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What separates today’s popular music scene from ones of the past is its openness to K-pop or Korean pop. It is no longer surprising to see Korean acts collaborating with Western artists or see them on Western TV. This music genre is unique in the sense that it is largely defined by teenage “boy/girl groups” whose members deliver their own charms, shown through either their impressive choreography skills, personality or even their dressing style. It’s no wonder why such a fan-driven culture arises from this genre. HARU, Rutgers’ very own K-pop Dance Cover Club, exemplified the characteristics that show why the genre is climbing towards its peak in its annual Fall Showcase on Saturday.
Nothing gets Rutgers students more excited than new food joints. Fresh restaurants and cafes on campus mean more options to choose from and, honestly, the repetitive slew of pizza parlors on Easton Avenue is sometimes just not enough. This December, Elevation Burger, the organic burger franchise, will open a new location at The Yard @ College Avenue.
Year after year, Rutgers University Programming Association (RUPA) is able to score well-known, up-and-coming artists for its biannual Beats on the Banks concert. Last year, students were treated to appearances from Khalid and Metro Boomin. This time around, Portland-based recording artist Aminé came to College Avenue last Friday night to perform some of his biggest hits.
Old Joy is one of New Brunswick’s newest indie rock bands to hit the scene, and it's hitting the ground running with its latest September release, “Tent Silhouettes.” A catharsis of previously closeted emotion, the album is the culmination of the frenzied but harmonious songwriting of lead guitarists/vocalists, Ruby Ryan and Phillip Iglesias.
During the fall exhibit of “Self-Confessed! The Inappropriate Comics of Alison Bechdel," the Zimmerli Art Museum coordinated an evening with acclaimed graphic novelist, advocate and featured artist Alison Bechdel. Thomas Sokolowski, director of Zimmerli, welcomed Bechdel on Wednesday Oct. 10 as well as interviewer and Rutgers alumnus Hillary Chute, who also introduced Bechdel at her Writers House reading in 2008. Sokolowski expressed his recognized importance of the evening and how Bechdel’s work and the bildungsroman of her graphic novels displayed how young people find their way.
Due to a change in ownership, the campus convenience stores in the Livingston Student Center, Busch Student Center and Student Activities Center closed this past summer, making it harder for students living on campus to get their essentials. Luckily, digital drug store retailer goPuff made its way to Rutgers this semester to save the day, offering students a quick and easy delivery service app that is open 24/7.
Live from New Brunswick, Cabaret Theatre presented “Rutgers Night Live: Declaration of Sindependence,” over the weekend.
If Hasan Minhaj was still on "The Daily Show," he’d probably be hard at work on some Brett Kavanaugh material, trying to find humor in an incredibly controversial and complex situation. But he left the show earlier this year, freeing up his schedule to work on his upcoming Netflix special, "Patriot Act." Last Friday, he performed some of that new material in front of a full audience as the main act for the Rutgers University Programming Asocciation’s (RUPA) "Knight of Comedy."
The Zimmerli Art Museum's current artist collection is exactly what you would assume: an introspective and self reflective display of contemporary comics and sketches by renowned cartoonist Alison Bechdel. Famous for her long running strip "Dykes to Watch Out For", which ran from 1983 to 2008, Bechdel is a self-confessed artist, writer and advocate for women’s rights and the LGBT community.
Members of traditional fraternities are often portrayed and pride themselves as wholesome, constructive young adults who actively contribute to society. They prioritize philanthropy, maintain exceptional GPAs and work hard to prove themselves as decent, well-rounded men in order to gain acceptance into a fraternity in the first place. Recently, though, fraternities have been the face of controversy more often than exemplars of brotherly good, for offenses that are deeply rooted in a heritage that many believe is fueled by toxic masculinity and rape culture.
Over the weekend, highly-anticipated films like "Predator" and "White Boy Rick" opened in theaters nationwide — a few more drops in the ocean of the gigantic Hollywood market. While the glamour of big-budget movie production is beautiful in its own way, there’s a flipside. The independent film industry may lack the vanity expected in filmmaking, but none of the heart. Loving the act of making movies enough to deal with all the hurdles involved is admirable, especially when there’s no huge financial incentive. That maverick spirit was on full display this weekend, as the Rutgers Film Co-op/New Jersey Media Arts Center (NJMAC) opened up the 37th Bi-Annual NJ Film Festival in Voorhees Hall on the College Avenue campus.
