De Blasio arrived at NYU in 1979 as a tuition-free Presidential Scholar. He majored in Metropolitan Studies, a program in urban studies with courses such as Politics of Minority Groups and The Working Class Experience. De Blasio entered NYU as a Presidential Scholar in 1979. The passion for politics that he showed as a high school student in Cambridge, Mass., quickly emerged at NYU. By his sophomore year he had become a charismatic figure at the university, a 6-foot-5, wild-haired activist known as Bill Wilhelm he would later change his name who regularly confronted school administrators about the cost of something he didnt have to pay for: tuition. He really stood out as one of the brightest students very engaged, wanting to do things, said Ann Meyerson, former director of the Metropolitan Studies program. You would not forget Bill. He was a star. Initially, de Blasio embraced the outsider role. Back then, NYU administrators appointed the members of student government. De Blasio helped form the Coalition for Student Rights, to call for students to have independent representation. De Blasio made the front page of the Sept. 28 1981 edition of NYU student newspaper Washington Square News for his rebellious crusade to put a student on the board of trustees. Among their demands: that NYU allow a student onto its board of trustees and that the university release financial information to justify planned tuition hikes.
New York Comptroller Race Was Mostly a Celebrity-Fashion-Extravaganza
The gift that just keeps on giving in the form of the New York Times style section has an effusive, 2,000 word essay on Audrey Gelman : spokesperson for the Democratic nominee for comptroller Scott Stringer, girlfriend of fetishistic photographer Terry Richardson , and the basis for the character Marnie on Girls. Gelman’s connection to Dunham stretches back years; they have apparently been friends since Gelman’s mother became Dunham’s mother’s shrink. Not only did Dunham base the character of Marnie on Gelman, but Gelman also had a cameo in the second season of Girls. According to the Times, Gelman, a 26-year-old press and PR specialist, got into politics because she liked the idea of “rolling up the sleeves of her Jil Sander blouse and delving into politics as practiced at the street level.” But it was her connections that put Stringer on the map. A “Young New York” campaign party at the Maritime Hotel heavily promoted as a way to mingle with New York’s young elite like Lena Dunham and Scarlett Johansson (who didn’t show up) helped Stringer close a 15-point gap that separated him from Spitzer, primarily on the strength of the celebrities involved. The Times also attributes some success to the sleeveless white Dior cocktail dress Gelman wore. And that’s how most news outlets covered it. As the New Republic reported: And now, too, the Stringer campaign is known for its glittering support: It has suddenly become the cause celebre among a certain strata of downtown types, who have embraced moderate chic with a wholeheartedness not seen in Manhattan since the first Obama campaign. The reason for the high-fashion attention being paid to this municipal election is Audrey Gelman, Stringers former press secretary turned SKDKnickbocker consultant dedicated to the campaign. Hidden in the profile are a few clues that Gelman has political experience beyond an affinity for designer business chic; she worked on Hillary Clinton’s presidential campaign and served as Stringer’s deputy press secretary. Or, as the Times puts it; “not the most glamorous assignment, particularly for a budding fashionista who appeared in a short promotional film for DKNY Intimates and was often the plus-one for Mr. Richardson at art openings and movie premieres.” But Stringer probably put his campaign goals best following a speech by Dunham where she admitted that she had previously had no idea what a comptroller’s job was .
New York Giants’ horrendous season continues with 36-21 loss against Philadelphia Eagles
Tuck had better be ready for a fight this week. New York seemingly had every advantage against the Philadelphia Eagles on Sunday, but was defeated 36-21. Home-field advantage? That meant nothing for New York. (USA TODAY Sports) Hakeem Nicks with nine receptions for 142 yards? Talk about a wasted effort. Then there is Eli Manning , who is playing like a quarterback who deserves to be omitted from the “Book of Manning.” He completed 24-of-52 passes for 334 yards and two touchdowns. However, Manning also threw three interceptions. He now has thrown 12 interceptions this season, and is currently on pace to throw 38. Just for comparison, Eli’s brother Peyton Manning did not throw an interception in Denver’s first four games. In addition, Eli Manning was penalized three times for intentional grounding Sunday. Nick Foles entered the game for Vick and finished 16-of-25 for 197 yards, two touchdowns and no interceptions.