO BY Margaret Waterman

Camden Market is a great way to spend a weekend in London./ PHOTO BY Margaret Waterman

After a sad departure from my internship on Thursday, it was really nice to spend a weekend in London. Even though we live here, it’s hard to feel like we’ve seen all the city has to offer with our full-time jobs.

Friday night started off with a bang — after farewell drinks with my work colleagues, my friends and I met up in Shoreditch, an up-and-coming neighborhood in East London. Shoreditch is a part of the city that has become increasingly gentrified. Filled with bars and clubs, it’s a trendy area we felt we had to check out before we returned home to the states.

After checking out a fun club there, we made our way over to Hoxton, another area with the same trendy feel. The club we went to there, the Hoxton Square Bar & Kitchen, was three venues all in one: a lounge, a bar and a club and was an awesome way to end the evening. My roommate and I danced on stage with a random stranger for the better part of the night and had a blast.

Saturday morning, we woke up and headed over to Camden Market in Camden Town. After almost a whole semester in London, we were so happy to finally be able to check out the famous market in northern London. It was absolutely packed with shoppers, merchants and Londoners just milling about. There were a bunch of different markets — Inverness Market, Horse Stables Market and Camden Lock Market, among others — that we explored for hours.

Even though I didn’t buy anything, I was tempted all day; we passed hundreds of food vendors from all over the world, dozens of clothing merchants and people selling knick-knacks that could satisfy any shopper’s needs.

The next day, we headed out the door at 10:30 a.m. We made our way over to Canary Wharf to catch some of the London Marathon. The six of us grabbed a pint at Smollensky’s and watched runners pass through the city’s financial district at the 18th mile marker.

Next, we took the Docklands Light Railway to the O2 Arena to check out The British Music Experience. We learned about the history of British music from the 1940s onward and even recorded songs in their on-site studio (the highlight was definitely either our rendition of “Wonderwall” by Oasis or of “Stayin’ Alive” by the Bee Gees.) We saw outfits worn by David Bowie, Jimmy Page and the Spice Girls and got to look at a selection of Sir Elton John’s glasses.

After a tour around the museum, we took a gondola over the River Thames to see the Olympic Park. We all love the Olympics and loved checking out the site of the 2012 summer games.

After a long day of sightseeing, we went back to one of our favorite pubs, called The Mayflower. We hung out on their deck, overlooking the Thames and London’s glittering skyline before heading back to South Kensington. It seems crazy, but I think we’re ready to start our last full week abroad.

Delta Lambda Phi hosts drag ball at BU

By Alex H. Wagner, Staff Writer
@AlexHWagner

It was like any other party: a dizzying flash of colored lights, music blasting at deafening volumes, and bodies contorting through the darkness. Then the music dissipated, and lights revealed the stage. Entering from the left, with red high heels, bobbed hair, and wearing a red, silver and gold sequined dress, the drag queen known as Mizery grabbed a microphone.

“Alright, I need a tissue, because I am sweating like a hooker in church,” she says.

So began the drag ball, one of the first on Boston University’s campus in several years (the last drag ball was organized by Spectrum at BU). Patrick Johnson, a member of Delta Lambda Phi, felt it was time the social fraternity hosted such an event, being the only one on campus openly supportive of men of all sexual and gender identities.

Students formed on the dance floor certainly expressed such excitement as Mizery alternated between lip-syncing to Beyoncé and interacting with the audience. In one instance, she playfully claimed one audience member as her husband, saying she’d have to fatten him up with corn bread and black-eyed peas when they went home.

“She’s an amazing performer, ‘The Living Legend Mizery,’ as she calls herself,” says Alexander Delgado, president of Delta Lambda Phi. Delgado also indicated the ball was meant to promote safer sex, hence their partnership with Student Health Services. Free condoms and dental dams were distributed at the entrance.

Of course, even this was embraced as part of the fun, or, for Johnson, as part of the pun, who painted his face red and yellow.

“The red is ketchup and the yellow is mustard, and I’m throwing out condoms, so I’ll be condom-ment,” he says.