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Wednesday, January 19th, 2011

Our publication, Student Maximu$ magazine, has a mission. First, to provide students with coupons in order to make their experience in NYC a fun and affordable one. Secondly, and perhaps more importantly, Student Maximu$’s mission is to showcase the talents of NYC students. Each issue of Student Maximu$ features a young person who is using his or her unique abilities to make their mark on the world. I’d like to give you a brief snapshot of some of the talented students who have been featured in our magazine. Cheer them on as they succeed, and use their stories to inspire your own!



At only 22 years old, innovative rapper Genesis Be has released 3 albums, performed at sold-out shows, and created a record label. These milestones become more impressive since Genesis Be is not only a woman in a male-denominated industry, but her lyrics do not contain sex, violence, or any of the lurid subjects popularized in rap. Rather, Genesis Be uses her lyrics to promote moral awareness. Called “the CNN of the ghetto,” Genesis uses her musical talent to educate others with such songs as “I don’t discriminate.”



Previously a Jazz Saxophone major at NYU, Adam possesses both musical finesse and an entrepreneurial spirit. In 2008, Adam created Search and Restore, a non-profit organization dedicated to the promotion of modern jazz in New York.  As a jazz musician, Adam was disappointed in how few jazz venues seemed to exist in NYC. Plus, there was limited awareness of the venues in the first place. But Search and Restore is combating that issue. Check out their website,, to find out about upcoming jazz concerts (and listen to some free tracks!) Also, check out his recent interview with the New York Times here!


Many people love taking photos, but few use this talent to promote social awareness. However, Annie Escobar has implemented her virtuoso for photography to inform others of disadvantaged regions. Recently, Annie traveled to Nablus in the Middle East to document the poverty in that region. While in Nablus, Annie experienced a deep sympathy for the plight of the impoverished families she stayed with, yet at the same time was inspired by their tenacity and spirit. After returning to the U.S., Annie hosted a photo benefit to spread awareness of that area.


A student at NYU, Nick Dee is something of a jack-of-all trades. He’s a blogger (or bleeger, as he’s coined it) a musician, and a stand-up artist. On his original website,, Nick Dee seems to hold an informal conversation with you each time he updates. He lets you know of upcoming gigs, and if he doesn’t have any happening, it’s because he’s “too damned busy.” On his official website,, you download or purchase his independently-produced album, “Sorry I’m Not Sorry.” Nick’s tracks synchronise an electropop beat with rap rhythms.


Just last year, Kenneth Molloy, produced his own original play, “Ghost of Dracula,” which sold out during it’s month-long run at the Wings Theater in the West Village. Molloy describes his play as “the bastard child of ‘Dracula’ and ‘The Breakfast Club,’ with a lot more blood and music.” The “Ghost of Dracula” has also been accepted into the New York Fringe Festival. Kenneth experienced a great sense of pride to see his work performed live on stage. He’s currently working on a new play entitled, “Catiline: Historia Arbitrabitur.”

These five students have followed their creative dreams, whether it be writing an original play, producing their own record album, or showcasing a photo documentary. Although each of these students is unique, they have one thing in common–they are letting the world know about them. If you feel you have a talent, don’t hide it in the closet! Follow the examples of Genesis Be, Adam Schatz, Annie Escobar, Nick Dee, and Kenneth Molloy. Get your name out there, whether it means starting a blog or creating your own website. Maybe one day your name will be in the pages of Student Maximu$ magazine.

-Written by Megan Soyars, Campus Clipper blogger

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On Becoming a Writer

Tuesday, December 28th, 2010

Photo courtesy of cesc!

Written by Megan Soyars

I’ve loved writing since I was very small. I have a particular memory from my toddler-hood, which I believe sparked my passion. I was watching my mother at the kitchen table, playing with a strange machine. The machine was small and gray and covered with the letters of the alphabet. I remember feeling a certain pride as I surveyed the letters. I knew them all, A-Z, and I even knew how they magically paired together to form words, and those words paired together to form sentences, and those sentences made stories that I could read and enjoy. Thomas the train, all these stories were my favorites.

As I watched my mother type away on the mysterious machine (it was a type writer) I noticed she was actually creating something. Sheets of paper came out of the machine, covered with the words my mother had typed. The sheets looked almost like the pages of the story books I read. As my mother pulled the sheets out of the typewriter, I asked her what she was doing.

“Writing!” she explained to me with a smile. “A story just like the ones we read together, only this story for grown-ups.”

I was amazed. I’d never considered that my story books were created by real people like my mom. It must take an enormous amount of talent to create a story, I figured. I was proud of my mother, and promised to read her story once I was a grown-up. And maybe I could become a story writer when I was a grown-up, too.

Seventeen years later, I’m a officially a grown-up, and (officially??) a writer. No, I’m not Neil Gaiman or Stephenie Meyer and maybe my works aren’t on the Times bestseller list or gracing the book shelves of the Barnes and Noble where I work, but I’m not really asking for fame/fortune. That’s rare for anybody to attain. But I’d like to know that some people are reading my stuff and enjoying it. I’ve had a couple writing internships (right now I’m working for the Campus Clipper), and I’ve messed around with fiction and poetry, and I’ve self-published a children’s novel. If you’re interested, you can check out my book at

Maybe you’ve been inspired to express your creativity through writing, or you’re a starting-out writer like me who needs some tips. I’ve added some that’ve helped me below:


You don’t always have to write on what you consider to be your “subject matter.” If you’re a short story writer, try your hand at news writing. If you’re in journalism school, take a poetry class. By exploring a different genre, you’re stretching different mental muscles, which allows for a better all-around workout (just like your gym teacher told you!). Then, once you’re versed in a new style of writing, you can incorporate it into your original technique.


