All posts by Matthew Grattan

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Hip or Hype: Chick’nCone

By Isabella Pestovski (ME ‘19) and Morgan Wolfe (ME ‘19)

This week, we visited Chick’nCone to try their take on the Southern staple chicken and waffles. The original version is fried chicken stacked on top of waffles with butter and syrup served for breakfast; Chick’nCone creates “fork-free chicken and waffles,” which are fried chicken bites served in a waffle cone with your choice of sauce. Chick’nCone serves six different types of sauces: Kickin’ Ranch, Yella BBQ, Traditional BBQ, Buffalo Blue, Cinna-Maple, and Peri Peri. You can get a large waffle cone filled with one type of sauce covered chicken bites for eight dollars, or you can get a “flight” which is a sampling of four different types of sauces on mini cones for $12. We chose the latter so that we could sample different sauces.

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In The Aftermath of Weinstein

By Gabriela Godlewski (CE ‘19)

In recent weeks, the dam that kept Harvey Weinstein’s victims silent broke after decades of sexual abuse, resulting in dozens of actresses coming forward and detailing how he abused them. As of this past week, the number of women accusing Weinstein for such acts has reached over 40, with many more possibly still remaining silent. Hollywood responded quickly: Within a few days, former friends of Weinstein and his own brother publicly denounced him, he was fired from the company he started, and he was unceremoniously kicked out of the American Academy of Arts & Sciences.

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Who was Peter Cooper?

By Afshin Khan (CE ‘19)

Peter Cooper was born on February 12, 1791, fifteen years after the founding of the United States of America. Despite having one year of formal schooling, Cooper was able to make forays into several industries, including real estate, locomotion, and insurance. At the age of 68, Peter Cooper established The Cooper Union for the Advancement of Science and Art as the first of its kind, offering a free education that was open to people from all walks of life. But these are all factoids that a quick Google search can turn up. Who was the real Peter Cooper?

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Ai Weiwei in the Great Hall, Fences and Refugees

By Matthew Grattan (ChE ’19)

You may have noticed fences springing up around the East Village and the Lower East Side—mounted on the north side of the Foundation Building, nestled between two buildings on East Seventh Street, or lining the exterior of the Essex Street Market. Those fences, along with a host of larger sculptures and banners on street lamps are part of the Public Art Fund’s exhibition, “Good Fences Make Good Neighbors,” by artist Ai Weiwei.

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Let’s Talk: Women in Engineering

By Yuqiao Wang (ChE ‘19)

After a 9 a.m. fluid mechanics lecture, I opened Facebook, and saw the Society of Women Engineers (SWE) had updated the event “Let’s Talk.” I am always into such an activity, and The Pioneer asked me to report the event, so I refreshed myself with a grande Americano and arrived at the event place at 12 p.m. sharp, disregarding the tiresome two hours of calculation on momentum balance. At the event, although only twenty people showed up, everyone seemed interested and attentive; everyone thoughtfully answered their fellows’ questions.

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