September 2, 2014
Fantasy Sports League FanDuel Raises $70 Million In Venture Capital Round Typically Reserved For Hot Tech Startups
Shamrock Capital Advisors led the round, joined by new investors NBC Sports Ventures and KKR. The new round is seven times larger than its last capital raise and brings FanDuel's total amount raised to $88 million.
CL&E Presents: Things to Remember during Add/Drop Period at McGill
Welcome to the Fall semester here at McGill University! Whether you’re a first-year or an upperclassman, we hope this list of Things to Remember During Add/Drop Period puts a smile on your face and makes the first two weeks of school a little easier.
8 Quietest & FREE Places In NYC
Whether they offer silence for thinking or charms for inquisitive minds, these are my Top 8 FREE, Quietest Places in NYC. I've covered Manhattan & The Bronx, but let me know if you know of any other places in Queens, Long Island, and Brooklyn that I can add to the list! Comment below!
39 Science Fiction, Fantasy And Horror Books For September
September is upon us, and with the unofficial end of summer comes the end to the Summer Beach reads. Here's a whole new list of books to delve into as summer comes to a close: anthologies, collections, biographies, histories, as well as science fiction, fantasy and horror.
These Scottish Nationalists Think There's A Conspiracy To Hide A Secret Oilfield
As the Scottish referendum campaign enters its final weeks, some quarters of the pro-independence camp believe a massive amount of oil has been discovered off Shetland and that the media are keeping it quiet. What's really happening?
Two Charities Have Rejected Reddit's Donations After The Leaked Celebrity Nudes
A charitable giving page in aid of prostate cancer has been set up in the aftermath of the theft of nude photos of celebrities. UPDATE: The Prostate Cancer Foundation has denounced the campaign and will return the funds.
What It Feels Like To Watch Your Video Gain Popularity
I went to a couple Jason Mraz concerts this year after a long hiatus and loved every second of it. Thursday night, Jason said he should pay tribute to his musical theater roots since we were at the Pantages - one of LA's musical theater venues best known for touring productions. He said Carole King had a musical so he'd sing a song from her and asked if anyone in the audience knew the harmony to add to Raining Jane's harmonies. With the exception of one enthusiastic audience member, no one did. He asked someone from the wings to sing with him and Sara Bareilles pops out. The audience lost it. I was extremely excited to see two of my favorite performers together and decided to capture the moment. The next morning, the following happened.
How "Empire Records" Became The Unlikely Film Of A Generation
Engineered to be the teen-movie equivalent of the mid-'90s alt-rock zeitgeist, Empire Records flopped in the theaters, only to become a cult classic a generation later. For the first time, the people who made the movie talk about how it came together, why it bombed, and how it found its second life.
Fitness As A Fate
A little droplet coaxes itself down the arch of my nose and then with a satisfying “plop,” the sweat lands on the treadmill. Why am I at the gym on a holiday weekend? I could ask the two girls on either side of me the same question. We are all obviously a healthy, or “average” weight. Some might consider us “skinny” or tell us to go eat a sandwich. Maybe we did just eat a sandwich. Or three. And that’s why we are at the gym sweating our asses off instead of enjoying a relaxing Labor Day. As I glance around at the cardio equipment (treadmills, ellipticals, stair masters, etc.) I see a predominantly female population. None of us are tremendously out of shape or overweight. Is that because we are at the gym everyday? Or are we here because we want to maintain that appearance? In the hunter-gatherer days, men’s bodies were designed to be lean, muscular and fast in order to catch the evening meal. Guess what? That’s that high metabolism we complain about men having now. They eat burgers, drink beer and fall asleep on the couch and they can actually lose weight. Which is perhaps why there are no men at the gym. Women on the otherhand, were designed to produce children. Now before any of you feminists start with me, let me finish. Our bodies were made to store fat to have the strength to do things the “hunters” didn’t do, like rearing children and maintaining a shelter. Guess what? Our bodies are still fat storing machines. We could eat a small garden salad and still gain a pound. It’s the way we were built. So why are we here fighting our bodies’ natural inclinations? Some might say they are doing it to be heathy and fight off diseases like heart disease and diabetes. Others might say working out relives stress. And in the words of the famous Elle Woods, “Happy people don’t kill their husbands!” But I believe the later two reasons for working out are implications of an image obsessed society. Girls want to look thin for their new profile picture on Facebook. They want their abs to be rock hard for when they wear that crop top to the bars tonight. We believe that the only way we can be appealing to someone is if we look appealing. Who even determined the standard for what is appealing anyways? Famous Renaissance painters depicted curvaceous women with rounded mid drifts and voluptuous thighs. Their breasts weren’t perfectly shaped from implants and their waist wasn’t a size two. These women did not go to the gym. Since when is sweating ladylike? Yet they were still deemed beautiful and worthy of being painted. As society changed, standards changed. Even the new gym slogan of “Fit is the new skinny,” is presumptuous. Fitness never has determined health or happiness. It may be a contributing factor, but by no means a determining one. Sometimes the most “beautiful” bodies can have the most tormented souls. Societies norms can be a constant pressure in our lives whether we want to “conform” to it or not. It’s just the way things are. For example, skin color. We are all human beings, but over time we have categorized ourselves into “races” which means, race is socially constructed. Just like beauty. But does that mean we can pretend that race doesn’t exist? No, because every health form, every US census, and every work application asks you your race. I guess there is no real “moral of the story” here. The point of this post was to remind you that societies’ standards are constructed by ourselves, so if we want social change to happen, we have to change. So get off the treadmill and go eat a sandwich or watch a movie or hang out with your friends. Just don’t accept fitness as your fate.