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The best ways to go back to school
re you a recent graduate mourning the end of your life in education and desperately trying to hold on to it? Perhaps you have a sudden burning desire to learn something completely new and out-of-the-box, or – wisely – are looking to boost your employment credentials? Continuing Education programs are at most of the city’s universities, both big and small, and they offer the opportunity to sit back, relax, and return to your more curious, younger self. We’ve done the legwork for you and found out how five of the best schools define their programs and what exactly you can learn.

By Rosanna Boscawen
You won’t get much access to facilities, such as a library, although if you enroll in a larger program, such as in culture or business, you’ll likely get better advice from field professionals. Classes begin mid-September.


except at the instructor’s discretion. However, on the plus side, you don’t have to do the homework, and that instructor will likely be one of the bigger names in his or her field. On offer this fall are Astronomy and Russian, inter alia. Already have a graduate degree and feeling up for something a little more hands-on and hardcore? You can also take a Post-Baccalaureate course, chosen from 50 different options. Classes begin September 6, late registration and changes can be made before September 16.

Fashion institute oF teChnology


Columbia university
Location: 203 Lewisohn Hall Tel: 212-854-2124 Email: The money bit: $700 - $2,200

Columbia’s Auditing and Lifelong Learning program is, unsurprisingly, more restricted and more expensive than others in the city. Each semester (Fall and Spring only), there’s a choice of about 30 classes, each of which will cost you $2,200, give or take a little. (Lifelong Learning Programs for the over 65s are $700 per class). As an auditor, you’re not allowed to participate in the class,

Location: Citywide 212-997-2869 The money bit: Could be $200 for a short course in Green Manufacturing, could be in the thousands if you do a long program. If I could I would take: a course in Wind Power at NYC College of Technology in Brooklyn (Suri Duitch, University Associate Dean for Continuing Education). There’s no shortage of CUNY campuses in the city (seventeen across the five boroughs), and their CE courses are likewise plenteous. Most courses are non-credit and in general anyone can enroll. Certain courses, particularly the professionally oriented ones, require diplomas or high school qualifications.

Location: 7th Avenue at 27 Street Tel: 212 217.3334 Email: The money bit: As everywhere, it varies, but if you’re a New York resident you’ll be starting at $166 per credit. Noncredit courses are charged for tuition, and lectures, labs and workshops are billed at different rates. Anyone with a high school diploma can take a CE class at FIT, although more advanced courses have prerequisites. Classes are not audits but classes in their own right, and you can choose from traditional and new courses alike. If you’re a populist, go for the credit-bearing Fashion Design, Fashion Merchandising Management or Fine Arts courses. Unlike the more academic-centric schools, here you may use the library and have access to advisors, as well as having limited access to the Career and Internship Center. Credit classes start August 29. Non-credit start September 6.


Location: 7 E. 12th Street, Suite 923 Tel: (212) 998-7200 Email: The money bit: Could be a lot, could be a little, depends on your interests. If I could I would take: Something in the Center for Global Affairs. I can’t choose one – it’s like going to a buffet when you’re hungry and having to choose between vegetables and paté (Robert Lapiner, Dean of NYU School of Continuing and Professional Studies). Evening, weekend, daytime, online…. You name it, NYU’s CE program probably has it. And with a head count of 35,000 students per year, it is very popular. There’s more choice – we’re talking 4000 more choices – and while many classes have a professional orientation, there are also the usual academic lot. Anyone over 18 can enroll, though some courses have prerequisites. Fees vary: you could attend a one-day seminar in the Center

for Global Affairs called “India: Growth, Globalization, and Geopolitics” for $195, or you could pay $750 for an 8-session course in International Marketing in the Division of Programs in Business. But be warned: non-credit students only have access to the building where their class takes place – though if you opt to work towards a certificate, you will be rewarded with access to the library, computer store, and free events organised by NYU. Classes begin September 21.

sChool oF visual arts

Location: 209 East 23rd Street Tel: 212.592.2000 Email: The money bit: $150 - $975 If I could I would take: a metal sculpture or creative blacksmithing course (Joseph Cipri, Executive Director of Continuing Education at SVA). SVA offers over 400 CE classes, all of them open to everyone (unless you want earn credits, in which case you have

to submit an application to prove your worth). For $150 you can take a day long class in Drawing on the iPad. [Pause for effect]. All classes are led by practicing artists, but on the downside you pay for it: The Photography and Fine Arts courses are the most popular, we hear, but it’ll set you back $975 for a semester. Information sessions run September 6 through 12. Classes begin September 16.

