No Assembly Required

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On August 8, John Surico awoke abruptly to a 6 a.m. phone call from his editor at The Wall Street Journal. More than 250 demonstrators were protesting a Bronx grand jury’s refusal to indict a police officer who shot and killed 18-year-old Ramarley Graham inside his home last year. “I had to ask the Graham family how it felt that their son’s killer got off,” said Surico, 22, recounting one of the most memorable times of his budding career as a journalist fresh out of New York University. “And it’s hard to ask, asking the dad of the kid who died, ‘What will you do if you fail?’” Surico covered the emotional demonstration from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. as they marched from The Bronx to Harlem – shutting down Grand Concourse along the way – all while continuously emailing his editor reports on his dying phone.
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The Millennial Manager

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When Lorey Giblin entered her first semester of college, she rocked pink hair, Converse designed a la Sharpie, and some low-hanging chains. Everyone else wore a suit at C.U.N.Y. Baruch, a school that prides itself on its business program and ambitious managerial-type students. Giblin was the first in her family to seek a college degree and, without any guidance on how to navigate the environment, the Queens native quickly lost her way.
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Taking Time Off

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Queens native and 22-year-old student Alexa Wolfe, went straight to college after graduating high school, attending the Borough of Manhattan Community College for one year before withdrawing. Tuition for full-time BMCC students runs $4,000 a year and during those first two semesters Wolfe’s parents paid all of her tuition. Things changed when her parents moved to Scotland and anticipated her attending school there. “They were putting a lot of pressure on me, I had to stay here,” she says. “I originally wanted to go to the College of Staten Island or maybe Hunter College, but I just ended up going to community college.” It was at this point that Wolfe, like many other students, had to figure out exactly how she was going to pay for her education. “They weren’t going to pay for it. I was basically on my own,” she says. So Wolfe decided to take a break for two semesters.
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Student Profile: Louis Landas

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Born to a Bolivian mother and Filipino father who both grew up in the United States, the 21-year-old NYU Stern undergrad was always exposed to different cultures but feels the strongest connection to Singapore, where he grew up. Louis moved from Virginia when he was five after his father landed a job with Citibank there. In this tiny, East Asian country is where his little brother was born, where his family still lives, and where he harbored new dreams of pursuing a career as a strategic consultant, and using his Journalism degree to write about the world’s economic issues.
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Making her own luck

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Sitting alone in a partitioned room in the middle of her Union Square office, Shu-Ying Chung, 27, manipulates audio clips in FinalCut Pro, the bread-and-butter tool of her editing trade. For hours, Chung focuses intently on the computer screen in front of her. The occasional sounds from the coffee grinder in the pantry, the rush of water down the pipes in the walls, street sounds and murmuring voices provide the soundtrack for the office. But wearing her professional headphones –- a pair too big for her elfin face – Chung reduces the world to a whisper, and the sounds in her ears take over.

 

One weekday during the last week of November, with more than half of the 10-person strong staff already gone on the eve of Thanksgiving, Chung came in to work at 9:30 a.m. to polish up the promotional videos for a recent concert. After having her daily dose of morning coffee, Chung went straight down to business, as the only in-house digital editor of Artists Den Entertainment, a company that produces a New York Emmy-nominated music television series “Live from the Artists Den.” The petite Taiwanese native creates marketing materials and promotional videos of every concert for television and social media distribution.
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Going Greek Again

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In a student’s off campus apartment in Union Square, Nicole Robison sits on the purple pullout couch that has become her temporary bed. Pocket-sized expense reports are scattered around her as she staples receipts to them with the miniature, pink stapler from her oversized tote bag. Two pink suitcases overflow onto the floor at the foot of the couch. She pulls on a borrowed jacket on her way out the door to yet another meeting since this Florida native wasn’t prepared for the frigid, fall weather in New York, and then smiles and says, “I get to finally go home next week.”
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Diversity Among Classes: Socio-economic Diversity Needed in Classrooms

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The term diversity used to conjure up images of people of varying skin tones in photographs on the front of college brochures and motivational posters in offices promoting the benefits of diversity, but what does it actually mean? Diversity, as seen through the lens of ethnicity, doesn’t seem to help in institutions such as universities, where diverse viewpoints are integral for students to achieve the most from a learning environment.  As racial divides seem to shrink everyday, the discussion of diversity is not over.  In today’s tough economic times, the conversation is less about ethnic diversity, but socio-economic diversity. The discussion is changing, at a rate in which student loans increase and financial aid decreases, limiting diversity further. What does a lack of class diversity mean not to only the school, but the students who have to learn in it?
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Moving for Movies

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“Hold for art,” shouts Anna Paszkiewicz. And with her command, the filming for the independent film, “Dangerous Heels,” comes to a complete halt. On the film set at the tequila bar Mayahuel, the actresses set down their fake martinis. The bread rolls go back on their plate. Racing in with her dark hair in a bun, Paszkiewicz rearranges the scene’s props. Without words, she has an actress spit out a half-eaten garlic olive and adds another to the scene’s bowl. As art director Paszkiewicz, as art director is responsible for continuity from scene to scene.

“I hate when I have to say ‘hold for art’ because it stops the flow of filming and sounds sort of stupid,” said Paszkiewicz, 25. “But I can’t keep quiet. No one else will notice it until it’s too late.”
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Studying without distractions

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During the 90 minutes spent studying for a French quiz, Brenda Lau, 19, a New York University Political Theory and Literature sophomore, has checked her cell phone’s social media applications at least 10 times.

 

Sounds familiar? This has become the Generation-Y mode of studying: the era where social media updates are far more captivating — and distracting — than French conjugations and assigned readings. Before the digital millennium, distraction once came in the form of the television box. Since then, it has transmuted and shrunken to the size of a smartphone, but its pull has become stronger. For many Generation Y students, with social media now in the palm of our hands, resisting it during study time takes herculean effort.
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Ivie Ani

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Ivie Ani’s family were all born in Nigeria, except for her but she carries the heritage in her name: Ivie means ‘jewel’ in the Edo language. A senior at NYU double majoring in Journalism and Africana Studies, Ivie has spent her entire life in New York City and lives in Yonkers with her mother and two older sisters, who immigrated here more than 25 years ago.
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