This week in Cheap Laughs, we have Harvard grads, bitches in plaid, slavery fans, Labor Day plans, and a shame too great to hide. Let's do it. Here's our rundown of the best in independently produced New York comedy this week.
Most students won't earn more with a pricier diploma. Is high tuition worth it?
We wrote yesterday about the chain reaction of bad reporting the New York Post set off this week when its reporters quoted anonymous sources alleging that Aaron Greene -- one half of the couple arrested on Saturday after police found a weapons cache and explosives in their West Village apartment -- ... More >>
What do college students do when they're not trying to get drunk or laid? They send food to space. At least that's what these five guys from Harvard did last week when they attempted "Operation: Skyfall."
It's pretty much a fact that we waste a lot. Think about all the packaging that comes with your food. A start-up called WikiCells is changing a lot of that with edible food packaging. "Like a grape, you can't empty the inside of biological cell and have something left," David Edwards, the professo ... More >>
I'm normally pretty smart. I mean, I went to Harvard...all right, Columbia. But when trying to buy advance tickets to The Master the other day--because I'd missed the premiere due to Fashion Week--I came off like a '70s sitcom character on unspeakable amounts of crack. At the theater's ticket ma ... More >>
Will the Nets get revenge on the Knicks?
A new in-depth report from the New York Times reveals that some of the city's most desirable private elementary and high schools are now charging more than Harvard does for a year's tuition. (The yearly tuition at Columbia Grammar and Preparatory School is already above $38,000, while Harvard ... More >>
A Harvard researcher has found that alcohol could put teens at risk for benign breast disease, a risk factor for breast cancer. [Times of India]
Harvard School of Public Health Last June, the USDA replaced its long-suffering food guide pyramid with the more plain-spoken MyPlate. Its merits quickly became a source of debate among nutritionists and public policy types, including those at the Harvard School of Public Health. And now sci ... More >>
Plastic Theatre's play tells the not-so-gay story of how Harvard treated gay students in 1920
The award for most insufferable person of the week goes (not without a challenge) to the woman yelling at her Metro-North conductor, who calmly asked the customer to "keep it down and stop using profanity or to take it to the vestibule," according to the YouTube description. "Do you know what school ... More >>
Donald Trump is the currently the country's biggest troll. According to Wikipedia, a reliable source for things like this, a troll "is someone who posts inflammatory, extraneous, or off-topic messages in an online community, such as an online discussion forum, chat room, or blog, with the pri ... More >>
In the midst of what seems to be America's war on women, a student-run group from Harvard University has organized a campaign they've dubbed "Feminist Coming Out Day." Today marks the second anniversary of the event, which, the website explains, "recognizes that mainstream feminism has not al ... More >>
photo via Hell. Someone on Reddit discovered that if you type "bankofsatan.com" into your browser, you will be redirected to the website of Bank of America. Try it! It works. Apparently this is kind of a thing. Other examples (which you have to click on otherwise you won't get the joke) inclu ... More >>
Despite the majority of stodgy old adults disapproving of President Obama's job performance, millennials -- who are aged 18 to 29, in case you're not one -- are still supporting him in droves. According to a recent Pew Research report, 58 percent of them are still quite happy with Barack. The ... More >>
A new study reveals that nearly 17 percent of U.S. medical costs can be blamed on obesity - some $168 billion. [USA Today] Conceiving your child in early spring can increase its chances of developing food allergies, according to Finnish researchers. [BusinessWire] Meanwhile, men who eat a l ... More >>
Hang in there for a few more years, Chris.Not only is divorce potentially contagious, so are feelings. Which explains why when you're around someone who bitches and moans all the time, you want to start bitching and moaning (probably about them), too! Sadness begets sadness, and happiness bri ... More >>
Clip Job: an excerpt every day from the Voice archives. December 12, 1968, Vol. XIV, No. 9 Remarks on Leary's Politics of Ecstasy by Allen Ginsberg By the late '40s of this memory Century the people I knew best and loved the most had already broken through the crust of old Reason & were dow ... More >>
Proving that plagiarism doesn't ruin your career (at all) we have the case of Kaavya Viswanathan, the lit wunderkind who scored a reported $500,000 two-book deal while still in high school, had the first of her chick-lit novels published her sophomore year at Harvard, and then got busted for ... More >>
Maybe you've noticed the assault. No, not the hipsters abusing the Chinese people, though maybe there is some overlap. The real issue is more extraterrestrial than entitled NYU students, who are practically native at this point. It's the Yaliens -- they're everywhere, taking over New York Cit ... More >>
The Daily News is reporting today that it still doesn't pay to be be poor, even if you're paid for being poor. The Department of Education has been participating in a Harvard study that paid economically poor students at high needs schools to show up for tests and get good grades. The study ... More >>
The duo show off their favorite party girl.Ferran Adria isn't the only new teacher Harvard students are getting. The New York Post reports that nightlife impresarios Noah Tepperberg and Jason Strauss, best known as the braintrust behind Marquee, will give a talk to Harvard Business School stu ... More >>
That's Professor Adria to you.El Bulli won't re-open as a culinary foundation until 2014, but in the meantime, Ferran Adria is going back to school. Specifically, he's headed to Harvard this fall, where he and Jose Andres will co-teach a class on culinary physics. Have a tip or other restaur ... More >>
And you thought we'd be dry of breakthroughs in breathable drugs for a while, now. Think again.
GLBT activists have gotten Yalies to pull a t-shirt prepared for the Harvard-Yale game that quoted F. Scott Fitzgerald on the front, " I think of all Harvard men as sissies," and added on the back, "WE AGREE." We hate to align ourselves in any way with rightwing douchebags, but we think this is ... More >>
Clip Job: an excerpt every day from the Voice archivesFebruary 11, 1965, Vol. X, No. 17Movie JournalBy Jonas MekasSome people tell us: stay away from the Establishment; the Establishment will swallow you; you'll become the new Establishment.But I reason this way: There is a great beauty in Brakha ... More >>
Top Chef winner Hosea Rosenberg and fellow cheftestant Leah Cohen make it in Page Six for allegedly "passionately making out" in a West Village bar. As if the finale wasn't bad enough.[NY Post]A Harvard study comparing four different types of diets--high carb, high fat, low fat, and high protein--fo ... More >>
The October numbers are in, and U.S. single-home prices dropped 18 percent against the previous year. Newer mind the suburbs, you say; what about here in the land of the $1,885 alcove studio? More good news: big-city housing value dropped even more, trending down so strong it appears to be taking Ne ... More >>
A documentary about a legendary Ivy football game—fought to a tie
The fine softcore tradition of the sexy co-ed lives on in today's New York Post, which drools over C-Spot, a Columbia student magazine full of racy stories and photos. Students pose "using props like preppy scarves and books to hide their naughty bits." There's a "graphic description" of some poor g ... More >>
How about a little free transparency instead?
Harvard revisited: outsiders, 'parlor liberals,' snobs, econ majors, and resisters
A movement to help the poorest students growsat the Ivies
As Harvard Prez ignites women-in-science flap, this writer recalls her path to M.I.T.
The changing notions of what students need to know
And a Process for Elites to Choose Elites
On the Rights of Those Not Yet Designed
Hip-Hop Scholars Bumrush the Academy
Vine-Swinging Scholar Meets Lovecraft, Ponders Puppets
Harvard's Shopping Guide; Prada; Century 21
The Business Behind the Gates-West Power Play
The Dotcoms Come CallingDiploma or No