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tudent startups don’t always blast off. A lot of half-baked ideas get tossed out with unwanted textbooks at the end of the semester. But one student startup based in New York has expanded as far as Chicago and Berlin, making it their business to help recent graduates find their first apartments. Blair Brandt graduated from the University of Richmond in 2010 and Belton Baker graduated from Chapel Hill this year. In less than two years, the duo has built a network of over 100 brokers spanning 30 cities, worth over $2 million, and responsible for over 5,000 young clients. Their company pairs young brokers with young clients, both of whom have trouble when first entering the real estate market. It all began with a summer job. Brandt spent several of his summers in Palm Beach, Florida, where he worked for a brokerage firm. “I closed a few big deals, I sold a few half million dollar apartments.” Brandt was drawn to the world of finance and saw real

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A Student StArt-up With reAl promiSe
estate as a place holder. But as the financial market turned grim, the real estate world turned up. “I was able to get my credibility up, because within my firm these other agents are taking me seriously because I’m closing deals.” The Next Step Realty began to take shape as he helped friends who had recently graduated find apartments. Watching them struggle, Brandt saw an opportunity where he could enter the market and not compete with more experienced brokers. “I saw some points of frustration—mainly that as a young broker, it was really hard for me to tackle any serious business, both because I was inexperienced and young, and because there were people above me.” Brandt had seen firsthand

how dangerous the real estate market can be for young renters. During a summer abroad, he was blind-sided by a landlord who ran off with a safety deposit totaling more that $3,000. And as the one who setup the rental, he was responsible to his roommates. “I felt really disappointed,” he explains. “I felt really bad. I was scared to go home that night because I felt so bad about what my roommates were going to say to me.” That experience galvanized Brandt to start his real estate career, deciding not to return for his spring semester. “I made roughly $50,000 as a senior in college doing this, and that gave me a little bit of financial independence and security to proceed with this idea.” As The Next Step began to take shape, Brandt returned to college to finish a missed math requirement. The majority of the company’s launch happened while he was taking his last class to complete his degree. “The second Richmond was over on June 13, I packed my bags and flew up to New York City and got to work.”


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he monumental steps of the Metropolitan Museum of Art are covered with representatives of the impressionable college-age crowd. The girls are dressed in flossy cocktail dresses and sparkly high heels. The boys sport dress shirts and formal slacks. No, this isn’t prom at the Constance Billard School for Girls. Believe it or not, it’s a celebration of an art exhibit at the Met in all its adult splendor and glory, but organized by students. The “College Group at the Met,” the masterminds behind the event, is an NYC-based organization of 25 local college undergraduates. The group organizes large-scale events and smaller classes and contests throughout the year to engage collegians with the elegant art housed at the Met. These events are conceived in conjunction with special exhibitions running the gamut of cultures and eras, and open free-of-charge to all with a college ID. The purpose is to highlight the Met’s recently acquired works and present them in a student-friendly way. “The Met has always been very interested in educating and inspiring new audiences,” said Katherine Nemeth, a former College Group at the Met committee member and the current Assistant College Marketing Coordinator for the museum. “The initiative is trying to build a relationship with [college] communities… maybe someday these students


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will become [Met] members and continue with the museum.” How do you interest an 18-year-old in a modern art collection featuring furniture, gruesome photographs and canvases brushed only with a few splatterings of paint? How do you ask a recent twentysomething to give up a Friday night of downing quarts of Beast in Silo cups to attend an art show? You give them a night to remember. You ask them to dress up in togas to celebrate the opening of the Greek and Roman Gallery; you invite them to seek out their inner flapper in a Great Gatsby-themed event inspired by the opening of the Met’s New American Wing. These are the types of parties the College Group has thrown in the past, featuring atmospheres involving superheroes

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mannequins sporting finalist entries from a fashion design contest. The night’s activities included hat making led by an Associate Professor at Parsons New School for Design, handbag craft and more. (As a special educational treat, exhibit curator Andrew Bolton gave a private tour of works on display.) Adding to the allure of these events is the dangerous thrill of being invited into an iconic institution after-hours. “It’s a rare opportunity,” agreed Ms. Nemeth. “It’s something that you wouldn’t get to do if you didn’t have access to the Met. It breaks up the ordinary routine [of college].” This inspired approach to educational event planning has generated buzz to the tune of 10,000 mailing list subscriptions and 965 “likes” on their Facebook page. To keep their exposure farreaching, members of the group act as “ambassadors of the museum” on their college campuses, “bridging the gap between the two worlds,” according to Ms. Nemeth. “We keep our eyes open for what is going on at different campuses,” said Ms. Nemeth, referring to the method by which they generate future event ideas, “keeping [them] new and lively.” “We want to relate to the college experience in some way but still keep it appropriate for the Met.” She quickly added with a laugh, “but we don’t want to have a frat party

researching your costume. “It definitely enriches the experience,” said Ms. Plastrik, who felt “a connection” walking through the recent Alexander McQueen exhibit while dressed in a McQueen-inspired getup. Attendance in the past for big events has been in the high hundreds, often reaching into the thousands. “An Evening of Togas, Myths and Muses” generated an astonishing 3,000 attendees from all over the East Coast, some traveling from as far as Massachusetts. Lines for entry sometimes stretched around the block. But costumes are not the only part of what makes these events a big hit; their success may also be attributed to the live entertainment, grand lighting and inspired activities. “The space we’re allowed to use helps to decide what kind

