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Spotlight: NYC v. Boston

By Stacy Schoonover, Staff Writer
@stacyscootover

Obviously, Boston is better than New York City./ PHOTO VIA Flickr user Roberto Zingales

Boston: home of the Red Sox, the Bruins, and Boston University./ PHOTO VIA Flickr user Roberto Zingales

I spent this past weekend in New York, and while NYC is the “big apple” and the “largest city in the U.S.” I couldn’t help thinking how much I love Boston more. Don’t get me wrong, New York is amazing — but there is just something about Boston that makes it superior. Let me explain…

New York is amazing because:

1. 24-Hour Subway

This city never sleeps. While Boston just go the T to stay open until 3 a.m. on Friday and Saturdays, New York is transporting people on a Tuesday at 4 a.m., and it’s wonderful.

2. That being said, the city never sleeps

Boston’s bedtime is that of an old married couple having to wake up the next morning for a nine to five workday. New York has nightlife, bars, events and activities at all hours.

3. The streets are blocked, and they make sense

If someone told me I had to be at 42nd and 6th, I wouldn’t have to get out MapQuest, or take a cab just to avoid getting lost or being late. In Boston, the streets don’t make sense. Bottom Line.

4. Central Park is better than the Boston Common

Both are gorgeous… but Central Park has a zoo. A zoo, people! 1.317 square miles of adventures, playgrounds, animals, zoos, concerts, etc. is better than 50 acres of trees.

5. New York is the Cultural Capital of the World

Home to the United Nations and a hub of international affairs, New York is more cultural in food, fashion and other cultural markets. Boston is more centered on remembering the past with its strong historical background.

Boston is way better than New York because:

New York City has a lot to offer, but can it stand up to Boston?/ PHOTO VIA Flickr user Chris Isherwood

New York City has a lot to offer, but can it stand up to Boston?/ PHOTO VIA Flickr user Chris Isherwood

1. New York is too crowded

The traffic of the Boston Marathon is the traffic on a normal day on 42nd street in New York. Boston is more livable, and while Boston is still touristy, it doesn’t stand out as much as the most populated city in the U.S.

2. We have the North End

Enough said.

3. Boston smells better

There isn’t as much pollution, and that is a beautiful thing.

4. Sports

Yes New York has won 47 professional championships, but it’s the largest city in the U.S. Boston is the 21st largest city in the U.S., and has won 34 professional championships. Go Sox. Go Bruins. We win.

5. Boston is the hub of history

Home of the Boston Massacre, Boston Tea Party and many other significant moments of the American Revolution, there’s so many historical sights to see. We also have the first public school in the U.S., the first subway system and the Boston Common is the oldest city park in the U.S.

And most importantly, Boston is home to BU, the best school ever! So, we win.

Lauren in London: FOMO

By Lauren Dezenski, Staff Writer
@LaurenDezenski

You can’t have Boston without the Red Sox./PHOTO VIA Flickr user Keith Allison

If Webster was a college-aged COM major, he’d describe FOMO in the following ways:

Noun: Short for “fear of missing out,” describing the feeling of being left out or the anticipation of being left out.

It can also be used as a verb.

When used in a sentence: “Lauren FOMOed so hard when she missed the Red Sox winning the World Series at Fenway this year.”

This should come as no surprise, but I felt so much FOMO this week. Not that this was a secret in any way because I told anyone who’d ask (and most people didn’t even have to ask for me to tell them).

As pretty much any media report on Boston’s World Series victory will tell you: the win was huge for the city.

It’s so strange to know the city is at such a high when just six months ago, it was at such a low. It was even stranger to not be there to experience that high.

When the bombs went off on Boylston St. six months ago, I was working on the city desk at the Boston Globe. The entire day, I had been looking forward to my shift ending at 3:30–I was missing out on much of Marathon Monday because I was at work, but I planned to make the most of the rest of the day by meeting up with friends and, per tradition, drinking heavily. That all changed at roughly 2:50 when the police scanner on my editor’s desk erupted with noise. The next six hours, not to mention the rest of the week, were a scary, exhilarating blur.

There really is something incredible about the city of Boston. This strange little city full of people with crazy accents manages to get under your skin and stick with you.

Sure, I like London, but I love boston. And after living and working in the city during that week in the middle of April, I felt so close to the city that I totally understood wanting to fight someone for saying something terrible about Boston.

I think it’s that connection that kept me up until 4 a.m. on a work night, glued to Twitter to see the Red Sox clinch the final World Series game. I admit, I’m not truly a Red Sox die-hard. I can’t name more than two or three players on the roster and I certainly didn’t go to a place in London that showed the game. But I know what the team means to the city, because let’s face it. You can’t have Boston without the Red Sox.

