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VIDEO: Food trucks @ BU

Video team Sam Sarkisian and Frankie Barbato asked students their thoughts on the food trucks at BU. Spoiler alert: the people love them.


Lobstah night stratehgy

My lobster night meal from Fall 2011. Yes, I photgraphed the lobster.  FRANKIE BARBATO/DAILY FREE PRESS STAFF

By Frankie Barbato, Blog Editor

Boston University is known for its excellent selection of dining. Compared to other colleges, BU’s student body can’t really complain when it comes to what to eat for dinner. However, the glory that is our dining halls is summed up the best by the epicness that is lobster night. Yes, that’s right, each September, BU students can enjoy lobster right in the dining halls. Gosh, we’re so spoiled.

Wait! I think I’m acting too calm about the wonder that is this night. The lines curl around the door, the lobster (and subsequent corn on the cob and potatoes) fill the dining hall with an aroma of wonderfulness. Each diner gets a bib to wear. I always wear the bib because when else is it socially acceptable to wear a bib?

Tonight will be my third lobster night. I’m a seasoned lobster night veteran. There’s a strategy behind the night, and although you might think I sound crazy, follow my guidelines and you will have a great lobster night experience.

Time correctly:

Arrive early. By early, I mean senior citizen early. I suggest between 5 p.m. and 5:30 p.m. Then cut the whole line. Just be discrete and say, “oh hey! I kind of know you. Let me just squeeze right past.” Done. You are now in lobster world while the rest of the line is sad because they wish they were you.

Never stop eating:

The powerful dining hall people will make you think you can only eat one lobster. Don’t listen to them. Last year I had two lobsters, because I strategized beforehand. Do you have any vegetarian friends who will accompany you to the dining hall, but eat a bowl of cereal instead? Take their lobster ticket. Then walk aimlessly around the dining hall pretending like you lost yours, and someone nice will offer you theirs, too. Boom. Three lobsters for you.

Be messy:

Wear the bib, and attempt to stay clean, but you will come out of their a mess anyway. Embrace it. Plan ahead by not wearing your best clothes, or by not eating dinner with people you want to look good around. Also, take advantage of the moist toilettes.

Photograph the event:

Last year BU Dining Services ( @BUDiningService) asked students to tweet pictures of their lobster night. From your food to your friends eating their food, they like it all photographed.  It’s secretly my goal to get my picture retweeted. Oh, the simple things.

Now that you’re prepared, happy eating.

Remembering 9/11 differently

By Frankie Barbato, Blog Editor

“Raise your hand if your dad works in New Jersey,” said my fourth grade teacher Mrs. Stein. While sitting in the back of the class I kept my hand down for this first question; I wondered where she could possibly be going with this game we were playing.

“Now raise your hand if your mom works in New Jersey,” she said, and hands went up. “Whose dad works in Pennsylvania? How about your mom? Raise your hand if your mom or your dad works in New York City,” asked Mrs. Stein, but for this question she carefully counted and wrote down the results.

Every new hand that went up was met with a worrisome glance from Mrs. Stein. And as the last nine year old finally figured out where his parents worked, she stood motionless, staring at the number she had written on her pad. Right after, she told a kid in my class to go straight to the office and hand in the results.

Sitting in class on Sept. 11, 2001, my fourth grade self did not completely understand the severity of what was going on that morning. When I got home from school that day, my mom told me that something bad had happened but that my dad, who worked near the Twin Towers, was okay. That whole afternoon, and into the night, my entire neighborhood, family friends and relatives came together to watch the news stations report on the tragedies that morning. Since we’re all from New Jersey, we all knew someone who was affected by the attacks.

Ten years later, sitting in my HI152 class last fall, my professor brought up 9/11 during one of our more current event discussions. She went around the room asking for students to recall where they were that day, what their parents told them about the attacks and how their elementary school self perceived the severity of the situation.

What confused me the most however, was the different responses students gave about their memories, depending on where in the country they grew up. For me, every other fourth grader in that class 11 years ago had a parent, an uncle, a neighbor or someone who was affected by the attacks. Everyone knew someone. Today, all my friends from home remember exactly where they were on 9/11, and can recall the entire events of their day with exact detail.

But some Boston University students cannot.

I distinctly recall during my history class, a girl from California who said that her parents didn’t talk to her about it at all. To her, the attacks just didn’t mean as much. She understood how tragic of an event that morning was for America, but she lacked that personal connection to the day.

My elementary school in New Jersey had a moment of silence to remember 9/11 this morning. Sitting in my upper level political science class right now, my professor has yet to even bring up the topic.

I guess 11 years later, I finally understand that memories of Sept. 11, 2001 mean a lot more for some people than they do for others.

MULTIMEDIA: Boston University celebrates Holi 2012

By Frankie Barbato, Spotlight Editor

For anyone walking past the BU Beach Saturday afternoon, the sight of students dancing to the blasting music while splattered in paint seemed a little strange. However, the meaning of the event was much more than what met the eye, and demonstrated the positive things that BU students are participating in

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Celebrities turned photographers thanks to Instagram

By Frankie Barbato, Spotlight Editor

Since its 2010 inception, over 50 million iPhone owners have downloaded the free photo sharing application, Instagram. The average person can instantly become a professional photographer by transforming photos into artistic masterpieces by using color filters. However, celebrities, as if they do not already have enough pictures taken of them, are joining the Instagram craze as well. The result: wealthy celebrities attempting to look edgy by filtering colors of the picture of their Porsche.

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How to say no to nose-bleed

By Frankie Barbato, Spotlight Editor

With so many sports teams in Boston to root for, it is no surprise that both Boston locals and Boston University students enjoy heading out to the games. Even though Fenway Park might be just a quick walk from Warren Towers, how much does it cost to actually get in the park itself? At first glance, tickets can seem to break the bank (can we use convenience points for these?), but fear not! Here is the how-to guide to buying tickets.

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Super Bowl XLVI survival guide

By Frankie Barbato, Spotlight Editor

Super Bowl is XLVI is less than a week away. For a football game that has turned into more of a national holiday, many spectators forget that the purpose of this Sunday is to actually the watch New York Giants play the New England Patriots. With so many other things to focus on other than the big game, the daylong event can be stressful. But fear not! Here is a survival guide to help manage Sunday’s most important festivities. Continue reading

Top 11 foods under $7 at 7-Eleven

By Frankie Barbato, Spotlight Editor

If you had the opportunity to grow up near a 7-Eleven store, a cherry or blueberry Slurpee was probably cornerstone of your childhood. Even now as college students, it’s hard to deny the deliciousness of a Slurpee, as well as other food and drinks that this convenience store has to offer.

Here is a compilation of the top 11 foods for under $7 at the latest 7-Eleven in Boston at 860 Commonwealth Ave. Oh, and I honestly don’t think there is one food item that costs over $7, or $3 for that matter, in this store.

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Top five Real Housewives moments of all time

By Frankie Barbato, Spotlight Editor

Here at the Daily Free Now, the Real Housewives are a huge guilty pleasure. In honor of the start of the Orange County franchise’s seventh season, here’s a compilation of the best Housewife moments yet.

1) Teresa flipping over the table (Real Housewives of New Jersey): While out to dinner, Teresa Guidice flips a table after cast-mate Danielle Staub told her to “pay attention . . . puhlease” in regard to some questions Teresa was asking. Apparently, Teresa was not okay with this attitude and decided that the best plan of action was to flip a table over and then pretend like she was really fine with everything about three minutes later.

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