Thursday, January 31, 2013

RA Shaun: Closet Otaku

There's something you should know about me. My name is Shaun and I am a closet Otaku. An "Otaku" is considered to be a person who is obsessed in japanese anime, manga and video games. This all started back when I was nine. I remember going to Blockbuster and always renting the movie Princess Mononoke, a japanese animated film created by Hayao Miyazaki. After that I started to get interested in manga, Japanese graphic novels. I would beg my Mom to buy me one every time we went to the mall. That's when my collection of manga started. I currently have over five hundred individual books! 

I have a love for reading Manga. Manga are graphic novels that are normally a lot bigger than American graphic novels.  
You get a lot more out of Eastern comics because of the additional pages. I never want a good story to end, I feel that comics made here like Marvel and DC comics end too soon and yes they are cheap but I'll pay more for a well told story that will leave me wanted more.  

I also love to look at the artwork while reading. When it comes to graphic novels I absolutely will judge a book by its cover. I think it's the graphic designer in me haha. But seriously if the cover isn't appealing then why would I open it? I usually notice the spin of the book first, if the color or typeface appeals to me I check it out. The art work also has to be pretty unique for me to even open it. I'm so picky when it comes to reading a new series of manga. You never know how many volumes will come out. 

This is my room back home

JUST KIDDING haha but seriously just google Otaku Rooms and be amazed or frightened how ever you may take it haha.

Wednesday, January 30, 2013

White Elephant

The White Elephant had a great turn out! There were nine of us in total and all the presents were up for grabs! All of the gifts looked so interesting and I had my eye on the shiny wrapped one! 

I was so excited to see what was inside those bags and wrapping! We all drew numbers from a hat and then the game began! resident Bryan got the lowest number of all of us that meant he would go first, he choose my gift. 

I used a Brooklyn Industries bag and mad it look really nice. I put in my old pirate costume, plus the sword as well as a Nerf gun and darts. I got some light bulbs! 60 wats, the wrapping paper spoke to me, it told me "pick me I'm wrapped nice!" Toward the end I told everyone that they should trade with one another if they like each others gifts. In the end everyone left with a smile on there face. 

Tuesday, January 29, 2013

Melt Bakery Ice Cream Sandwiches

Over the last five months I have been working at Melt Bakery selling delicious ice cream sandwiches. Working here has been such a rewarding experience as I have gotten the amazing opportunity to eat some of the most amazing ice cream sandwiches in NYC. The flavors can range from your regular chocolate chip walnut cookie with a vanilla ice cream to a dangerous crackly chocolate cookie with a chocolate ice cream made with Maker's Mark Bourbon.  Once you try one flavor you'll want to keep coming back to try more and more.

If you end up being addicted to these sandwiches like I am, I do recommend that you follow them on twitter @Meltbakery for their specials.

If you go within the next couple of weeks I recommend that you ask for the special a double chocolate chip cookie with espresso ice cream! It is amazing!!

Melt Bakery
132 Orchard St ( It is literally behind our building) 

Memo's from Nicole: Pool Cue Check Out

Dear Ludlowdians,

Unfortunately, some residents have not been treating our new pool cues with the kindness and respect that I would expect from this community.  I wish we didn't have to do this, but I can't afford to keep buying new ones.  That being said, from now on, if you would like to play pool with our pool cues, you will have to check out one with the RA on Duty or during my office hours.  

Office Hours:       9 am - 5 pm
RA on Duty:      Monday - Friday, 8 pm - 10:30 pm
                           Saturday & Sunday 10 am - 10:30 pm 

  • The cues must be returned by 11 pm.  
  • We will require an SVA ID or Ludlow Keycard to hold while you have the cues. 
  • Broken cues will be billed against your deposit.

Nicole L. Shillings
Ludlow Residence Hall Director
(212) 592-2217

Monday, January 28, 2013

Trip to Target

I had the lovely opportunity to take these fine residents (and RA) to Target in the Atlantic mall in Brooklyn. We all bought lots of food, and room decor. Jessie even bought a massive jar of spicy cheeto puffs. They looked delicious! If you missed out on this trip, try and take a trip to Target at some point this semester. There are awesome deals, and it's only 2 stops downtown on the B/D train at Grand street. Look at how much Jodie bought!! (Just kidding, that was a few of our groceries combined ;)

Sunday, January 27, 2013

Attack of the Spicy Rizzak!

