Photo by Bridget O'Brien

Proposed construction on UAlbany’s main fountain could mean no Fountain Day in 2012, and possibly even 2013.

Check out the ASP story by Jacob Fischler here.

What do you think the Student Association and the school should plan to replace the beloved spring tradition?


The Roundtable asks UAlbany what they think of online dating – does it work? would you try it?

I personally think college students should stay off these sites, and go out and find someone! But once you’re out of college, I don’t think it’s such a bad idea. My aunt met my now uncle online, and so far we love him!

“Bert: Ever notice how similar my hair is to Mr. T’s? The only difference is mine is a little more ‘mo,’ a little less ‘hawk.’”

This tweet from June on the Sesame Street Twitter account sparked a controversial debate over the sexuality of two beloved male puppets.

Some took the word ‘mo’ to be short for “homosexual,” suggesting that Bert and his long-time roommate Ernie were a gay couple.

In addition to recent gay celebrity guests, some viewers think Sesame Street is trying to appeal to a gay audience, says the LA Times.

I think this is completely ridiculous, and people are reading way too far into a simple tweet. As for the celebrity guests — should they rather go out of their way to not include homosexual celebrities? I don’t think so.

Sesame Street has denied these rumors, will CEO Gary Knell explaining it simply:

“They are not gay, they are not straight, they are puppets. They don’t exist below the waist.”

After our discussion on Four Loko, we decided to see what other people think.

It really bothered me that no one seems to care that the government can so easily and quickly ban a substance that hasn’t really been proved to be unsafe or dangerous. In my opinion, people should be responsible for their own decisions – like what they consume and how much they consume. Drinking too much of any alcohol can get you sick. With FourLoko and similar drinks, you just need to be a little smarter about it.

UPDATE: Phusion Products (manufacturers of Four Loko) have announced that they are re-formulating the drink and removing caffeine, taurine, and guarana.

If you really still need that extra kick of caffeine, here’s one suggestion of how to concoct Four Loko homebrew.

Yesterday mash-up artist Greg Gillis, also known as Girl Talk, released an unannounced new album online — as a free download.

What I love about this guy is that he takes music I don’t particularly care for – rap, hip hop – and mixes it with songs I love. No genres or time periods are off limits. In the song above, he samples Black Sabbath’s “War Pigs,” Jay-Z’s “99 Problems,” Jane’s Addiction’s “Jane Says,” Cali Swag District’s “Teach me how to dougie,” The Ramones’ “Blitzkrieg Pop,” Color Me Badd’s “I wanna sex you up,” and more.

“The Round Table” discusses Michigan’s recent ban on Four Loko and whether or not state governments should be allowed to ban such products.

Special thanks to @therealDJATG for helping us figure out garage band!

It’s a Saturday night, you send a quick text or Tweet, head to the corner, pass over the money, and get the goods – piping hot homemade pizza.

Satisfied customers give Tweetzzapizza a thumbs up. Photo courtesy of Tweetzzapizza.

“Everything is better when it’s sketchy,” says one of the two men behind Albany’s new underground pizza business, Tweetzzapizza.

The Twitter-based eatery was launched on September 11th and has been open almost every Saturday night since. The creators are two friends of four years; one cooks while the other delivers, markets, and manages. Both wish to remain anonymous due to the mysterious nature of their business.

“It wasn’t serious at all, at first,” said the cook.

“The way our friendship works is I come up with a crazy idea, and he eggs me on, or he comes up with a crazy idea, and I egg him on,” said the manager.

They came up for the idea for Tweetzzapizza one night when they were hanging out with friends around a computer.  While joking about starting a pizza business, they decided to do it – but keep it sketchy. After creating an e-mail account and coming up with the username (pizzaunderground was one letter too long), Tweetzzapizza was born.

Operating out of the cook’s one-oven kitchen, Tweetzzapizza is makeshift and homemade in every sense. Delivery, while occasionally by car, is often via a cargo bicycle from the Troy Bike Rescue.

“It’s sort of a Frankenbike,” said the manager. The bike has a tandem frame with a piece of plywood strapped to it to carry the pizzas.
“It amazes me, how many girls are totally okay with meeting a guy on a bike on the corner at night.”
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