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The U.S. vs. Juggalos

In the 2011 National Gang Threat Assessment, released in October 2011, the FBI listed a group under the section “Non-Traditional Gangs” that caught the attention of both the media and music fans alike: juggalos.

Juggalos are members of a subculture that grew from an early 1990s devotion of the horrorcore hip-hop group Insane Clown Posse and their Psychopathic Records label mates, who are all known for wearing face paint to resemble sinister clowns, dousing audiences with the cheap Midwestern soda Faygo, and rapping about both the miracle of magnets and physically harming people who wronged them. For their devoted fans, it is more of a lifestyle than a musical predilection.

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Solo Recitals Stun at Mannes

On April 7, the audience in the Mannes Concert Hall at 150 W. 85th St. sat in a stunned silence. On the stage before them in a blue gown sat Mannes student Desiree Abbey with her cello. Eyes closed, body swaying to the music, her facial expression matching each song’s tone, she played a series of pieces that earned her a standing ovation. Abbey’s performance was just one of the many upcoming student recitals at Mannes.

Unlike other New School divisions, there is currently no assigned graduation project for the undergrad program at Mannes. Many, however, chose to have solo recitals this spring. Of the 33 seniors, about half are performing solo recitals says Erik Bestmann, director of concert operations at Mannes.

Starting this fall, solo recitals will be a graduation requirement for undergrads; they are already a requirement for all master’s students. Continue reading

Parsons Grad “Bimbo Slice” Makes Mayhem on Manhattan Roller Derby Team

Last May was a busy month for Kate Proulx. A communications design senior at Parsons, she finished her senior thesis, bimboslice
polished her portfolio, graduated from college, found a job, and competed in her first roller derby game under the name Bimbo Slice.

A year later, Proulx joined Gotham Girls Roller Derby (GGRD), an NYC-based flat-track roller derby league that is currently ranked third in the nation. Since joining the team, Slice has balanced skating for both CT Rollergirls’ Yankee Brutals (CTRG) and GGRD’s Manhattan Mayhem team and being the youngest visual designer at the top digital media firm HUGE.

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Students Sell Friendship on Creepy Website

Last fall, in a University of Connecticut dorm room students Scott Rosenbaum and Jose Cabanero created what is becoming one of the fastest-growing and strangest social networking websites to date: RentaFriend.com.

Rosenbaum came to Cabanero with the idea and asked for help building the website. Cabanero was skeptical, but agreed. “This might actually be worth something,” he said. Since its November 2009 debut, over 283,000 platonic “friends” and 2,500 renters joined the website. Continue reading

Parsons Abruptly Halts Paris Program

Popular study abroad program Parsons Paris has abruptly ended due to a legal dispute, raising uncertainties at both Parsons and its former partner in Paris, the Association Franco-Américaine de Design, or AFAD.

Parsons and New School administrators are seeking to reassure students that there will be another Paris study abroad program for Parsons students, as soon as this fall.

The contract between Parsons and Parsons Paris expired in 2008 and Parsons has decided not to renew it. “It’s run its course,” said Pamela Klein, Associate Dean of Student Affairs at Parsons, who oversees study abroad. “The length of time of the agreement is over.”

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