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Issue 3, October 4-17, 2011


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Occupy Wall Street Gains Momentum, Controversy

Police action escalates with hundreds of protesters arrested

University Senate Kicks Off Fall Session

Explores future fiscal measures, budget reforms

Monster Island, Williamsburgs longtime hub for do-it-yourself performance art collectives such as Lives With Animals and Secret Project Robot, is slated to close at the end of the month after the tenants leases were not renewed

Protesters hold a General Assembly meeting in Zuccotti Park on Wednesday, September 28 DMITRY GURVITS ARTS & CULTURE DEPUTY REY MASHAYEKHI NEWS EDITOR

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In the most dramatic scenes from the Occupy Wall Street protests to date, police arrested over 700 demonstrators attempting to cross the Brooklyn Bridge on October 1. The mass arrests added further controversy to the police response against the protests, having occurred one week after roughly 80 demonstrators were arrested during a march to Union Square on September 24. The police took action after as many as 2,000 protesters made their way over the Brooklyn Bridge. Many strayed from the pedestrian walkway and onto the bridges vehicle roadway, directly blocking traffic. At some point, the NYPD blocked off the roadway from

both sides of the bridge, rounding up hundreds into police buses. Plymouth State University students Garrett Zuorski and Greg Tucker, both 22, were on the bridges pedestrian walkway during the incident and witnessed the police action

So they closed off everybody, trapped them on the bridge, Zuorski added. The cops would go around and sometimes rip people away and throw them to the ground. They would literally carry them away, not even under their own power.

Im graduating in a year, and the prospect of getting a job that covers my student loans is slim to none
against those on the roadway. I looked back and saw a big line of cops coming up from behind. Ahead, there were cops on the other side of the bridge as well, Zuorski said. For a while, [the police] tried to get people to funnel out [off the bridge], one at a time, but there were thousands of people and there was no way that was going to happen. Tucker was also dismayed by the NYPDs tactics. The conditions [demonstrators] were arrested under were pretty ridiculous, Tucker said. They would literally pick them up, one by one, and some people would somewhat resist because they werent being charged with anything. While protesters have pointed to YouTube videos showing that

the police may have directed them onto the roadway, the NYPD released their own video of officers warning demonstrators that their actions would lead to arrest. The mass arrest follows a similar, albeit smaller incident on September 24, when protesters marched from their main camp in Zuccotti Park in the Financial District to Union Square. Over 80 people were arrested in scenes that have drawn widespread public criticism of the NYPD. Specifically, a video of three women being kettled by NYPD and then pepper-sprayed in the face, among other videos of police confronting protesters, has surfaced on YouTube. One of the women was Parsons photography student Kelly Schomberg, who declined to comment. Kettling is a technique in which police surround a small group of

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Street Library Sends Readers on Treasure Hunt



BookCrossing books can be found enclosed in a clear plastic bag, with a sticker depicting a yellow book sporting arms and legs on the front. Howdy! Hola! Bonjour! Guten Tag! the label reads. Im a very special book. On the label is a numerical code and a website: BookCrossing is a public library that travels from reader to reader,

rather than from a library to a person. Users register their books online to get a BookCrossing ID, print out the ID label, attach it

book is caught, a person picks up the book and posts a journal entry on the BookCrossing website reviewing the book and noting

In Manhattan, there are currently four crossing zones

to the book, and release the book into the wild--anywhere the BookCrosser desires, from popular hangouts to parking lots. When a where he or she will leave it next. In Manhattan, there are currently four vague crossing zones (places where users have left

BookCrossing books) listed on BookCrossings website: Bleecker Street, Fresh & Co on Lexington and 56th Street, 1 New York Plaza, and West Village. Clicking on each zone shows the books registered at it and where they were left last. A copy of Joan Didions The White Album was left on a bench somewhere along Bleecker Street by BrookCrossing user supersigi on August 26. There have been

The New Schools University Student Senate held its first meeting of the academic year on September 22, with senators approving a budget for the fall semester, considering the years first student proposals, and discussing the senates long-term fiscal structure. With at least one senator absent, and two senatorial seats vacant positions for Parsons and The New School for Drama are presently unfilled the USS still managed to make quorum and pass their budget for the semester. The fall semester budget stands at a total of $53,923, but with some funds granted by the USS last year still not withdrawn, the money the USS has available for use is $47,980. At the meeting, USS treasurer and Mannes senator Hajir Sailors proposed a cut-off date for the use of allocated funds, to prevent a similar problem from reoccurring in the future. USS co-chair Melissa Holmes said that the senate was trying to fix its accounting processes, which had proved problematic the year before. Only in the last three years has the USS been given a budget by the university. The USS very recently started taking money from students, Holmes said, so this is still a process that were trying to find how to manage appropriately. Unfortunately, our treasurer last year was not very productive. Last year, the senate ended up with a number of unnecessary expenses. Sailors said that among other things, student groups that were allocated funds sometimes hired New School teachers and had to pay a union-mandated hourly wage, inflating senate expenses above what was expected. But Holmes expressed her belief that the senate was on the right track to a better accounting system. Weve realized that this is an issue that we need to resolve, she said. By the end of the semester, the money management problem is going to be solved. The $47,980 is divided three ways in the new budget. The senate reserved 65 percent of the money for student grants and proposals, a figure amounting to more than $32,000. Fifteen percent, a little more than $7,000, is to remain in the senates emergency fund. And nearly $9,600, 20 percent of the senates available funds, is dedicated to internal use to finance the senate itself. According to Sail-

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individuals within a larger protest in orange netting. Heidi Boghasian, executive director of the National Lawyers Guild, told *The Free Press* the use of the kettling tactic was unfortunate, saying the demonstrators were not doing anything unlawful. The National Lawyers Guild has stationed several legal observers in Zuccotti Park since the demonstration began, and is offering legal advice to the demonstrators. The NYPD defended its actions. Chief NYPD spokesperson Paul J. Browne told *The New York Times* on September 25 that pepper spray had been used appropriately. Since September 17, hundreds of people have set up camp in Zuccotti Park, on the corner of Broadway and Liberty Street, to protest social and economic inequality and an ever-widening wealth gap in the United States, among a variety of other issues. The demonstrators are a leaderless and loosely defined group of people angry at the moneyed ties between the finance industry, major corporations and the U.S. government. They march to Wall Street twice daily at the opening and closing bells, carrying homemade signs and chanting in unison. Eugene Lang College students Amanda Clarke, 21, and Sid Guarang, 22, have been participating in the demonstrations since they began. Clarke, a literary studies major and member of The New Schools Feminist Collective, joined the occupation on its first day. One of 82 protesters arrested as they marched to Union Square on September 24, she was charged with disorderly conduct near 12th Street and Fifth Avenue and detained at police headquarters for a total of 11 hours. Clarke claimed that she was targeted for arrest because she was one of the people that were assisting in moving the march along, adding that the mass arrest... was

Lack of Involvement Paralyzes LSU


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A birds eye view of the protestors as they march over Brooklyn Bridge, where they were arrested shortly thereafter, captured by a camera attached to a weather balloon

As funding proposals pile up one month into the academic year leaving a $40,000 budget devoted to student-led initiatives unappropriated the Lang Student Union, Eugene Lang Colleges student governmental body, is still in dire need of student facilitators. Three students have attended both of the LSUs meetings this semester, filling three of the six vacant facilitator positions. Until further elections are held, the meetings three attendees -- Lang students Lexa Grau, Rina Grob, and Erin Strasen -- are the Lang Student Union. Strasen, a senior, was a program facilitator in 2010. The team of The New School administrators who work with the LSU intended to hold elections on September 21, but they could not

obviously to try to deter us. She said she chose to participate in the occupation because she fears for her own future. Im graduating in less than a year, and the prospect of getting a job that covers student loans is slim to none, she said. Guarang, an economics major, has been involved since the actions planning stages. Like Clarke, he has been camping in the park since the demonstration began. Additionally, he participated in a dry run of the protest held on September 1 at Federal Hall National Memorial at 26 Wall St. That evening, he and eight other people were arrested and charged with disorderly conduct. Guarang also indicated that a sense of hopelessness prompted him to get involved. The insanity of our situation is that even [college graduates] are incapable of living a life, he said, blaming corporate greed and government corruption. The inability to pursue my dreams, that pisses me off on a personal level, Guarang added. Both Clarke and Guarang intend on extending their participation in the demonstration indefinitely. Guarang said he will be in Zuccotti Park as long as this thing needs support. The protests have been under constant police surveillance. The NYPD has at least 50 of-

ficers surrounding the park, a mobile command center RV, and a mobile observation tower a foldable two-story structure with blackened windows that surveys the park. Requests for comment from the Deputy Commissioner for Public Information, regarding the cost of the operation and the tactics employed by the NYPD, were not answered. Following the mass arrests at Union Square on September 24, the occupation began receiving national and international media coverage, with several notable activists visiting Zuccotti Park. Thus far, documentary filmmaker Michael Moore, actress Susan Sarandon, and Princeton professor Dr. Cornel West are among those who have made appearances and given speeches to the demonstrators. Similar occupations, although much smaller, have sprouted in other major American cities including Boston, Chicago, San Francisco, Denver and Los Angeles.

