What’s the Deal with Fake Facebook Events?

Most online users are familiar with the dangers of the ‘Social Media Time Suck’. You go on Facebook with the intention of browsing casually through your newsfeed as a short study break, and next thing you know you’re stalking your ex’s girlfriend’s mother’s wedding pictures and two hours have flown by.

But no need to fear, because a new online phenomenon is here to drag you even deeper into the time warp – fake Facebook events.

Although at first they appeared sparsely throughout my newsfeed, as friends and family began attending the events, and even inviting me to them, I found myself caving into their appeal as well. But why? How did the trend begin and why are these events attracting thousands of attendees worldwide?

Sophomore Camila Novo-Viano said that she expressed an interest in these events because of their laugh-out-loud humor.

“I first attended a few of these fake events because I liked the jokes and puns and I thought it’d be funny when ‘Camila Viano is attending insert ridiculous event here’ would randomly show up on my friends’ news feeds,” she said.

The events are not only amusing because of their titles, but oftentimes social-media users will post polls, comments or videos related to the activity of the event.

“Become and actual potato,” an event that has attracted over 29,000 attendees, includes various polls such as “What is ur favorite thing to do as a potato?” Options include potate, hotline bling, convert non-potato infidels, fry and chill, and fly around your room.

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Resigning or expressing desperation about finals or school-related stress is a common theme among the events. General sadness or loneliness, especially doing things alone, also seems to be a recurring theme.

Some students have acknowledged that there could be some truth to these jests.

“I think people are genuinely stressed about school, and these fake Facebook events are a way of just decompressing,” freshman Kobi Tsesarsky said.

Sophomore Molly Plissner expanded on the use of the events as a way to transmit real feelings.

“It’s easier than posting a status because you’re not embarrassed, since it’s not as personal as posting it privately,” Plissner said.

Although many of the events may serve a positive purpose in allowing people to publicize their emotions and identify with the greater online community, some students have recognized that there are limitations to this form of comic relief.

“If this is a platform that people are actually using to deal with actual issues, then they shouldn’t make fake Facebook groups to fix their problems, because it won’t,” Tsesarsky said.

The events also highlight the superficiality of social media, where people can potentially create fake Facebook events while deceiving others into thinking they are real.

Nonetheless, so long as the fad continues to be taken lightly, we can continue to appreciate it as a valuable addition to one of our many options for procrastination.

Check out some of the trending events below, and if you’re feeling bold enough, you can even create your own.

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The Ink’s Guide to Late Meal

Late meal is Princeton’s most fleeting treasure. So before quesadillas and mac-and-cheese bars become just a thing of our dreams, we ought to truly take advantage of late meal—by not letting a penny of our charges go unspent.

To help you out, The Ink has done some hard-hitting, investigative research to help you get the biggest bang for your late meal buck: here are five lunch* meals, for five types of Princeton students, that are guaranteed to leave you both physically and financially satisfied.

  1. Sugar rush:

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For the student who is still basking in the pleasures of newfound culinary independence, Mom isn’t here to tell you not to have that second (or fourth) cookie. Princeton is not just a place to push intellectual boundaries; it’s a safe space to test out gastronomic ones as well.

Meal includes: Brownie; Doughnut; Chocolate chip cookie; Sugar cookie; Oatmeal raisin cookie; M and M cookie.

Leftover charge: $.05

 

 

 

  1. Snacks for later:

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This student thrives on being practical. She did not come to late meal to make small talk. Late meal is not about socializing on the long, leisurely quesadilla line. It’s about thinking ahead, saving up for later and accumulating wealth (in the currency of pita chips), in order to ensure future security. Why else would you come to college late meal?

Meal includes: Stacey’s Pita Chips; Muffin; Dannon Yogurt; Apple

Leftover charge: $.05

  1. Fruity Fiesta

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Rather be on a tropical vacation than in the C floor of Firestone? Wish you were knee deep in the crystal clear oceans of St. Bart’s, not face deep in textbook readings? Frist’s exotic fruits will transport you to a luxurious paradise.

Meal includes; Pineapple fruit cup; Orange; Banana

Leftover charge: $.30

 

 

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  1. Protein power

There’s no place like late meal to post-game a workout. Muscle development depends on protein, making Frist the clear
destination for anyone looking to get ripped. This meal, low in calories but high in protein, is sure to make whatever half-hearted lifting went down in the Dillon weight room result in some noteworthy biceps.

Meal includes: Silk Soy Milk; Mueller Yogurt

Leftover charge: $.40

  1. Brain food

late_meal4Why bother pouring over econ notes when you could simply eat food to study? Research shows that leafy greens contain folic acid, which improves memory retention.