It’s strange to be in a special, once-in-a-lifetime place but just want to go home. Boston may not be my hometown, but after this spring, it is my home. And there is no other way to put this: It truly sucked not to be one of the thousands cheering for the team on Boylston Street, snapping an Instagram or two like my friend Meredith. I just wanted to be shipping up to Boston, not sipping tea at Selfridges.

Nevertheless, I’ll be home soon. I’ve only got six weeks left across the pond, and I’m set to enjoy them properly. And let’s be honest, spring training really isn’t that far off.

Narrative Lede: The story behind the David Ortiz Photo

David Ortiz runs the last part of the Boston Marathon. Photo by Meredith Perri

David Ortiz runs the last part of the Boston Marathon. Photo by Meredith Perri

On Saturday, at the Red Sox Rolling Rally, Meredith Perri captured David Ortiz running across the Marathon finish line. Instinctively, she Instagrammed it. Little did she know what would happen to it.

From her blog: The Narrative Lede: The story behind the David Ortiz Photo

I’m, quite honestly, a bit shocked right now. When I posted the photo of David Ortiz onto my Instagram, I never imagined that an hour later it would have gone viral. As some of you know, though, there is a non-social media reason why I’m overwhelmed. Before anything happened with that picture, I had decided I was going to make this post. Now it seems even more relevant.

Top Heroes of 2013 – Boston Edition

By Brandon Lewis, Staff Writer
@Brandon_S_Lewis

These heroes have made Boston./PHOTO VIA Flickr user DKOphotography

Earlier this month, CNN released its Top 10 Heroes of 2013 list, shedding light on average individuals attempting to make a difference.

This year’s winners partake in a wide range of causes such as providing shelter for disabled veterans and helping inner-city children stay off the streets. Each hero is rewarded $50,000 for their philanthropic efforts and will be honored at “CNN Heroes: An All-Star Tribute” airing on Dec. 1.

2013 has been a crazy year for Boston and there are plenty of people who deserve to be recognized for their efforts to keep our city intact. Here are my “Top 3 Boston Heroes of 2013”:

RED SOX

No matter how the World Series turns out (preferably with a title), the success of the Red Sox is arguably the best sports story in Boston this year. Following their worst season since 1965, the Sox had a strong 2013 season with 97 wins to only 65 losses. They became the 11 team in major league history to go from worst in the division to first the following season. They finished this year tied with the Cardinals for the best record in baseball. What a year for the team!

MAYOR MENINO

With the mayoral election coming up next week, it’s only right to salute the man who has kept Boston in check for the past two decades. As Thomas Menino enters his final months in office, the 70-year-old Boston native remains a popular figure amongst city residents. Some of his accomplishments include improving the Boston Schools system and founding the Innovation District. And the little things, such as fixing potholes and revitalizing neighborhoods. Many are sad to see him go but he felt it was time to pack up the cleats. Mr. Menino, we’ll miss you!

Boston Police Department, Watertown Police Department, First Responders, and Good Samaritans at the Boston Marathon

The unthinkable occurred at this year’s Boston Marathon. A day of celebration and triumph quickly turned into a tragedy. Two bombs exploded near the finish line, killing three and injuring over 260. Instead of fleeing the area, many bystanders ran to helpless individuals injured on the ground to keep them calm and ensure that help was on the way. The help came in the form of first responders. Their primary goal was identifying injured individuals and getting them to hospitals as fast as they could. Four days after the attack, the Watertown Police Department along with the Boston Police Department killed Tamerlan Tsarnaev, one of the suspects, and captured the other, Dzhokhar Tsarnaev. On behalf of Boston and the state of Massachusetts, I would like to salute all the heroes, recognized or unsung, of the Boston Marathon.

Boston is a tough and resilient town, and so are its heroes.

Fashion Padawan: That Time I Dressed Up for Ellen + Bonus Padawan

By Danny McCarthy, Staff Writer
@dannyvonunicorn

The Green Monster and Rosie the Riveter all thrown into one./PHOTO VIA Danny McCarthy

Ellen came to Boston. The tweet read: “Who’s ready to win some World Series tickets? I’m talking to you, Boston. Marsh Plaza at BU. 5pm. Be there.”

False.

This statement should have read, “A representative of Ellen DeGeneres is holding a competition for, like, three people to win Red Sox tickets after standing in the cold for five hours.”

However, no one knew that originally.

At 3:30 p.m., I went with two friends to CVS to pick up green makeup and hairspray. Now, I was hoping that Ellen DeGeneres wasn’t super popular and no one would have read her Twitter challenge. That didn’t happen. The line for the cash register stretched back into the depths of the store.