Until elections are held, the meetings three attendees are the LSU
because the meeting was so poorly attended. The LSU was largely absent last year. It had some activities and functions, but the meetings hosted only four to five students, said Jon White, assistant dean of student affairs at Lang, at the September 28 LSU meeting. Were trying to rebuild momentum. [As New School faculty and staff ] wed like to be less involved at this point. White said that the Lang Student Union has already received at least two funding proposals from students, which cannot be approved because of the absence of an adequate governmental body. The single largest issue is obviously the Student Activities budget of $40,000 that should be spent fully on academic programming, [and] strong student initiatives proposed by students and approved by students, White added. Over the summer, White and other Lang administrators worked on an updated LSU constitution. The proposed new constitution, first presented on September 28, has not yet been ratified due to the attendance issues. Among the many changes are more stringent guidelines for funding proposals. Additionally, White proposed earmarks -- funds set aside for a specific purpose -- to fund students who attend academic conferences, as well as help to pay for the cost of study abroad programs. The Lang Student Union agreed to change their meeting time from Wednesdays, at 6 p.m., to Thursdays at the same time. Their office is now located at 65 West 11th St., Room 052.

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ors, the internal fund is used for senate outreach, advertising, and elections, among other things. Sailors also said he wants to start investing the senates surplus funds, at first by placing money in a bank account to accrue interest. It wouldnt be an endowment, he said, but it would be an interestbearing account that we would call an endowment, and we would hope not to spend it. Eventually, Sailors hopes to put money in a

diversified set of investments, including stocks, bonds, precious metals and commodities, and one-year certificates of deposit. With a mix of investments and interestbearing accounts, Sailors predicts the senate could double our money every six to seven years. At a future date, the USS expects to organize elections to fill the two vacancies in the senate; one to replace Drama senator Sean Elias, who no longer attends The New School, and the other a Parsons seat that was never filled.

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SlutWalk Comes to NYC

Lang Dean Browner Reaches Out to Students

At half past noon on September 26, Lang Dean Stephanie Browner walked into the Lang Caf and placed her Conversation with the Dean sign on a table surrounded by four chairs. She bought her lunch and sat down at the table. Less than a minute later, Lang students Lianna SchwartzOrbach and Alexa Riggs joined Browner, officially kicking off Langs Conversations with the Dean series. Browner, who is in her first semester at The New School, started Conversations with the Dean to foster a strong relationship with Lang students and to receive their input about the university. Once a month this semester, she will meet with them in the Lang Caf to have a casual discussion about life at the liberal arts institution. I want students to know that my door is open, Browner explained. I want relationships with students, and I want to hear from students. After their conversations with Browner, students said they were appreciative of the time she had put aside to better acquaint herself with the student body, as well as the fact that she was making herself accessible to their questions and inquiries. I really appreciated that she made herself available and just in a very relaxed way. She seems really excited to be here, said Lang science major Alisha Racho-Jansen. Shes trying to not only have a relationship with professors, but also the actual students who make up the school. The lunchtime chats in the cafeteria are only one aspect of Browners efforts to reach out to the Lang student body. She has also taken to social media, setting up a Twitter account under the handle @Dean_Stephanie. Browner started tweeting to the Lang community this past summer. She plans to actively tweet about anything that, in her words, smart, engaged, curious, and thinking Lang students might be interested in. She has recently tweeted on a film screening and discussion in the 20th Street Residence Hall, an upcoming poetry-reading event, and recommendations on finding good coverage on the Occupy Wall Street demonstrations. Browner also plans to hold meetings with Lang seniors who are graduating this spring in order to get their perspectives on the Lang experience and their time at the institution. She said she hopes the meetings will allow her to learn even more about the college, and also build connections with students who will soon be Lang alumni. Id like to meet graduating seniors so they feel connected to Lang as they exit I think our alumni community is critical, Browner said. I want to hear seniors tell their stories of learning at Lang. These stories will help shape my understanding of Lang and my work as Langs dean. The next installment of Conversations with the Dean will be held on Thursday, October 20 at 12:30 p.m. in the Lang Caf.

Young activists and students led NYCs chapter of the SlutWalk, which marched through lower manhattan on Saturday, October 1 DANIELLE BALBI REPORTER

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Starting at Union Square and marching through the East Village, women in racy clothing held up signs that read Were Souls Not Holes and Consent is Sexy, and could be heard chanting from blocks away. SlutWalk had officially arrived in New York City. SlutWalk NYC made its debut on October 1, following over 75 similar protests that have taken place all over the world. New School students including members of the student organization the Feminist Collective were among an estimated 3,000 people who participated in the march, which drew many scantily-clad women expressing their right to dress as they please. The event took place one day after The Wall Street Journal reported that police in the South Park Slope neighborhood of Brooklyn were warning women against wearing shorts, skirts, and other revealing clothing. There have been at least 10 reported sexual attacks in the neighborhood since March. SlutWalk is an organization that rails against what its members call victim-blaming and slut-shaming. According to SlutWalk NYC

organizers, the first term is defined as the condoning of sexual violence towards women, while the second is the act of demeaning a woman for acting on sexual feelings that are disapproved by traditional society. Organizers said they had reached out to students at The New School, New York University, and other college campuses to garner support and publicize the event. In their recent meetings, the Feminist Collective discussed the motivations of SlutWalk and encouraged members to take part. Slut-shaming and victimblaming is something that we, as a collective, have stood against in the past, and will continue to, said Feminist Collective member Rhiannon Auriemma. The concept behind SlutWalk emerged after a college safety seminar at York University in Toronto last January, when a police officer, Constable Michael Sanguinetti, told women not to dress like sluts if they wanted to avoid sexual assault. Angered by the mentality behind the remarks, activists in the city organized the first SlutWalk event in April, with an approximate turnout of 4,000 people. The movements name, however, has stirred up controversy. Some are disheart-

ened by the use of the word slut, and feel that it only further demeans women. In an essay for The New York Times, feminist writer Rebecca Traister said, To object to these ugly characterizations is righteous. But to do so while dressed in what look like sexy stewardess Halloween costumes seems less like victory than capitulation (linguistic and sartorial) to what society already expects of its young women. New School professor Jennifer Baumgardner, an author, journalist and thirdwave feminist activist, said she opposed this mentality. Slut-shaming is real, said Baumgardner. Any way to use slut as a weapon for women, rather than against them, I am wholeheartedly supporting. Andie Glik, a member of the Feminist Collective and a SlutWalk NYC participant, said the events appeal is in its challenging of traditional notions of feminism. Everyone thinks of the typical feminist as someone who burns her bras and doesnt shave her legs, Glik said. Recently, feminism hasnt been cool for anyone under the age of 30, but SlutWalk grabs peoples attention and makes you feel like youre actually a part of something, making a difference.

Lang Dean Stephanie Browner meets with students in the Lang Caf as part of her Conversations with the Dean series

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Social Justice Committee Looks To Gain Traction

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posium in order to foster connections between socially conscious members of the university, which included students and faculty. Groups such as Solidarity for Palestine, Radical Anof social justice alone, is creating connections for us and bringing so many people together, said Issachar Dieng, Lang student and founding member of the Students of the African Diaspora. bos as associate director for social justice initiatives, charging him with organizing a variety of social reform initiatives at the university. The attendance at this years USJC event at Kellen Villalobos stated that The New Schools historical emphasis on social justice and equality makes the groups need for adequate organization that much more crucial. We have a lot of potential, said Villalobos. People look to The New School because of our history and mythology. This university began nearly a century ago as a place for free thinking, communicating and collective action, and we need that to keep going. The USJC kicked off their most recent mission in early September with a retreat to upstate New York. Students and faculty members spent a weekend outdoors, sharHARRISON GOLDEN COPY DEPUTY

Since its inception, the University Social Justice Committee has made it their mission to promote causes like human rights and social equality at The New School advocating issues that have often struggled to find organized support within the university community. On September 21, the committee staged a meeting of around 40 people at Kellen Auditorium, located at 66 Fifth Ave., to exchange ideas and hold a discourse on the state of social justice activism at the university. The USJC held the sym-

Provost Marshall handpicked Villalobos to organize social justice initiatives at the university
thropology and Students of the African Diaspora gave speeches about past accomplishments and the need for future unity around the principles of social justice. This program, just the idea Provost Tim Marshall approved the committees creation in 2010, one year after the disbanding of the University Diversity Committee. To lead the USJC, Marshall handpicked Jesse Villalowas 40 people; impressive compared to that of similar events that have been held, such as last years University Student Senate-sponsored Town Hall on Social Justice at Tishman Auditorium.

ing common interests in human rights while also giving attention to individual ideas. Many of those who attended the retreat also took part in the symposium. This is one of the first times since Ive been at The New School that Ive felt in a community, said Lang student Elana Bulman, who participated in the retreat. Everyone has a stake in creating a better world, so events like the retreat and meetings like these really do help out a lot in making friendships and making a difference.

