Pumpkin Palooza: A taste test of pumpkin spice treats and eats

It invades our lives every autumn. As a chill enters the air and the leaves turn vibrant red and golden brown, it creeps into our grocery stores, pops up unannounced in the most obscure aisles of our local Walmarts, inserts itself insidiously into every corner of society until it can’t be escaped, no matter how hard one might try. Pumpkin spice season is upon us once again, and as seems to be the case every year, it feels like it’s growing out of control, as marketers capitalize on the phenomenon by adding the undeniably delicious flavor into every conceivable...

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Jodie Sweetin hits the mark with talk on addiction

Devon Shuman, Managing editor I heard Stephanie Tanner say “fuck” last week. That’s just one of the many perks of being a newspaper editor. Actually, actress Jodie Sweetin, who played the sassy middle child on the 90s sitcom “Full House,” sweared quite a bit during her visit to campus on Monday to speak about her struggles with alcoholism, addiction and recovery. Sweetin was equal parts academic and personable, just as likely to discuss stigmas or encourage people to “share their humanity” as she was to drop an F-bomb or joke that her kids like to act like little shits in the middle of Target. I absolutely loved it. Perhaps my favorite line came during Sweetin’s group seminar, a small gathering of roughly 25 student leaders on campus who had the opportunity to ask her direct questions. One student inquired as to how she responds to the college partier’s common quip that “it’s not alcoholism until you graduate.” Sweetin laughed. After a long-winded answer that eloquently touched on subjects such as the cultural allure of “high-functioning alcoholism,” the science of physical dependence and the unrealistic elements of the hit drama “Mad Men,” Sweetin dropped this one on us: “It’s a maturity thing too, you know? When you’re 30 and walking around and going, ‘I’m a high-functioning alcoholic,’ your friends are gonna go ‘shut the fuck up. Pull yourself together.’ When...

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Jodie Sweetin talks alcoholism, addiction and recovery

Actress Jodie Sweetin was 13 years old the first time she got drunk. She was attending the wedding of her “Full House” co-star Candace Cameron, and she was allowed to have some wine. After the first sip, she couldn’t stop herself. “For me, that was the first time I drank and the first time I drank so much that I couldn’t hear my own thoughts,” Sweetin said to an audience in Hall Auditorium last night. “That was the first relief I got. I was never able to reach that point again. But I chased it for many, many years.”...

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The Farmers’ Market Chef

On Saturday mornings in Oxford, patrons of the local Farmers’ Market bundle up against the crisp autumn air, make their way Uptown and explore the various stalls to sample and purchase everything from fresh produce and festive artwork to pour-over coffee and flaky pastries. As they mosey past the chef chopping onions with speed and professional precision, many are lured in by the spicy aroma emanating from his table. “What are you cooking up today, Steve?” many ask. His response is practiced, but not rehearsed. He’s repeated it to countless customers throughout the morning, but every time, his answer...

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New outpatient center provides Haven for students struggling with addiction

The room resembles most other university common areas. Bean bag chairs and futons with throw pillows rest on the wooden floor. Flyers advertising on-campus events hang from the walls. Autumn decorations adorn the cozy brick fireplace. Baskets of snacks and school supplies are available on various tables and desks. On a central table lies a stack of small leaflets. At the top of each, above an illustration of crushed red party cups, reads the question, “Have You Had 1 Too Many 1 Too Many Times?” This is The Haven at College, Miami’s new outpatient center for students struggling with...

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