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Where you read it first | Monday, April 15, 2024

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Dishes, Delicacies and Dorms: Miller Hall

Despite Punxsutawney Phil’s prediction that spring is on its way, I headed over to Miller Hall on Friday armed with my kitchen kit to make a classic winter dish: chicken noodle soup (minus the chicken). I was suspicious of the Miller kitchen — it seemed too good to be true.


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Extra Innings: Baltimore blockbuster

News that ace pitcher Corbin Burnes was being traded from the Milwaukee Brewers to the Baltimore Orioles was about the last thing I expected to see on Thursday night. It was looking very much like the 2021 NL Cy Young winner would be in Milwaukee until at least the trade deadline. Instead, the Orioles swung one of the biggest offseason moves in franchise history.




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A Jumbo’s Journey: Why I have beef with the +C in calculus

The term +C that is pasted in the answers of indefinite integrals in calculus has always troubled me during my 1 ½ year tenure as a calculus scholar. Its anomalous obscurity. Its pestering nature. Its constant and continual reminder that we are merely specks of dust floating in an ever-growing universe.




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Dishes, Delicacies and Dorms: Carmichael Hall

Long ago (last semester), I embarked on a culinary journey (spent two weeks searching for a pot to make chili in my dorm). After much anticipation, my dream came true on Oct. 17 in none other than the Carmichael Hall kitchen, and I don’t mean the one in the dining hall.


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Extra Innings: Let us watch baseball

MLB’s TV policy is asinine. For a league that ostensibly wants (and actually needs) to grow the game of baseball, they sure do enjoy making it hard for fans to watch it. Right now, the money MLB makes from regional sports networks is more important to them than making the game more accessible.


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T Time: The mystery of Riverside Station

If you have ever looked at a map of the MBTA on your phone, you may have noticed that the D branch of the Green Line extends far west of Boston like a long, green tentacle, ending at Riverside Station. This quirk of the T has always intrigued me. Why does the D branch extend so much farther than other branches of the Green Line? What mysteries lurk at Riverside Station? To answer these questions that rattle in the back of my mind, I dove into the world of investigative journalism and journeyed to Riverside Station.


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Confessions of a Cooking Fanatic: Pistachio pinwheels

I float several recipe ideas to friends. Among the options: Erin Jeanne McDowell’s vegan chocolate chip cookies (too safe of an option) and Sue Li’s orange, pistachio and chocolate shortbread (I read too many comments saying that people didn’t like candied orange peels). Claire Saffitz’s pistachio pinwheels are selected. I consider substitutions for the butter and egg yolk.


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The Policy Perspective: The case for charter schools

The idea of charter schools is simple. They are publicly funded by taxpayers but operated by independent groups. In the face of traditional public schools that seemed to be failing, charter schools were an alternative. Unlike traditional public schools, charter schools face less governmental regulation, but they must meet accountability standards. They are also not beholden to teacher unions and can experiment with different learning styles. 


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GC in DC: Tales from the Swamp: The initiation

Scandals, special interests, George Santos: Washington, D.C. is the ‘swamp’ of American politics. National media outlets clamor to cover the next big political controversies from supposed adults. However, the perspectives and experiences of undergraduates living and working in D.C. are often left out of meaningful conversations on what the demands of political life mean for a future generation of leaders already confronting the effects of political decisions.


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Confessions of a Cooking Fanatic: Meal planning manifesto

As I began making my first grocery list this semester, I found myself overwhelmed by variables, many resulting from my lack of a set routine while my schedule was still up in the air. By the end of the fall semester, I had a stable routine and knew how many meals I was cooking in a week. Whether you are looking to cook more meals yourself this semester or are still adjusting to off-campus living, here’s how I’ve learned to structure my grocery shopping:






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Weekly Wellness: ‘Veganuary’

As the holiday season begins and the New Year looms, the question of what resolution to pursue may start to come up in conversation. Whether in the name of health or to lower one’s carbon footprint, going vegan or vegetarian in the new year is a goal that ambitious eaters may decide to take on. 


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The Budget Line: Thinking of buying the MBTA semester pass? Don’t bother

The last day of class is upon us and only finals remain between us and the sweet escape of winter break. We did it, Joe! Whether it was your first semester or if you’ve only got one more left, it’s an exciting but hectic time of year. It’s also time to plan out next semester. I know, it seems early, but, let’s face it, you’re probably not going to get to all those things you want to do over the break.


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Compost in the daylight: Goodbyes

This column was supposed to be a place where I could just write 500 words and work on my storytelling. In some ways, I think my storytelling has improved. In other ways, I think there were never enough words to change it concretely. So, for this last one, I looked back on all the things I did not say.