By Alexandra Diantgikis, Staff Writer
By Samantha Wong, Staff Writer
Boston University remains a mixed-bag dating scene, with lots of different people wanting a lot of different things, from hook-ups to relationships and everything in between.
The classic method of asking someone out is when one person invites another person out. But, in both the figurative and literal sense, with so much to do and so little time, it seems that students are more inclined towards an easier approach.
That’s where Tinder comes in.
The new location-based “dating app,” and its counterpart Grindr, described on its site as an “all-male location-based social network,” has been appearing on smartphones across BU’s campus.
The application works by connecting a user’s Facebook profile to the application once it is downloaded. Tinder takes the user’s profile picture on Facebook and allows other Tinder users to ‘like’ or ‘pass’ the user’s profile picture.
If two users ‘like’ each other then they have the option to go into a private chat room to meet. Some people choose not to meet and continue to ‘like’ or ‘pass’ others. Tinder does not post if the application is being used on Facebook and does not publish any of the user’s information to other users, other than age and first name if available.
Certainly, a virtual world may seem like a better way to ease into the dating scene, especially for students who have had bad previous experiences.
An anonymous female student from the School of Management recalls how a random male student asked her about the schedule of the bus and then proceeded to accompany her on the journey home uninvited. He then chatted her up the entire journey, not letting the fact that this could be a potentially awkward situation bother him. The male student then asked for the female student’s number when they were to part ways, which she felt obliged to decline.
Kayla Gillespie, College of Arts and Science freshman, said she was set up on a terrible blind date. Halfway through dinner, Gillespie’s date started yelling out obscenities, and then implied that they should go back to his residence and do “other things.” Gillespie’s date proceeded to ask her to pay for his dinner because he did not bring any money and then followed her to the nearest T stop— all the while attempting to convince her to change her mind about coming back with him. It is no surprise that Gillespie said “needless to say I will not be going on a blind date again, anytime soon.”
However, some students are fortunate enough to have found a significant other (traditionally- in person) while at BU. Adrien Gates, College of Arts and Science sophomore, whose boyfriend is in the School of Management, believes that dating at BU is not as difficult as it seems.
“Maybe I just got lucky. I think what really impresses a guy is when you initiate things, especially with the 2:3 ratio [of guys to girls] BU has,” said Gates.
The general consensus of dating at Boston University is that there is no general consensus. Some people meet each other without the use of dating sites and apps, and some find them fun and useful.
People should not feel pressured by the presumed college dating scene to do something out of their comfort zone. These dating apps may make it easier for people to approach each other in ways that they wouldn’t usually do in person.
By Justin Soto, Lifestyle Editor
Boston University’s Programming Council is planning a weekend full of fun with their annual inter-school pageant, Mr. and Mrs. BU on Thursday March 21 and Seth Meyer’s comedy show on Friday March 22. Since I am a huge fan of Saturday Night Live, I was thrilled to hear that Seth Meyers would be coming to perform on campus. As current head writer of the NBC show SNL and the host of its parody segment Weekend Update, he is an icon for comedy fans around the country.
Meyers got his improv comedy start as a member of the Northwestern University sketch group called Mee-Ow. He continued his career at ImprovOlympic with the group Preponderate as well as overseas as a cast member of Boom Chicago. Meyers joined the SNL team in 2001 and in 2005 he was promoted to writing supervisor. Once Tina Fey left the SNL show, Meyers became head writer for the 2006-2007 season. When Amy Poehler left the show in the 2008-2009 season he started anchoring Weekend Update alone. These experiences landed him a film role alongside in the 2004 film called See This Movie as well as the 2008 film Journey to the Center of the Earth alongside Brendan Fraser and Anita Briem. He has continued acting in films along with his job at SNL.
He is performing in multiple places in March including a stop at BU on March 22, Treasure Island Resort and Casino in Welch, Minn. on the March 23 and the University of Central Florida Arena in Orlando, Fla. on March 25. He seems to attract young audiences who enjoy his sarcasm and improv talents. I hope that fellow BU students will enjoy his comedy performance as much as I will.