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Mentoring Program Set to Begin NYC to be Flooded with Bikes Third Year New School working with city prep school

For Vira David, the satisfaction of mentoring a young person far exceeded the time and effort she put into the job. Being a mentor is difficult, but rewarding, said David, a former student at the Graduate Program for International Affairs, who previously served as program coordinator of The New Schools mentorship program at The Urban Assembly Media High School in Manhat-

students at the small preparatory institution, which depends on private philanthropy to educate kids from some of the citys most impoverished communities. David, who graduated from GPIA in May, said the program is focused on assisting students who not only deal with the typical problems of being a teenager, but difficult social and economic obstacles as well. While they are facing the normal teenage challenges like dating, college

The goal is to provide the students with positive female role models who help them develop skills and resources
tan. It was a great joy when my mentee let me in on her struggles, but it was also very hard to advise a teen dealing with very adult problems. On October 12, The New School will begin its third year in affiliation with UA Media. Student mentors from GPIA and Milano will be paired with mentees from the Upper West Side high school two Wednesdays a month, participating in a variety of activities that include field trips, career development and art projects. The collaborative effort gives New School graduate students the opportunity to provide academic and emotional support to low-income and friends, our mentees were also dealing with issues like public housing and tension between Latinos and African-Americans in school, David said. GPIA director Michael Cohen started the union between The New School and UA Media in 2009. The first year of the affiliation was a co-ed test run, with seven mentors from GPIA and Milano working with both boys and girls at the school. David made alterations in the programs second year, choosing to center it primarily around womens issues and pairing girls at UA Media with female mentors from The New School. It is a model

which will be continued by Davids successor, Milano student and new program coordinator Priya Sodha. According to Laura Scheck, co-director of student opportunities at The Urban Assembly, the goal is to provide the students with positive female role models who help them develop a variety of skills and resources. [The program] builds confidence in the girls through exploring and discussing their strengths while focusing on career and skill building, such as writing resumes, applying for summer jobs or internships, and going on a college tour as a group, Scheck said. The relationship, however, is meant to be mutually beneficial to both mentor and mentee. David said it provides GPIA and Milano students with the opportunity to contextualize [their] international coursework within the New York community. GPIA student Julie Mellin is entering her second year as a mentor at the program. I want to make sure that my mentee sees me as someone she can go to when she needs advice, or wants to talk to someone whos not quite a peer, but also not an authority figure or a member of her family, Mellin said. I dont know how the UA did it, but my mentee is basically like me when I was 16 years old.

Starting next year, the New York City Department of Transportation will finalize its plans to create a citywide bicycle-sharing program that is expected to provide more publicly accessible bicycles than any program of its kind in the nation. The program, a partnership between the city and Oregon-based company Alta Bicycle Share, is expected to bring 10,000 new bicycles to the city. In addition, 600 kiosks will be located along sidewalks, plazas and other popular public areas in Manhattan and Brooklyn. City transportation officials predict that it will provide 200 local jobs, primarily associated with maintenance and customer support. Bike share is a new form of public transportation that will help connect New Yorkers to their own neighborhoods, to other neighborhoods, and to public transit, said Alta President Alison Cohen in a press release. At the same time, it will make New York City a healthier, cleaner, greener and safer space. For New School students like C.J. DeColvo, bicycle riding is a logical way to traverse the city. DeColvo is one of many TNS students who bike the commute to class, tying his bicycle to the racks just outside the Lang building at 66 W. 12 St. Its a great way of getting around, DeColvo said. Its fun to ride a bike, and it sends a good message making them available to

more people will help us become more conscious of what it means to travel. In 1980, Mayor Ed Koch, in cooperation with thenTraffic Commissioner Sam Schwartz, implemented a $300,000 project to make the city more bicyclefriendly, bringing two sixfoot-wide bicycle lanes to Sixth Avenue, stretching from Central Park South to Greenwich Village. But following opposition from City Council members who claimed that it cost too much money and resources, Koch backed away from plans to expand on the initiative, which also included adding more bike lanes around the five boroughs. Now, those working under Mayor Michael Bloomberg say that the city must fully engage in efforts to provide access to all forms of transportation. Bike share is about choices for New Yorkers, said Howard Wolfson, deputy mayor for government affairs and communications, via email. In New York City,

you should be able to walk, take the subway, drive, take a bus or bike safely, economically and efficiently. The programs green light is the latest victory for area bicyclists. In August, legislators in the Park Slope section of Brooklyn passed a proposal allowing for the continuation of bicycle lanes around Prospect Park after opponents filed suit against the Department of Transportation, claiming that the lane posed a safety threat to street travelers. Some, like Lang student Davide Pivi, are glad that the city is paying closer attention to bicycle transportation. Pivi argued that though further measures could be taken, the bicycle-sharing program is a step in the right direction. Bike sharing is a great idea, but hopefully, there will be more safe bike lanes and spots in the city for bicyclists, Pivi said. That will help the way this city travels.

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Bed Bugs Attack Dorms

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Among the new inhabitants of New School housing this semester are residents of a different breed bed bugs. In early September, several rooms at Loeb Residence Hall and William Street Residence Hall were found to have bed bugs. The New School notified students living in university housing in an email sent on September 21. We have had three confirmed cases of bed bugs in various residences this year, wrote Rob Lutomski, assistant vice president of student housing and residence life, in the email. According to the Journal of the American Medical Association, bed bugs are small parasitic insects that feed on the blood of warm-blooded animals, including humans. They are flat, oval-shaped, and roughly the size of seeds. Although it is difficult to determine how to get bed bugs, they can be contracted by coming into contact with used furniture and clothing. Resistant to pesticides, they cause skin rashes and possibly allergic reactions, tending to strike people

in their beds late at night. Lutomski said the cases were discovered shortly after the weekend of September 28 when Hurricane Irene passed over New York, and many New School housing residents moved into their dorms. We suspect that during the hurricane, many students opted to stay in other places in hotels or with friends and may have brought the bed bugs back into the dorm, Lutomski wrote in an email to The Free Press. In the past two years, there have been four confirmed cases of bed bugs at both William Street and the 20th Street Residence Hall. The school has a policy for dealing with claims of bed bugs. Before a bed bug infestation can be verified, the room must be investigated. A professional exterminator must then send a bed bug-sniffing dog or a trained entomologist to confirm their presence. The process, which can take up to five hours per room, includes sealing and washing all bed linens, clothing, and eating utensils. Mattresses are either discarded or treated and placed in storage, depending on their

age and condition. If more time is required to clean the room, housing provides all affected students with temporary housing in the same building until the room is ready. After two weeks, there is a follow-up to confirm the room is clean. Because we treated the affected rooms right away, we were able to exterminate the bugs and prevent them from traveling to other rooms, Lutomski said. Lang sophomore and Loeb resident Katherine Brown was nervous upon receiving the email from Lutomski notifying students of the infestation. Im paranoid about things infesting places, and I was really terrified because they didnt tell us which dorms they were, she said. I was just really scared because I didnt know what they would want us to do. Although there have been confirmed cases in the past, this is the first time the housing office has alerted all residents of a bed bug infestation. Because this time we had three cases in two weeks, we decided to err on the side of caution and alert students, to keep them vigilant and informed, Lutomski said.

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Libertarian Sensation Ron Paul Takes Over Webster Hall

Young crowd packs East Village venue to see Texas rep.

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Ron Paul speaks to a crowd of over 1,800 at Webster Hall on September 26. The Republican congressman is currently seeking his partys nomination for president ANDREA VOCOS REPORTER

A medley of twenty- and thirtysomethings gathered at Webster Hall on September 26, filling the Grand Ballroom with both pantsuits and ripped jeans, cocktail dresses and tricorn hats. Among the performers that the crowd was there to see that evening were DJ Avery Tanner, rock artist Jordan Paige and presidential candidate Ron Paul. Over 1,800 people attended the rally for the Republican congressman from Texas, held at the East Village venue known more known for its rock concerts than anything else. Pre-sale tickets sold out within hours, with additional tickets priced $25 at the door. This is not your usual political rally, said Dave Brakey, managing director of Liberty HQ, the libertarian group that organized the event. Its sort of a political rock show. The lively event was one of many measures that Pauls campaign

has taken to reach out to young voters. Earlier this year, when he announced his bid for the presidency, Paul predicted that President Obama would not be able to hold the youth vote. Since then, Paul has been appealing to that demographic, garnering more likes on Facebook than either Michele Bachmann or Rick Perry and releasing a hip campaign slo-

libertarian. Although a Republican, many of his views clash with the conservative orthodoxy. He strongly opposes American military involvement overseas, for example, and believes that marijuana should be legalized, or at least regulated by state governments instead of the federal government. What draws some supporters to Paul, however, is the idea that he

Paul seems to be appealing to the youth demographic

gan, ReLOVEution, that can be found spray-painted on street corners throughout the country. Im fascinated with all the young people [here], Paul said to the crowd at the rally. Im delighted to see everyone is under 30. Pauls policy positions span the political spectrum. His opposition to the Federal Reserve, belief in small government and low taxes, and emphasis on personal responsibility all mark him as a is honest and genuinely believes in what he stands for. Even at The New School, a liberal-minded institution, Paul has a following. Lang junior Chance Beyer, an Economics and Politics major, is one New School student who supports Paul. Ron Paul exhibits the courage of his convictions every time he places an idea into the public debate, Beyer said. Every individual that values liberty and democracy needs to insist on that same courage

from everyone who seeks the responsibilities of public leadership. According to supporters of Paul, that courage is what attracts young voters to him. Young people have their hearts open. Theyre still seeking the truth everyday, said Helene Jnane of Liberty HQ. When older people get busy, they give up on that search for truth. Liberty HQ is not affiliated with Pauls campaign, but is a major supporter of the candidate. According to Jnane, a majority of the volunteers at the HQ are young people, many just out of college. At the event, it was clear that Pauls appeals to the youth vote have been effective. Conor Patton, a 28-year-old student at Adelphi University, and former applicant for the MFA Creative Writing program at the New School, attended the rally. Its very encouraging to see all these young people, Patton said. It honestly seems like a hipster concert not what youd expect of a 76-year-old Republican.