We all know that there are tons of awesome places to eat around our building, in fact there so many food places around that many times great places to eat can go unnoticed.

APPsolute Fun with RA Alice!

     So on January 16th, RA Alice and the resident Sadae and headed out to the Society of Illustrators for a guest lecture series on "The APPsolute Fun." The lecture featured two amazingly talented artists, Laura Tallardy and Monika Maniecki, who walked us through the process of developing apps from start to finish in addition to introducing us to many different painting apps that can be utilized without the hassle of cleaning.
       It was exciting and inspiring to discover different ways of engaging in a creative process other than conventional method of using paint on canvas. And to top all that, you can have your creative energy turned into developing apps and have that bring a continual source of income. What better can you ask?

Saturday, January 26, 2013

Freeze Tag On Wall Street

Try and spot Normal Guy aka Jo on the front lines!

Freeze Tag on Wall Street

It's plain and simple, if you didn't make it to this year's Freeze Tag on Wall Street you missed out. I know getting out of bed on a Sunday afternoon in the winter is probably one of the hardest things to do in life (even I was skeptical and grumpy waking up for this event), but I am so glad that Paris, Sierra, Sam, Rza, and Normal Guy "aka Jo" joined me for this awarding adventure.

At the event we all enjoyed playing childhood games with people from all over New York City. We played block tag, freeze tag, and wolf rock and sheep. There was a lot of people of all ages that showed up to the event. It was great to be outside and to be active. We ran, A LOT. We literally played 3 straight hours of "recess" games. Not only did we get to enjoy mindless fun, but we got to meet people outside of the SVA community. Meeting people in New York City who are looking to have a fun time sans alcohol is a pretty awesome experience.

After running around all afternoon Paris and Sierra joined me in walking around the Wall Street area. We admired the buildings and the area. The financial district is really quite beautiful. I don't know why I don't go down their more often. The buildings are really close together (very European-esque) and there's a lot of cobblestone paths as well adding to the European flair. We also randomly witnessed the filming of a Japanese movie. It was really cool!

I haven't had this much pure fun in a while. It was a great stress reliever. Thanks for coming everyone! Also, thank you to Levy's Unique New York for a great idea and event. Look for more awesome free events in New York City at:

Paris and Sierra filming Titanic on Wall St.

Friday, January 25, 2013

DIY with RA Shaun: Wands!

DIY was a huge success where RA Shaun and residents had made their own wands out of paper! The event started out with RA Shaun showing everyone had to make his or her own infinity scarf out of an old T-shirt. All you need are scissors! So easy! 

But since everyone didn't have an old T-shirt to make one I decided to use whatever I had to make something really neat! With my old sketch pad, tape, hot glue and paint we made awesome wood like Wands! It's like instead of making them we all took a field trip too Ollivander's Wand Shop! With hints of phoenix feather, dragon heartstring, Veela hair, unicorn hair, Thestral tail hair, Kneazle whiskers and Kelpie hair all are wands were unique and perfect for us! RA Corey really go into and blew everyone away with a real cool looking wand! She should work at Ollivander's Wands haha. 

Thursday, January 24, 2013


Thanks to everyone that came to our last Ludlow Collective meeting on Thursday the 10th!!

There are alot of events coming your way from the collective!  
Keep your eyes open for a
  • yoga event, 
  • roller derby game,
  • and some super secret exciting stuff to jazz up the basement!

Have some super fun events that you know about and think all of Ludlow would enjoy?
Come to the Ludlow Collective ont February 7th and well make that dream a reality!

Duck lips and Siracha from us to you :*
Yeah we're a lot of fun! and yeah you're missing out! 

The New Room Set Up!

