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Author: Emily Williams

Need a soundtrack for spring break? We have you covered.

  It’s that time of year again — spring break. Regardless of your plans, everyone needs a playlist to soundtrack this week-long respite from classes. Of course, DJs will be busy playing “Caroline” and *insert Chainsmokers track here* on repeat, but for more adventurous audiophiles, the music world is teeming with diverse tracks perfect for spring break. Here are a few of those tunes, coupled with a handy guide to help you determine which ones might tickle your fancy.   “I Know There’s Gonna Be (Good Times),” Jamie xx feat. Young Thug and Popcaan WHO IT’S FOR: Everyone. This...

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Movie vacations that make you happy you stayed home

  Spring break. While my classmates are sowing their wild oats, cash me inside, lounging and counting all the ways my plans aren’t getting screwed up. Here’s a handful of movies that will remind you why everyone should stay home. “Planes, Trains and Automobiles.” As if your own memories of traveling aren’t traumatic enough, Steve Martin and John Candy compile every awful stereotype about cross-country road trips into this 1987 comedy. Seeing as the film was made before airport security was really even a thing, it barely scratches the surface of how truly awful flying can be. So while...

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An ode to the dinner party

Every week, Miami Student staffers find joy in home-cooked food For most college students, Sunday evenings mean the same thing: cramming a weekend’s worth of homework assignments, textbook reading and exam preparation into one night. The reality was no different for me. But then one weekend, I really wanted tacos. And I wanted to make them myself. So, that Sunday, I woke up earlier, dragged out my textbooks, opened up Canvas on my laptop and chipped away at the day’s work so that, later that evening, I could spend my time in the kitchen instead of King. Whether it’s a...

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In face of threats, a call for pride

Miami rabbi responds to anti-Semitism   Since the beginning of the year, 161 bomb threats have targeted Jewish institutions across the country, according to the Anti-Defamation League. Most recently, at least five institutions reported threats on Sunday, March 13, as the Jewish community observed the religious holiday of Purim. This follows vandalism of Jewish cemeteries last month, including the toppling of over 75 headstones at the Mount Carmel Cemetery in Northeast Philadelphia and the damaging of about 100 headstones at the Chesed Shel Emeth Society cemetery outside St. Louis. Rabbi Yossi Greenberg of the Chabad Jewish Student Center at Miami discussed the recent uptick in anti-Semitic threats in a live Facebook video on March 2. “Do we have the right to be upset? Absolutely,” Greenberg said in the video. He went on to explain that, in a conversation with students about recent threats, they had asked themselves: What is does it take to make a bomb threat? “All it takes is a phone and a phone call,” Greenberg said. “And we realized that we can do a positive thing with the phone by taking it out and doing something good.” Whether that be calling a family member, making a positive post on social media or using a phone to read more about Jewish faith and traditions, those actions can make all the difference, he said. “Every step back can...

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Recipe: Emily’s Ratatouille

Ratatouille — just the French name may sound intimidating to novice cooks, but, though it’s difficult to spell, this Provencal peasant dish is surprisingly easy to make. The name comes from the term “touiller” which means to toss food and, as many people know, it became more widely known in the United States after the success of a Pixar movie of the same name about a cartoon rat with culinary aspirations. This particular dish is not quite what the rodent chef Remy prepared in the animated flick of the same name. This ratatouille is made on the stovetop, not...

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