Speakers who joined Paul at Webster Hall included Libertarian Queens Councilman Dan Halloran and conservative radio host Jack Hunter, among others. Pras, of the hip-hop group The Fugees, was also in attendance and scheduled to speak; because of time constraints, however, he did not get to the podium. Despite the buoyant mood in Webster Hall, Paul still has detractors in New York, a Democratic stronghold. Several signs mocking the Paul campaigns slogans were posted around the East Village on the night of the event. No to Ron Paul, were not buying his RevoBullsh#t, read the signs. But Pauls supporters were undeterred. Guitarist Jordan Paige, one of the performers at the rally, may have spoken for the entire crowd when, during a cover of Pink Floyds Another Brick in the Wall Pt. 2, he switched the lyrics: All and all, we should have elected Ron Paul.

New Schools Empowerhouse Team Takes Project to D.C.


Carly Berger was happy to take a break. The Parsons architecture student had been standing in the mid-September D.C. heat for nearly five hours as anybody who has suffered through one of Washingtons notoriously swampy summers will tell you its an unpleasant experience. But Berger stayed upbeat in spite of the heat: she and several of her fellow New School students were finally getting to show off two years of hard work at the Department of Energys Solar Decathlon. The Solar Decathlon a biennial sustainable housing competition that takes place at the National Mall pitted teams of college students against one another to see who could build the most cost-effective, energyefficient and aesthetically pleasing home. Participants came from places all across the globe, ranging from New York to New Zealand, to compete in the Decathlon. Berger was part of a team that included students from Parsons, Milano and The

Stevens Institute of Technology. The team built their house, called Empowerhouse, over several months on a waterfront parking lot in Hoboken. Upon completion they then broke it down, trucked it to Washington, D.C., and reconstructed it on the National Mall for the competition. Its frustrating to build a house more than once, Berger said. But you get a chance to work out kinks. We actually left a piece of the house in Hoboken. The students used the passive house model, which requires 90 percent less energy for heating and cooling than your average suburban home. Windows are strategically placed to maximize heat retention in the winter and reduce it in the summer, and walls are heavily insulated. Because the house requires so little energy, it has one of the smallest solar arrays in the competition, keeping costs low. As it stands, the house has a current estimated market value of around $250,000. But Empowerhouse is special for more than just its advanced, cost-effective design principles; the Em-

powerhouse team worked with Habitat for Humanity Washington D.C. and the D.C. Department of Housing and Community Development to ensure that their project will also serve a practical purpose. Once the the Decathlon is over, the structure will be broken down once again and reconstructed in the Northeast D.C. neighborhood of Deanwood, where it will be the new home of longtime Deanwood resident Lakiya Culley and her three young boys. Habitat chose the Culleys early on in the process. Heather Phibbs, Habitats D.C. Director of Communications, explained that the organization wanted a low-income family familiar with the neighborhood, so that they would be personally invested in the project and more likely to spread interest in sustainable living throughout Deanwoods front-porch community. I moved to Deanwood about 15 years ago and I have seen so many drastic, positive and beautiful changes, Culley told The Free Press. This is the first solar house in D.C. Its history in the making

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for me and my children. As a first-time home buyer, affordability was key for Culley something helped by the Empowerhouses energy-saving, cost-efficient design. Saving money is essential to me because I have three sons to raise, and would like to have money saved for college, Culley said. Her sons aged five, four, and five months are too young to appreciate the financial and environmental perks of the home, but Culley said her 4-year-old, Christopher, is already mulling over where

the toy box will be located. At the Solar Decathlon, which ended on October 2, the competing houses were judged in several categories including affordability, architecture, engineering and market appeal. The results from each category were then averaged together to decide a winner. Though rated first in affordability, Empowerhouse finished 13th overall in the competition, with the University of Marylands project taking home the top prize. While Carly Berger and her teammates would

have preferred to win it all, theyve been able to maintain their perspective on the broader picture. I wanted to do something with tangible results, Berger said. Working with Habitat lends a degree of reality. Phibbs said the organization was equally enthusiastic about their work with the students. They organize themselves extremely professionally and exhibit an outstanding amount of enthusiasm, she said. It has been a true joy working with them.

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Out of public view since 2000, the Camilo Egas painting Ecuadorian Festival comes back to The New School


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On the night of September 21, the lobby of 66 W. 12th St. was partially roped off as eight men from Crozier Fine Arts unrolled, stretched and mounted a 17x8 foot canvas onto the brick wall opposite the elevators. The canvas is Ecuadorian Festival, painted by Camilo Egas, a Latino artist and the first Fine Arts department chair of The New School for Social Research. Eric Stark and Silvia Rocciolo, curators for The New Schools art collection, knew of the paintings existence, as it was listed in the art collections archives, and in 2005 they discovered it hidden behind a wall in the basement of 66 W. 12th St. An oil on canvas painting, Ecuadorian Festival celebrates an indigenous cultural

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In 1932, Alvin Johnson, the first president of The New School for Social Research, commissioned Egas to create a work of art for the International Style building, which is now known as 66 W. 12th St. The architect Joseph Urban had designed every space in the building with a specific purpose and Ecuadorian Festival, a painting that is full of movement, was meant to play off the Martha Graham Studio in the basement of 66 W. 12th St. It was in rough condition [when we

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moment. Egas is considered one of the forerunners of the Ecuadorian modernist art movement that is linked to social realism in the late 1920s. According to Stark, the painting is one of the earliest examples of Latino artwork in the United States, making it a huge cultural asset. found it], covered by a layer of institutional dirt and smoke, said Rocciolo. The painting was taken down, rolled up and shipped to Peter Tobey, a professional art restorer in Manhattan. We used a lot of Q-tips and cotton swabs,

said Tobey in a phone interview. With soapy chemicals and water, he dabbed the painting to remove the dirt. According to Tobey, cleaning the surface was the biggest part of the three-month restoration process. He then patched holes, retouched the color with paint, and lastly added a protective varnish. Having recently been featured in the (re)collection exhibit at 66 Fifth Ave., Ecuadorian Festival now hangs noticeably in the lobby of 66 W. 12th St. To put it back across from the Martha Graham Studio would do disservice to the mural and the legacy of Egas, said Stark, because the spaces in the building are utilized differently now than in the 1930s. Rocciolo added that another reason for the change in location is that a plexiglass barricade would have to be erected over the painting if it were to be displayed in its original location, which detract from the viewing of the work. Daniela Merino, a New School alumna, was especially moved by the installation. Merino had been documenting the restoration process for Ecuadorian Festival. Originally from Ecuador, she studied art history in college in Ecuador before getting her masters in media studies from The

New School in 2010. Having been apart of the whole restoration process, Merino watched the painting that had been hidden for many years gradually come to life. I sense a certain South American atmosphere when I look at it, she said, I can feel Egas passion and nostalgia for this land [the Andes]. Merino feels that with the lobbys lighting, Ecuadorian Festival will really shine at its new location. Two days after the installation, some students have noticed that Ecuadorian Festival replaced the multi-colored sticky note art piece that originally hung in the lobby. Its monocromatic, but coming out of the elevators, you cant miss it, said Shannon Swimm, a freshman at Lang. According to Jen Kaplan, a Lang sophomore, the painting gives you something to think about as opposed to the sticky note piece was originally there. [The painting] fits in historically with the political values of The New School, said Marvin Jordan, a senior at Lang.