My room at Ludlow's penthouse is something that I really love; with out a doubt it feels like home to me.  I have always loved decking my room out to the max, and arranging it in the coolest way possible.  Like many people in the building my bed needed to be moved away from the heater in the room.  While at first I wasn’t sure how the room would feel with its new arrangement, I took the time to rearrange my set-up and I am super pumped with how it came out!!!  I still managed to make the room feel roomy and comfortable, with enough space to chill with friends, hooray! Check it out!

Wednesday, January 23, 2013

Cards Against Humanity

While waiting for the new semester to start I stumbled upon a game called 'Cards Against Humanity'. Never heard of it? Let me enlighten you.

Unlike most of the party games you've played before, Cards Against Humanity is as despicable and awkward as you and your friends. The game is simple. Each round, one player asks a question from a Black Card, and everyone else answers with their funniest White Card. Sound familiar?

It should if you've ever played a game called 'Apples to Apples'.  The only differences are it's completely FREE and ten times more hilarious.


The full game of Cards Against Humanity is available for free under a Creative Commons license. Making a set will take an hour due to all the printing and cutting you'll have to do. Download the PDF for rules and printing instructions.


Remember, the more the merrier, so invite me when you play!

Memos From Nicole: Heaters & Beds!

Dear Ludlowdians,

As you have noticed, it is freezing outside!  There have been a high number of TMA requests for heater repairs. 

ALWAYS keep your heater on, even if it's just on low.   We had a pipe burst today and completely flood a room and their belongings. By keeping your heater on, even on low, it will prevent your pipes from freezing.  Frozen pipes will burst and could flood your room, cause room damages to your room and rooms below you, and destroy your heater.  Heating coils cost at minimum $150 to replace, and this will be billed against your deposit should you ignore this warning.   

Many of you also have your beds up against your heaters.  Unfortunately, we are requiring that all of you to rearrange your room to not have your bed against your heater.  Should there be an emergency, maintenance cannot get to the window or heater.  Moving all of your belongings is too much an obstacle for our maintenance staff.  If your bed is against your window and heater, please rearrange it by February 1.  Sorry for the inconvenience, put it's better for all of you in the long run should anything happen in your room.


Nicole Shillings
Residence Hall Director

Tuesday, January 22, 2013

lets talk about cats baby

lets talk about cats baby
lets talk about cats and me 
lets talk about all the cute cats 
and the bad cats that may be 
lets talk about cats
lets talk about cats 

lets talk about cats
lets talk about cats 

I dont really know what to say about cats.  Not being able to have one is kind of a sore subject for me right now.

So lets just look at pictures of them


and now here a picture of this really funny dog! 

Sunday, January 20, 2013

Ludlow Pool Sharks

This past Sunday residents from Ludlow joined RA Mike 
and RA Brent to participate in the first meeting of the Ludlow Pool Sharks.

Attendees battled it out on the pool table while getting the chance to hang out and eat some snacks.  There were some noticeable upsets and glorious battles all witnessed on the pool table in the community room.  Ludlow Pool Sharks will be meeting again on the second Sunday of next month, hope to see you there!!

Friday, January 18, 2013

TEA TIME: Caketastic!

Sometimes everyone just needs a cuppa to relax and gossip. Luckily every month this semester at Ludlow we will have Tea Time! Each month there will be a selection of different tea's to try and a variety of treats to eat!
Our first Tea Time was a huge success and I was blown away with the amount of people that came by. We had various cakes for people to enjoy and some British music on in the background for the ambience. Seeing everyone's different mugs was awesome too, I never realised how cool mugs are nowadays and we might have to have a best in show mug competition soon!
It was great seeing everyone after the long break and make sure you come to the next Tea Time in February!

Shopping in the New Year

Shopping in the New Year

The Atlantic Mall

Now that we've begun a new year, a smart resolution is to save money shopping for groceries, clothes, appliances, and all that good stuff. Shopping smart in NYC isn't easy. Trader Joe's is a great option for food - especially produce, but another option a lot of us forget about is Target! Target sells super cheap canned goods, frozen meals, boxed food (like cereal), and tons more.