His experiences include satire, political satire, news satire, improv and sketch comedy. These varying expressions of comedy awaken the senses of an audience member, especially with his witty tone and quirky smirk when presenting the news on SNL. BU students should be delighted to watch him perform this Friday, hopefully setting the pace for a great weekend.
By Jasmine Ferrell, Staff Writer
Yesterday, the Daily Free Press reported this summer construction will begin on a new Taco Bell under Warren Towers. This is monumental. A reintroduction into the family of BU connected restaurants is not to be ignored, especially when it’s of the taco variety. Then again, perhaps we should really look into this returner and make sure it’s worthy of its old spot.
And wouldn’t you know it? Taco Bell has a few skeletons in its closet, the most recent being a scandalous commercial meant to air during the super bowl. This commercial called for an actress to bring a veggie tray to a super bowl party. As she was greeted at the door, a voice over stated that her action was “a cop out” and that people will “secretly hate you for it.” To many, this was seen as Taco Bell promoting its hate for vegetables. After so many write-ins and complaints they had to pull it.
Hmm, that’s a bit far-fetched. In my personal opinion, this idea of veggie trays being a bit lack luster is a common truth. Don’t get me wrong, I’m usually the one in the corner obsessively dipping my carrot sticks, but compared to a platter of tacos….eh, you can tell which one will be the more exciting donation. Also, not that it matters much but there are some vegetables present in a standard taco, though they may be without much nutritional value. And one last point: this is a super bowl ad. Can we expect that much from it?
In the end, the multitude of people got so worked up over the supposed veggie discrimination won’t stop Taco Bell from coming back to BU. Perhaps in the spirit of good-will we can all pitch in and get them a veggie tray for the grand opening.
The infamous, “veggie-hating” ad, pulled from TV after much controversy.
By Brandon Lewis, Staff Writer
Jan. 21 2013 marks Martin Luther King Jr. Day. The holiday is known nationally as a day set aside to honor MLK’s contributions to history. Amongst BU students, it’s also recognized as a tip-of-the-hat to one of BU’s most notable alumni. And a three day weekend.
Without his significant role in the civil rights movement, the United States would be totally different. No progression, no equality, no unity. Iconic American figures such as Barack Obama and Jackie Robinson would not have been able to pursue their respective dreams in a close-minded American society. King strived to open the world’s eyes to its multicultural demographics and stressed embracing diversity.
But what does Martin Luther King Day mean to today’s students at his alma mater?
To me, it means a lot. His persistent activism has enabled me to obtain an education in culturally diverse environments. I am fortunate enough to attend a school that promotes and thrives off its diverse student population.
The city of Boston and the BU community are proud to have nurtured one of the most amazing philanthropic pioneers in American history. Martin Luther King Jr., we salute you!
By Jasmine Ferrell, Staff Writer
The inevitable “Dawn of Finals” is approaching, and with it comes the accompanying stress. Happiness during these hard times seems like an intangible dream, but fear not, I bring you a solution! I bring you the glory of microwave comfort food. We can’t all have the option of making a cake in a fancy thing called in oven, so I’ve provided some options for even those suffering in the dorms. Feel free to take a break for a couple minutes to enjoy some tasty treats with absolutely no health benefits. Actually, force yourself to take a break. It’ll do you good.
