Out of Place, Out of Time

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(L-R) Davis, Lee, and Jackson

Four million people visit Georgia’s Stone Mountain Park annually, making it the state’s most popular tourist attraction. However, a racially motivated shooting in Charleston, South Carolina, in June, 2015, thrust the park’s Stone Mountain Memorial—a Confederate Mount Rushmore that looms over the predominantly black town—into the center of a contentious debate. It pits civil rights activists, who are pressing for the removal of the carvings of Confederate President Jefferson Davis and Generals Robert E. Lee and Thomas “Stonewall” Jackson, against descendants of the Confederacy who defend the monument as a symbol of their Southern heritage. This dispute is part of a larger discussion following the tragedy in South Carolina centered on the meaning and acceptability of Confederate symbols on public property. The current controversy, when placed in the context of the memorial’s bizarre backstory— which involves southern women’s groups and the Ku Klux Klan—highlights America’s failure to fully acknowledge its tumultuous racial history.

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Coral Resident Assistant Welcome Signs

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During summer 2015, I worked as the Summer Resource Center Assistant in a New York University residential hall. In addition to working with the Summer Residential Assistants, I also made preparations for the student staff that would take over during the academic year.

I used Adobe Photoshop to design personalized welcome signs for the new staff. The design was inspired by Disney’s “Finding Nemo” because the dorm is named Coral and often uses an underwater theme.

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Nathan Sykes performs sold-out show in Brighton

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Intend for April 15 publication in the UK. 

Courtesy of Nathan Sykes Official Facebook Page

Former-boyband member Nathan Sykes performed for a crowd of teens and twenty-somethings at the Komedia in Brighton last night.

The sold-out show was the second to last in his six-date UK tour, which kicked off in Glasgow last Wednesday. This is the 21-year-old’s first solo tour since his band, The Wanted, went on hiatus in March 2014. Read the rest of this entry »

Millennial Voices: Feminism

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Originally Published on GENYU on December 9, 2014.

We asked several millennials what  feminism means to them and this is what they had to say.

5 Femvertising Companies Using Their Profits For Good

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Originally Published on GENYU on December 9, 2014.

For a long time feminism seemed like a “dirty word” that often evoked images of hairy, man-hating women.  But recently this negative stereotype has begun to fade.  In fact young celebrities, like Emma Watson and Lena Dunham, have made feminism seem “cool.”  And companies have found a way to cash in on this changing stigma with “fem-vertising.” These ads use “girl-power” messages to sell products to women.   Although, the idea of makeup and shampoo companies profiting off of women’s rights issues seems a little suspect, these ads have only grown in number.  Thankfully, there are some companies that have been funneling a portion of their profits into projects that help women and girls. Read the rest of this entry »

Marketing to Millennial Women: Simply add Feminism and Stir

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Originally Published on GENYU on December 9, 2014.

Courtesy of Always #LikeAGirl Campaign
Courtesy of Always #LikeAGirl Campaign

In a brightly lit studio, director Lauren Greenfield asked several teens and young adults what it meant to act “like a girl.”  Doing the first thing that came to mind, a young woman flailed her legs and complained about messing up her hair as she ran “like a girl.” A man clawed at the air in front of him as he fought “like a girl.” And a boy barely extended his arm as he threw “like a girl.”  In contrast, another group – girls ages 5 to 13 years old – showed off how fast they sprint, how hard they jab, and how well they pitch.  Condensed into a roughly three-minute video, the social experiment explored how the meaning of this simple phrase differs among age groups.  Dedicated to redefining this insult, the video launched the #LikeAGirl campaign, coincidentally sponsored by the feminine hygiene brand Always. Read the rest of this entry »

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 »