Armed with a Halloween set of paint and blue and yellow spray paint, we literally sprinted back to the dorm, ripping through our rooms for anything green or Sox.

I wore a green t-shirt, green jeans (yeah, I own green jeans) and a fabulously assembled pair of red boxers on my head. After applying green eyeliner, I looked like a slightly more feminine version of Rosie the Riveter. Seriously.

However, even in my green glory, I was a candle to the flame that was my next-door neighbor, who only wore a pair of green boxers and green body paint. We all wandered down to Marsh Plaza, where, shockingly, we weren’t the most outrageously dressed. There were people head-to-toe in thick green body paint, a Gilly suit (respect, respect) and someone who was literally draped in towels.

I admit, I wanted the Red Sox tickets, but after an hour and a half of standing out in the cold and drizzle, I was ready to go home. I took my tight pants and my aching shoulders — we thought it would be a good idea for my friend to sit on my shoulders so that we got more attention. SPOILER ALERT: It sucked as an idea. Worst idea ever — back to Warren to take a warm shower of defeat.

In the end, I didn’t get to see Ellen and I didn’t win Red Sox tickets. But I got to dress like an idiot with my friends and walk up and down the streets of Boston like a gypsy. Because when will I next get to be in college and dress in green and go crazy?

Answer: St. Patrick’s Day.

May the Fashion be with You!

BONUS PADAWAN:

Are you completely lost as to what to wear for Halloween? Are you allergic to dairy? I can help you with one of those two things.

Let’s face it, college is expensive. And buying massive amounts of queso (I crave the cheese) probably doesn’t make my bank account any happier. So if you’re like me and can’t deal with shelling out some Benjamins or Andrews, here are some quick and easy Halloween costumes you can do:

1. Borrow a floor mate’s eyeliner and draw whiskers and a frown on your face. Smear the remaining eyeliner around your eyes. Pair with a white t-shirt and a pair of homemade cat ears that you cut from printer paper and you are…

 GRUMPY CAT

2. Go through your closet and find a dress shirt and a pair of substantial boxers. Slap on some running sneakers and you are…

HALLOWALK OF SHAME

3. For this you need a buddy. Dress your friend in a white t-shirt and write across the front, “Mansion-Apartment-Shack-House”. Then, wear an oversized sports jersey and tighty-whiteys underneath. Stick your tongue out, and you and your friend are…

BANGERZ AND M-A-S-H

Seriously, you’re welcome.

May the Fashion Be With You.

MUSE: Five Ways to Get Off Campus

By Brooke Jackson-Glidden, Staff Writer
@bufoodist

Welcome to BU, freshman and transfers. Orientation is behind you and you’re almost through your first week of classes; now that you’re (almost) in the swing of things, it’s time to address an age-old issue for college students around the world – avoiding the bubble.

Part of going to a school as centralized and city-oriented as BU is learning how to get off campus and into the real world. Trust me, when you tell people you go to Boston University, people are going to ask you if you’ve been to a Red Sox game or walked the Freedom Trail, and you’re not going to want to say, “No.” Also, frat parties can only entertain you for so long. Don’t worry, we at MUSE have five activities to start your Boston life off with a bang.

1. Hop on the T and wander through the North End.

Hop on the green line and ride it to the end of the road: The Government Center stop plops you in the middle of downtown Boston, a short walk from one of the most iconic areas in Boston. Get a cannoli (whether it’s at the classic Mike’s or the Zimmern favorite Maria’s), inhale the intoxicating smell of Italian food and maybe even visit the historic landmarks hidden between the restaurants and wine shops.

2. Go to Central Square and hipster out.

Central Square in Cambridge, an easy T ride away, is a tiny hipster haven for the culture-cravers out there. Treat yourself to a scoop of the Grape Nut ice cream from Toscanini’s, get some new school year digs at Buy the Pound (in the store Garment District), and see a show at The Middle East.

3. Make yourself a picnic and sprawl out on the common.

Step one: Stick the blanket you’re obviously not using in this heat and stick it in a backpack.

Step two: See what you can sneak out of the dining hall.

Step three: Supplement your loot with some City Co snacks.

Step four: Ride the green line to one of the three stops on The Boston Common and have a quick picnic! The Common is a great spot for Frisbee, people-watching and general relaxation.

4. Dip your toes in the Boston Harbor (before it gets too cold!)

If you go to South Station and walk across Summer Street, you can find a little dock for some primo toe dipping. Yeah, it’s always that cold.

5. Eat some Boston Cream Pie!

Boston Cream Pie is a Beantown classic, and the first (and best) one can be found at Omni Parker House. If you ever walk the Freedom Trail, you go right past this iconic Boston restaurant. Stop in one afternoon and indulge in a timeless comfort food.

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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