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TyraTips: On Eating with Professors

A student recently asked on FB:

How do u meet a professor at a breakfast place??? Do u wait inside or outside? Do u sit?? Do u buy them food?? Do u order stuff while u wait? What are the manners???

SUCH A GOOD QUESTION. Eating with professors/advisers/colleagues can be quite stressful. 

If the weather is nice, you should sit outside to wait for them. You could also go inside and get a table. The important thing is to arrive before them.

You do not buy them food. If they are nice (and remember their broke student days), you will get a free drink or meal out of this meeting. Eat it and don’t be too picky!

If you’re very hungry and know you’re going to ordering a full meal and there wasn’t a clear “invitation” to food, I think it may be better to go ahead and order. If you’re just going to have something light and a coffee, it’s ok to wait. 

In the event you get a generous professor to offer to pay for your meal, don’t order all the expensive things on the menu! You’ll look silly and desperate. 

Follow these tyra tips (#typs?) and enjoy your meeting! 

smh at Vogue's Hurricane Sandy photo shoot

Y'all have probs heard about Vogue's latest shoot using models and Hurricane Sandy relief workers. My first reaction:

Of course, Vogue has a history of rilly, rilly problematic photo shoots: glamorizing oil spillscolonial nostalgiathe insufferable Kiera Knightley - it’s always something!

The images themselves are pretty standard fare in the world of fashion photography: 

1. Juxtaposition of working class/upper class. Juxtapositon of hard/soft. Elevation of luxury goods to deity-like status.

2. Juxtaposition of traditional notions of masculine/feminine.

3. Fetishizing surveillance and militarization. The police state is gonna be hawt, you guyz. PS: Anyone else shocked at the lack of aviator sunglasses here?

4. Plugging destination weddings. God, wedding shit is EVERYWHERE!

But aside from overpriced, boring clothes and predictable compositions from photog Annie Liebovitz (who probs needed to make a mortgage payment or something), there’s definitely some fucked up stuff going on here. Using real-life disaster workers of an ongoing, underfunded crisis to sell luxury goods while the economy still falters and social services repeatedly face austerity cuts is NOT COOL.

But the thing that is actually kind of mindblowing is the way these images situate the working class subject as set pieces while simultaneously relying on them to communicate the power and efficacy of the state, in the process obscuring the incredible incompetence of systemic government responses to Hurricane Sandy (and disaster relief in general, obvi). 

We know that cultural mechanisms - fashion mags, ex - do the ideological work to uphold existing political and cultural systems. So I wanna be all:

The sad thing is, Vogue is totally doing its job here. This actually makes perfect sense.

We love critical theory and, not gonna lie, we also love shiny things and we struggle to hold both of those things sometimes.

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When an undergrad drunkenly hits on me at a department happy hour

Him: “Yo girl, you got a Facebook? Imma hit you up on Facebook.”

Me: “How old are you?”

Him: “21”

Me: “You know how long I’ve had ‘a Facebook’? I’ve been on Facebook since it originally started and it was only open to college students. I’ve been on Facebook since you were in middle school.”

Him: “….”

When there are 2 emails from fellowship institutions in my inbox:

 I open the first one and see I was rejected: 

Okay– stings, but not surprising. Then I see I didn’t get the ‘diversity’ one, so I’m all:

J/k. But still– what the hell, fellowships?! Don’t you know about me?!

Yes, I know:

So now I feel like:

After wallowing in pity for a few minutes, I realize what needs to be done:

We can get back up! Gotta be more bad-ass next year. Good luck to everyone waiting to hear!