Lasher: 'Livin' on Northwestern Time' means enjoying unique moments

Allison Lasher
June 18, 2013
Filed under Graduation Issue 2013

The first and only entry that appears in the diary I brought with me to college is dated “September 11, 2009 – somewhere between New Jersey and Chicago.” Yup, that’s right. The only time I journaled at college was on my flight to Northwestern to begin the journey of amazingness more formally... Read More »

In defense of "Catfish"

Allison Lasher, Blogger
February 3, 2013
Filed under Blogs, Current Blogs, reALIty tv

"Catfish: The TV Show" has taken a lot of crap lately, and I won't stand for it. The MTV documentary-style program chronicles the story of Internet daters who believe they are being misled by their online crushes. Sure, it has its drawbacks, but there are several reasons why you should... Read More »

Too Big for TV: Reality scandals beyond the screen

Allison Lasher, Blogger
January 28, 2013
Filed under Blogs, Current Blogs, reALIty tv

Reality TV is known for scandals, but not all of them are expected. There are plenty of moments that couldn't be scripted even if the creators wanted to. Here's a taste of the stories that grabbed national attention and the controversy that followed. "Megan Wants a Millionaire" You... Read More »

Five cringe-worthy "Bachelor" cliches

Allison Lasher, Blogger
January 24, 2013
Filed under Blogs, Current Blogs, reALIty tv

Now that 27 combined seasons of "The Bachelor," "The Bachelorette" and "Bachelor Pad" have come and gone, season 17 of "The Bachelor" really has its work cut out for it. In the combined seasons, we've nearly seen it all, from the crazy to the... Read More »

This Week We're Obsessed With: 'Suits'

Allison Lasher, Blogger
January 10, 2013
Filed under Arts & Entertainment, Columns & Reviews, The Current, TV

Over break, at a friend's insistence, I took a hiatus from my usual TV lineup of reality shows and sitcom reruns and begrudgingly tuned in to "Suits." The USA Network drama follows a smooth-talking lawyer at a top firm who takes a chance on a brilliant associate knowing... Read More »

The reALItys: Top three 'Real Housewives'

Allison Lasher, Blogger
November 28, 2012
Filed under Blogs, Current Blogs, reALIty tv

"The Real Housewives" have taken America by storm, bringing reality TV fame to women from Beverly Hills to Atlanta and everywhere in between. The Bravo series has featured scandals that made national news and spotlighted women who are... Read More »

Forget the Turkey: What reALIty TV is thankful for this season, meatballs included

Allison Lasher, Blogger
November 19, 2012
Filed under Blogs, Current Blogs, reALIty tv

With Thanksgiving just days away, I was inspired to pay tribute to the shows, seasons and people that have been the gravy on this fall season of reality TV. Even after Thursday's food coma wears off, these are things I'll still be thankful for well into the next holiday — or at least until their shows'... Read More »

reALIty Around the World: 'Geordie Shore'

Allison Lasher, Blogger
November 14, 2012
Filed under Blogs, Current Blogs, reALIty tv

Sad to say goodbye to your favorite gorilla juice heads on the “Jersey Shore” in December? Drown your sorrows in the British version, “Geordie Shore.” Now two episodes into its fourth season, the show reminds me what I loved about the early years of “Jersey... Read More »

reALIty Around the World: 'Beauty and the Geek Australia'

Allison Lasher, Blogger
November 6, 2012
Filed under Blogs, Current Blogs, reALIty tv

Remember "Beauty and the Geek," the show that paired intelligence-lacking gorgeous women with socially awkward geniuses to compete for prize money and a chance at bettering themselves? Basically it was a cute show that jumped the shark when it put a male... Read More »

Why the 'Top Model' makeover makes me 'smize'

Allison Lasher, Blogger
October 30, 2012
Filed under Blogs, Current Blogs, reALIty tv

"America's Next Top Model" is the cockroach of reality television — it just won't die. I don't know who's watching it and how it has continued on for so long. I used to watch "ANTM" for the first few seasons and continued watching sporadically... Read More »

Bad Showmance: Reality TV's most surprising couples

Allison Lasher, Blogger
October 24, 2012
Filed under Blogs, Current Blogs, reALIty tv

If Jef Holm and Emily Maynard didn't make it, is there any hope for reality TV love? Maybe the answer lies in unconventional methods. Dating shows with nontraditional formats could be crazy enough to work. Or maybe couples stand a better chance at making it when they meet through shows not meant to be... Read More »

A Smoker, a Lunatic and a Beauty Queen: 'Survivor Philippines' mid-season check-in

Allison Lasher, Blogger
October 19, 2012
Filed under Blogs, Current Blogs, reALIty tv

I believe there are two types of people in the world: people who love "Survivor" and people who have never seen it. In the 12 years the show’s been on the air, I have never missed a season. I dressed up as a castaway for Halloween, I own buffs and I even played "Survivor" at recess. But as I grew,... Read More »

The reALItys: Top 3 reality TV show hosts

Allison Lasher, Columnist
October 17, 2012
Filed under Blogs, Current Blogs, reALIty tv

