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A helping hand abroad, at home

A helping hand abroad, at home

January 22, 2014


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“We’re fighting for the crumbs,” said Faeza Meyer, a resident of Cape Flats, a neighborhood that covers 32 acres within the city of Cape Town, known as the “slums” of South Africa. When I visited the area over winter break, I noticed that the houses are in close quarters to each other and compos...

My Picture of Christmas: Feast of Seven Fishes

My Picture of Christmas: Feast of Seven Fishes

December 10, 2013


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When my Jewish dad married into my mom’s crazy Italian family, I think he was hoping for something similar to “The Sopranos” (his favorite TV show). To his disappointment, my mom’s rambunctious family of seven didn’t quite resemble Tony, Carmela and company. I guess there was some redemption, ...

A frozen New Year’s Eve

By Alice Smelyansky

December 10, 2013


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Amid a spread of pickled vegetables, caviar and salted herring, there lies a dish which closer resembles a jelly-like substance than an age-old tradition. It’s gelatinous, and cold, and it maintains its shape even in the harshest conditions. For years, I avoided this dish, fearing it simply for its w...

Cultural center outreach event celebrates Kwanzaa

December 10, 2013


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During the peak of the American civil rights movement in the 1960s, California State University professor Maulana Karenga conceptualized a now well-known winter holiday. Karenga saw the push for equality as an opportunity for everyone of African descent in African-American culture to get in touch wi...

Cinema, spice and everything nice

Cinema, spice and everything nice

December 10, 2013


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It’s that time of year again. It is finally socially acceptable to watch all of your favorite holiday movies on repeat. But what’s a movie without a delicious snack to go along with it? Below you will find suggestions of cookies to pair with popular holiday films. After all, Santa shouldn’t be t...

How to look fashionably comfortable

How to look fashionably comfortable

By Alexander Vassiliadis

December 10, 2013


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As final exams approach and the weather grows colder, it can be tempting to give up on looking stylish and opt for a wardrobe of oversized hoodies and sweatpants instead. However, being fashionable doesn’t mean you have to sacrifice being comfortable. Whether you’re going to an ironic ugly sweater party o...

A food affair, family affair

A food affair, family affair

December 10, 2013


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First, there is the smell. For me, perhaps nothing defines a Mexican-American Christmas more than the hybrid aroma of roasted chillies and pineapple juice infused ham on Christmas Eve morning. Right out of bed, I’d roll up my sleeves for what my mom dubs one of the most important tasks of the: knea...

Jingle bell, jingle bell, jingle bell rock

By Raymond Sobczak

December 10, 2013


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The winter season always brings a slew of holiday festivities: ugly Christmas sweater parties, holiday office gatherings and the list goes on. If you’re the host of the party, you may face the dilemma of not knowing what music to play that will satisfy all of the guests. But fear not, friends — ...

A Kim Family Tradition for New Year’s Day

A Kim Family Tradition for New Year’s Day

By Stephanie Kim

December 10, 2013


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As a kid, there was one dress I didn’t fuss about wearing: a hanbok, the Korean traditional dress worn on New Year’s Day. Customarily, men would wear a fancy top with pants, while women wore a beautiful blouse with a long skirt. But at my family gatherings, only children would wear a hanbok. For this ...

Budget-friendly white elephant gift exchanges are perfect for students

Budget-friendly white elephant gift exchanges are perfect for students

By Elizabeth Dye

December 10, 2013


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Buying gifts for friends and family can put a serious dent in someone’s funds, especially for a student financing four (or more) years of college. Thankfully, white elephant gift exchanges allow students to scrap together any left over spending money to share a few laughs with friends. In a white ele...

Greek holiday tradition centers around the family

By Alexander Vassiliadis

December 10, 2013


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There is nothing more special than waking up on the 24th of December, groggy from the festivities of the night before, and slumping into my little sister’s room, only to see her awake with her metal triangle, practicing the lyrics to the traditional Christmas Eve carol we wake the parents up with every ye...