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In Biz: A semester in review

By Emily Overholt, Staff Writer
@EmilyOverholt

Exploring the merits of sleeping in v. actually going to class./ PHOTO via Emily Overholt

Exploring the merits of sleeping in v. actually going to class./ PHOTO via Emily Overholt

So here we are folks. One full semester of InBiz back in action. Are you proud? I’m proud. I thought for my final blog I’d take a stroll down memory lane with you through my weird business-like rants.

1. I talked about skipping class and what it costs you for tuition. This blog was 100 percent per my father’s request and definitely a criticism of my own habits. Although I am proud to say I have attended 99 percent of my classes this semester, a new all time high. Sure it took me almost all of college to get here, but it’s the thought that counts.

Why this post worked: I had to do math. It was relevant. I had to learn how to blog.
Why this post didn’t work: I had to do math. Ouch.

2. My first adventure into the listicle was inspired by trying to buy lottery tickets with convenience points. I learned that I have slightly more respect for Buzzfeed because being witty is hard. I also learned that Tumblrs that make gifs often have names we can’t publish. Way to go Tumbr.

Why this post worked: Listicles! Gifs! The constant lament that I can’t buy beer at the BU Pub with monopoly money!
Why it didn’t work: I’m not actually that funny. Sorry guys.

A "Game of Thrones" GIF for the listicle because, well, "Game of Thrones"./ GIF VIA reactiongifs.com

A “Game of Thrones” GIF for the listicle on finding a subletter because, well, “Game of Thrones”./ GIF VIA reactiongifs.com

3. In March I decided to complain about Slate complaining. I know, super meta. Sure, I may have thought of this blog by idly scrolling through Twitter and picking the first thing I could have an opinion on, but that doesn’t mean my strong feelings about Slate are any less real. Seriously, ask me about Slate some time. I have a lot of feelings.

Why it worked: I was forced to analyze other people’s convictions as well as look at how marketing works. In a lot of ways I had to think the most for this blog. Maybe Slate did win in the end.
Why it didn’t: Unless other people also noticed that Slate wouldn’t stop beating a dead horse, I probably was typing into the abyss.

4. And finally, my penultimate log was about Game of Thrones and finding subletters.

Why it worked: Game of Thrones
Why it didn’t: No one contacted me to sublet me apartment…

Thanks for InBizing with me!

InBiz: How it feels trying to find a subletter, as told by “Game of Thrones”

By Emily Overholt, Staff Writer
@EmilyOverholt

The Boston ice is finally melting which can mean only one thing: the semester is ending. For those of us who aren’t living in the palace that is StuVi, and who aren’t kicking it in Boston this summer, it means it’s time to convince someone to pay your rent (I mean ‘take your place’) in your Allston apartment.

GIF VIA Game of GIFS Tumblr user

GIF VIA Tumblr user Game of GIFS

In honor of my insane excitement about the season four premier, here’s what it feels like trying to find a subletter, as told by “Game of Thrones.” Get ready to press play and feel the struggle.

At first you’re hopeful. You love your apartment. It’s cheap, comfortable, you’re used to it. Look at that view. Everyone would want to live here.

GOT 2

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Then you start trying to write a craigslist ad, and suddenly everything is awful. How have you been paying this much to live in a closet all year? WHO WILL CHOOSE TO LIVE HERE?

GOT 3

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You start asking your friends to move in so you don’t have to deal with it. Even offering sweet deals.

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GIF VIA reactiongifs.com

When your friends move in you decide to throw caution to the wind. Who needs background checks? Please live here.

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GIF VIA castofthrones.com

As time passes you start to realize that there really is no choice.  You no longer care who lives in your stuff but you try to get your roommate to get along with the strangers.

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Your roommate shoots down your applicant.

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You turn to the BU Housing Facebook group in a final moment of desperation.

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And then you wait…

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But eventually, summer is coming and surely everything will have worked out. Unless, of course, your last name is Stark.

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In Biz: The “pink princess problem” and why it’s not

By Emily Overholt, Staff Writer
@EmilyOverholt

Scrolling through the internet, every week or so I see a different thought piece on marketing toys for girls (I’m looking at you, Slate).

It all started about a year ago with the kickstarter campaign for GoldieBlox, a cute toy which supposedly will harbor engineering and creative problem-solving skills in your daughter. Cute idea and a pretty stellar ad, if I say so myself. But people aren’t mad not that the toy isn’t good, even if the Amazon reviews say as much, they’re mad because it’s pink.

Seriously, it’s almost April 2014, and on Sunday Slate posted yet another think piece on the “pink princess problem.”

The author, Allison Benedikt, says: “What is it with you moms of girls? I have never met a single one of you who isn’t tortured about pink and princesses. It is a given that if you are a mildly feminist mother (or father, but more mother), you are going to do everything within your power to steer your daughters away from anything that has the stink of “girly” on it. I shudder to think how many pink ruffled onesies, gifts from less enlightened relatives and sexist friends, have gone unworn because America’s feminist mothers could not stand to dress their 3-week-olds in the color of oppression.”

