“According to Campion, the lack of options in University retail locations causes a problem. “Students can only use their meal plan, which they’ve have already invested a lot of money in, to purchase one kind of hummus,” she said. She did acknowledge, however, that Dining Services also makes its own hummus which is served in residential college dining halls.”—
Princeton University students are weighing in on a Middle Eastern issue with a referendum Monday.
The issue is hummus.
The student group Princeton Committee for Palestine is calling for university-run stores to offer alternative brands of the Middle Eastern chickpea dip. The group says the only brand currently available at the university’s stores is Sabra.
Some students say the brand, owned by PepsiCo and Strauss Group, is linked to human rights violations because it has supported members of the Israeli military.
The pro-Israel student group Tigers of Israel opposes the referendum. The group says the allegations raised by the other side are sketchy.
“Actor John Slattery, who plays Roger Sterling on AMC’s hit ad-industry drama “Mad Men,” is the latest speaker to join the lineup for Ad Age’s ME* Conference in New York on Tuesday, Nov. 30. He will be interviewed on stage by Piers Morgan, who will take over for Larry King on CNN in January.”—
This is the motto on NJ Transit today. Hey, I paid $4.75 for a 12-minute, two-stop ride in an unheated, slow-moving carriage, populated exclusively by people bellowing into their phones. My small duffle can take up a seat for a few.
Had a conversation this morning with a Septa conductor that turned to the subject of Chris Christie. I can’t tell if we were both being sarcastic about how much we hate him, or if the conductor wasn’t being sarcastic at all and actually loves him.
“Because everyone agrees that Penn Station is a failure, nobody has ever tried to make it anything other than baffling to the outsider. That’s the famous welcoming spirit of New York! The Long Island Rail Road has no interest in telling anyone how to get to New Jersey Transit, and vice versa. No one is in charge of knitting it all together, or no one bothers to. It’s bad bureaucracy and bad faith, not bad design — though at least our bureaucracies reflect our metro-area standoffishness.”—
The worst part of Penn Station are the passengers. Yeah, the building is gloomy and if you’ve never negotiated it before, I guess maybe it’s confusing (though, quite frankly, there is plenty of signage — more, in fact, that one would find in any of Philadelphia’s main transport hubs).
But the casual passenger is the worst kind of passenger — and there are just so many of them at Penn Station. They have to hold hands when going down crowded, one-person staircases. Groups of them abruptly stop at the bottoms (or tops) of escalator banks. They create solid walls around which it becomes impossible to navigate while they then interrogate each other over who has all 19 tickets.
And worst of all, they bring enormous pieces of luggage and have no idea how to maneuver them.
Penn Station is difficult because of the sheer number of people that go through it any given day, and yet Saturdays — arguably the day with the fewest everyday commuters who just want to get on the train and get home — are the worst day of all to be there.
“I often find myself debating feminists, arguing about feminism and how it has made the world worse. I’m frequently told that I am an ungrateful, um, witch (except now that’s actually the word they use). That I have Gloria Steinem to thank for the fact that I’m even allowed to have an opinion, never mind get paid for having them. Well, I am grateful for Schlafly, a woman who has succeeded in politics and debate without walking away from faith, family, or femininity.”—
China is furious that dissident Liu Xiaobo won this year’s Nobel Peace Prize. Joining its boycott are Russia, Cuba, and Iraq. Morally, Iraq’s decision to join the boycott is disgusting, especially given what Iraqis suffered under dictatorship and the price Iraqi dissidents paid between 1968 and 2003.
The Iraqi decision is a stark demonstration of how the White House has squandered its influence by emphasizing its withdrawal absent much effort to develop a post-withdrawal relationship. Whatever one thinks of the decision to invade Iraq, it is diplomatic and strategic malpractice to write off the U.S.-Iraq relationship because of spite toward George W. Bush.
“We’re approaching the 100th anniversary of the birthday of Ronald Reagan: February 6, 2011. It’s time to begin thinking seriously about an appropriate national commemoration of this good man and great president.”—
“What high school student doesn’t like ice cream and chocolate? Students at Emma Willard School can now eat both knowing that by enjoying these treats in Troy, NY, they are supporting individuals thousands of miles away in the developing world. Emma Willard is proud to announce it is the first high school in the nation to be awarded Fair Trade status.”—
“High school teen Duncan Rosenblatt is the son of divorced parents — a typical suburban soccer mom who wants him to get into a good college and a 300-foot firebreathing dragon who wants him to follow in the family business—conquering the Earth and inheriting the throne of King of Monsters; they share custody. Like every other teenager, he struggles to fit in with his peers. His being half-dragon further complicates matters. Duncan is completely resigned to his outcast status and has really stopped caring all that much. His awkward family arrangement forces him and his mother to move a lot.”—