The Atlantic mall in Brooklyn, is where the nearest Target is located. It's actually just 2 stops towards Brooklyn on the B/D train. You can get to the B/D train by walking to Grand street. Keep a look out this month for a trip I will be hosting to the Atlantic mall! Some of the great stores in the mall include Target, DSW, Payless, Marshalls, Victoria's Secret, and many more. Not to mention, there's a huge Guitar Center for any musicians out there!

If you don't make it to the Atlantic mall trip soon-to-come, it's completely worth finding the time to check out the mall, and explore some of Brooklyn!

Wednesday, January 16, 2013

Frida Kahlo's Closet 58 years After Her Death

Soo everyone knows Frida Kahlo right? good! if you don't seriously brush up on your culture gurl/boi! Here's a link to her wikipedia page if you don't ;) She was an amazing artist and strong woman from Mexico. 

Well her closet, which had not been touched or opened since she passed in 1954 
has just been open and is on display in mexico...kinda makes me wish we could go there on gallery night next week doesnt it? 

heres a video and a link to an article about this exhibit:

What cool things would someone find in your closet?!?

Tuesday, January 15, 2013

Too Old to Read?

When we were younger we had the freedom of picking up lush illustrative picture books and cheesy books with glitter all over the cover without hesitation. Now, as a collage student the acceptable choice of reading would be a page from the New York Times or a compilation of short stories from Kurt Vonnegut. Trolling around the tween section in Barnes and Noble wearing heels and an SVA collage sweatshirt can be a bit... well, embarrassing.

However, lately I've been noticing that the age range of people hanging out at the young adult section has become much wider. Yes, I still feel the need to say things like, "Oh yeah, well the kid that I tutor loves fantasy books" to the Barnes and Noble employees, but now the employees will tell me "Oh really? So do I!".

So for all the college students who haven't given up on Harry Potter, Artemis Fowl, and Alex Rider, here is a list of MUST read young adult novels:

*List is not in any particular order

1. The Mysterious Benedict Society: (mystery, friendship, witty, comedy, series)

"Are you a gifted child looking for special opportunities?"
When this peculiar ad appears in the newspaper, dozens of children enroll to take a series of mysterious, mind-bending tests. (And you, dear reader, can test your wits right alongside them.) But in the end just four very special children will succeed. Their challenge: to go on a secret mission that only the most intelligent and resourceful children could complete. To accomplish it they will have to go undercover at the Learning Institute for the Very Enlightened, where the only rule is that there are no rules.

2. The Wind Singer: (fantasy, adventure, friendship, Trilogy) **Highly Recommended

Kestrel Hath's schoolroom rebellion against the stifling caste system of Aramanth leads to explosive consequences for her and her family: they are relegated to the city's lowest caste and are ostracized. With nothing left to lose, Kestrel and her twin brother, Bowman, do the unthinkable: they leave the city walls. Their only hope to rescue the rest of their family is to find the key to the wind singer, a now-defunct device in the city's center, which was once the course of happiness and harmony in Aramanth. But the key was given to an evil spirit-lord, the Morah, in exchange for the Morah's calling off its terrible army of Zars. Armed with desperate bravery, wits, and determination, Kestrel, Bowman, and a tagalong classmate set off to find the key. Along the way they meet allies and foes, but in order to succeed in their quest, they must face the most sinister force of all: the powerful Morah.

After Kestrel Hath rebels against the stifling rules of Amaranth society and is forced to flee, she, along with her twin brother and a tagalong classmate, follow an ancient map in quest of the legendary silver voice of the wind singer, in an attempt to heal Amaranth and its people.

3. The Thief Lord: (adventure, mystery, thrilling)

Prosper and Bo are orphans on the run from their cruel aunt and uncle. The brothers decide to hide out in Venice, where they meet a mysterious thirteen-year-old boy who calls himself the "Thief Lord." Brilliant and charismatic, the Thief Lord leads a ring of street children who dabble in petty crimes. Prosper and Bo delight in being part of this colorful new family. But the Thief Lord has secrets of his own. And soon the boys are thrust into circumstances that will lead them to a fantastic, spellbinding conclusion.