The host announcement for the Golden Globes has got me in the award show spirit. In honor of the occasion, I give you the first installment of The reALIty Awards. Which reality show hosts made the cut and who got... Read More »

'The Voice' of a new reality generation

Allison Lasher, Blogger
October 10, 2012
Filed under Arts & Entertainment, Blogs, Current Blogs, reALIty tv, Recaps, TV

I've never been a fan of reality shows centered around competitive singing. I can't remember the last time I enjoyed an episode of "American Idol" and to be honest, I've never even seen "X Factor." Sorry, Simon. For some reason, I just don't feel qualified to be watching... Read More »

Off-season adventurers: Three students who made the most of their time away from Northwestern

Off-season adventurers: Three students who made the most of their time away from Northwestern

April McFadden, Anna Heinrich, and Allison Lasher
October 4, 2012
Filed under Arts & Entertainment, Featured A&E, Lifestyle, Personality Profiles, Photo Gallery, Profiles, Quotes, The Current, Top Current Story, Travel, TV

With classes finally starting, the question, “What did you do this summer?” is beginning to fade away. Over the din of conversations in any party or Norris, you probably hear the same things: an internship here, a study abroad experience there, a summer job at camp-something-or-the-other. However,... Read More »

The first step is admitting you have a problem

Allison Lasher, Blogger
September 30, 2012
Filed under Blogs, Current Blogs, reALIty tv

The year was 2000; the location, New Orleans. If your head automatically went to "The Real World" season nine, we should be friends, and you might want to seek professional help. Either way, that season holds a special place in my heart because it was the beginning of my beautiful and... Read More »

Summer Schooled: reALIty report card

Allison Lasher, Blogger
September 29, 2012
Filed under Arts & Entertainment, Blogs, Current Blogs, reALIty tv, Recaps, Reviews, TV

This summer was a time of bikinis, heavy drinking and showmances for reality show contestants. Summer school grades are in for four of the most talked about shows of the season. In case you missed them, here's the reALIty summer round-up report card. "Love in the Wild" This lovechild... Read More »

Q&A with Ashley Falcon of CaribNation's Caribfest

Allison Lasher
May 23, 2012
Filed under Arts & Entertainment, Games, Opinion

Can't wait until Dillo Day for your music fix? CaribNation's got you covered. Northwestern's weekend of music kicks off on Friday with CaribFest,... Read More »

5 Words For...Mark Zuckerberg's marriage

Allison Lasher, Reporter
May 21, 2012
Filed under Archive, Manual, The Current

It was a big weekend for Facebook founder Mark Zuckerberg and not just because Facebook went public. On Saturday, Zuckerberg married his long-time girlfriend Priscilla Chan in a secret ceremony masked as a medical school graduation party for Chan. The Daily and Current staffers respond: “OMG! Change... Read More »

5 Words For...Mark Zuckerberg's marriage

Allison Lasher
May 21, 2012
Filed under Arts & Entertainment, Gossip

It was a big weekend for Facebook founder Mark Zuckerberg and not just because Facebook went public. On Saturday, Zuckerberg married his long-time girlfriend Priscilla Chan in a secret ceremony masked as a medical school graduation party for Chan. the daily and Current staffers respond: "OMG! Change... Read More »

5 Words For...Britney Spears and Demi Lovato

Allison Lasher
May 15, 2012
Filed under Arts & Entertainment, Gossip

Two of Hollywood's favorite stars to watch, Demi Lovato and Britney Spears, are set to join the cast of "The X Factor." Will the controversial singers be the much needed ratings boost the show is looking for, or will it fall faster than Spears... Read More »

Five Words For...Rebecca Black

Allison Lasher
May 9, 2012
Filed under Arts & Entertainment, Gossip

Rebecca Black is back, this time with a track called "Sing It." The less auto-tuned song and video were released Monday, possibly in an attempt to extend Black's 15 minutes of fame. The Current and daily staffers respond: "New day of the week?" -Simone Alicea "Rebecca... Read More »

Five Words For Octomom

Allison Lasher
May 2, 2012
Filed under Editorial

Mother of 14, Nadya Suleman better known as the "Octomom" filed for bankruptcy Monday. The mega-mom claimed $1 million in debt, proving... Read More »

Q&A with sleeplessness supporter Andres Caneva

Allison Lasher
May 2, 2012
Filed under Archive, Manual

There is a condition plaguing students throughout the country and it's running rampant across Northwestern - procrastination. Weinberg junior Andres Caneva has not yet found a cure, but he has created a way to cope. The Northwestern Nocturnal... Read More »

5 Words For Dawson's Creek

Allison Lasher
April 24, 2012
Filed under Editorial

Just when you got the theme song out of your head, "Dawson's Creek" might be making a return. While nothing has been done in the form of writing or production, many former cast members have shown interest in a reunion. the daily and The Current staffers respond:

Q&A with Green guru, Weinberg sophomore Mark Silberg

Allison Lasher
April 18, 2012
Filed under Archive, Manual

Q&A with green guru Mark Silberg

Five Words For Kim Kardashian and Kanye West a.k.a Kimye

Allison Lasher
April 18, 2012
Filed under Editorial

Kim Kardashian and Kanye West have been making headlines after being caught spending so much time together. The two, dubbed "Kimye," are accused of posing together as a publicity stunt. the daily and Current staffers respond: "Hey Kanye? Like her bodddyyy?" -Derrick... Read More »

Profile:Michele Moses from Autism Speaks Northwestern Listens

Allison Lasher
April 12, 2012
Filed under Multimedia

United by four founding members a little less than two years ago, Autism Speaks has continued to make strides in creating awareness across campus and the community. The group's central focus is educating the surrounding area and bringing autism to the forefront of people's minds. As Autism... Read More »

5 Words For Kristen Wiig

Allison Lasher
April 10, 2012
Filed under Editorial

After seven seasons, rumors are swirling that "Saturday Night Live" favorite Kristen Wiig might be leaving the show and taking her seemingly endless range of characters with her. Whether it's time for tearful goodbyes or just a cruel... Read More »

Five Words For Ron Burgundy

Allison Lasher
April 2, 2012
Filed under Arts & Entertainment

Ron Burgundy, played by Will Ferrell, surprised the Conan audience with a flute performance met with wild applause and a subsequent viral following. The outrageous newsman confirmed rumors that there will be a sequel to Anchorman. The Daily and Current staffers respond:

Q&A with ASG presidential candidates Kameron Dodge, Victor Shao and Dan Tully

Allison Lasher
April 2, 2012
Filed under Arts & Entertainment, Politics, Student Government

Sidewalks are covered, email lists are blasted and profile pictures are changed. This can only mean one thing: ASG elections are upon us. ASG candidates hit the campaign trail on Monday, with three... Read More »

Five words for Snooki's pregnancy

Allison Lasher
March 27, 2012
Filed under Arts & Entertainment

America's favorite meatball is going to be getting a whole lot rounder. Nicole "Snooki" Polizzi of "The Jersey... Read More »

The Rundown

Allison Lasher
March 27, 2012
Filed under Archive, Manual

This week it was time to say goodbye to the ladies that made us want to laugh, cry and, ultimately, call child services, the original cast of "Teen Mom." America met Maci, Amber, Farrah and... Read More »

Five words for Angelina Jolie's right leg

Allison Lasher
February 28, 2012
Filed under Arts & Entertainment, Gossip

Angelina Jolie gave new meaning to the phrase "If you got it, flaunt it" at Sunday's Oscars. The star fiercely jutted her right leg out of her high-slitted dress and struck a memorable pose while walking the red carpet and presenting on... Read More »

Five Words for... Adele

Allison Lasher
February 22, 2012
Filed under Arts & Entertainment

Shortly after Adele cleaned up at the Grammys, rumors swirled that she'd be taking a lot of time off, like five years. However, Adele put that rumor to bed and she's back in the studio. THE DAILY and THE CURRENT staffers respond to the almost-tragedy: "Not... Read More »

This week we're obsessed with Broadway in Chicago

Allison Lasher
February 21, 2012
Filed under Arts & Entertainment, Gossip

To say I'm not a good singer would be an understatement, but tone deaf is going too far. I prefer the term "vocally challenged." Simply put, when my raspy voice is set to music, it sounds like a cat shrieking with a mouthful of saltine crackers. However, while I may never be in the spotlight as a... Read More »

5 Words for... Whitney Houston

Allison Lasher
February 15, 2012
Filed under Arts & Entertainment, Gossip

Music legend Whitney Houston passed away unexpectedly on Saturday, leaving behind numerous fans who expressed their sadness, reminisced about her music and celebrated her life. The Daily and The Current staffers respond in five words: "I still can't believe it." -Adele... Read More »

5 Words for... Eli Manning

Allison Lasher
January 30, 2012
Filed under Arts & Entertainment, Gossip

Quarterback Eli Manning led the Giants to yet another Super Bowl win. The Daily and The Current staffers respond: "Manning, you are the MAN." -Jillian Sandler "The only Manning for me." -Michele Corriston "Little... Read More »

Five Words for SNL star Kenan Thompson

Allison Lasher and Allison Lasher
January 24, 2012
Filed under Arts & Entertainment, Gossip

One half of everyone's favorite 90's Nickelodeon duo and current "SNL" cast member, Kenan Thompson, hits NU Friday. The Daily and The Current staffers respond: ... Read More »

Five Words for SNL star Kenan Thompson

Allison Lasher and Allison Lasher
January 24, 2012
Filed under Arts & Entertainment, Gossip

One half of everyone's favorite 90's Nickelodeon duo and current "SNL" cast member, Kenan Thompson, hits NU Friday. The Daily and The Current staffers respond: ... Read More »

This Week We're obsessed with...Online Shopping

Allison Lasher
January 23, 2012
Filed under Arts & Entertainment, Gossip

The hard facts of going to Northwestern are as follows: It's freezing, and if you find a way to cope with the cold, do so recklessly and without hesitation. Winter Quarter normally finds me in a funk. We're ripped away from Winter Break right when it's getting to the good part. The awkward... Read More »