CreAting A theme involving Some type of CoStume iS one of the firSt thingS We think About
and masquerade, with an educational element to boot. “Creating a theme involving some type of costume is one of the first things we think about,” said current College Group at the Met Tour Coordinator, Michelle Plastrik. College students like to dress up. Who knew? The best part of dressing up, according to Ms. Plastrik, is being able to learn about the exhibit while of programming we might do,” explained Ms. Nemeth. “Here’s where the [judging] panel might sit, here’s where the craft station might go. We try to enhance every [event space] to make it approachable.” “We take advantage of the spaces for activities,” added Ms. Plastrik, noting that for “McQueen for a Night” they were able to organize an interactive display area for


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program from a variety of academic backgrounds, including political science, business, communication and architecture. However, all students must have an understanding of visual and spatial relationships, sensitivity to stakeholders, and the realization that they’re putting something in the community that affects someone’s quality of life. “We set the bar very high. We want to push our students to be leaders,” said James Stuckey, Divisional Dean of NYU’s Schack Institute. One of the leaders nurtured by NYU’s M.S. in Real Estate Development program is Matthew Blesso, founder of Blesso Properties, who called his experience at NYU “terrific.” The New York City real estate investment and development company has a special focus on unique properties. In

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ccording to the U.S. Census Bureau, the U.S population is expected to increase over the next 40 years by about 85 million people. Where to house these people is the science – or the art – of real estate developers. The Educated Observer spoke with four New York universities who offer the most competitive and cutting-edge graduate real estate programs in the city. And like any career path in New York, they are anything but easy. New York University’s Schack Institute offers three real estate graduate programs: a Master of Science in Construction Management, Real Estate or Real Estate Development. Most popular is the M.S. in Real Estate Development. The 42-credit program runs the gamut on all aspects of real estate, including planning and design, budgets and finance, business negotiations (leasing, construction, contract, and land use), and environmental regulations. Those who chose the Global Real Estate concentration also have the added benefit of studying at one of NYU’s six satellite campuses. Students come to the

fact, the program helped Blesso while he was restoring buildings in Hoboken, N.J. At the Zicklin School of Business in Baruch College at CUNY, prospective real estate graduate students can choose from two options: Master of Business Administration of Real Estate, a 57-credit program, or the 30-credit Master of Science of Real Estate, established in 2008. The MBA of Real Estate offers students the opportunity to learn a diverse range of management skills with advanced knowledge in real estate, while the latter is a specialist program perfect for those desiring careers as high-level managers, analysts or real estate entrepreneurs. Margo Weaker, Director of External Relations and Student Services at the school, stresses that while no “real world” real estate experience is necessarily

required to obtain admission to the program, identifying what area of real estate students want to study will be a challenge. “Real estate is a broad industry,” Weaker said. She remembers four recent students who’ve received an MBA in real estate and now work in four different fields. She also praised the program’s advisory board consisting of top real estate industry leaders, including Jim Oswald, partner at Pricewaterhouse Coopers and Francis J. Greenburger, chairman and CEO of Time Equities. Another program growing in interest is the M.S. of Real Estate Development at Columbia University’s Graduate School of Architecture, Planning and Preservation. The program is a three-semester (summer, fall, spring), three-part program consisting of study of the financial (investment, debt), the physical (construction management, architectural management, sustainability) and the transactional (real estate law), according to Vishaan Chakrabarti, director of the program. While the criteria for the


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ew York’s most prestigious colleges are not without their fair shares of secrets. The practices, membership and influences, of these societies are all the source of rumor and mystery. All of these groups have powerful ties to powerful New Yorkers, and yet those strings remain invisible. So we’ve done some digging (and some whispering) to reveal which are the most intriguing of all. Perhaps the largest group, in terms of membership, is St. Anthony Hall. The Columbia organization dates back to 1847. Originally a fraternity, the literary society eventually grew to ten chapters. Their few available public descriptions read like Greek organization mission statements, emphasizing, “learning is a life-long process” and claiming to foster, “intellectual growth.” Despite what they project in theory, in practice they are more of an all-star social group inducting a who’s who of undergrad socialites who grow up to be national titans. Far more secretive are Columbia’s two rival societies: Nacom and Sachem. Both groups limit their membership to fifteen per senior class, tapping rising-juniors before graduation. There are few distinctions between the two societies: each group consists entirely of student leaders. What


seems to separate them are initiations (conducted with varying degrees of ritual) and the fact that only the Nacoms seem to tap students at Barnard for members. Both groups claim to shun an affiliation with Columbia and are, therefore, both unregulated by the administration. While we can’t tell you they’ll run the world, it is worth noting that at different times their membership has included an executive editor at The New York Times and the owner of the New England Patriots. But probably the most mysterious of all is the Ax and Coffin. Bearing the most striking resemblance to the Skull and Bones of Yale, the Ax and Coffin is either now-defunct or so effective in their secrecy that no one has heard from them in decades. Like the Skull and Bones, there are rumors that the Ax and Coffin membership has direct bloodlines to the Illuminati. That group is one of the worldwide secret societies, allegedly including every powerful leader for the last three hundred years. The Illuminati have been blamed (or credited) with everything from the French Revolution to the Assassination of JFK, a supposed member himself. However, New York University’s secret societies challenge Columbia’s. Founded in 1832 originally under the name “Adelphic Society,” the Eucleian