Students Rock Runway for Charity


When Gabriela Graham, Elizabeth Eddy and Juliana Colangelo first came up with the idea to plan a fashion show that would benefit victims of domestic abuse for

a class service project, their classmates at Montclair High School turned them down. They said it was too much to do, said Eddy, co-founder of Sisters on the Runway, and a senior at Parsons. But the three of us were determined to accomplish this. Though their

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classmates picked another service project, Eddy, Graham, and Colangelo went ahead with Sisters on the Runway anyway. When the three went to college, they decided to continue the project. Now in its sixth year, Sisters on the Runway is currently in the process of organizing and producing two fashion shows within the next month. On October 15 the organization will host a show at the Theresa Lang Center, the entire proceeds of which will be donated to Safe Horizon, a local womens shelter. The event will be followed two weeks later by a more formal runway show at Tenjune, a nightclub in the meatpacking district. On September 22, The New Schools University Student Senate successfully passed a proposal that awarded $600 in funding to Sisters on the Runway. The money has been allocated for expenses ranging from refreshments to printing invitations and postcards that are distributed to current and potential sponsors, and

keeping the Theresa Lang Center open for extended building hours. As of last October, the student-run and produced show is sponsored in part by Parsons, in addition to being held at the design school. Eddy described the choice to spread awareness about domestic abuse through fashion shows as an attempt to make it the most accessible to a wide variety of people. Its such a serious topic that we didnt want to do something that was too serious that it might scare people off, or make them nervous. In an effort to remind attendees of the real reason for holding the event, Eddy said that each show is capped off by a speaker who talks to students about domestic abuse, and in particular, teen dating abuse. It can be easy for some people when they get involved in the fashion show to get lost in the moment, said Eddy. It kind of brings us all back to what the real purpose of the event is. Meghan Spielman, a Parsons junior whose designs will be featured in the runway show for the second year in a row, said that the fact that her work will benefit womens

shelters was an added source of motivation for her and other designers. I think people are very passionate about the cause. Liz is very passionate about it, and thats one of the reasons shes so amazing at organizing such a great show, said Spielman. Its a fun show, but at the same time were all passionate about why were doing this: connecting our craft to action. Karla Fischer, a psychologist and expert legal witness specializing in domestic abuse, said that what happens at home is only one half of the equation. The other part of the problem is a lack of awareness by our society, that translates into a lack of support for victims, a lack of resources in the community for themselves and their children, and a cultural zeitgeist of shame and fear surrounding domestic violence. Any event that promotes an understanding of domestic violence is going to be something that is positive for the struggle to end it, Fischer said.

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no entries on the books whereabouts since. BookCrossing is like a game of hide-andseek for readers. If a user wants a specific book in his area, he has to hunt the area described online until he finds it. People can also stumble upon the books by chance. BookCrossing was launched on April 21, 2001 by Ron Hornbacker, Bruce Pedersen, and Heather Pedersen. Hornbacker noticed there was a trend in websites tracking items like dollar bills (, but nothing for objects that are intrinsically shared, like books, according to BookCrossings website. Since then, the site has gained more than 965,000 users and 8,226,000 books are traveling across the world. In New York state alone 184 books have been released into the wild. 4,599 books are waiting to be caught in the United States as of September 27. Germany leads the chart with 6,550 books. I think [sharing books] says a lot about our community, the emotions that people attach to books and our core values of connecting people through books, Bruce Pedersen said to The Seattle Times in September 2011. Some publishers and authors, however, dont agree with the concept of BookCrossing. In 2005, Caroline Martin, managing director of Harper Press, told The Telgraph that, Book publishing as a whole has its very own potential Napster crisis in the growing practice of BookCrossing. British author Jessica Adams had a similar view. In 2003, she said BookCrossing can damage charity bookshops, which rely on second-hand books for their income in an article in Scotland on Sunday. Zach Thomas, a full-time employee at Alabaster Bookshop, a secondhand bookstore, finds the idea of BookCrossing appealing. I understand artists need to get paid for their art, but people share books all the time, he said. I really find it hard to believe that one book is getting into the hands of so many people that its causing a major impact in terms of sales. Its nice to be able to add some other dimension to that so its not just by yourself, he added, whether thats going to book clubs and discussing them or [BookCrossing], where you get to go out, be active and add a little element of adventure or mystery.


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Students Set Union Square in Motion

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Walk down into the entrance of the Union Square subway station at 14th Street and Fourth Avenue, and youll see a series of shape- and color-shifting images on a series of screens split up into two displays, spanning 18 feet across the east wall. This interactive multimedia installation, called Union Square in Motion, was designed, produced, and built by a group of Parsons students and alumni. Union Square in Motion, which held its official opening celebration on September 26, came from the work of BFAs and MFAs in a collaboration studio class within Parsons arts/media technology and design technology programs. It features screens with embedded images of shapes, animals and colors that

fluctuate as onlookers walk by, creating the illusion that the images themselves are moving. The installation features a series of screens at head level that, as the viewer walks by, project colorful shapes and figures that move and shift. The piece stretches across two planes of the wall of the subway station, making it visible to commuters entering this particular station from either side of 14th street. I think the concept behind it is emergence. Most of the images suggests ideas like growing, decaying, or coming into something, explained Joshua Spodek, a professor of digital technology at Parsons and producer of the installation. Spodek explained that the concept of the piece and its execution came simultaneously. After toying with lots of different kinds of imagery to display on the screens,

the concept began to form for Spodek and the students as they built and installed the piece. The piece came to fruition while the group was experimenting last semester during a collaboration studio class, in which undergraduate and graduate students are teamed up with a sit-in professor to work on specific projects that are highly applicable for work outside of the classroom. Josefina Santos is the only undergraduate from Parsons involved in production of Union Square in Motion and in the collaboration studio from which the piece stemmed. I want people to appreciate the interactivity, but I also want them to recognize the technology. I want it to be clear that its a digital installation that is interactive, Santos explained. Santos explained that this installation is spe-

cial in that they were granted a lot of space in a high-volume location. Also, they did not have to worry about commerciality, which this kind of technology is typically used for. Sven Travis, associate professor of Media and Design at Parsons, explained that the commercial and artistic distinction is not one the curriculum makes regarding installation pieces like this. This installation is an artistic use of the technology; there are many commercial applications as well. One or the other isnt more correct, explained Travis. Part of what we teach our students is to apply technology to a variety of applications, and to experiment with the possibilities. Most of our graduates will work in the commercial design world at some point in their careers, so the crossover

between artistic and commercial becomes pretty fluid for them. While Union Square in Motion introduces important new technology for the students, it is not anything out of the ordinary for this particular department at Parsons. The DT programs have a long history of using unique technology. We have garnered an international reputation for doing exactly that, so I dont see this project as anything radical, but more of an extension of an existing DT culture, continued Travis. The installation can be found in front of the turnstiles in the Union Square subway station, in the entrance to the east of Fourth Avenue on 14th Street. Arts for Transit will determine how long the piece will be installed based on rider response.

Greenpoint Festival Brings Experimental Art to Light


The first sign visitors got that they had reached Bring to Light, a temporary art festival on the disused East River waterfront in Greenpoint, was an enormous, bright, leering green eye, peering down at the arriving crowds. The giant eye, projected on the bottom of a water tower, Greenpoints tallest building, was just one of over 50 light- and soundrelated installations placed for an annual art festival on the postindustrial banks of the East River. The festival, Bring to Light, subverts most of the traditional norms of art festivals. It takes place at night, and outside. Far from orderly museums, the event takes advantage of a cluster of mostly abandoned buildings a former slaughterhouse, factories, grimy piers. And most of all, the festival makes its home in the disused waterfront only temporary: it invites visitors for only six hours, once a year. The idea originated in Paris, where the festival is called Nuit Blanche, or white night. Every

year, on the first of October, cities around the globe from Singapore to San Diego, Malta to Montreal host simultaneous openair art festivals, with the goal of bringing art to unconventional places in unconventional ways. This was the second year of New Yorks version, Bring to Light. If you wandered through the event space, which encompassed several city blocks and two piers, to the playground that hosted many of the pieces on display, the event took on the air of a small-town autumn festival. Well-dressed art patrons brought their children and quite a few dogs. In one corner of the playground, Amanda Long, a New York-based artist, set up motion capture cameras in front of a swing set and allowed participants to use the swings, projecting accumulated images of the nights collaborators in primary colors against a nearby wall. Many of the installations, works by over 50 different local and international artists, had a similar sense of playfulness. Some of the highlights of the festival included two audio-based offerings: in one dark, wood-paneled room, the Los Ange-

The artists Ellis & Cuius used dozens of antique light bulbs to visualize live music

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les-based experimental band Lucky Dragons offered an accompaniment to a video, directed by Sarah Rara, that, according to its website, explores forms of visual and aural interference: from the failure of a message to be discernible, sudden interruptions, visual disturbance,

the interaction of two sound signals, instability and optical effects. In a cavernous room on the pier nearby, an installation by artists Ellis & Cuius, composed of several dozen old-style tungsten incandescent light bulbs in a suspended arch, accompanied live

music by a rotating series of acoustic bands. In the dark room, the lights fall in and out of sync with each other in tune to the music.

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Bed-Stuy Newcomer Values Neighborhoods Practical Appeals


just a great Brooklyn neighborhood. Its fun, its close to everything. The only problems are the lack of parks and that goddamn G train.