You know what I want to know? Why are we stressing about colors? Why is it kids products that set people off? Since when does my vast collection of Barbies (which no, you can’t give away Mom) mean I hate women?

Marketing isn’t perfect for any demographic. If the internet is to be believed, models are too skinny, men are too muscled, advertising is misogynistic and Obamacare is a scam. But I take the internet with a grain of salt. Advertisers are just doing their jobs. Studies have shown that little girls like princesses and pink and not worms.

Let’s stop fighting. If you have a brain, marketing doesn’t have to be the be-all and end-all of your tastes. And please, Slate, stop writing about colors and how they oppress little girls who don’t know what the phrase “gender binary” means.

In Biz: The Problem With Bitcoin

By Emily Overholt, Staff Writer
@EmilyOverholt

A lot of people are concerned with where Bitcoin is going, but would you invest in it?/ PHOTO VIA Flickr user Antana

A lot of people are concerned with where Bitcoin is going, but would you invest in it?/ PHOTO VIA Flickr user Antana

I’ve been pretty fascinated by Bitcoin for about a year now. Really, I was late to the party, but I’ve still got a good grip on it.

For those of you who don’t know, Bitcoin is a digital currency that is not backed by any form of government. Bitcoins are held in digital Bitcoin wallets and traded person to person for goods and services.

The mainstream media didn’t really latch on to Bitcoin until about December when it had a huge run, a single coin was worth as much as $1,200 a few months ago. Anything worth that much money gets media attention, that’s just how it works. The run didn’t last and coins are currently worth about $600.

But here’s the thing, it’s not worth it for me to tell you the price as I write this. It could be higher or lower just seconds from now. Sure, that’s the case with any commodity or stock. The price of gold fluctuates daily, but it’s fluctuating in cents not dollars.

Bitcoin had potential to be a great commodity, if not a currency. But before it becomes usable it has got to settle down. If I’m buying Chinese takeout for $10 I don’t want it to end up costing me $12 as I eat it because I didn’t wait for the exchange rate to drop.

There’s one other risk I’d be remiss to not point out: security.

Because Bitcoin is entirely virtual it is at a greater risk than any currency that lives in a bank. Bank robberies are rare, but hacking happens every day. Bitcoin trading platform MtGox suffered such extreme security breaches it has shut down and now faces Bankruptcy. Ouch.

I think Bitcoin is fascinating. I’m usually tweeting about it. But I’m not willing to put my money in something so volatile at this point. Then again, a wise economics professor once told me about stocks, “you can either eat well or sleep well, never both.”

Maybe Bitcoin could make another run, we’ll just have to wait and see.

In Biz: Much House, Very Space, Plz Send Dogecoin

By Emily Overholt, Staff Writer
@EmilyOverholt

When is a joke dead? Is it when U.S. Health and Human Services tweets it?

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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.

InBiz: Things You Wish You Could Buy With Convenience Points

By Emily Overholt, Staff Writer
@EmilyOverholt

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:

1. Cigarettes

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.

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PHOTO VIA/ hoppip.tumblr.com

2. Beer

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.

King of the Hill

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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.

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4. Cabs

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.

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PHOTO VIA/ thelolgifs.tumblr.com

5. Papa John’s Pizza

RIP good breadsticks…

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PHOTO VIA/ funnycutegifs.com

InBiz: Skipping Classes Hurt Your Wallet More Than Your Grade

By Emily Overholt, Staff Writer
@EmilyOverholt

Is sleeping an extra hour really more important than that lecture?/ PHOTO via Emily Overholt

Is sleeping an extra hour really more important than that lecture?/ PHOTO via Emily Overholt

It’s cold, the T is running slow, you have a big lecture with no attendance and it’s too early in the semester to really miss anything important. Don’t pretend like you don’t want to skip.

But before you turn off that third (or sixth in my case) panicking alarm, think about the price of that class.

This year’s tuition is $43,970, and I know what you’re saying, one class does not equal $40,000 (we’re getting there).

So one semester is $21,985. You’re taking four classes, so each class is costing you $5496.25. There’s 16 weeks in a semester, so that’s $343.52 per week.

Here’s where it get’s tricky, if you are in a class that meets once a week, get your butt in class. The equivalent of dollars for that class could put your butt in this super sweet chair.

Your class meets twice a week and you’re considering blowing it off? That’s $171.75. You could be taking notes on this sweet tablet for that price, or watching Netflix. Yeah, definitely Netflix.

Three times a week? Conceptually I forgive you because who takes a Friday class willingly, but still $114.50 is going down the drain because your thirsty Thursday got out of hand.  You could be trotting around in these Unicorn shoes for that price, think about it.

Now go back to sleep, sleepy kitten. Sorry if your dreams are nightmares of losing your wallet.