Society was philosophical in nature, building a private library and engaging its members in additional or augmented academic studies. The society had a campus rival in the Philomathean Society. The two, of course, forbade sharing members, and there are records of members resigning or being expelled from one or the other once found out. The Philomathean Society allegedly disbanded in 1888. At times, the Eucleian society’s membership has been more public, with people giving commencement speeches and hosting public debates. But those traditions have since disappeared in lieu of added mystery. Little, of course, is known about the inner workings of the society, but notable members have included William Cullen Bryant and John Harvey Kellogg. For the Red Dragon Society, membership is not a closely guarded secret, but the selection process is. The Red Dragons are supposedly the most selective at NYU. Since their founding in 1888, they have not only tapped rising-seniors who distinguish themselves as “mavericks.” The group regularly includes the overwhelming majority of NYU’s 100 wealthiest alumni, and frequently remind the school of their existence through somewhat harmless pranks and subtle thefts. We had some interesting tips develop along the way of this story. But for us, the buck stops here. Maybe those members reading this now would chuckle at our safe storytelling. And maybe, those members are about to find out life’s not as secret as it seems. Regardless, if any societies have been left out of this article, then our hat is off to you.


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program includes standard college transcripts, GRE and GMAT scores, recommendations and professional experience, Chakrabarti stresses that the program requires a lot of discipline. “Real estate is not a profession for the faint-hearted,” he said. While he jokingly admits that a lack of sleep is a challenge for the students, the real difficulty lies in the beginning of the program. “I always tell a student when you are building a building, the hardest part is building the foundation,” Chakrabarti said. Cornell University also offers a variety of graduate programs, including a 62-credit Masters of Professional Studies of Real Estate. David L. Funk, director of the Program in Real Estate purposefully selects a diverse group of students, including those with academic backgrounds in architecture, engineering and art history. “Art history may not have an immediate link, but can often result in a very interesting background,” Funk said. While two-thirds of the programs’ students will have prior real estate experience, Funk reserves seats for those who have “talent in another area” like I.T. While all representatives from the universities believe the real estate market has been affected by the recession, they remain optimistic about the job outlook for current and future graduates of these programs.

While Chakrabarti also cites New York’s “economic resilience,” he says his students are getting hired internationally, receiving three to four job offers in Brazil, China and India upon graduation, but stresses students should not “overemphasize getting their ideal jobs.” But in the U.S, Funk says, this past year has not been identified by large companies like Goldman Sachs, but smaller real estate development and investment firms like Westport Capital, who focus on unique and distressed real estate investments, and who hire Cornell graduates. Russel S. Bernard, managing principal of Westport Capital says that real estate is a very entrepreneurial field, offering a wide breadth of exposure and experience, but touts the value of a smaller company. “Smaller companies provide a wide variety of functions and activities and that makes you a better executive, a better worker,” Bernard said. He looks for recent graduates who are very smart from an analytical standpoint, have the ability to read complex balance sheets, articulate their perspective in a clear, concise manner, but also put their “ego in their back pocket.” “You don’t need to be president of the company from day one, but you must have enough drive to be one someday,” he said.


Enter partner Belton Baker. Baker focused on launching The Next Step, and in the first few days of work they achieved a successful beta test and a viral marketing, which built their brand quickly. He attributes much of their success to an aggressive presence in the press early on, as well as on Facebook, and an efficiently designed website. Of course, young renters don’t have the income to go for the highend apartments. “Our business is based on volume rather than luxury,” Brandt says. But for nervous and inexperienced renters, Next Step provides a bridge of trust that comes from mutual understanding. Young brokers have an opportunity; young renters get good service.

And their approach to finding clients is strong. Currently Baker is managing a brand ambassador network of 500-

600 college representatives. “We’re basically communicating with them to distribute our message and spread the word about next step during the fall,” says Brandt. There will also be a college tour during the coming spring. The Next Step was featured on Bloomberg TV, Wall Street Journal, and New York Times. “And for a group of people that were largely unemployed,” meaning the nation’s class of 2010, “it was a very huge accomplishment.” And while Brandt’s idea came from his youthful experience, his business savvy is timeless. “You’re going to come across things that frustrate you. When you see that room for improvement, don’t just talk about it at dinner,” he says, “sit down and think about the ways to make a business out of it.”






