ANYONE WHO GOES to school in Boston has seen them, the fabulously dressed group of students, who speak really broken English and walk around in packs on Newbury Street. And as you see them in their designer outfits, you may wonder, where are they going?
Well it’s no secret that when the wealthy class of internationals arrive in Boston the first thing they do is take out daddy’s credit card out for a spin on a Friday at Venu Boston (100 Warrenton street) to dance the night away to a mix of House music as well as the adjacent Latin room, which plays Spanish songs for the students from the south of the border.
On Saturdays you can find this same crew at the infamous recess Saturday party at Splash Ultra Lounge (150 Kneeland Street) where Miami style pool parties meet the Boston chill in a party that goes on from 3 p.m. to 7 p.m. During the summer they even open up their rooftop pool for those brave enough to ruin their outfit by jumping in. One may think that after all these hours of day drinking these students would be exhausted and go to bed early, but make no mistake, these hardcore party animals continue the party at Bijou Nightclub (51 Stuart street) where the expensive cover charges don’t prevent the Euros from partying it up as if they were on the other side of the pond. Complete with a huge line of V.I.P. tables, this relatively new club is an international student favorite because of its similarities to the clubs they frequent in their home countries.
Now Boston’s international elite students aren’t exclusively about partying and clubs, they eat too! You may find these Chanel clad kids curing their hangover at Paramount Beacon Hill (44 Charles street) every Sunday or during the week enjoying sangrias and outdoor patio dining (given that the weather allows it) at Scoozi Newbury (237 Newbury Street) or Cafeteria Boston (279 Newbury street) where on any random Friday afternoon the last language you are likely to hear is English.
Given their profound love for sangria you may also find them on a Thursday evening at BarLola Tapas Lounge (160 Commonwealth av.) where they wine and dine while listening to live music by Los Rumberos. As snobby as their lifestyle sounds, alcohol seems to be the great equalizer since the foreign kid’s drunk food of choice are oversized $3 pizzas from New York Pizza (224 Tremont street) which is conveniently located right by Bijou, Splash and Venu!
Yesterday, The Emerson College Journalism Department hosted a conference in order to inform its Journalism students about international freedom of press. The guest speakers where four Fulbright graduate students from countries such as: Indonesia, Russia and Ukraine. They discussed how in their countries freedom of press is a very symbolic thing, since most big news networks are privately owned. These are owned mostly by people who are directly associated with the government, and the news they receive are tailored to benefit the interests of the aforementioned owners.
This is especially problematic in Indonesia, where there are strong censorship laws and the media is largely utilized for government propaganda. The Indonesian student who was speaking at the conference said that journalists are scared to defy news censorship since in Indonesia there is a long history of violence against Journalists and they don’t have an organization to go to, since the local press council is run by the government so it’s hard to escape the authoritarian regime.
Regarding freedom of press in Russia, Olga and Yuliya the two Russian students who spoke at the conference explained that there is a huge paradox in Russian journalism. The reason why the journalistic situation is so complex in this country is because it is too big and centered around the capital. Although everyone knows what is happening in Moscow, people in the capital and the rest of the world aren’t aware of the rest of Russian news. Even thought there are over 330 television channels in the country, most Russians only have access to the 17 government sponsored ones. These are owned by oil tycoons and the Russian elite and whatever is broadcast in these channels is dictated by what the owners of the channels want to show on them.
By international standards, both Russia and Ukraine have partial freedom of press. However Ukrainian student Vitalii Moros says that in his country freedom of press is progressively getting worse, since most media outlets are owned by the country’s elite who utilize the news to protect their personal interests. Since in Ukraine the elite is linked to the government, this makes most tv channels pro government and utilized for propaganda as well. This conference taught us that America is the leader in freedom of press, but as Moros said: “America’s version of censorship is called ratings.”
Boston, MA- After nearly a month of cross border conflicts between Turkey and Syria, the world is wondering whether this conflict will resolve itself soon or if it will escalate into a full-fledged war. After interviewing three experts on the matter here’s what they had to say:
Middle East Correspondent Douglass Struck feels very optimistic about the situation between the neighboring countries and does not believe this conflict will go any further:
It seems like the popularity of food trucks and the love of street food is growing at a lightning bolt pace here in Boston. Every week we hear of a new food truck that has just opened its doors (or started its engines?) and is traveling around the city. What used to be reserved only for hot dogs and fast street food has now become a fad that compiles a wide variety of foods ranging from breakfast foods to health foods to a good old fashioned lobster roll (Lobsta Love anyone?) and even food trucks devoted exclusively to dessert.
However time is scarce and no one wants to eat at a food truck that is out of the way, or waste time looking them up on Google. And since they are constantly moving around, you can only follow so many food trucks on twitter to know where they are located at that day. So in a city as fast paced as this one, how does one keep up with the locations of the aforementioned trucks? Well in a place where smart phones seem to be more of a necessity than a luxury, you can now download an app that allows you to follow your favorite and not so favorite food trucks around the city.
This app is called “Boston Street Food” and what it does is that it pinpoints your location and displays all the food trucks that are around your area. They are displayed either on your phone’s Google map or in a list format ordered either alphabetically or in order of which one is closer to you at the moment. But that’s not all, if you are especially fond of a certain truck you can click on it on your map and it will tell you where it will be parking within the next five days and, its hours of operation as well. If you are absolutely and madly in love with that truck you can also rate it for other people to see how much you love it. If you are a fan of trying new things this app also gives a detailed description of what each food truck serves and how other users have rated their food. So now you won’t only have a variety of gourmet food driven to a street close to you, but you will be able to “follow” them around from the comfort of your phone.