Chocolate: Not Just for Dessert

Click on the photos to view the stories.  In the words of Remus Lupin: “Eat it. It’ll help.” So often, chocolate is reserved for dessert, but we argue that it’s okay to break out the candy bars before dinner. It’s better than okay. It’s delicious and simple and rich. So, give it a try. Have a suggestion or need some guidance on that promise to make a home-cooked meal for two? Email with your comments, questions and culinary...

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New campaign rules mean fewer dollars, violations in student body elections

This spring, candidates for student body president will face tighter spending caps and more lenient rules for election violations. Miami Associated Student Government (ASG) senate passed the new election guidelines in their Feb. 6 session. Two proposed amendments and a lengthy floor debate pushed the meeting toward the three-hour mark. The most contentious change was the reduction of the general election spending limit from $1,500 in 2017 to $1,000 this year. The decrease was proposed as a way to minimize the impact of a student’s personal wealth on their success in an election, said the authors of the bill, including Speaker of the Senate Cole Hankins and Senator Trent White, who both defended the changes during debate. Some senators, however, felt the cuts didn’t go far enough. Senators Nick Froehlich and Zoe Douglas each floated amendments reducing the spending caps even further. Neither proposal received enough votes to make it to the floor. “By the speaker’s admission, they said that you are at a disadvantage if you are a low income student, and you’re trying to win this election,” said Froehlich, who ran for student body president in 2017. “That’s an understatement.” Froehlich wasn’t the only former student body president candidate to speak up. Senator Austin Worrell, who ran against Froehlich in 2017, also voiced his concerns. “If my VP candidate, Haley, did not have her dad who decided...

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North Main Cocoa

This chocolatey cocktail gets its name from the cozy Oxford house where it was created. It has no house sign and worn wood floors and is usually lit by Christmas lights because the overhead kitchen light has burned out — the perfect place to duck inside for a drink. The cocoa will keep you warm, and the brandy will keep you warmer. Take the measurements as suggestions, and find the proportions you like best. Heat a cup of milk on the stove, preferably whole milk or two percent. Add hot cocoa mix as directed and stir, removing the milk...

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Steak with a Balsamic, Chocolate and Port Reduction

Ingredients Steaks — New York Strip is what we used, but ribeye is also an excellent and flavorful choice. Coarse salt Cracked black pepper Oil — Pick a neutral oil with a high smoke point. Canola is the best low-cost option. If you have the cash and the inclination, pick up grapeseed. Avoid olive oil, which burns easily. Butter Rosemary — Fresh. Shallot Port Balsamic vinegar Semisweet chocolate The Steak: To begin prep, make sure your steaks are thawed and then slap them down onto a cutting board. To ensure a proper sear and a gloriously crispy crust, pat...

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Miami must acknowledge campus sexual assault, silence is unacceptable

The following reflects the majority opinion of the editorial board. Nicolas Cristescu, a former Miami student, was convicted of gross sexual imposition and sentenced last Monday to five years in prison. Cristescu, a sophomore who remained enrolled in school until the start of this semester, drugged, raped and filmed an unconscious woman, who was also a Miami student, in a Heritage Commons dorm last October. The charges of rape, sexual battery and voyeurism he initially faced were dropped due to a plea bargain, and he was only indicted for the third-degree felony. His five-year sentence is the maximum allowed for sexual imposition. Miami has not acknowledged the case except for one obligatory campus crime alert email, sent out Oct. 19 last year, which provided only a bare description of Cristescu and a note that “a female student reported to the Miami University police that she was sexually assaulted by a male known to her.” This is unacceptable. This case is one of many glaring incidents of sexual assault that happen on Miami’s campus. This is an extreme case, but it is not a standalone issue. Miami neglecting to acknowledge the case not only downplays what happened but perpetuates an air of ignorance surrounding campus sexual assault. This is not normal. We cannot allow ourselves to become desensitized to incidents of sexual abuse, and we must hold our university accountable...

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