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 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 Stacy Schoonover, Staff Writer
With the spring semester going so fast, summer plans are in the back of our minds. Want to get a head start on summer preparation? Finding a storage company for all your college belongings is a great way to start. Below are some of the most commonly used services by Boston college students.
BU alum Jason Kaplan is the cofounder for an app called ‘Cubbyhole’ that finds nearby homes with extra space to store boxes, objects, luggage, etc. Storage can last one day, one month or even one year. Different rate plans are available, starting at $15.
The most popular usage of the service has been college students leaving for the summer or one-day travelers needing a place to store luggage before a flight.
Cubbyhole asks users to login with Facebook and then after determining his or her location, finds storage options nearby.
Users can also be hosts, offering space from a drawer size to an entire room. Hosts keep 70% of the fee, with the remaining 30% going to the Cubbyhole company.
Students can save up to 15% and even get the first month free for using the service Cubesmart where users select a location, choose a cube size and then reserve a unit. Prices for students start at $79.90 per month.
On Sparefoot, users can enter their location and get results for different storage services nearby displaying prices from lowest to highest. Storage space size varies from a 5’ x 5’ cubicle to 10’ x 30’.
Fetch storage picks up the items to be stored, stores them and then returns them. Prices start at $3 for a small crate and then escalate to up to 70 cubic feet for $62 per month. Fetch also offers a cheaper rate to buy boxes and rent crates.
By Stacy Schoonover, Staff Writer
A full-time faculty count of 2,628 and a student body of 29,978 people can be overwhelming to the average student. With so many faces to know at Boston University, sometimes its not as easy to get to know who our teachers are beyond what they teach in the classroom. However, we’ve made it a bit easier to recognize some new names on the staff to look out for and what they are involved in besides teaching at BU.
1. David Carr
This New York Times media columnist teaches about supporting journalism in the digital era. He still writes for The New York Times and is planning out curriculum this semester for his two courses next year. Carr will be teaching two courses inspired by his column, one for Fall 2014 and one in Spring 2015.
2. Dirk Hackbarth
This international scholar in dynamic corporate finance teaches as an associate professor of finance in the School of Management. He’s also an associate editor of Management Science and Review Finance, and has been published in multiple academic journals.
A retired foreign service officer and United Nations worker now serves as a professor of the practice of international relations. He recently was appointed the Senior Advisor for Security Negotiations and Agreements, where he helped negotiate with Iraq on the Status of Forces Agreement.
Known as a leader in quantum mechanical calculation of complex materials, Bravaya is now an assistant professor of chemistry. She has contributed as a presenter at more than 30 conferences and co-authored a publication of 19 peer–reviewed pieces.
5. Anthony Janetos
Janetos had a previous career in high-impact global change science where he presented before Congress on various environmental issues many times. Now a professor of earth and environment and the Frederick S. Pardee Center Director, Janetos continues to pursue the studies and influence of global change research.
6. Minou Arjomand
Having published articles in Theatre Survey and Perspectives on Europe, Arjomand now serves as an assistant professor of English at BU. She is a co-founder of Morningside Opera and is currently writing a book about how post-World War II trials frame modern drama.
By Amy Gorel, Staff Writer
Chugging a coffee during the last five minutes of lecture, distractedly checking social media, my foot is tapping on the ground and I’m hoping that the professor lets us out early. He gloriously says, “Okay, any more questions?”
Sweet. I’m out of here. Going to print out that paper due next class and call my boss to tell them I can’t make it to work because I have this thing and that thing to do.
But wait, there’s a hand up in the back of the lecture hall and now another one. Who are these people? He was about to let us out early!
And then I realize that their questions encouraged the teacher to clarify some important and interesting info that was covered in class. Ugh.
Those hand-raisers were more concerned about the here and now–the lesson covered in this class–than they were about rushing off to do the next thing.
When every freshman gets to college, either through some orientation talk or an Internet meme, they hear the options they have: “Academics, sleep and social life. Choose two out of the three.” And sometimes more comically and probably more correctly, you find Dwight from “The Office” telling you that you could only choose one.
American college life emphasizes “doing it all.” Get good grades, join all the clubs, have an internship, make some money (and sometimes a lot of money if you have to pay for your own tuition), have an exciting social life and be a healthy and rested human being. Easy, right? Just the idea of balancing all that reaffirms my practice of keeping a backup thermos of coffee in my backpack.
