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Spotlight: 411 on BU Architecture Opportunities

By Stacy Schoonover, Staff Writer
@stacyscootover

The changing face of the Beijing skyline./PHOTO VIA Wikimedia Commons.

The changing face of the Beijing skyline./PHOTO VIA Wikimedia Commons.

Interested in architecture and want to learn more about it? Here are some ways to get involved with architectural opportunities at Boston University!

The Architecture Club

BU’s Architecture Club is the first club dedicated to enjoying and learning more about architecture. The club acts as a resource for students interested in architecture programs by providing seminars on furthering education and portfolio development.

BU Chapter of the US Green Building Council

The US Green Building Council (USGBC) is a non-profit organization that focuses on sustainable design and construction. The student group aims to raise awareness for sustainability and promote interdisciplinary interaction. The club sees sustainability as a non-exclusive field that inherently involves the joining of many facets of society and academia.

The Global Brigades

The Global Architecture Brigade is part of the world’s largest student-led health and sustainable development organization called Global Brigades. Each year, Global Brigades mobilizes thousands of university students around the world to participate in nine different skill-based programs to improve the quality of life in under-resourced communities. The Architecture Brigades work with engineers, designers and community members to meet local educational and health needs by designing and constructing schools and health centers.

Upcoming Event: “Asia and the City” Forum

What: A forum on the changing nature of the Chinese capital between the late imperial and contemporary periods. Speakers include Ya-chen Ma from the National Tsing Hua University in Taiwan and Shuishan Yu from the School of Architecture at Northeastern University.

When: Wednesday, February 5th from 5-7pm

Where: 154 Bay State Road on the 2nd floor in the Eilts Room

If you’re interested in becoming involved in the Architectural Studies Program at BU, contact Keith Morgan, the Director of Architectural Studies, at knmorgan@bu.edu.

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What is Beauty?

By Devon Delfino, Staff Writer
@devondelfino

What is the beauty standard?/PHOTO VIA DeviantArt user TrueMalyugin

In a Washington Post interview with Nina Davuluri, the newly crowned Miss America said: “[In India,] the more fair-skinned you are, the more beautiful you are. And they spend tons of money on skin-lightening creams, bleaches, products, and here it’s vice versa; we spend so much on tanning products.”

With an ideal that varies so wildly from country to country, it’s worth asking, what is real beauty?

If you look at women’s magazines in the U.S., you see tall, thin, often-tan women. In India, as Davuluri attests, the lighter your skin, the better. Other Asian countries might tend towards pale skin, dark hair, and a long, lean body type. In Mauritania, an African country, the curvier women are, the more beautiful they are. The same is true, to a lesser extent, in Brazil, where larger hips in particular are prized. In France, the ‘natural’ look is in vogue. With all of these drastic differences in opinion, there seems to be no objective definition of beauty.

However, it seems that the overall US standard of beauty is gaining momentum internationally. In fact, some Korean women have even had eyelid surgery to gain the appearance of a more Caucasian face.

Despite these cultural differences in ideas of beauty, it would appear that the only truism is that beauty is money. The cosmetic industry in the US alone brings in $54.89 billion annually and that’s not even including plastic surgery, fragrances, skincare or hair care products.

And then there are the Youtube beauty “gurus” who give tips on makeup application and what products give the best results for combating wrinkles, dark spots, acne, dry skin, redness, and enlarged pores. I’ve bought a ton of products based on those promises. Some have even worked, but when I think about how much money I’ve spent on my face, it’s kind of insane (especially for someone living on a college student’s budget).

I’m not saying that we should all just focus on our inner beauty and ignore the societally constructed versions of beauty that surround us. In fact, I’m the first person to profess my love of (and obsession with) cosmetics and skincare products. But I do believe that everyone should take the whole industry with a grain of salt and focus more on what makes you feel beautiful. After all, beauty is in the eye of the beholder.