Staff Picks: October 2017


#MeToo Social Media Campaign

Over the past few weeks, numerous women (and men) have come forward revealing they have been sexually assaulted by former film producer and executive, Harvey Weinstein.

On October 15, actress Alyssa Milano tweeted a note that read, “Suggested by a friend: If all the women who have been sexually harassed or assaulted wrote “Me too” as a status, we might give people a sense of the magnitude of the problem.” As a result, users of social media sites such as Facebook and Twitter, have posted “#metoo” and the number of people who have participated is absolutely overwhelming.

While I will admit this campaign does have a few flaws, it’s nice to see the Internet community coming together to support one another and being used as a platform for awareness and activism.

– Katherine Grygo, Assistant Director of Web & Blog Services



Harry Potter and the Sacred Text Podcast 

Relive the magic of J.K Rowling’s genius, through HP & the Sacred Text. Vanessa Zoltan and Casper ter Kuile are a fantastic duo, both graduated from the Harvard Divinity School, they bring insight, charm, and wit to our beloved Harry Potter series.

I started listening while working out, but now I pop this podcast on any chance I get! Great for listening while driving or taking a break from homework. You’ll laugh, you’ll cry, you’ll fall in love with your favorite HP characters all over again. Enjoy!

– Alexa DeJesus, Assistant Editor-in-Chief



 Vulture’s Coverage of David S. Pumpkin

 It’s been a year since SNL and Tom Hanks brought us David S. Pumpkins. And it turns out Vulture has a lot of questions. At least as much fun as the sketch itself, is the dedication of Vulture’s writers, particularly Jesse David Fox, to find out what the hell is going on with this pumpkin suit wearing guy with two beat boy skeletons. Articles include close reads on why the joke works, interviews with the writers on the sketch’s creation, and observations on what happens when Mr. Pumpkins shows up in your favorite horror films. Like the original sketch, enjoy the meta, which is…it’s own thing. Get in the weeds with David Pumpkins!

– Katie Hartzell, Assistant Managing Editor

The Good Plgoodplaceace

If you’re searching for a show to fill the Office/Parks and Recreation/Community-shaped hole in your heart, look no further. After dying in a freak accident, veritable “garbage person” Eleanor Shellstrop discovers that she has miraculously ended up in “The Good Place” along with a select group of Earth’s moral elite. In order to stay, Eleanor must learn how to be a good person from her “soulmate,” Chidi, an ethicist with hang ups of his own. Self-referential, clever, and starring Ted Danson (!!!), the show (and its killer first season finale/consistently inventive second season) is bingeable paradise.

– Ellen Kaufman, Managing Editor 

Citizen Jane, Battle for the City


As a transit-oriented urbanist teen, I’m always fascinated by anything related to urban planning (and trains). Like many social justice documentary, Citizen Jane was powered by a classic David vs. Goliath clash—grassroots activism fighting against sterile modernism, stouthearted journalist taking on paternalistic politicians. Through a vivid showdown of Jane’s battle, the film strives to answer the most consequential question of urban living: What does it mean to build a city, and what happens to the city if the people who make it up are being pushed out for the sake of “growth”?

– Fred Ji, Director of Outreach & Social Media 

Bike Rides 


I believe that we can all agree that fall is the best. The weather is not too hot, not too cold… it’s just right! Especially for going on leisurely bike rides. Recently, I have been going on afternoon bike rides a few times a week. I’ve found that riding around the neighborhood at least twice a week has improved my physical and mental well-being. PLUS if you are cruising in a low traffic area you can listen to some sweet tunes!

– Carson Collier, Director of Web & Blog Service

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