Microwave s’more: Unfortunately, we can’t all have jolly campfires in the hallways, but that doesn’t mean we can’t all enjoy some melted heaven. I caution first-timers to keep a close eye on them as they cook because these things take merely seconds to turn into the size of the Stay Puft marshmallow man. Recipe: … shouldn’t be necessary. Optional add-ins: peanut butter, white chocolate
Puppy chow: Possibly one of the best inventions of all time and another extremely easy recipe that can be shared with multiple people. The only hard part is getting it all to mix just right, but hey the chunks are the best part. Recipe: click here! Optional add-ins: any chocolate candy that can melt
Nachos: In case you need something salty instead of sweet, this is a completely customizable option that takes mere minutes to make. And for added atmosphere, why not play some classic Mexican music while you put it together. That will spice up your life. Recipe: If you really need help, here. Optional add-ins: barbeque sauce
These are just some ideas to get you started, but keep in mind some of the best comfort food is the stuff you come up with on your own. What could be more perfect than throwing some of your favorite things together in one melted mess? All in all, good luck defeating finals and happy eating.
By Katie Doyle, Food Editor
The Elephant Walk, at 900 Beacon St., has been on my radar for a long time, as I’ve passed it countless times on my way to and from the St. Mary’s T stop. While I was intrigued by its offerings of French-Cambodian cuisine, the restaurant always seemed a little lonely during the day, and a glance inside during lunchtime hours usually reveals just a few solitary diners.
However, when I finally decided to try out the restaurant this weekend, I learned appearances can be quite deceptive, in more ways than one. Although The Elephant’s Walk quaint, modest brick exterior suggests small quarters, the restaurant actually boasts an expansive dining room. Despite the sprawling space, though, the venue felt anything but empty. The warm, low lighting emanating from the scarlet and sienna lamps cast an intimate glow throughout the restaurant, providing a pleasant aesthetic contrast to the domed indigo ceiling.
Surprisingly, The Elephant Walk’s finely furnished interior was populated with a diverse collection of diners, clearly enjoying both the restaurant’s casual elegance, a sentiment that was also reflected in the food.
My meal was preceded by a basket of classic French bread, a baguette that was soft and doughy on the inside, but crisp on the outside. Aside from being a tasty nod to the restaurant’s French roots, though, the bread actually turned out to be quite necessary. I arrived at the restaurant quite hungry, and our server was clearly overburdened with all of the full tables, as there was a significant delay to the course of the meal.
Fortunately, when the meal finally arrived, the food made up for the long wait time. I started my meal with the Vegan Rouleaux, or Cambodian spring rolls. The appetizer was just one choice from the restaurant’s varied menu, which sets aside a whole section specifically for vegetarian and vegans. The crispy spring rolls came on a bed of kale, sprouts and Romaine lettuce, an attractive presentation that matched the appetizing flavors of shiitake mushrooms, peanuts, carrots and onions. At $9.50, the price was a little steep, but the portion was especially generous and could have even served as the main meal.
For my entree, I chose the Vegan Curry de Legumes, again one of the six vegetarian and vegan meals highlighted on the menu. The dish was overflowing with vegetables: asparagus, eggplant, baby bok choy, squash, peas and peppers, to which the curry provided a nice dressing of sorts.
While the curry itself was quite rich, as to be expected, I was happy to have a curry dish that I knew for sure was vegan. In most establishments where curry is served, Thai restaurants in particular, fish oil tends to be an inevitable ingredients. Fortunately, this dish was 100 percent vegan, and although the flavors were a bit too poignant for my tastes, it certainly channeled authentic Cambodian flavors. For $17.50, though, make sure you know you like curry before choosing it.
Even though The Elephant Walk is practically on Boston University’s campus, it definitely doesn’t seem like it draws in many students. Most of the patrons were families, young professionals or older couples. That’s probably because the prices tend to be pretty steep: nearly $20 for an entree, after all, is a lot to ask from a college student. But, if you’re looking to have a nice dinner at an upscale restaurant that offers an abundance of unusual, but appetizing, vegan options, The Elephant Walk is certainly worth a visit.
By Ryan Galindo, Staff Writer
Boston University finals are approaching! Time to dust the cobwebs of your notes from circa September (feels like forever ago) and start making those flash cards and study guides because exams are about a week and a half away. In a week, we’ll be in study period, or dead week, as I’d like to call it (even though it doesn’t exactly last for a week). And yes, this could mean free days, but it’s called study period for a reason.
