Profiles

Victoria Finnegan

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Originally Published on GENYU on November 11, 2014.

Courtesy of Victoria Finnegan
Courtesy of Victoria Finnegan

Victoria Finnegan endures the Long Island Railroad daily in her commute from her family home on Long Island to New York University in Manhattan. However, as the 22-year-old journalism and English major embarks on her senior year, she faces questions far greater than how to keep busy during the hour-long train ride. And like most 20-somethings, her future presents exciting, yet undefined possibilities. Read the rest of this entry »

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Filmmaker finds inspiration in personal tragedy

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Originally Published on Cooper Squared on May 5, 2014.

Fredgy Noël makes her directorial debut with the short film Milking It.
Fredgy Noël makes her directorial debut with the short film Milking It.

In late November 2013, while the rest of New York City was preparing for the holiday season, Fredgy Noël sat crying in her therapist’s office.

Just five months earlier, her mother-in-law, Eve Michael, had lost a hard-fought battle with cancer. The family knew it was going to happen, but that never makes it any easier.

“She was such a fighter that I just kept on believing she was going to be okay. And it just affected me,” Noël recalled of her struggle to cope with the grief. “[Eve was] the closest person to me that’s ever passed away.”

During this particularly emotive session, a teary-eyed Noël asked her therapist, “Don’t you wish you could just date guys for their moms?” Read the rest of this entry »

Comedian Allie Kokesh reveals what it’s like to be an Upright Citizen

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Originally Published on Cooper Squared on April 21, 2014.

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Comedian Allie Kokesh after a Wednesday night performance.

Over the course of half an hour, comedian Allie Kokesh impersonated Superman to get into a Comic Con-themed nightclub, pretended to be a Hulk-sized milked-fueled 12-year-old, and encouraged an elderly woman with arthritis to do gymnastics.

If you missed Kokesh’s performance, you will mostly likely never have the chance to see these eccentric characters or scenarios again. In fact, every one of her performances is unique and unpredictable because she is a member of First Lady, an improv comedy troupe at the Upright Citizens Brigade Theater in New York City.

Comedians Amy Poehler, Matt Bess, Ian Roberts, and Matt Walsh started the New York UCB in 1996 and helped popularize the kind of long-form improv that Kokesh performs. Today, there are three UCB theatres – two in Manhattan and one in Los Angeles – that host shows seven nights a week. Read the rest of this entry »

College Republican on a Liberal Campus

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Originally Published on Cooper Squared on April 9, 2014.

After spending the hot Virginian summer of 2011 going door-to-door as a volunteer for a Republican state senate campaign, Megan Powers thought she was done with politics. Read the rest of this entry »

Maury Rubin brings a taste of the French countryside to New York City

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Originally Published on Cooper Squared on March 23, 2014.

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The City Bakery on a Saturday afternoon.

The thick smell of fresh hot chocolate is one of the first things you notice upon entering The City Bakery.  Unlike like most versions of the classic beverage, it is not made from cocoa powder, but liquefied chocolate bars instead.

 Located just off of Fifth Avenue, on West 18th Street, The City Bakery is perhaps best known for its annual Hot Chocolate Festival in February.

 However, it is more than just a place to indulge your sweet tooth.  Contrary to its name, the two-story eatery seems more like an upscale cafeteria than a mere bakery.

Just beyond the display case of cookies, tarts, and other freshly baked pastries are soup, salad, and sandwich bars where you can build your own meal.

This filling menu has made the bakery a popular lunch spot.  In fact, CEO and founder Maury Rubin said more people come in for lunch than for the pastries alone. Read the rest of this entry »

Student brings Craigslist style website to NYU

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Originally Published on Washington Square News Online on October 3, 2013.

When CAS sophomore Ethan Lew walked through the halls of his dorm last year, the number of bulletin boards overflowing with advertisements for tutoring services and items for sale overwhelmed him. Knowing many college students do not have time to sift through this clutter, Lew decided to create an online service to keep things organized. Read the rest of this entry »

Steinhardt sophomore works toward sanitation, water supply in Nicaragua

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Originally Published on Washington Square News Online on September 16, 2013.

Courtesy of Rachel Liquindoli for WSN

Karahola is a 400-person village in southern Nicaragua, reachable by car or horse. It may not seem noteworthy, but for Steinhardt sophomore Sophie Hollingsworth, it is a place with great potential for growth and improvement.

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