In 1982, Albert Nigrin, a Rutgers graduate student, rented some movies using his salary as a teacher’s assistant. He didn’t feel like watching the films himself so he had some free showings, setting up a projector and opening viewings to the public. He decided to call these showings the New Jersey Film Festival, and 37 years later Albert’s viewings have blossomed into a celebration of independent filmmaking that takes place twice a year. Co-sponsored by the Rutgers Cinema Studies program, this year’s fall festival kicks off on Sept.14 and runs through Oct. 26, in New Brunswick.
As a college town, New Brunswick has a decent amount of fun to offer: A wide range of gourmet restaurants, lively bars and coffee shops, an art gallery here, a record shop there. If there’s one thing lacking that many students would appreciate, it’s a place to shop for trendy clothing in walking distance. Until now, the closest shopping destination is a mall nearly seven miles away from campus. By The By Vintage, a second-hand boutique owned and curated by Rutgers alumni Nicole Gifford and Gabe Chiarello, made its debut to New Brunswick this month, with the mission to stylishly and affordably outfit the Rutgers community.
The first few weeks of school are meant for adjustment, a time to get back in the habits formed in past school years or to form new ones. Students who have been around the block a few times have recognized their best and worst tendencies, and they were willing to share some new goals they have set for themselves this semester. A common theme among the responses was the aim to not let time go to waste, either inside the classroom or out of it. Here are just a few new semester resolutions from your peers.
Fashion refers to the trends we follow, but our style — the way we interpret and express those trends — is what really defines us. Style is what helps people distinguish themselves as individuals and helps us say things about our personalities that we can’t put into words. Rutgers is one of the most diverse schools in the nation, so it’s only natural to come across fashion-forward students with distinct styles of their own on a regular basis. During a particularly warm first week of school, we talked with some trendy passerbys on campus in between classes. Here are some highlights and trends that are sure to carry on throughout the semester.
For many students at a Big Ten school like Rutgers, game day is one of the most exciting times of fall semester. Often found relentlessly cheering for the Scarlet Knights, Rutgers students are certainly prideful, and festive game day outfits are another popular way fans are showing off their spirit. The era of just painting your face and throwing on a Rutgers T-shirt is long gone, and game day fashion has become something fueled by creativity: There is a lot of cutting, gluing and "making it work" going on. The season has just started, so there is plenty of time to put your own twist on these tailgate trends.
It is time to head "Back to Hogwarts" … sorry, we meant back to the Banks, meaning its time to get involved. Thankfully, J.K. Rowling reminds us that our choices show us who we truly are, and Rutgers has many clubs for students to explore and choose from. Getting involved on campus can help you build your network and your resume, making you a more valuable candidate for jobs and internships. Many people go for the traditional and more well-known campus organizations, such as Greek life or club sports, but what many people forget is that there are more than 700 clubs at Rutgers, which means there are a plethora of opportunities that go unnoticed. If you are looking to stand out this school year, keep on reading on how to get connected.
The team behind Destination Dogs has opened a new pizzeria on George Street called Fatto Americano. New Brunswick is full of pizza places, but none of them are like this one. Fatto Americano is a proper restaurant, occupying the space where The Dillinger Room used to be. A large bar serving up Italian and Italian-American inspired cocktails sits to the left, while the rest of the space is taken up by tables and booths.
When you hear “Metro Boomin want some more,” it is safe to say that something good will follow. With one of the most recognizable drops in music and a client list that ranges from Drake and Kanye to Migos, Metro Boomin is one of the premier producers in the world. Fresh off of a strong 2017 that included multiple collaboration tapes, Metro Boomin came to Rutgers as part of RUPA’s Beats on the Banks concert series on Friday.
New Brunswick is no beach, but a little acai makes a big, delicious mark. From their inception into New Jersey just four years ago, acai bowls are super widespread. They’re known for their fresh, blended fruity bases, with bountiful toppings like coconut flakes, banana slices and Nutella drizzles and they’re also known for their Instagram-ability. So it’s no surprise that after Hub City’s beloved Playa Bowls opened, another of those health-conscious havens popped up on Easton Avenue this March: Frutta Bowls.