As an incoming student to New York City, there are a some neighborhoods that you might be told to avoid Bedford Stuyvesant, or BedStuy, is one of them. But when I moved to New York in early August, I wanted to live somewhere cheap and simple, two criteria BedStuy has more than met. I realize that I dont have a full grasp of the dominating socioeconomic factors that have formed the boundaries between Flushing Avenue to the north and Atlantic Avenue to the south, and I dont mean to exploit them. Still, BedStuy has a wealth of deals cheap corner stores and res-

taurants, mainly that are perfect for the starving student. Bed-Stuy gets a bad rap, but its always from people who never even come out here, said Pratt Institute senior Isaac Roller, who lives on Myrtle and Marcy. One of the main appeals of Bed-Stuy is how cheap everything is, from the necessities to the amenities. Venturing a block or two over to the local Associated Supermarket will result in an inexpensive bundle of groceries, (a dozen eggs for $2, a loaf of wheat bread for $1.50, a gallon of milk for $2.50), while taking the extra walk to Myrtle and Bedford brings you to the better-stocked, if booze-less, Hassidic supermarket The

Chestnut. But what they lack in Manichewitz and Slivovitz, they make up for in kosher treats like Uncle Moishys frozen pizza. Further into neighboring Clinton Hill, still on Myrtle, across the street from Pratt, is the Farmer in the Deli, where you can get a humongous, mouthwatering hero with all the standard fixings, plus extras like sweet and hot peppers, olive oil and vinegar and salt and pepper for around $5. Still, some questions are better left unasked, like, Gee, what exactly is turkey ham anyway, and why is it so cheap? Inexpensive restaurants also abound, like the ever-prevalent Crown Fried Chicken, Kennedy Fried Chicken

and the questionably named Obama Fried Chicken chains, (where three pieces with fries is $5 but the pictures of Jay-Z posing with the owner are free), and the soul food purveyors Halsey St. Grill on Halsey between Throop and Thompkins, where you can get an enormous plate of an entre and two sides for between $8 and $10. I recommend the pork chops, fried chicken or catfish with collard greens, mac and cheese or candied yams, said School of Visual Arts sophomore Irina Priporina. On the bodega end of the spectrum, you have the option of purchasing loose cigarettes, with a Newport 100 going for $0.50. A small cup of coffee will also set you back

$0.50 and beer is available 24/7. Top rolling tobacco is only $3.50 a pouch and $1.25 will buy a tall can, as long as one has no qualms with drinking Coors. To top it all off, most packs of ciga-

rettes are only $8. One of the neighborhoods bestkept secrets is the cheeseburger deluxe meal at the corner store at Marcy and Stockton, where $3.50 will get you the unheard of deal

of a cheeseburger, fries and a can of soda. Whether or not the burger is fully cooked is always a crapshoot, but whats life without a little risk, right? As Roller put it, [Bed-Stuy] is

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Jump Start Your Exercise Routine Five Different Ways

rating and mentally challenging. Luckily, New York has plenty of opportunities to jump. 1. Jump rope. A great exercise in both coordination, rhythm and space management, jumping rope can be done on any sizable piece of pavement. Sing songs, have fun, avoid whacking pedestrians with the rope. According to, unfortunate health conditions such as Type II Diabetes, obesity and heart disease can be prevented by jumping rope. A great cardiovascular exercise, jumping rope can burn up to 500 calories per hour, depending on your weight and rate of jumps per minute. See 2. Jump fences: Ideal for a balanced exercise of both upper and lower body, jumping over fences is a great exercise whether in a hurry or in need of going somewhere you are not meant to go. The physical challenge is then relieved by pure elation on the way down. If particularly rushed, being chased by the cops, or just desperate to avoid those street canvassers, jumping a fence can also be followed by a rapid and adrenaline filled run. 3. Jump stumps: There is a huge tree stump in the middle of Tompkins Square Park. With a running start, you can practically fly off of it. Jumping off this stump will make you feel like youre jumping in the wilderness, but bettercarefree and without the danger of hungry bears. Just the danger of crazy park people. 4. Jump puddles: Its a good idea to avoid those murky bodies of water (and who knows what else) at any cost. Jumping over them is a great way to add some

If youre in search of a free and fun way to maintain a fine physique, jumping is the ideal form of exercise. Jumping works the calfs, quadriceps, and best of all, those pesky glutes. In addition, jumping up, down and over objects is exhila-

uumph to your walk and keep your kicks nasty-free. Just be sure to clear the puddle. 5. Jump creatures: For a concrete jungle, New York is full of small furry creatures, particularly rats. Instead of screaming and freezing, jump over them. Hopefully this will confuse them, and they will leave your path.

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Lights Up at Indian Fest Diwali

A woman browsed through South Asian clothing at The Festival of Lights on October 2 BRIANNA LYLE REPORTER

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At South Street Seaport on October 2, intricate decorations hung from pop-up tents. The decorations, part of a stand with many small

trinkets, were filled with their promises of prosperity or fertility. A woman with deep brown eyes and tiny wrinkles assured me that each decoration was hand sewn by South Asian women, handing me a tiny elephant with her pricked

and calloused fingers. Next to her, a table held plates of colorful food, like piles of spiced rice, stacked samosas and curries. Its owners were young men whose families have been coming to the Diwali festival since its first year, 13 years ago.

These stations were all part of Deepavali, which is also known as Diwali, the official term for the Festival of Lights celebration that marks the beginning of the Hindu New Year according to the Lunar calendar. The festival is the celebration of goodness triumphing evil and light concurring darkness. The festival lasts five days during which Hindus pray to Lakshmi, the Goddess of wealth, light, prosperity and wisdom and as well as to Ganesha the Remover of Obstacles. Diwali festival has allowed us to expand our business; we now have four restaurants in the area, said Umair Abid, 25, part of the Shalimar Restaurant team. We have the most food available here, he later said. Though the festivities at South Street Seaport abound, the gathering has less of a presence at the New School. Diwali is a very important festival for Indians all over the

world. However, Im not aware of an event happening to celebrate it at The New School. I would be very happy if there was some kind of event that would bring together the Indian community here to celebrate this bright festival, said Parsons Sophomore Maharashtra India Ashni Tapuriah, an Interior Design major from Mumbai. There are a total of 120 students who are from India attending New School, 90 of whom are undergraduates, making them the third largest of the international students ( just behind Korea and Canada) according to the 2010 New School Fact Book. We are currently recruiting to our [Student and Exchange Visitor Information System], Coordinator position, who would normally run a report on Indian student contacts, said Monique Ngozi Nri, Senior Director of International Student Services. We make announcements in ISS News about

country specific celebrations, but our programming tends to be more inclusive of all internationals and seeks to promote exchange between internationals and US students. At the Festival of Lights, not only are there programs for South Asians but for people of any denomination and ethnicity, as represented by the Science of Spirituality is booth set up right before one exits the Festival of Lights. Everybody is welcome here. We want to introduce people to inner peace through meditation; this is about spirituality, not religion, said Usha Hemrajani, 50, who stands inside her tent next to a photo of Sant Rajinder Singh Ji Maharaj, the groups guru-like leader. Although filled with playful shops and loud tunes from todays latest Indian pop music, Diwali is a festival meant to bring hope and influence to the community; this fact is as luminous as the sun.

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shirts paired with dreadlocks and multiple piercings may be the dominant image circulating through the media, but no one seems to evaluate their underlying motivations. The occupation is not merely an opportunity for people to rant about the general injustices of the world. Those who are down in Zuccotti Park, and who have been down there for days, have something very real to say the state of Americas broken economy and corporation-infested government needs to change. Our generation came of age in a time of unprecedented economic troubles. Our nation has accrued a $14 trillion debt, secondary education is more expensive than ever before, and corporations receive staggering

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Occupy Wall Street: A Wake-Up Call

to remind overeducated, undermotivated yuppie larvae that when a cop says move on, its usually best to move on, they wrote on September 27. Despite the harsh rhetoric, both tabloids raise valid points. At first glance, the movement appears to be an unorganized swath of disgruntled, unemployed crybabies. No clear demands have been set, and interviews by multiple news sources have shown that a number of the protesters are unsure of what, exactly, the protest is about . But in their critiques of the demonstrations, both The Post and the Daily News make a detrimental mistake: they take the movement at face value. Protesters clad in ragged ttax breaks. Over the past decade, weve watched as our government wages war on two different fronts and bails out irresponsible banks. Now, it is our generations responsibility to fix this. These are the cards weve been dealt. Camping out in a city park wont necessarily fix all of these problems. But the Wall Street occupation, at the very least, embodies the sentiments that our generation has been experiencing for years. Our post-9/11 world is a place where protests are no longer seen as effective or taken seriously. While demonstrations do take place, theyre often seen as one-day things, rather than real opportunities for change. During the Civil Rights movement and the Vietnam War, protests were an important indicator of public opinion. Now, the meaning is drained we hold protests, but rarely do we expect anything to come out of them. Maybe Occupy Wall Street has provided more than just a soapbox for disillusioned students. Maybe its an opportunity for our generation to wake up from its hibernated state and finally voice its opinion. Even if the demonstrators arent the most eloquent or organized group, at least their actions are spurring a public debate. At least theyve reminded us all that we can make a difference and we do have voice. by Miles Kohrman and Kimberly Lightbody