Boston “bar crawl”

By Hilary Ribons, Blog Editor @hilaryalexisr
and Seline Jung, Multimedia Editor @selinejung

Some of the DFP staff ventured out on a Friday night for a “bar crawl!” Check out the list on our Foursquare map to see where you’re headed. Here’s what we found:

A cozy atmosphere awaits at Tommy Doyle's/ PHOTO BY Hilary Ribons. CLICK PHOTO FOR FULL PHOTO SLIDESHOW

A cozy atmosphere awaits at Tommy Doyle’s/ PHOTO BY Hilary Ribons. CLICK PHOTO FOR FULL PHOTO SLIDESHOW

Tommy Doyle’s:

Located on the side of a small street in Cambridge, Tommy Doyle’s looks like a house from its warm interiors to its wood siding. There was and upper and lower level, but on the night we were there, the upper level had a cover charge and the lower level was a private event. The atmosphere on the main floor is in between a nice sit-down place and a club. It’s a good place to hang out with friends and casually sip drinks before heading to a full-fledged club.

Hong Kong:

From the outside, this bar/club looks like your average neighborhood Chinese food restaurant. But don’t be fooled by the Hong Kong‘s looks. Once you pass the bouncer, make a sharp left, and go up some stairs and you’ll get to a second level. A well decorated bar is packed with people in their twenties and thirties socializing, standing in groups or sitting in offset corner booths with tables. The bartenders are friendly and interactive. But wait, there’s more.

There is a third floor as well. The night we attended, there was a long wait for the floor and most of our party did not get to go up. Part of the excitement surrounding the third floor was the hype that was created amongst the people waiting to go up.

The dance floor was pagoda-themed, and smaller than the lower two floors. Perhaps the biggest allure of the Hong Kong it feels like you have discovered a new scene each time you ascend the stairs.

A cosmo at Mass Ave Tavern/ PHOTO BY Hilary Ribons. CLICK PHOTO FOR FULL PHOTO STORY.

A cosmo at Mass Ave Tavern/ PHOTO BY Hilary Ribons. CLICK PHOTO FOR FULL PHOTO STORY.

Storyville:

There are plenty of dance clubs/bars in Boston, but few have no cover charge. This is one of the few. Storyville usually has a small line. Once inside, you descend a flight of stairs and have the option of entering one of two rooms. The first is lit with red lights and has a bar, and, behind a half-wall with rentable booths, a dance floor. The second room has blue lighting, its own music and a different, calmer yet still dance-worthy atmosphere. This club is good for decent drinks at a decent price, dancing, and saving money. The age group can be a little older, but if you go with a group of friends it’s a lot of fun.

Mass Ave Tavern:

Spacious sports bar/restaurant on Mass Ave and Newbury St. The service at Mass Ave Tavern is fast and friendly and the ambience is laid back but a bit nicer than your average sports bar. It’s not a typical college crowd, but if you don’t want to be bothered by anyone and just want to throw back a beer or two and eat nachos (seriously, the nachos could feed a party of 10) with your friends, Mass Ave Tavern is your place. There is also a foosball table and an array of board games to play, a fun and laid-back addition that mad Mass Ave stand out. Specialty cocktails include the Bee Keeper, which our fellow FreeP staffer described as “rye whiskey [with] fresh lemon and honey [to] really balance it out. It’s palatable and complements it instead of drawing attention to the alcohol.”

Grendel’s Den:

In our opinion, this was by far the best place of the night. Located right in the heart of Harvard Square, Grendel’s is located in the basement of a charming white building. It does sort of feel like a den – prepare to feel cozy but not suffocated, as can be the case in many bars frequented by college students. The crowd is young, the bartenders are trendy and tattooed, and prices are wallet-friendly. But beware of the specialty drink called “Kanye’s Workout Plan” – it sounds cool, but according to our taste-tester, it tasted more like watered-down mint syrup mixed in with some vodka than a refreshing lime-infused drink.

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CLICK PHOTO FOR FULL PHOTO SLIDESHOW. Patrons sit inside Mass Ave Tavern/ PHOTO BY Hilary Ribons

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Patrons sit inside Mass Ave Tavern/ PHOTO BY Hilary Ribons

FreepOUT: Campus editor’s playlist

Like Emily’s choice beats? Add the Campus playlist from our TheDailyFreePress Spotify account.

As much as I feel like putting a paper together is nonstop neuroticism, today I was left with some time to sit and stare at my computer in the office.

The result was this: a playlist of stuff I listened to while willing my faithful associates to edit faster.It’s a little bit all over the place because I have music ADD, but whatever, nobody’s perfect.

Please note: “Zombie By the Cranberries” by Andrew Jackson Jihad is my personal anthem about how many people ask me for cigarettes in Allston, and in front of Warren, and everywhere. Happy listening.

-Emily, your friendly neighborhood Campus Editor

**Look out for more editors’ playlists in the coming days and weeks. We have a lot of downtime waiting for the computer to open up/for our associates to edit stories.