4. The Gammage Cup: (adventure, fantasy, friendship) **Highly Recommended

Muggles is an ordinary Minnipin living in Slipper-on-the-Water as generations of Minnipins have ever since their great leader Gammage led them to this valley. She is accustomed to the routine Minnipin life--everyone wears the same clothes, all houses look the same, and society rules are quite rigid. But one morning, Muggles awakes to fires on the distant mountains and knows that her life is about to change dramatically. The only people who believe Muggles' story are Gummy the poet, Walter the Earl, Curley Green and Mingy--who are all outcasts themselves. They are not like other Minnipins--they speak their mind, they wear different colors, and they question rules. When they try to convince the rest of the town that danger is lurking, they are cast out from the city. In a peaceful knoll up the river, the unlikely friends rejoice in their new found freedom and begin a new life. But when the enemy's presence cannot be ignored, this group of outcasts must fight to protect the very people who cast them out. With courage and determination, the five friends save their town and restore the beauty of individualism to their beloved home. Kendall's Newbery Honor fantasy presents readers with the inevitable choice between good and evil, but with an extra twist--before her protagonists can become heroes, they must embrace their individuality in a society that praises conformity.

5. Ender's Game: (sci-fi, adventure, future, action)

In order to develop a secure defense against a hostile alien race's next attack, government agencies breed child geniuses and train them as soldiers. A brilliant young boy, Andrew "Ender" Wiggin lives with his kind but distant parents, his sadistic brother Peter, and the person he loves more than anyone else, his sister Valentine. Peter and Valentine were candidates for the soldier-training program but didn't make the cut—young Ender is the Wiggin drafted to the orbiting Battle School for rigorous military training.

Ender's skills make him a leader in school and respected in the Battle Room, where children play at mock battles in zero gravity. Yet growing up in an artificial community of young soldiers Ender suffers greatly from isolation, rivalry from his peers, pressure from the adult teachers, and an unsettling fear of the alien invaders. His psychological battles include loneliness, fear that he is becoming like the cruel brother he remembers, and fanning the flames of devotion to his beloved sister.

Is Ender the general Earth needs? But Ender is not the only result of the genetic experiments. The war with the Buggers has been raging for a hundred years, and the quest for the perfect general has been underway for almost as long. Ender's two older siblings are every bit as unusual as he is, but in very different ways. Between the three of them lie the abilities to remake a world. If, that is, the world survives.

Thursday, January 10, 2013

The Brothers Quay

For those of you who may be fans of the horror genre  or specifically the Tim Burton genus of the horror genre, I sincerely hope that you made it to MOMA to see the Brothers Quay exhibit that has (to my knowledge) recently closed.

The Quay brothers(1979-present), who began as Illustrators / Graphic designers, eventually moved to the realm of stop-motion films producing many works, including some advertisements for such banal products as weed killer in order to keep their independent studio in operation. They refer to their agreement to produce these advertisements as their "deal with the devil".

The works of the the Brothers Quay directly gave rise to the stop motion works and aesthetic of Tim Burton.

While at the execution, I was able to view many of the original sets and puppets used by the Brothers. These objects, in and of themselves, stirred in me a powerful awe of the care and meticulous nature needed to produce items of such scale and assumed fragility. The puppets themselves exhibited a specific duality between being artfully constructed of organic materials, which, in my own mind, seemed to congeal themselves so delicately into the puppets, and the use of inorganic and thoroughly crafted props and preexisting parts.

One of the films which I viewed at the exhibition, Street of Crocodiles, was produced under one of the most oppressively, all-encompassing dark aesthetics I have ever seen. I say this as someone who myself has a very dark aesthetic and I say oppressively in a decidedly positive light, for the following reason; the aesthetic of Street of Crocodiles is one which is so total and so thoroughly permeated through every physicality of the set, character and even motions of the puppets that it does not go about existing in contrast to our world. It exists in a stasis and in relation to itself. Therefore it did not render itself as "dark" but profoundly different, and unsettling; removed from the world in which we live, which, in my mind, hearkens to a deeper sense of unsettling oddity and profound beauty.