Broccoli is also a source of vitamin K, known to enhance cognitive function and improve brainpower. And lycopene, a powerful antioxidant found in tomatoes, helps ward off strokes. Get ahead of the game by skipping that review session and eating a salad instead.

Meal includes: Salad with tomatoes, broccoli and mixed greens

Leftover charge: $.05

 

 

*these meals were all catered toward the lunch meal option, which limits spending to $5.95. To convert these to dinner meals, where the price cap is $6.95, consider adding on a $.90 cookie, $.90 piece of fruit, or $.99 box of Pringles.

There’s a ‘Magic Bus’ to Take You Home from the Street Tonight (and every night after that)

Something to think about when planning your Princetoween costume: you may be riding home in a well-lit, University sponsored bus.

Tonight, Princeton’s UMatter initiative will inaugurate a late-night bus that will run every Thursday, Friday and Saturday from 12:30 to 3 A.M.

It will pick up students waiting all along on Prospect (on the north side of the street) and stop at Frist, the residential colleges, and around the slums area. The route will take about thirty minutes. You can track the bus on the Tiger Transit app, TigerTracker.

A group of four students came up with the idea last spring in EGR 392, an entrepreneurship class. They call it the magic bus, according to Tim Lau ’17, one of the creators.

Shot of the magic bus prototype last april

In the spring, the team ran a prototype of the bus for a few nights. “The prototype went overwhelmingly well,” Tim said. “People seemed to really enjoy the idea of having a magic bus that transported you from the street back to basically outside your dorm.” There was also food on board the prototype bus.

Tim said that their instructions for the project were to come up with a creative way to mitigate sexual aggression on campus. After the team presented the project to a panel of administrators, UMatter took over the project, Tim said.

The goal of the bus, aside from giving Princeton students’ weary feet a rest, is to create opportunities for intervention where interpersonal violence or sexual misconduct could occur. It’s more than just a drunk bus.

“Beyond the great service of not having to walk home in the cold, there’s a campus health push behind it,” Adam Cellon ‘17, one of three UMatter Fellows,  said. “The idea is to give an opportunity to get out of situations that they don’t want to be in.”

Adam hopes that the UMatter bus will provide students with an alternative to a dark walk home with someone they may not have wanted to walk home with.

Two designated sober people will be riding the bus at all times, usually a SHARE peer and a PHA, Adam said. They may or may not be in costume tonight.

Adam compared the UMatter bus to the Safe Ride program at other colleges, although Princeton’s bus won’t be driven by a student.

The bus service itself is not a new thing–there have been two TigerTransit on-demand buses that, in the past, could take students home from the Street late at night. The buses didn’t have a regular route, though. Now, one of these buses is going to be used for the UMatter bus.

Since the bus is a TigerTransit bus, the same policies will apply. This means that, if a student can’t walk, Psafe is called, Adam said. It also means that every once in a while, a Psafe officer will get on and ride, Adam said.

The UMatter bus falls under a few of UMatter’s main initiatives, including Respect Matters, Limits Matter, and Action Matters (bystander intervention). As the bus develops, Adam said they will look into incorporating food and water into the bus service.

The Princeton Footnotes, BodyHype, and diSiac Drop Some Collaborative Funk

Princeton University is famous for many reasons, but its funk scene has never been one of them. But today the Princeton Footnotes may have changed that with the release of their music video cover of the hit song Uptown Funk. The video features the singing Footnotes—decked out in colorful, albeit somewhat stereotypically Princeton, outfits—dancing around Princeton’s campus with members of both the BodyHype and diSiac dance companies.

The collaborative video was the brainchild of Jacob Schatz ’15, a member of the Footnotes since freshman year. Schatz said that he came up with the idea of making a music video around Thanksgiving, just when the Mark Ronson and Bruno Mars song blew up.

“In the last two weeks before winter break the Footnotes decided we were going to make a full court press to make a video of Uptown Funk,” Schatz said, explaining that he arranged the song over winter break with the help of Casey Kolb ’15 and Chris Snyder ’17, the musical directors of the a capella group.

While arranging, Schatz realized that the video would benefit from the inclusion of other performing arts groups on campus.

“Over winter break I had the idea to get BodyHype and diSiac involved so we wouldn’t have to do all the choreography ourselves and also to showcase some of the other performing groups on campus,” Schatz said.

By the time the group got back to campus for reading period, they immediately began recording the song so they could film the video before intersession.

“Our recording was due to the dance groups on Dean’s Date,” Schatz said jokingly, explaining that they needed to get the audio recording to the groups as quickly as possible so they could begin choreographing.