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extraordinaire Stephen Jones who has worked for the Princess of Wales and Rihanna, there will be a series of lectures, study days and gallery talks. Our hats got off to them all.

September 7

The Glamour Touch
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When not manning her editrix desk at Conde Nast, Cinde Lieve can be seen as the chipper brunette guest on the Today Show reassuring us our thighs aren’t that big. But now readers get a chance to see Glamour’s favourite girl in person telling you, yes, how to be a beacon of style and strength. The event, titled, “The Secrets to Success for Twentysomethings,” celebrates the magazine’s annual Top 10 College Women Competition, which it has held for the past 54 years. Panelists, chosen for their academic and extracurricular accomplishments, will discuss leadership and what is takes to succeed as a young woman in today’s world. And don’t worry, we hear thirtysomethings can crash.

September 19
All That Jazz
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Jazz may not be on a nationwide comeback, but the blues is certainly settling in all over New York. This economy crashes one week and sinks slowly down the next, so use The New School’s night of Jazz and Contemporary Music to set things into an upward swing. You’re in luck if you’re an alumnus or an alumna: there’s an alumni-only cocktail party at 6pm. Many of the jazz performers are alumni of the program, so means things will be nice and cosy. John Peter Zenger and Benjamin Franklin. But came along Carrie Bradshaw with her Manolo heels and Sex and The City, putting the thought into American minds that they too could be one kiss away from journalistic stardom. Not so. NYU will be hosting, this fall, a night to commemorate some of journalism’s modern heroes: the men and women who reported the horror of 911. Pete Hamill, Soledad O’Brien and Jim Dwyer will join dozens of other photographers and reporters who covered the attacks ten years ago on a panel to discuss what that day meant to them.

Hats, An Anthology. loop or out of town, it’s not too late to dive into a tub of popcorn with your sweetheart. Two Days in Paris is the French-German film that brought a lot of smiles to viewers when it came out in 2007. So sit on the moonlit steps of Columbia University’s Low Library and enjoy the performance sponsored by Columbia’s Maison Francaise, the Cultural Services of the French Embassy and the NYC Parks Department.

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Punk It Up
Hunter College, Bertha and Karl Leubsdorf Art Gallery Free Admission: call 212-772-4991
In this millennium-blur of pop stars wearing meat outfits and reality TV show idols cutting debut albums, it’s easy to miss the music of the good old days. Patti Smith had the future of punk rock in one hand and the heart of New York City in the other. Some of her die-hards still remain; just take a stroll through Hell’s Kitchen. But for the rest of us craving a taste of what the ‘80s used to be like, head over to Hunter College where never-before seen silkscreen prints by Smith will be showcased through the fall. It’s not a fist-pump jam, but it’s a start.

September 26
PicNic Café $10, no RSVP necessary

Therapy After Terror
Get the academic opinion on the 9/11 aftermath with your coffee in tow. Were therapists lacking in experience in dealing with this kind of unfathomable, unpredictable trauma? Did they handle it well anyway? Psychotherapist and anthropologist Karen Seeley will lead the event, which is part of a series of ‘Café’ sessions hosted by Columbia University.

September 9

911 to Remember
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It used to be that journalists were mangy, stoic bad-boys who could slug through mud to get a story. These were the likes of Mark Twain,

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November 10
Remembering Kristallnacht
NYC College of Technology
Professor Menachem Z. Rosensaft, general counsel of the World Jewish Congress, adjunct professor of law at Cornell University, Columbia University and Syracuse University, and the son of two survivors of the Nazi concentration camps at Auschwitz and Bergen-Belsen, will speak at this historic event. He will also receive JFSA’s Distinguished Humanitarian Award. Reception to follow where all guests, attendees and admirers are welcome.

Hats, An Anthology
Gallery at the Bard Graduate Center $7 general, $5 seniors and students; free admission on Thursdays after 5 p.m.
Fresh off the boat from the Victoria and Albert Museum in London where it had over 100,000 visitors, this exhibition has 250 hats for you to admire and wonder at. They’re not all wedding garb, either: you’ll find a twelfth century fez as well as motor cycle helmets and a child’s plastic tiara. In conjunction with the exhibition, curated by milliner

September 8
Columbia University Free Admission

Films on the Green
Grease wasn’t the last time kids had fun at an outdoor movie. New Yorkers have been doing it all summer. If you’ve been out of the 14

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September 27
Counting on Cuomo
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Years ago, Michael Bloomberg stepped onto the shaken (but not stirred) scene in New York leaving an indelible foot print on Wall Street and the masses. Then he grasped the mayorish, since establishing himself as one of the most legendary New York politicians ever. Enter Andrew Cuomo. Many would say the way Bloomberg charmed the markets is the way Cuomo is charming the print media, the online blogs—and, well, everybody else. The New School is talking about it, and will host a panel discussion on September 27th about how Governor Andrew Cuomo has strategized his relationship with the media. Hosted by the Center for New York City Affairs, the event will feature Wayne Barrett, New York Times reporter Nicholas Confessore, and NPR reporter Karen Dewitt.

