Sep 23rd, 2015, 01:58 AM

Meet Stan Smith, The Man On Your Shoes


Blame it on normcore, blame it on the expansive power of the contemporary hipster, but you cannot deny the prevalence of the new "it" shoe: the Adidas Stan Smith sneaker. Celebrities wear them with designer clothes to shop on Melrose, athletes wear them with sweatpants to and from the gym, and artists wear them with dad jeans to the Sunday market. However, despite Adidas’s prominent marketing of the sneaker in association with Stan Smith, most people do not know who Smith is, what he looks like, or even why his name is on their shoes. 

Sep 22nd, 2015, 09:39 PM

The Ultimate Guide to Essential Apps in Paris


When moving to a new country, we often experience culture shock in one form or another—doors that need buttons to unlock from the inside, extremely dysfunctional bathrooms, cheese as dessert, and of course, the deeply frustrating process of adapting a smartphone. It sounds like a cliché, but in the modern age we need technology to communicate, learn a language, scout restaurants, and just generally get around. Smartphones are essential, and what is a smartphone without its apps?

Sep 17th, 2015, 12:20 PM

The Rise of Documentary Activism


Documentaries can shine a light into places we can’t see, show life through someone else’s eyes, and reveal stories behind events that shape our world. The digital age has democratized documentary filmmaking and empowered a new generation to tell stories from all corners of the earth. Whatever the subject or whoever the filmmaker, the best documentaries have the power to change how we see the world. 

Sep 14th, 2015, 04:30 PM

Paris Will Close Its Streets To Cars For the First Time Ever


For the first time in Paris history, streets will be closed to vehicle traffic so that Parisians and tourists alike can enjoy many parts of the city without noise, pollution and traffic. Mayer Anne Hidalgo proposed the creation of "Une Journee Sans Voiture" this past March and hopes to make it a yearly event.

Sep 13th, 2015, 12:57 PM

Opera fan? Here's How to Score Cheap Tickets


The Opera de Paris has created a new offer called the Avant-Première to encourage young people to attend their productions at the elite Opera Garnier. 

May 1st, 2015, 02:08 PM

Play Vice


The silverware on the table rattled as a text buzzed across my phone.“Here! Red coat, long hair.” 

I took a deep breath, got up from my table at the back of Hippopotamus in Place du Ternes and wound my way through the busy restaurant. I found her standing by the door. A beautiful brunette in a red coat, with lips painted just as bright, and pursed in that way that signals you are looking at a Parisian woman. We made eye contact and she nodded, pressing her lips further into a small smile of acknowledgement.

May 1st, 2015, 01:32 PM

The Changing Perception of Ink


The vast convention hall at La Villette is buzzing. It’s not the murmured buzz of human chatter, or the ambient buzz of commercial clatter. It’s a strangely unfamiliar buzzing sound—unless you’ve been tattooed.

Dec 13th, 2018, 02:30 PM

AUP Needs More Consent


“I was shocked beyond belief,” says Susanne Timmers, a senior at The American University of Paris (AUP) from Holland, “I complained about it straight away to my first professors.” At AUP, the past few years of freshman orientation have left students questioning what exactly consent is, and what the university regulations are regarding sexual assault on and off campus. Traditionally, American university campuses have strict regulations on conversations about sexual assault, but AUP does not fall under Title IX law.

Dec 12th, 2018, 12:20 PM

France's Dirty Little Secret


Fernanda Sapiña, a 21 year-old resident of Paris, France, seems to have the perfect recycling habits in place: she is careful of what goes into each bin, and is aware of the three-bin system France offers in order to effectively sort waste within homes.

“It’s part of my responsibility to make sure trash is sorted responsibly,” Sapiña said. “I think it’s important to use the waste system in the way that it is intended for – not only that, but it’s important that every one of us does our part. We should not only be aware of what we’re recycling, but how we’re recycling.”

Nov 29th, 2018, 10:00 PM

Getting to know Josue Beya Masanga


Josue Beya is sitting on a leather grey sofa in his living room, it’s a cool and rainy day in Paris. A floral scent wafts up from an aroma diffuser and fills the spacious room in his apartment. The wallpaper is light gray, with French-style paneling. Black and white photos of Paris landmarks are hung on the wall closest to the sofa.

“Sometimes to make people happy and smile you don't need to do a lot.” says Beya, while he discusses his inspiration for creating his own non-profit organization.