But where to study? Definitely not in your room, right? With the temptation of your comfy bed and snacks, you’ll probably end up slacking and dozing off. Not good. Oh, say what? You want to study at Mugar Memorial Library, with its abundance of tables and desks with convenient outlets, and most importantly, silence and that scholarly atmosphere?
In what could undoubtedly be Mugar’s busiest periods of the year, students flock to the library to grab a seat and get on top of their studies. Really, on top of them. A third of these kids are asleep with a notebook as a pillow. But if you’re planning to join Mugarfest this semester, as I’ll call it, here are a few tips to secure your spot and more:
Be an early bird: Pretend it’s Black Friday, except you’re hoping to grab your favorite corner in Mugar as opposed to a new flat-screen. With thousands of students that attend BU, most of them will have the same idea as yours to study in the library. Ensure that your spot isn’t taken by getting there early.
Interchange with a friend: Do you have a friend that wants to study in Mugar, too? Great. Assuming that the library is insanely packed, you can share a desk with him or her, and by that I mean they can have the spot for six hours and you can have it for the next six. While your friend studies, go out and take a break or catch up on some sleep. Then go back and let your friend have that same opportunity while you study. It’s like watching the fort, except you’re guarding a desk.
Be courteous: There are other students who need to study just as badly as you do, so play nice and be respectful to those around you. All typical library rules apply, like no talking and no music. Also, please refrain from saving seats for people. Be nice and share.
Get some rest: I shouldn’t have to explain this because you’ve heard it all before. And if you’re one of those people who bring their own sleeping bags to the library and sleep under tables, make sure that you secure your stuff or that a friend is watching them while he or she studies.
Get energized: Don’t forget to take a snack or a drink with you. Your brain needs sustenance to function well.
Get ready: Make sure that you’ve got all your textbooks, notes and computer with you. It sucks knowing that you left key material back in your dorm and that you’ll have to make a short trip to retrieve them, which puts your seat up for grabs.
Happy studying, Terriers!
By Katie Doyle, Food Editor
If you’ve been in one of the dining halls lately, you may have seen, or been asked to sign, the Boston University Vegetarian Society’s petition to start up “Meatless Mondays” here at BU.
A member may have explained to you that on those days, there would be a 75 percent reduction in meat options. They may have explained that BU would be following in the footsteps of institutions like Columbia University, John Hopkins University, Yale University, New York University and University of Virginia that have already joined the movement.
There’s a reason that top-tier colleges and universities are getting on board with this initiative, and a reason Boston University should be, too, as there’s clear, tangible evidence that a vegetarian diet is beneficial for our bodies and for our planet. Just look at the legitimate, peer-reviewed studies that have shown that across the board that vegetarians live longer and healthier lives, with a much lower risk for cancer, Type 2 diabetes, heart disease and obesity.
While it can be easy to shrug off health factors, it should be harder to brush off the fate of the planet we call home. Our nation’s meat production is the number one cause of harmful greenhouse gases, contributing to pollution more so than all of the cars, trucks, planes, trains and buses in the world combined. It’s true that our environment is already in deep trouble, and although plant-based diets won’t necessarily be the saving grace of climate change, we’ve got to start somewhere. Meatless Mondays is one way to reduce our collective carbon footprint.
At a university where approximately 7 percent of students here identify as vegetarians, and 3 percent as vegans, according to Dining Services’ annual survey, one might hope that the petition for Meatless Mondays would be reasonably well received, especially when the benefits of are so clear.
Fortunately, the Vegetarian Society is making progress with the initiative, and a survey will be released within the coming weeks to gauge the students’ perspectives on it. Hopefully, the reaction will be a good one.
It seems as if any backlash against the Meatless Monday movement, or vegetarianism in general, has nothing to do with the actual pros and cons of an herbivore diet. It’s more of a rejection on principle, like when someone is served a dessert they really like, until they find out it’s vegan.