October 25

Long Live McQueen
Katie Murphy Amphitheatre, Fred P. Pomerantz Art and Design Center
The Met’s McQueen exhibition may be over, but it’s still the talk of the town. Andrew Bolton, curator of The Costume Institute at The Metropolitan Museum of Art, is continuing the conversation about his groundbreaking exhibition, Alexander McQueen: Savage Beauty. A signing of Bolton’s companion book to the exhibition follows the lecture. This may be the last opportunity to take advantage of a legacy that not only lifted the hearts of American fashion leaders, but now Kate Middleton and others across the world.

Monopoly at the Boathouse. money was U.S. dollars? Or that when your opponent was “in jail” he literally sat behind bars? Well, (besides the behind bars part) your wish is NYU’s command. This year, the annual Evening of Monopoly is held at the Central Park Boathouse where alumni use the legendary power game to make real network connections and cut deals with the city’s Real Estate titans. The swanky venue will be the silver lining to the event hosted by David T. Welsh, managing principal and a founder of Normandy Real Estate Partners. Sponsored by NYU’s Schack Institute of Real Estate, the evening includes getting your game on, cocktails, and dinner.


September 27
It’s Visionary
CUNY’s Medgar Evers College Free Admission
Forever funnyman, author and activist, Bill Cosby will stop by the City University of New York to share some musings and laughs with a very lucky audience. Crosby will give the keynote address at the 2nd Annual Founders and Alumni Visionaries Dinner. The dinner, titled “Sustaining the Vision and Fulfilling the Dream,” has as its honorees Byron Lewis, UniWorld CEO, and Vice President in Sales Management at Macy’s, Annabelle Miller.

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Poetry Forum
Orozco Room, Alvin Johnson J. M. Kaplan Hall $5 or free to all students and New School faculty, staff, and alumni
Queen’s Gold Medal for Poetry winner James Fenton is the guest speaker at this intimate event. One time political journalist, drama critic, book reviewer, war correspondent, foreign correspondent, and columnist, he is a fellow of the Royal Society of Literature and was Oxford Professor of Poetry from 1994 to 1999. In 2007, Fenton was awarded the Queen’s Gold Medal for Poetry and his Selected Poems was published by Penguin and by Farrar, Straus and Giroux. He is also the editor of The New Faber Book of Love Poems and D. H. Lawrence’s Selected Poems. Bill Cosby.

FIT Shows Good Sportsmanship Now
The Museum at the Fashion Institute of Technology Free Admission
Usually regarded for its elegant soirees with guests dripping in diamonds, the FIT hosts quite a different event this year. The great outdoors are celebrated at a new exhibit applauding American athleticism. Maybe our women’s soccer team didn’t win the world cup, but FIT is more particularly concerned with the clothes on the back more than the trophies on the shelf. Pieces from the museum’s permanent collection will be on display, organized thematically around sailing, swimming, golfing, skating, Alexander motoring and other McQueen sporting pursuits. dress. 15

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Monopoly, Actually
Central Park Loeb Boathouse Admission: $200 for alumni or students, $250 for guests
Did you ever play Monopoly when you were a kid and wish the toy boat was a real ship? Or that the pastel


Some Graduate Programs Get A Blue Ribbon
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here may not be a penny left at the end of college. In fact, many graduates find themselves in debt. Big ideas fill their hearts but little weight fills their wallets. That predicament may not provide the incentive to go back to school. But studies show that more people are getting a masters degree because they got handpicked over their competitors for valuable jobs. New York schools’ endowments are higher than many other states. This makes grad programs here that much more desirable. But some concentrations have risen in popularity among New York schools more than others. Indeed, the trends among graduate programs on the rise can be quite surprising. “Within the last decade New York has become the place where students want to come for their higher education,” said Robert Ptachik,


the University Dean for the Executive Office of Enrollment at the City University of New York. The fields of finance, engineering, architecture, and public affairs have all grown. According to James Devitt, the Deputy Director for Media Relations at New York University, there has been an increase in interest in the fields

of math, economics, finance, and computer science at that school. At the City University of New York (CUNY), enrollment has increased 63 percent from 2006 to 2010 in business related programs. “A trend we’re seeing in business is more interest in specialized programs” said Mr. Ptachik. “Our combined masters of accounting and MBA program

has grown from 352 to 672 students, and the master’s of science in taxation has increased from 87 to 199 students.” The number of students studying to be health professionals, 7 percent of the nearly 24,000 graduate students at CUNY, has grown by 62 percent within the last four years. Princeton University benefits from proximity to New York. David Redman, the Associate Dean for Academic Affairs in the Graduate School Office, says that the strength of the university’s masters programs in finance lies in its close connection to the industry so uniquely fueled by New York City. Indeed, he says, “100 percent of the students get placed at a very high level at the end of the program.” However Mr. Redman did point out that the selectivity and the program’s size goes toward maintaining that success rate. According to Redman, public affairs and public policy in the Woodrow