Let’s stop to think. What are we paying upwards of $50,000 a year for? An education. We’re paying for the opportunity to learn from professors and from the readings and homework they assign.
We could learn to cook on our own and go out at night without paying that astronomical price. I only have to pay about $2.50 at Pavement for permission to sit for hours–and they don’t even ask me to complete a certain amount of reading before I visit again.
The hand-raisers happened to be part of the Evergreen program–students over the age of 58 who audit classes at BU. Speaking to them after class, I realized that they were here for the reasons the rest of the students are supposed to be here for–a love of learning. They are overjoyed to come to class, while the majority of undergrads grumble about waking up at the early hour of 10 a.m.
They’re here because they want to be here and they want to learn. They don’t have to stress over what they are going to do with their lives or how to follow the proper class structure to finish their major in time. While the “what am I doing with my life” stress won’t go away as an undergrad, it’s a good thing to stop and think about why we want to be here in the first place.
By Samantha Wong, Blog Editor
There is a distinct difference between enjoying a class and merely going just to go. Students have this tell, this look, that shows that they have to go to class and are about to endure what will feel like an eternity (i.e., an hour or an hour and thirty minutes) of pain. Take note that this is not absolute. Not every student gets that look on his or her face; some people want to be there and enjoy it. Though, in a perfect world, students would be going to class not only because they have to but also because they want to.
Centuries ago, in Ancient Greece, students used to form small groups with one lecturer. This was where Ptolemy and Aristotle learned the hows and whys of the world. This is, to some effect, how most of the intelligentsia and the not-so intelligentsia have learned and have come to share information.
Grecian methods are more or less what is being used in this day and age with a few modifications. The modifications are tacked on with the passing of time, with the hopes that, with each modification, with each alternative method, education will improve.
Some such modifications are that the size of groups has grown considerably; the student to teacher ratio definitely increased. Especially at a school like Boston University where there are about 15,800 undergrads. Another is that, as the world evolved, growing more and more technology savvy so did schools. Boston University, as most students know, has been online for a while, employing tools like Blackboard and Blackboard Learn.
While some are resistant to change, change, admittedly, brings about its own impacts. Though, it seems that change can mean the difference between a student performing to best of his or her ability to not performing at all. Change can mean the difference of being able to teach a student and cater to him or her on an individual level.
Some may argue that a standardized method of education may be better while others argue that innovation is key to collecting information and being able to grow for the better.
Hopefully, with the coming of time, Boston University will provide complete flexibility for classes that will increase student interest and participation. That, in addition to making attendance rates soar.
By Amy Gorel, Staff Writer
Though everyone has different opinions about what needs to be updated or renovated on campus, many students don’t realize the extensive planning that goes into each of the changes we see popping up.
Extensive research and bureaucratic processes go into deciding what new buildings to build, what areas need renovation, and where money spent will produce the most profit and have the most effect. The BU Institutional Master Plan outlines what the university is planning in terms of physical growth in the next ten years, but only after identifying every area of weakness and problems throughout campus. The strategic plan website outlines more of the university’s thought process on this.
For those who don’t spend their days perusing the Facilities Management & Planning website, check it out. It lists all of their major (and minor) projects around campus including ones related to academic spaces, athletic spaces, residences, administrative, research and student activities. You could find out more about why you see workers replacing windows on CAS in the middle of the night to which brownstone you should choose to live in as an upperclassman because they’re renovating it this year (it’s 2, 3 and 5 Buswell St., by the way).
So as you can see, it’s not quite as simple as saying taking care of those ugly lockers in the the College of Arts and Sciences is more important than putting new furniture in the School of Management lobby – even though its already arguably the most beautiful building on campus.
The renovations and new buildings show the school’s progression; these are decisions that denote that certain areas are growing or should be growing in the next few years. Physical renovations and buildings are evidence of academic growth or potential academic growth.
After the long summer, the first question out of your professors’ and your classmates’ mouths is probably going to be along the lines of, “So what did you do this summer?”
While some are probably unconcerned with what you did and others can hardly wait to tell you about the prestigious or cool or both internship or travel plans they had over the summer, they do bring up a point of interest for many these days–internships are just as much a part of the college experience as classes are today. Since internships are intertwined with higher education, more people are competing for less internships, most of which are unpaid.
Over the summer, a student who was unpaid for his work with Fox Searchlight Pictures sued–and won. The U.S. district judge said that when student interns do the work of a regular employee, they do deserve a paycheck.
