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A child from Cape Flats finds enjoyment in playing with a tire.

A helping hand abroad, at home

January 22, 2014

“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...

A food affair, family affair

A food affair, family affair

December 10, 2013

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...

Jingle bell, jingle bell, jingle bell rock

By Raymond Sobczak December 10, 2013

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...

A Kim Family Tradition for New Year’s Day

A Kim Family Tradition for New Year’s Day

By Stephanie Kim December 10, 2013

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...

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

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...

Greek holiday tradition centers around the family

By Alexander Vassiliadis December 10, 2013

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...

My Picture of Christmas: Feast of Seven Fishes

My Picture of Christmas: Feast of Seven Fishes

December 10, 2013

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...

A frozen New Year’s Eve

By Alice Smelyansky December 10, 2013

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...

Cultural center outreach event celebrates Kwanzaa

December 10, 2013

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...

Cinema, spice and everything nice

Cinema, spice and everything nice

December 10, 2013

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...

How to look fashionably comfortable

How to look fashionably comfortable

By Alexander Vassiliadis December 10, 2013

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...

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