Wilson School of Public and International Affairs have been accelerating in popularity. The master’s degree program in architecture is also a favorite. At Cornell University, the areas of study that have seen the most growth are the physical sciences and engineering. Overall enrollment has increased 34 percent. In particular the masters in engineering has increased by 73 percent over the last ten years. There have been three areas in the social sciences that have increased significantly over the past ten years, statistics (increased by 245 percent, public affairs increased by 157 percent, real estate increased by 100 percent, and architecture by 135 percent). “The resources we have available include the architecture program in NYC and in Rome,” said Barbara Knuth, the Vice Provost and Dean of the Graduate School. “Students can be immersed in different types of physical settings and have the opportunity to learn about architectural studies in history as well as in the practical context.” Knuth acknowledges the advantage that a masters degree increasingly provides. Other fields that have seen growth due to a connection with New York City are audiology and speech pathology programs at institutions like Adelphi University. “Partnerships with the New York City department of education have

helped with tuition for speech pathology candidates,” says Jane Ashdown, the Dean of Adelphi’s Ruth S. Ammon School of Education. “Those kinds of tuition supports have made it a popular choice locally.” There has also been an increase in quantitative finance and other degrees that allow students to be involved with multiple aspects of the financial sector. Peter Stokes, a member of the pre-graduate school advising staff at the University of Pennsylvania in Philadelphia says that the students that come to him have been increasingly interested in combined degree programs, such as applying to law school and getting both their JD and MBA. “Interdisciplinary masters programs, such as environmental policy or environmental science in particular, I find, have seen more attention than in the past,” said Mr. Stokes. “I can only speculate, but I suspect that students have become accustomed to having interdisciplinary options as undergrads. They are already encouraged to think in interdisciplinary ways, and want to continue with that kind of work.” Of course, this only ups the ante. Some are ready for their masters at the end of college. But now others are ready to get two in one. Perhaps the state of the economy will only tell where that game of shifting goal posts will end.

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The Writing Center At Hunter College
The Writing Center, a part of Hunter College’s Continuing Education Department, strives to provide the community with the very best in creative, intellectual programming. Director Lewis Frumkes is continuing the Tina Santi Flaherty Irish Voices Series this fall, which includes upcoming speakers Pete Hamill, Dan Barry, Iris Cornelia Love, and Barbara Leaming. The Writing Center will also host The Jack Burstyn Memorial Lecture with speaker Dr. Alan Manevitz. Coming this fall, Frumkes has planned the new “Talented Young Writers Panel,” with Stefan Merrill Black, New York Times critically acclaimed author Alison Espach, Haley Tanner, and Michener-Copernicus Award winning author Benjamin Hale. The Writing Center will also feature “The Humor of Sholem Aleichem with Bel Kaufman,” where the accomplished author and Hunter alumna will discuss the humor of her great-grandfather, Sholem Aleichem. Francine Prose, National Book Award finalist, will be The Writing Center’s Gertrude Vanderbilt Whitney Conner Guest Writer. All of The Writing Center events are free and open to the public. In addition to on-going professional writing courses, the Center will feature a master writing class in memoir with Daphne Merkin, as well as specialty offerings such as Modern Irish Storytellers, Neglected Cinema Masterpieces, and a theater writing class taught by the famous Spence Porter. For more information contact: The Writing Center at Hunter College CE 212-772-4292


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Young Hopes Get A Boost
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f you think the next best thing after graduating college is to get a “real job,” think again. Serial entrepreneur, author and founder of the Young Entrepreneur’s Council, Scott Gerber encourages today’s youth to stop chasing that perfect job and start creating one of their own. At a time when the dollar is down and unemployment is up, Gerber says the only spirit finding success these days is the entrepreneurial one. The 28-year-old recent graduate only had a film degree and $700 in his pocket when he started ‘Sizzle It!’, a company that produces promotional

reels. His clients now include GAP, Dolby and Proctor and Gamble. Gerber, a firm propagator of youth entrepreneurship says, “I think we need to start creating a culture where we can teach the youth about entrepreneurship so we can spearhead the nation; really show that it’s not some renegade’s choice but something that can be considered a viable career path.” He likens the job hunt to putting all your eggs in one basket that you neither control nor own. Spending time and energy on getting a mediocre job which you may stick to for a year or two is not reasonable. It’s been less than a year

since the YEC was created and it already has almost 300 members. The invitation only organization was created with the purpose to provide mentorship and educational resources to startups. Being dubbed “the young entrepreneur’s guide to business,” YEC has created lots of buzz as 3600 new members alone have tried joining in the past year. It’s the first of its kind because advice is given to youth startups by peers of their age. Those without a business yet just seeking advice are still welcome. And if youths aren’t even that far along in their thinking, Gerber encourages them

to keep an ear to the ground. Jordan Goldman, YEC Board member and Founder of Unigo, one of the largest online resources for college reviews in North America, often advises trying to build something quick, cheap and easy. “Think of the cheapest way to get an idea off the ground, reach out to as many smart people as you can for advice, and go from there,” says Goldman. One example is a company that was started by a group of college students who borrowed a run-down van to collect unused items from households in their neighborhood. They called themselves,