Though you should probably wait a second before you start filing suits against all of your previous internship supervisors that made you grab coffee one too many times. The U.S. Department of Labor did spell out what is allowed and what is not for unpaid interns. The Department of Labor said that as long as the student is getting more educational benefit from the internship than the employer is gaining from their work, not getting paid is permissible.
However, is it a good thing to teach students that their contributions are so small that they don’t even deserve minimum wage?
Among the 2013 graduates who applied for a job after they received their bachelor degrees 63.1 percent of those who completed paid internships received at least one job offer. That compared to the 37 percent who received a job offer but having completed unpaid internships, according to the National Association of Colleges and Employers 2013 Student Survey.
While this may have something to do with the type of fields that offer paid internships (usually in the STEM fields) and the fields that are hiring the most people at the time, these are somewhat frightening statistics.
Why get up before noon and head to an office during the long, hot months of June, July and August and not be paid at your internship?
For this reason: Internships are not only a part of higher education, but are also responsible for teaching students many skills they they may not learn in the classroom. Employers also get a good deal out of the popularity of internships as well; young people bring fresh perspectives as well as being both Internet and technology savvy.
Though it would be nice if employers and students reached a balance wherein students learn on the job while paying for their own food.
By Heather Hamacek, Staff Writer
Cupcakes are delicious; there is no denying that. Probably because they’re miniature cakes! Everything tastes better when it is miniature. Treat Cupcake Bar, which recently opened a location in Chestnut Hill, knew exactly how to take a cupcake shop to the next level. The customer becomes part of the experience at Treat’s make-your-own-cupcake bar, where customers are able to mix three toppings of their choice to create a custom frosting, much like Cold Stone Creamery. The custom-made frosting then tops a cupcake of the customer’s choosing.
Not only do the customers get control of the components of the cupcake, they can even do the mixing themselves if they want! Customers then get a naked cupcake, a cup of frosting and their three chosen toppings to mix in and design.
“Treat is focusing on the fact that everyone loves cupcakes. Our initial branding was more kid-oriented,” said Adie Sprague, head baker and general manager. “A lot of cupcake stores target adults with nostalgia, [but] we went right [back] to the beginning. It doesn’t have to have a nostalgic vibe, it [cupcakes] can just be fun.”
Treat mixes a fun activity along with a delicious treat, making it an excellent place to visit after dinner or on a date. The pre-made cupcake flavors are quite ingenious, ranging from Fluffernutter to seasonal treats, like Sprague’s favorite, Blueberry Pancakes.
Treat caters in addition to having a café. It has two locations currently, the new shop at The Street— an outdoor collection of shops and eateries in Chestnut Hill— and the original shop is based in Needham.
By Heather Hamacek, Staff Writer
What is one to expect from an event called Condom Couture? Well, condoms for one, and fashion for another. Boston University’s chapter of Face Aids, an organization that helps fight HIV/AIDs in Africa and advocates for safe sex held the university’s first Condom Couture last Thursday night.
The event worked to de-stigmatize condoms and safe sex culture as much as it worked to raise money for Face AIDS.
Dresses, skirts and a jacket made of condoms were strutted down the makeshift runway constructed in the Jacob Sleeper Auditorium while two drag queens, Liza Lott and Ms. Kris Knievil, provided crude-humored commentary and kept the audience involved and laughing.
The judges, including some professors from BU, gave advice to the crowd before the models walked.
“Don’t ever use a condom without lube,” said Sophie Godley, a clinical assistant professor in the Department of Community Health Sciences.
Alfredo Hernandez, another judge, said, “do not stop having sex, by yourselves or with some else. Don’t stop. Do it safely.”
Jeremy Meltzer, one of the co-founders of BU’s Face Aids chapter said condoms do not even faze him anymore.
“The condoms are fun,” he said as he washed the lubrication off one in his sink. “You can make many condom jokes. 12,000 condoms, I’m always safe. Silly stuff like that.”
Meredith Hoobler, one of the designers and the winner of the fashion show said she has been walking around with condoms falling out of her bag since she got her first allotment of 600 condoms.
“I think it’s a really interesting conversation starter and topic,” said Hoober. “You never know, it tends to come out, something will just fall out of my bag. It tends to make life more interesting I guess during the day because people will be like ‘how’s the condom dress’ and others will do like six double takes. So I think that’s fun.”
Condom Couture is planning to become an annual event. It is definitely one worth going to.