Eamon Foley ’15 choreographed and directed the BodyHype segments while Colby Hyland ’16 and Angie Chiraz ’16 arranged and choreographed the diSiac segments. Nonny Okwelogu ’15, with the help of members of the Princeton Film Productions, filmed and edited the video, which was shot over the course of just six days during finals.

“Without any of them, this would have been a boring old, singing-to-the-camera music video. But with their help we made it something more,” Schatz said. “The collaborative aspect of this project definitely fueled its success.”

Schatz hopes that besides being catchy and enjoyable to watch, the video will shed light on the talented students at Princeton and serve as a catalyst for future collaborative projects.

“It shows the untapped potential of the art community at Princeton because we have so many talented people but everyone sort of keeps their heads down and keeps to themselves,” he said. “And if you pick your head up you might end up doing something like this.”

 

IN PRINT: Gansa, Cheng USG Presidential Election in The New York Times

“He ran on a platform of bringing waffle fries, ripe fruit and the nebulous ‘bike reform’ to campus. He pledged to change the worn metaphorical tires of Princeton’s student government, one potato at a time,” write Liz Robbins and Press Club member Spencer Parts in The New York Times.

The article, which will appear in print in the Friday issue of the Times, covers the headline grabbing, Yik Yak exploding campaign of Will Gansa ’17 that has taken Princeton’s campus by storm and raised issues of political apathy and gender inequality at Princeton.

http://www.nytimes.com/2014/12/05/nyregion/politics-meeting-parody-at-princeton-in-student-election.html

UPDATE: Cheng wins with 64% of the vote. Check out another article  in NYT from the Press Club.

 

“The Great Princeton Adventure” by Ari Satok ’14

Yesterday, Ari Satok ’14 published his first story online. The Great Princeton Adventure is a 40-stanza poem about the Princeton experience, written and illustrated by Satok. It’s a wonderfully accurate depiction of the Princeton experience, with everything from bullshitting precepts to visits to CPS to somehow ending up on Wall Street. Satok manages to fit in something that can speak to the experience of nearly every undergrad. Although the poem is a message to the class of 2014, it’s really about Princeton in general.

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[caption id="attachment_15527" align="aligncenter" width="515"] The first stanza of “The Great Princeton Adventure.” Although it opens and closes with messages to the class of 2014, it’s really a story that speaks to the Princeton experience as a whole, regardless of class year.[/caption]

The Great Princeton Adventure manages to combine the styles of Shel Silverstein and Dr. Seuess–mostly simple and occasionally silly. The project arose when Satok began to reflect on his four years at Princeton and to put that into words. “My hope was that it would make people smile, laugh, reflect, and reminisce in a way that was at once nostalgic and honest about the Princeton experience.” The poetry itself depicts a very real Princeton experience, and the extra quips and social commentary that the illustrations provide make The Great Princeton Adventure an even truer reflection of what many people experience–even if they’re not willing to talk about it. “Ari’s piece is quietly powerful and singular in the way it tells the college story from admission to graduation and beyond, while acknowledging both the highs and the lows along the way,” said Amalya Megerman ’16, who colored the title page.

Though this is not the first poem Satok has written, it was the first time he’d tried his hand at drawing. A member of the Edwards Arts Collective, he decided to give it a shot. After completing pencil-sketch illustrations for each stanza, Satok “thought it would be really fun to get friends to come and color them in to bring their own creativity to the project.” So he did–and each of the drawings is accordingly reflective of the different styles and tastes of the students who colored them.

In publishing The Great Princeton Adventure online, Satok hopes that “others who’ve gone through this Princeton experience can hopefully enjoy it and connect to the book as well.”

Sunday Funday, such a #TFM

The Instagram account of Total Frat Move, boasting 214,000+ followers, recently posted a picture of the University Cottage Club’s fourth and final “Sunday Funday” of the year. The caption to the photo read “Sunday Funday #TFM.” According to the top definition on Urban Dictionary, the phrase TFM is “used in response or to describe an action of a male who exudes all things fraternity.” Presumably #TFM was used to express approval of the pictured event’s “Country Funday” theme, where attendees dressed with a focus on displaying their love of America.

Sunday Fundays take place on every Sunday of April for Cottage Club members and approved guests. These “Fundays” are centered around sunbathing, day-drinking, and photography.

Total Frat Move is a college humor website. The picture (and the TFM Instagram account) is viewable online.