Wednesday, January 9, 2013

Ludlow Collective

I hope everyone has had an awesomely relaxing break!! Ludlow Collective is coming back with some changes!  Back into your minds, hearts, and your building!

So we'll still be having Model Nights and Gallery Nights but we are going to be changing up the meetings that we have together.  The Collective is for you guys to have events and things that YOU want at Ludlow.  As long as we can pay for it and it's possible... aka no we cant make the basement into a gigantic pool... sorry.

If you've always wanted to do a dorm wide movie marathon, foosball tournament, video game tournament or anything else, this is the place to come and make that dream a reality! Start dreaming or keep on dreaming, come to Ludlow Collective every first Thursday of the month and we'll work together to make your dreams a reality! 

I'll leave you with this really cute dog and cat :)

RA on the Record: Alice Jeong

Being from a different country on the Ludlow RA Team always catches me out one way or another. From not knowing a certain phrase or having seen a particular show but luckily I am not alone. RA Alice is my fellow international mate. She always has a smile on her face and will stop to help anyone with any problem they have. Alice can come across as a little bunny but once you know her she is really a big grizzly bear ready to strike! 

Adam: Hey Alice, what's up?
Alice: I'm good.
Ad: Let's dive in, so you're from Canada but South Korea originally?
Al: Yes, Toronto specifically.
Ad: Why did you want to come to NYC?
Al: That's a good question.
Ad: Thanks haha, I try my best with the good questions.
Al: It's funny because I never really thought about NYC being the dream city. It was after I got into SVA that New York became real to me. Before that it was just this illusion but then I researched it and found out about all the galleries and resources and I thought yes I'm coming this way.
Ad: What's your favourite part about New York?
Al: You can go anywhere in Manhattan with a metrocard. In Canada you need a car to get around and I don't have a car but here you can just hop on the subway and everything is so accessible. It's really cool.
Ad: Apart from a car, what are three things you really want?
Al: I would like to have an apartment, travel round the world and I'd like a job that I enjoy.
Ad: Very smart choices.
Al: Thank you. Oh and a good husband! I'll find one. haha
Ad: What's your earliest memory?
Al: (thinks for awhile) What's your earliest memory?
Ad: I'm asking you!
Al: Um. I don't know if it is my earliest but I remember I accidentally dipped my feet in a bowl of hot soup and I started crying. My parents were panicking and not sure what to do.
Ad: Do you have a phobia of soup now?
Al: No.
Ad: If that was me I would! What can the Ludlowdians look forward to from you?
Al: I've been through a lot coming from Korea and adjusting to a new culture and language. So if anyone is having difficulty to adjusting they can always come to me and talk about it!
Ad: I hear you're also pretty badass with the old rice cooker.
Al: Yeah come to me in 505 and I'll teach you some neat recipes.
Ad: We should go make some rice now!
Al: Let's do it!
Ad: Thanks Alice.

Monday, January 7, 2013

Spring MetroCard Schedule

Hey SVA Students!  MetroCard distribution starts this week!!!  Here's the Spring Metrocard Schedule!  MARK IT ON YOUR CALENDAR!  Set an alarm reminder on your phone!  Bring a picture ID or your SVA ID. 

January Distribution: Monday, January 7 - Friday, January 11 
@ Office of Residence Life, 23 Lexington Ave from 9am to 4:45pm Monday through Friday
No January metrocards will be distributed after Friday January 11.

February Distribution: Monday, February 4 - Friday, February 8. 
@Office of Residence Life, 23 Lexington Ave from 9am to 4:45pm Monday through Friday
No February metrocards will be distributed after February 8.

March Distribution: Monday, March 4 - Friday, March 8
@ Office of Residence Life, 23 Lexington Ave from 9am to 4:45pm
No March Metrocards will be distributed after Friday March 8. 

April Distribution: Monday, April 1 - Friday, April 5. 
@ Office of Residence Life, 23 Lexington Ave from 9am to 4:45pm
No April Metrocards will be distributed after Friday April 5.