Since demonstrators began gathering in the Financial District on September 17, their credibility has been called into question. As the days have passed and their numbers have grown, both supporters and critics have raised their voices. Most recently, the The New York Post and the Daily News have published editorials mocking the protesters and scoffing at their efforts. The title of the Daily News editorial says it all: Occupy Wall Street protesters are acting like a bunch of spoiled brats. The Post was equally disapproving in their commentary on what Occupy Wall Street is calling Americas Arab Spring. God created pepper spray

How the all-American game has become exclusive


The Changing Face of Baseball

time they were considered futuristicperhaps reflecting that generations spaceage ethosbut over time came to been seen as irredeemably bland. They were gray, sterile and depressing, and tended to have artificial turf instead of real grass. They also lacked an open outfield, a signature characteristic of older ballparks. Instead, round shapes came into vogue, earning these new fields the nickname concrete donuts. But over the past 20 years, the trend has changed. Instead of functionality, new stadiums have been built with scenic outfields and retro facades meant to invoke the good ol days of baseball. The first of these ballparks was Oriole Park at Camden Yards, where the Baltimore Orioles play. Finished in 1992, the park features a red brick exterior and natural grass. Since then, these characteristics have been copied repeatedly, creating a new trend in baseball stadiums: the retroclassic trend that, arguably, allows fans to take a trip to the past, when baseball was the nations favorite sport and people of all ages, races and social classes would come together for a hot dog and a good game. In short, the new stadiums are meant to invoke the sentiment that Jones referred to when he said that baseball reminds us of all that was once good. One of the newest members of this generation of ballparks is Citi Field, the Mets stadium which opened in 2009. Citi Fields design evokes the old Ebbets Field, the original home of the Brooklyn Dodgers. As a lifelong suffering Mets fan, Ive already been to several games at Citi, and have to admit that, in many ways, its an improvement from the Mets old venue, Shea Stadium. Many of the concession stands are open-air, and the smaller ballpark size means that no matter where you sit, you get a good view of the action. Still, there are problems with Citi Field and the other retro ballparks that are less readily apparent. The attempt to invoke Ebbets Field works when you see the ballparks stunning exterior and enter through the Jackie Robinson rotunda, but falls apart when you get down to brass tacks. In 1955, the year the Dodgers won the world series, the most expensive seat at Ebbets Field was $3.00. Adjusted for inflation, this comes out to $24.50 in todays worldwhich is still cheaper than the $36.50 one pays for the current cheapest single game ticket at Citi Field. Combine that with outlandishly expensive food and going to a ballgame becomes an unaffordable luxury for many fans, particularly in these tumultuous economic times. Adding insult to injury is Citi Fields increased

The Big Green Pocketbook

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America has rolled by like an army of steamrollers. Its been erased like a blackboard, rebuilt, and erased again. But baseball has marked the time. This field, this game, is a part of our past, Ray. It reminds us of all that once was good, and it could be again. So said James Earl Joness character in the classic 1989 film Field of Dreams. And he was right. Nostalgic corniness aside, baseball has stood the test of time. Even the rules of the game have basically stayed the same to the present day. But one thing about the all-American pastime has changed significantly: the stadiums its played in. As society has evolved, so have baseball stadiums, reflecting the broad cultural trends and shifts that have taken place over the years. From the late 50s to the early 70s, the trend was large and monolithic multipurpose stadiums. At the

number of luxury boxes, which owners touted as an improvement from Shea Stadium. The fact that this would be seen as an improvement from Citi Field demonstrates the degree to which the owners are completely out of touch with their fanbase, most of whom cannot afford luxury boxes. If they were truly trying to hearken back to the old Ebbetts Field, they would lower ticket prices and make baseball games more affordable for the average fan. Isnt that what it was like back in the good ol glory days of baseball? Anyone could go to a gamethats why it was such an all-American sport. Baseball cut across economic classes, bringing together wealthy bankers with modest blue-collar workers, all for the love of the game. Unfortunately, it seems that baseball is being transformed into another venue for corporate outings where high-powered executives can talk business in between innings while sipping on $10 bottles of craft beer. Its as if the game has become one played by the rich for the rich. Perhaps this reflects the larger growth of income inequity in the US, which has increased dramatically over the past thirty years, creating a huge gap between the wealthy and the poor. Rather than building retro stadiums and raising the prices of tickets, food, and everything else that is sold at a ballgame, the owners should be trying to make baseball more affordable for average fans. We didnt mind Shea Stadiumat least we could afford it. But now the people who love the sport the most, and who spent years supporting their favorite teams, are being forced out of the game.

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monica ramos

Growing up, I owned a book called The Big Green Pocketbook. From what I can recall, the story revolved around a little girl who is coerced into running a bunch of boring errands with her mother, boring errands that are made awesome and fun by the fact that shes got this fabulous green purse in which she collects souvenirs along the way. This story, or rather this pocketbook, had a profound and lasting effect on me. Let me tell you, this bag was really exceptionalor at least appeared to be from the illustrations. Supple green leather, gold detailing. I wanted that bag. Fast forward fifteen years or so. Ive matured, as has my love of purses. Im browsing a thrift store, and what do I find hanging amongst a knotted mass of rotting pleather handbags but a, nay, The, Big Green Pocketbook. A deep green leather bucket bag in gorgeous condition. And spacious! Room for so many souvenirs. Hot sauce packets, a spare set of chopsticks, a badminton shuttlecock, poker chips, a fat slice of coconut layer cake. A painters pallet for impromptu nude portraiture la Titanic. A wilderness guide, should I ever find myself in proximity to a tree (unlikely!). A pair of clogs, in the event that Im challenged to a clog-off (has happened, wasnt prepared). The endless possibilities were mind-reeling. This bag was more than a bag. This bag was my destiny. Naturally I didnt have a dollar on me, so I went home and forgot all about it. That is until just the other day There I was, packed into

the corner of an elevator in the 12th Street Lang building. And right before my very eyes, mere inches from me, was the bag. The Big Green Pocketbook. The bag I was destined to own. Which is why it was so terribly confusing to see my dream bag hanging from the slouching shoulder of a stranger. Well friends, I couldnt help myself. I just had to reach out and touch it. And touch it I did. I touched the hell out of that bag. Caressed it gently, longingly, discreetly in the confines of that crowded elevator car. If only I could manage to slip if off her undeserving shoulder I thought to myself. I bet she wouldnt even notice its absence. Its not theft if its rightfully mine The elevator dinged as the car reached the 5th floor and she stepped out, the bag still hanging from her shoulder. Every fiber of my being wanted to sink my nails into that buttery green leather and hold onto it for dear life, but alas, I was too latethe pocketbook disappeared down the hallway, the doors slammed shut. It was gone, and with it the promise that it held. As envy coursed through me like a poison, it occurred to me momentarily that perhaps it was unhealthy to assign so much meaning to a material object, especially a material object that wasnt mine. But then I thought, No, no, dont be absurd. It was a really great bag. At least I can take comfort in the fact that the bags gone to a good home, by which I mean, of course, the home of a Lang student, a Lang student whom I will likely meet again someday when Im ready to strike. Girl with the Big Green Pocketbook: youve been warned.


Why we should look to the Middle East for inspiration


OPINIONS Moving Forward in the Arab World

The New School Free Press October 4, 2011
power, it wasnt violent extremists who lead the revolutions and led to the downfall of those dictatorial leaders it was regular Egyptians, Libyans, Tunisians and others, who were calling for reformation, freedom and democracy. Ultimately, it is the moderates in the Middle East and North Africa who have made their voices heard. Arabs of all walks of life have united with a similar vision for the future. Perhaps the most inspiring and suppression to quell extremism was a figment of our imaginationexploited by corrupt Arab leaders as a means to request American financial support for counter-terrorism programs. While right-wing pundits have repeatedly accused Muslims of harboring radicals, polls from the past decade have painted a different picture: support for violent extremism across the Muslim world has been quite low. has gone from shoe-bomber to freedom fighter. The lack of radical rhetoric during the revolutions is actually the clearest condemnation of it. Extremism, like its symbolic leader, is no more. The fate of Libya, Egypt and Tunisia is still unclear. Interim governments over the next few months will be tasked with the difficulty of setting up functioning political systems. However, what is obvious is that mainstream Arab consciousness is far different from what has been portrayed in American pop culture, academia and media. With the upcoming 2012 elections in the United States, we need to begin thinking about ways

This past spring, the voices of protesters in the Middle East and North Africa forever changed the way in which we see Arab society, spawning new hopes for progress and creating a unique opportunity for reconciliation between the Arab world and the West. But now, with President Obama threatening to veto the Palestin-