‘College Hunks Hauling Junk.’ Today, their clients include the Federal Government, Fortune 500 Companies and over 70,000 homeowners. The cost of creating a business today is lower than ever. Tina Wells founded Buzz Marketing Group, a marketing and research company she started at only sixteen, with little resources but her parent’s telephone and a word processor. Given success like Wells’, and considering websites are available for less than $2 and starting a company hasn’t been more cost effective. But just creating a website is not enough. The YEC gets pitched with social media buying websites, all trying to be the next ‘Groupon’. However, that market is saturated. Ms. Wells, also YEC member, urges the youth today to have a realistic expectation of the market, emphasizing the importance of solid reconnaissance. Every year, millions of students graduate with one thing in mind, getting a job and making lots of money. And that’s what parents want them to do

economy, entrepreneurship may be more of a necessity than an option. With the YEC and increasing financial opportunity, youth entrepreneurship may be here to stay: so passionate youths should give it a try. Says Gerber, “The worst thing in the world is to be a dreamer and not a doer.”

Gerber’s 5 thumb rules to starting a business: ☛ Kill your ego ☛ Learn to prepare for the unseen too. But YEC members argue many parents don’t accept the idea of youth entrepreneurship as an alternative to traditional career paths. “Parents don’t realize that the cost of building a business now has dramatically reduced. For them, the risk–reward ratio that exists today didn’t exist for them,” explains Goldman. This may relate to why colleges will never push entrepreneurship either. A survey conducted by Buzz Marketing Group showed that 73 percent of students were not offered entrepreneurship classes in college. “How do you sell to parents that are investing so much money for their kids to say, ‘we’re going to teach your child how to be an entrepreneur,’” says Gerber. Given the health of the ☛ Create a money maker and not a money pit. We are talking real revenue and not future estimated revenue, where the break even is quicker. ☛ Keep it simple ☛ Execute

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Going The Extra mile
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llie Emery, a medical student at Cornell University has always been interested in the global health and Africana Studies but never thought of taking it up as a career till she undertook a study abroad program in South Africa in 2008. There, she not only learned about the health problems afflicting that country, but also how those problems transcend national and international boundaries. “Having the opportunity to be in a discussion with students other than just American, to be taught by South African professors, you get a different perspective and a better understanding of the subject and the culture” Says Emery. Initially, study abroad programs were established at universities so that American students could go to other countries and learn various languages not related to their degrees. But as the globe shrinks and the markets become more international, the definition of study abroad programs has changed. Students travel in order to intern, carry out community service, or to earn academic credits. According to studies by the Institute of International Education, over 250,000 students study abroad every year, the economic crisis having little effect on their desire to travel. The most popular are the UK, Italy and France. Latin America is also becoming an increasingly popular choice, as students are interested in learning Spanish, and living expenses there are cheaper. Ulrich Baer, Vice Provost for Globalization and Multicultural Affairs at NYU, advises students against summer study abroad programs, instead encouraging students to go abroad for a semester. “Sum-

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Study Abroad Programs Putting the Cool in School
mer programs are too short a time to really learn much about a country. Just when you’re beginning to get a little more comfortable in a country you’re going home again.” But whether students undertake the program for a semester or a couple of months, the question remains how and whether helps build careers in the long run. Josh Irons, Director of Product Marketing at Education Dynamics, says, “It’s a life changing experience. It gives them a broader perspective of the world. It’s definitely a resume builder when they get back and try to apply to job and colleges.” J. Branson, a recent NYU graduate, loves fashion and always wanted to become an entrepreneur. He stumbled

upon an interesting business idea on his last visit to Ghana for a study abroad program. Branson met a Ghanian designer, Raam, with whom he went on to create ‘Of Rags’, a clothing store that combines New York’s style with Ghanian culture in innovative designs. Not all may strike luck like Branson, but a study abroad program helps students who are passionate about a subject and want to pursue it. According to Mark A. Poisel, Associate Provost for Student Success at Pace University, a study abroad program becomes a necessity in programs such as Architecture, Theater or Science. “It’s one thing to read about it in books and one thing to go there and walk around and actually experience the culture.” Mr. Baer also explains that students tend to do better academically and get better entry level positions because they speak a language or show an extra commitment and determination. But, he warns, “If everything you do, you do as a tourist, then that’s not really a program,” he says. There are numerous study abroad programs available. The trick is finding the right one for you, which is possible only through research. Mr. Baer summarizes a successful program as something that gives you a behind the scene view of a country.


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