FACT: Before the Surface, there was Butler Library

Last week, students from “VIS 439: Art as Interaction” installed “The Surface,” a series of wooden boards designed to encourage passerby to scribble whatever they wish. Since then, the project’s incited op-eds, news articles, and even censorship by the University. We here at the University Press Club wonder, what’s the big deal? Long before the idea for the Surface even existed, student angst and crudely drawn penises had another home: the Butler Library carrels. Take a look:

[caption id="attachment_15327" align="aligncenter" width="515"] “Be happy knowing that nothing really matters.” “My problem set matters!”[/caption] [caption id="attachment_15330" align="aligncenter" width="515"] “I’d love to awaken one day and see not that life is only a dream I’d been living but that dream is the life I am living.”[/caption] [caption id="attachment_15329" align="aligncenter" width="515"] “Is there light at the end of the tunnel? B/c I don’t see it!”[/caption] [caption id="attachment_15326" align="aligncenter" width="515"] “Nobody comes to Princeton to take easy classes. Work.”[/caption] [caption id="attachment_15328" align="aligncenter" width="515"] “Hey fratboy. Suck my dick cuz I’m a frat boy too.”[/caption] [caption id="attachment_15331" align="aligncenter" width="515"] “Leave your mark on a greater place. Graffiti Firestone.” Or the Surface?[/caption]

 

An Introduction to Princeton’s Virtual Bubble

Are you a post-thesis senior with little to do but scour the Internet for amusing Princeton-related tidbits during your last two months on campus? A recently-admitted pre-frosh who is already running out of online material to fuel your imagination as you dream about your arrival on campus?

Don’t worry, we’ve done all the work for you! UPC is proud to present an introduction to Princeton’s plethora of online sources to sustain your procrastination in the next four years.

Here are some of our go-to gems:

PrincetonFML

Platform for cross-campus complaints.

Tiger Admirers

Although the Facebook page seems to be (temporarily?) unavailable, this site gets a lot of action (and generates a lot of action) throughout the school year as students fawn over their classmates.

And to give you a taste of some college-level literary analysis, watch English Professor Jeff Nunokawa’s original interpretation of the text here.

 

Twitter

Pi Phi in the library is you classic (spoof) sorority girl with a twist!

Princeton Horse – self-explanatory

Buzzfeed

An excellent source for non-Princeton-related procrastination, but when the two are combined, who can resist?

 

Your very own Class of 2018 Facebook Page! (increases in value as time goes on)

 

 

And, as always, your number 1 site for your years on campus, and beyond: The Ink!

 

 

Princeton’s 10 Best Perks

Congratulations, Class of 2018, on your admittance to Princeton! You cured cancer/scaled Mount Everest/[enter impressive accomplishment here]. Many of you have already wisely chosen to matriculate, but for those of you still on the fence, here is a list of some great Princeton perks – beyond the outstanding academics and beautiful campus (and I won’t dare to say, meningitis).

  1. Discounted Broadway tickets. Each residential college regularly sponsors trips for students to go see Broadway shows for a mere $25. The $25 cost includes coach bus transportation to and from New York City and a snack on the bus on the way back (think: chocolate chip cookies and chips). Shows this year have included The Book of Mormon; The Lion King; Wicked; and Mamma Mia. The seats are typically very good, and it’s truly an amazing opportunity to take advantage of.
  2. Free movies in town every weekend. Every Thursday, Friday, and Saturday nights at 11:30 p.m., the local Garden Theatre allows students to see a free movie upon presentation of their student ID (“prox”). Free soda and popcorn are included. This weekend, the theater is showing The Hunger Games: Catching Fire, but past showings have been Crazy, Stupid, Love; The Perks of Being a Wallflower; Mean Girls; The Heat; and The Silence of the Lambs, among others.
  3. Late meal. At some other colleges, if you miss lunch or dinner, that’s it. Make some Ramen, go buy some food, or go hungry. But at Princeton, if you’re an underclassman, and you miss a meal because of class or what have you, you can still enjoy campus food. The University offers late meal from 2-3:30 p.m. and 8:30-10 p.m. at the Frist Campus Center. The cash credit allowance is $5.95 for late meal lunch and $6.95 for late meal dinner. There’s sushi, sandwiches, a salad bar, and delicious quesadillas, among other options. If it’s any indication from our recent UPC post, late meal is possibly the greatest thing ever. Underappreciated by underclassmen and coveted by upperclassmen, late meal is definitely one of Princeton’s greatest perks.
  4. Free cookies every day at Murray-Dodge Café. From 3:30-6 p.m. and 10-12:30 a.m., you can stop by the café to savor some warm, freshly-baked cookies and drink tea. While eating your cookie, you will realize that the freshman 15 at Princeton is more like the freshman 30. 
  5. Cool apps that make Princeton life a little easier. One app, called ICE (Integrated Course Engine), allows you to browse courses, read reviews, and then add classes into a calendar to check for scheduling conflicts. You can also “friend” people to view your friends’ semester schedules and to determine if they’re in any classes with you. Another great one is LaundryView, which tells you how many (and which) laundry machines are available at any given time, so you don’t have to trek downstairs with your laundry only to discover that there are no free machines. If you’re so inclined, you can sign up to receive a text when your laundry cycle is done.
  6. The beautiful study spaces. Firestone Library and Chancellor Green are particularly gorgeous places to study. There’s nothing like studying with a huge stained glass window overhead.
  7. Famous people come to speak here – frequently. Actor Steve Martin. Former U.S. Supreme Court Justice John Paul Stevens. NBC’s Tom Brokaw. TV Talk Show Host Dr. Oz. Associate U.S. Supreme Court Justice Sonia Sotomayor. Novelist Elie Wiesel. The list goes on.
  8. Free tango and salsa classes/videography workshops/yoga and zumba classes/jewelry workshops. These classes and workshops are great stress-relievers.
  9. Froyo machines and ice cream carts in the dining halls. Don’t forget the sprinkles.
  10. Great study breaks. Another post about food, yes. The residential college councils and RCAs (residential college advisers) periodically organize study breaks with free food, ranging from s’mores get-togethers to make-your-own sundaes to Chipotle burritos.