It’s similar to when the National Rifle Association accused President Obama of “taking away their guns,” when, in reality, he received an “F” on the Brady Campaign’s scorecard of politicians who have spoken out against gun violence.
While I know that’s a bold comparison to make, it sheds some light on the issue of Meatless Mondays. No one would be taking away meat options in the dining hall. Rather, there would simply be less meat options and more vegetarian meals, which can be surprisingly delicious if only given the chance. What the objection boils down to, I think, is the issue of getting wrapped up in rhetoric, rather than looking at the facts. You know what I mean: “This is America, and you can’t take away my (insert noun here).”
Here’s the thing, though: they’re right, this is America, which means we at BU are lucky enough to have access to quality meat, cage-free eggs and delicious vegetarian options. It’s a privilege to have both meat and meatless food at our disposal. Instead of resenting the effort to bring in a wider range of vegetarian options one day a week, we should embrace and welcome the opportunity to make a difference in our world, no matter how small (or big) it might be.
If you haven’t yet signed the Meatless Monday petition, you can do so now by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org. But, as a reminder, really any day can be a Meatless Monday, if you so choose. Simply challenge yourself to check out the dining hall’s vegetarian station and try something new, while also doing your body, your planet and even your taste buds a favor.
By Amira Francis, Staff Writer
Sometimes it’s easy to get stuck in the confines of Boston University’s campus. Sure, there’s a whole world out there, but BU is, well, comfy, convenient and safe. Why go out somewhere else to study and have a good time when you can curl up in your best friend’s dorm to eat and snooze, or visit Mugar Memorial Library to nestle down and plow through your homework?
Well, I’m here to remind you why. It’s refreshing, stimulating and healthy. It gives you a change of atmosphere. I’m going to talk about just a few obvious places that often get overlooked when deciding where to study or relax. Sometimes, it’s important to get away from the vibe of the BU campus and fall into something a little bit different.
The Garden: I’m sure you’ve been to the Boston Public Garden. But how often do you come here to have a full day of entertainment, relaxation or even studying? It’s easy to get caught up in a world of only college students, but when you come to the garden, you’re reminded that there’s a whole menagerie of people out there—people of different ages, with different ideas, from different backgrounds. It’s kind of nice to get out of the college scene and see all different walks of life.
You could use the garden for many different things. You could find a quiet spot to hit the books underneath one of the many willow trees around the park. You could use the time alone to stroll through the park and listen to the various musicians and performers along the path. You could come here with a group of friends and make it a day of adventure, trying out restaurants around the park or playing some sort of pick-up game. Be inspired to play your own music in the park. Decide to be a kid and climb one of the many trees it offers. Give a little money and love to the performers that are trying to share their talent with you.
Harvard Square: Okay, chances are you’ve been here too. If you haven’t, decide to make the trip! Harvard Square is a magical place, my friends. It’s filled with an intellectual buzz. You can find a cafe in nearly every other building you pass, and the square itself is always full of people—students, tourists and professors alike. There are a variety of things you can do in a day trip here, including bringing homework to cafe-hop with or going shopping at the local Urban Outfitters. There are always different events happening around the square that emanate creativity, too. Whether it’s a painter selling his art, a local playing guitar and singing, or two people dressed as historical figures giving tours, Harvard Square always has something interesting to offer.
Espresso Royale Caffe: If you don’t have quite the time or energy to get out of BU’s campus, there’s always a little niche called Espresso Royale waiting around the corner. Walking into the cute, comfortable cafe is basically like stepping into another world. The atmosphere changes, and suddenly you don’t feel like you’re at BU anymore. Dimly lit with indie music playing quietly in the background and a comforting aroma of coffee wafting through the air, Espresso Royale makes for a good getaway without straying too far from home. Here, you can always find friendly company, good conversation and a fresh cup of coffee. Perfect for stimulating your young college mind.
Whether your journey takes you far or keeps you close to home, be sure to switch it up often and journey outside to discover new hotspots! Boston has plenty to offer.