Write (and read!) as much as you can. Take classes, seminars, and workshops. Practice on your own at home by starting up a blog or journal. Some writers set a specific schedule (such as a hour a day) that they spend writing. I don’t personally recommend the “set schedule” since it often made me feel like I was “forcing” myself to write out of duty rather than enjoyment. But if you discover you haven’t put your pen to paper (or finger to keyboard) in awhile, sit down and make time to write, even if you aren’t feeling particularly inspired.


Everybody gets writer’s block at some point; sometimes the words just don’t flow. Don’t sit frustrated at your desk, tapping your pen against paper. Sometimes your mind works best when your body’s in motion. Get up, talk a walk, go jogging, whatever. Or even take a nice, long shower! It’s true–sometimes your best ideas do come to you while you’re in the shower. Just don’t bring your laptop into the bathroom with you (a la Weird Al in “White ‘n’ Nerdy). I’ve also discovered that taking a brief break helps overcome writer’s block. Put the manuscript away and come back to it in a couple days. That way, your mind’s fresh and has been given a chance to come up with some new ideas. And finally, if you find yourself stuck on a certain scene or paragraph, move to another section and start writing from there. You don’t always have to write in chronological order.

I hope these tips work for you the way they did for me. While working at the Campus Clipper, I’ve learned that there’s so many young people out there with their own distinctive talents. (For example, all the great writers of Campus Clipper’s book The NYC Student Guide.) Whatever your passion, whether it’s writing, or dance, or film, always remember to follow it 🙂

-Megan, Trinity University

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Adam Schatz: Search and Restore

Friday, July 2nd, 2010

written by Aramis Grant

NYU senior and Jazz Saxophone major ADAM SCHATZ runs an art organization called Search and Restore – a nonprofit group, dedicated to the promotion and audience expansion of NYC’s modern jazz scene. Search and Restore was created in 2008 with the goal of “making the jazz scene more sustainable,” as Adam described it.
“Everything we do is to expand,” said Adam about the efforts of the Search and Restore team.
The team’s base is – made in February of last year. The website is an “all-encompassing website for live jazz and improvised music in New York City,” as expressed on the site. is host to numerous events — listing many venues, times, days, and dates that all the jazz shows in the city are happening.
Being a jazz student and playing in multiple jazz bands, Adam wasn’t happy with the small amount of light being shed on jazz musicians.

Adam Schatz "Search and Restore"

“Jazz was literally boxed in … the shows were being held in really small clubs. It wasn’t a good way for people to find out about what was going on,” said Adam.
Besides expanding the size of the venues jazz artists were playing at, Adam wanted and does work to expand the jazz audience and jazz awareness.
“We want to bring the music we love to more people,” he said.
Adam also makes it his duty to reach out not only to the general public, but specifically to the people he relates to the most … students.
Search and Restore advertises affordable tickets to shows with no drink minimums, at venues that don’t have an age requirement.
Adam invites people to become involved with the NYC jazz scene, stating it is the “most human form of music that exists.”
“It is so anchored in improvisation in the way that no other form of music is. It’s fun to watch because it happens right in front of your eyes,” said Adam, “People need to feel the music through the experience.”

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Volumes: Siren Music Festival 2010

Saturday, June 26th, 2010

Thank God for the Village Voice. Not only do the provide me with ample subway reading fodder, but they’ve got excellent taste in music. Which is good because every summer, the hold a free music festival know as the Siren Music Festival at Coney Island, and this year is going to be big. Usually, they don’t ask bands who have already played to come back. They’re forward thinkers over at the Village Voice. But this is going to be their tenth anniversary, so they’re calling in the big guns.

The big headliners are Matt and Kim and Ted Leo and the Pharmacists. I saw Matt and Kim at a free show last summer, and it was a blast. they’re a synth/drums duo who are out on a quest to have an endless amount of fun. And they’re succeeding. Don’t see them without your dancing shoes, or you’ll regret it. When it comes to Ted Leo and the Pharmacists, I’ve been quoted as to calling Ted Leo my generation’s punk-rock super-hero. Their shows are always energetic and full of blisteringly good musicianship.

Ted Leo and the Pharmacists.

All that being said, I got a lot more excited than I really should have when they announced Ponytail was playing. I had never listened to them before until I saw them last summer at the Williamsburg Waterfront. Never before had I been so surprisingly filled with joy ad glee. The lead singer, Molly Siegel, hopped and bopped all around onstage, yelping her lungs out while the guys were weaving a musical tapestry of textures behind her. I remember at one point specifically, the instruments were building up and up and up into a climax until Siegel screams into her microphone “KAAMEEEHAAAME … HAAAAAAAAAAAAA!!!” sending the band behind her into a frenetic whirlwind. I was in love (If you don’t get it, a “kamehameha” is a reference to a cartoon called Dragonball).

The festival is on Saturday, July 17, starting at noon. But get there early. It gets really crowded. It also gets really hot, so dress appropriately and bring LOTS OF WATER.

-Andrew Limbong

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