While right-wing pundits have repeatedly accused Muslims of harboring radicals, polls from the past decade paint a different picture
ian bid for statehood in the United Nations, we risk increasing tensions and destroying our chances for peace. As the 2012 elections in the United States draw nearer, its time to rethink our policies towards the Middle East. In the wake of the Arab Spring, a new image of the Arab World and a new vision for peace has emerged and we need to pay attention. Osama Bin Laden had dreamed of the day that Western-allied leaders such as Hosni Mubarak, Ben Ali, and Muammar Gaddafi would fall. The United States increased funding of despotic regimes across the Middle East and North Africa under the pretense that these repressive leaders quelled Al-Qaedas influence. But despite the decades of Al-Qaedas struggle for image from the Arab Spring was a photograph taken by Egyptian blogger Nevine Zaki of Egyptian Coptic Christians protecting their praying Muslim counterparts from the surrounding violence. The pictures depict two groups long engaged in conflict coming together to fight for a common cause. A few days later, Egyptian Muslims served as human shields during Christmas Mass. But imagine what the alternative could have beenwhat the United States and other Western countries had always feared it would be. Perhaps we had it all wrong. Perhaps the sensationalized threat of Al-Qaedas influence seeping into Arab politics without leaders who used heavyhanded policies of clamp-downs The most extensive survey of the global Muslim community, conducted by Gallup in 2008, reveals that approximately 93 percent of Muslims are, what they defined as, moderate. An even smaller percentage of the radicals advocate violence. A more recent Gallup poll that was published in early August reveals that Muslims living in the United States are in fact the most likely religious community to condemn all forms of violence against civilians. However, the clearest indications of the Muslim worlds vision for its futuremore so than the countless surveys conducted over the past decadeare the events that have flooded the headlines since last spring. In less than a year, the perception of an Arab

to build bridges in an increasingly interdependent world. The protests for just and democratic governments in the Arab world were votes for peace. Now it is our turn. Ten years after September 11, we need to begin to rethink our policy of interventionism in the Middle East. As the Obama administration prolongs the war in Afghanistan, continues airstrikes in Pakistan, maintains unequivocal support for Israel, and conducts massive unwarranted spying operations domestically, it is time that, like our Arab counter-parts, we begin to push for substantial policy change.

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Finding Quiet Space in a Noisy City

One students plea for others to keep it down
which Hemingway would have appreciated with comfortable chairs and spacious tables. But its not always quiet. ment, as did the students sitting around me. We were dumbfounded by this guys rudeness. Heres another example:

In one of his best short stories, Ernest Hemingway suggests that, faced with lifes many tribulations, people need a clean, well-lighted place to visit in order to maintain their sanity and dignity. I have been in New York for nearly a month, and already I feel the need to escape the citys endless noise especially when I need to study.

Unfortunately, The New School doesnt have many tranquil places on campus for students to go to do their work. I understand that space is limited. The University Center still looks like a hole in the ground, so students and faculty must make do in the meantime with the resources given to them. However, there is one place on campus that has potential: the study center at 90 Fifth Ave. Its clean and well-lit

To be fair, I believe that most people are considerate, but simply dont realize how much noise theyre making. Again, sound

youre feeling really ambitious, try turning off your phone for a couple of hours while you study. If thats too much, then at least

I know I sound like a curmudgeon, but thats a risk Im willing to take for the sake of silence. There are plenty of places in New York to be loud and obnoxious
Part of that has to do with the space itself. It has concrete walls and floors, and an unfinished ceiling. The acoustics there are great. You can hear conversations and phone calls from across the room. But this fact raises another, more important question: Why are people talking and taking phone calls there in the first place? I have a few theories. First of all, some people are simply inconsiderate. Heres an example: Last week a drama student paced though the study center on his phone and complained about a part he didnt get. The conversation lasted for about five minutes. I watched this spectacle in amazeYesterday two guys seated right next to me were swapping drinking stories and recalling their sexual misadventures from last weekend. (By the way, be careful what you say in public places; you never know who might be listening.) While I enjoy a good story as much as the next college student, I prefer to hear these anecdotes in a bar, and not when Im trying to read Fredrick Douglass. Save it for the pub, boys. Unfortunately, guys (and gals) like our struggling actor and partiers just need to be told to shut it. In the future, I wont be shy about demanding quiet in a place intended for studying. carries in the study center. Even if you take your phone call near the escalators, you can still be heard from around the corner. So here is my proposal: take your phone calls in the lobby or, better yet, go outside. Consider it a good opportunity to take a break, stretch your legs and enjoy the early autumn cool. And if you must talk in the study center, use one of the conference rooms. I know I sound like a curmudgeon, but thats a risk Im willing to take for the sake of silence. Were all trying to manage immense workloads. There are plenty of places in New York to be loud and obnoxious. Save your conversations for the parties. And if show some courtesy and make sure your call isnt disrupting others. These are reasonable requests. At the end of Hemingways story, the main character, an old waiter, elects to keep his tranquil, pleasant caf open late into the night in case someone needs it. Frankly, I need a quiet place, and I think other students do too. This city reverberates with the sound of jackhammers, car horns and noisy people; lets preserve one floor of one building where we can do our work in peace.

monica ramos

October 4, 2011


Living well is the best revenge, and were living well in the shadow of these evil mathematical wizards in their high towers. And they cant stand it. We will treasure these days.
Reverend Billy, activist and performance artist

The New School Free Press



The original idea for a peaceful, Tahrir-style occupation of the financial district was originated by the anti-consumerist Canadian magazine Adbusters. An internet-based organization called US Day of Rage, started by IT activist Alexa OBrien, assisted with the early promotion and organization of the event. Anonymous, the hacker and activist group, publicized the coming event. Since publicizing the address and phone number of a police officer accused of brutality, some protestors have attempted to distance themselves from the organization, with limited success. The occupation even has its own newspaper, the Occupied Wall Street Journal. Arun Gupta and Jed Brandt, activists, print the paper with funds raised on Kickstarter.


The self-professed models for the protestors are the Arab Spring and austerity protests in Europe, with which the occupation has in common several factors, especially leaderless-ness, and social-media driven outreach. Major decisions are made by the General Assembly, which is an open body. Protestors form a circle and make decisions only by consensus. The protest accepts donations through the Alliance for Global Justice, an advocacy group that assists left-leaning grassroots movements. Subcommittees known as working groups focus on specific aspects of life in Zuccotti Park, subjects as diverse as legal, sanitation, medical, kitchen, media, and direct action.

I believe in the kind of work thats going on here. I grew up with people telling me my generation is apathetic. Im here to prove them wrong... Id appreciate it if they stopped calling me apathetic and to get a job. Ryan Trickle down economics... is BULLSHIT! The money is just staying at the top . . . people made money at the expense of other peoples suffering. Alex Berkman The people who created the deficit are now the ones advising us how to fix it. Its like if you were to crash my car into a ditch and then tell me how I was driving wrong. Jesse LaGreca Theres no reason to be in as much debt as I am before I even have my associates. Kevin Barbosao Theres a feeling we all have that something is wrong I really feel like the kids here are getting disparaged. So Im here to support them how I can. Robert Commiso Im here because I cant not be here. Its so exciting for us old folks that have been on the streets all these years to see all these young people. Jenny Heinz, Granny Peace Brigade Im here because I feel like Ive been given a false sense of security as to the prosperity and well-being of our country. Jackson Bosworth I am here to support reform of the corporatocracy and capitalism in America... There have been incredible injustices done by the most powerful corporations in America. Bran Neibobr

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The Police: In the northwest, an observation tower. To the north, a row of police vehicles. New Yorks finest mostly observe: when they enter the park, its targeted and quick. Sign Gallery: Where the demonstrators display their finest work. On dry days, cardboard signs by the hundreds lie flat near the sidewalk. They range from serious to playful. Food Station: From cold cans of tuna to freshly made bagels, the occupiers exist on a diverse diet. Some donations are more spurious one individual donated 200 pounds of meat. Media Services: The most professional looking of the bunch, equipped with Internet and electricity, pour over Macbooks. Press requests have spiked in recent days as visibility grows. Library/Drum Circle: The library, whose books are mostly, though not exclusively political in nature, survives on donations. But the perpetual jam session next door is a renewable resource.
Cops/Protestors: Police gather on the sidewalk near Broadway, watching and keeping protestors from a nearby bus station. Protestors line up opposite, signs directed at commuters.

Food Vendors: For protestors who prefer to eat out, enterprising halal and hot dog vendors have taken up around the block. And yes: theres a bubble tea stand.

Medic Station: Trained medical personnel stand ready near the protests living quarters. A few wear the Guy Fawkes masks of the internet group, Anonymous.

Camp: The protestors sleep in the western half of the park. Tents are not allowed, but the occupiers are often inventive with tarps and canvas. Sleeping bags are grouped closely together for warmth, and already number so many that walking in the area can be tricky. In the west, near a statue of a sitting businessman on lunch break, a recycling station.

General Assembly: The occupations decision-making body meets in a circle near the northeast corner. Anyone is welcome. To aid hearing, speakers yell mic check, or speak into a megaphone.

Info Desk: The point of entry for new participants. Curious passerby can donate, sign petitions and get general information about the goals of the occupation.


Issue 3, October 4, 2011


Women dressed in provocative attire marched in the SlutWalk, a protest rallying against the rationalization of rape based on a womans appearance



A stripper performed on mobile pole that traveled with the protesters along Broadway

Explicit signage like that above was commonplace amongst protesters

The hundreds of protestors marched South on Broadway through lower Manhattan and back to Union Square where the protest orignated

The walk congregated at Union Square where signs were made Photography by Eric Fernandez

The International Socialist Organizations (ISO) New York chapter showed their support

A man supported the statement on his sign by wearing a miniskirt Copyright 2011

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