Buy train tickets from your phone! Great job, NJ Transit! (Never thought I’d say that.)

It was the fastest I had run in my life. My backpack bounced left and right on my back, harshly pressing me on with each step. My brother Ricky, though more stressed than I was, lagged behind. His long-legged strides weren’t fast enough.

We were about to miss the Dinky.

Okay, okay, so maybe I could’ve packed my bag more quickly. But, come on, Ricky didn’t have to show me that stupid Youtube video. Regardless, we sprinted towards the station, under our breaths cursing the Arts & Transit Neighborhood like never before.

We made it just as the Dinky began to move. The conductor almost barred our entry, physically. We slid past him, ignoring his protests and throwing words in his direction about how we couldn’t miss the train, we made these plans a while ago, Matthew you’re so stupid, Ricky no you are. In the end, he sold us tickets. But they were $4 extra, each. That was my lunch money!

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I wish I could say I learned a lesson that day, but in reality, it seems like every time I need to take the Dinky I’m sprinting over there at the last minute. But the point is I don’t need to worry about that mean ol’ conductor anymore. (But let’s be real: normally those guys are pretty nice!) Why, you may ask? Because now NJ Transit offers the MyTix app, where you can easily buy and present train tickets digitally!

I downloaded the app five minutes ago (although it’s apparently been around since January), and happily discovered that NJ Transit actually did a great job! Setting up is simple – just follow the steps at the end of the post.

I just wonder how the conductor notes whether a digital ticket has been used. The potential bad news is you can no longer end up with an un-hole-punched, reusable (What? Cheat the ticketing system? Never!) ticket.

At the very least you’ll stop having that nightmare where you’re buying tickets at the bottom of the stairs when suddenly the train pulls away as the machine takes its time, sloooowly, sloooowly printing out that useless receipt.

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Sound, Fury as James Franco Visits Campus

James Franco, the actor and director known for roles in the Spider-Man trilogy and the TV show Freaks and Geeks, visited campus Monday. Along with 40 or 50 cast and crew members, Franco filmed key scenes from The Sound and Fury, an adaptation of William Faulkner’s 1929 novel in which Franco directs and stars.

Franco spent most of the day near the Washington Road bridge to film a scene in which a central character commits suicide by jumping into a river. But just before 6 P.M. filming relocated to the area near 1903 and Feinberg Halls. A crowd of students whispered and watched as a young actor led a little girl down the diagonal walking path and extras passed by in the background. After the shot was taken, Franco, in a hat and sunglasses, yelled, “That’s a wrap!”

Students hesitantly walked towards Franco, hoping for a picture; one of Franco’s colleagues whispered, “Are you ready to say no?”

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“I’ll give them a group picture,” Franco answered. Students, hearing this, rushed him from all sides, put on unbearably excited smiles, and shifted their eyes nervously from camera to camera. Some brave students tried getting selfies with Franco, and he didn’t mind; he’s apparently quite fond of the selfie.

[caption id="attachment_15220" align="aligncenter" width="515"] Photo by Lara Norgaard ’17.[/caption]

After the pictures, Franco stepped back and bellowed the obligatory “Go Yale!” (He’s a Yale Ph.D. candidate.) Students began screaming and some even pushed Franco down. He freed himself from the crowd and ran away, unable to deal with the sound and fury of Princeton students.