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three reasons for optimism ne of the most bittersweet aspects of my job is the fact that, on the one hand, I get to work with a cadre of talented college writers who profile some of the most remarkable college students across the country; on the other hand though, as a result, I am almost constantly battling a nagging inferiority complex, as I am on a daily basis reminded of how much more impressive the achievements of the students we write about are than anything I accomplished in college. In this issue in particular, we had the good (or bad) fortune to work with some particularly ambitious students, individuals who in their respective fields are emerging from undergrad about as high-achieving as one can be. In our cover story, Waynesburg student Mattie Winowitch spoke with Michigan State undergrad Myya Jones (pg.34) about her decision to run for mayor of Detroit, a position that has never before been held by a woman, let alone one who has yet to walk the stage. Her aspirations may be lofty, but they are grounded in a blue-collar resiliency, one that is exemplified by series of instances in which Jones simply refused to let herself be overcome by adversity. When it comes to saving a city that has seemingly lost the swagger its reputation was built upon, there may be no better answer than her. While Jocelyn Hsu, a Public Health major at UC Berkeley and subject of our interview on page 28, has no intentions of running for office, her vision for change is no less panoramic. As a key figure, both academically and culturally, in defining the food culture of her generation, Hsu stands to poised to inf luence the culinary future of America. Uwana Ikaiddi, a student at the University of Central Florida, spoke with her about how she plans on ensuring sustainability is not a passing trend, and how food paths of the future will be better suited to improving the diets of the disadvantaged. Finally, our third feature tackles the subject of white nationalism in Texas, and why its bigoted language keeps turning up on college campuses. The story rotates around a handful of characters, but few shine as brightly as Kevin Helgren, the now-former student body president of the University of Texas. You would be hard-pressed to find a more politically tumultuous year than the two semesters in which he, and other student executives, such as Houston’s Shane Smith (pg. 40), served, as events abroad and domestic forced elected undergrads across Texas to navigate issues of race, sexuality, misogyny, religion, speech and gun control, all while operating under the scrutiny of a nation and somehow remembering to go to class. Though the Lone Star State has some serious skeletons to address in the coming years, it should take comfort in the fact it has raised some individuals very seriously equipped to address them.

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“But, behind the heavy-handed jokes and largely groundless literary references (I had never read ‘A Vindication of the Rights of Woman’), I was starting to establish an argument.” Kayla Kibbe, Connecticut College Why Feminism Is Bad for Feminism “Local officials and residents see these young people as a threat to their city’s reputation—depraved savages, hell-bent on bath salts and cheap vodka.” Devin Ross, Middle Tennessee State University The Uncertain Future of Spring Break in Panama

How to Come Out of the Closet to Your Roommates Written by BYU student Andy Winder, a transgender man, the article had a special resonance, given that his school officially forbade homosexuality. As such, Winder’s article touches on the delicate trust between roommates when it comes to sexuality, a dynamic more fraught with risk in some colleges.

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“For the guy, it was always a big move to hand over the letterman jacket that cost his parents $50.” Rachel Seamands, IUPUI

Why Conspiracy Theories Are Not Only Dumb, They’re Dangerous Ben Zhang, a Computer Science major at Duke, penned this piece shor tly af ter Kyrie Ir ving admit ted to believing that the Ear th is flat. In the ar ticle, Zhang touches on the deeper epistemological issues of conspiracy theories, especially the corrosive ef fec t they can have on empirical science and the concept of “ fac t ” itself.

Dating Is Dead “Think Jimmy’s neighborhood in the ‘Jimmy Neutron: Boy Genius’ movie when all the parents get abducted by aliens, except everyone has fake I.D.’s and is sexually active.” Terry Mooney, Ohio State University The Hypocrisy of College Drinking Culture

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MYLES ZHANG By Maddie Ngo, Universit y of Florida Photography by Chioma Nwana, New York Universit y

MYLES ZHANG is a sophomore History and Architecture major at Columbia University who recreates images of New York City through his sketches. ¶ Zhang was recently selected to study abroad next year to participate in Oxford University’s program in History of Art. He was also awarded a $2,250 grant to study urbanism and architecture in his hometown of Newark, New Jersey.

MADELEINE NGO: Can you describe your ar t-making process? MYLES ZHANG: I don’t really have a set process; I mostly just create. I star t with a vision in my head af ter choosing something to draw, usually something I resonate with emotionally, and then I turn it into realit y. It ’s dif ficult to describe the exac t process, because it ’s not like a scientific method where I have to plan ever y thing out. When I draw something, I go with how I feel, and if the piece is lacking in any way, I fill in the gaps along the way. MN: What inspired you to take on ar t? MZ: It ’s dif ficult to recall any specific event or catalyst because I

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feel like I’ve been making ar t for so long. In my case, I didn’t really have an inherent talent for drawing, rather just a passion for it. I was at an age where I was young enough not to be incredibly self-conscious of my work, so I just kept prac ticing and improving my technique as I grew older. MN: Was there STUDYBREAKS.COM

any thing specific you loved to draw when you were younger? MZ: I’ve always gravitated toward buildings and s truc tures, even as a kid. Drawing living objec t s has never interes ted me as much as architecture does. MN: What are your favorite mediums to use?

MZ: It really depends on what I’m tr ying to create. I like to use pens when I’m drawing detailed s truc tures and watercolors for quick sketches. A lot of my pieces are a combination of the t wo mediums; pen ink is sharp and allows for refinement, while watercolors add sof tness, creating an ef fec tive

contras t. I’m partially colorblind, so when I use watercolors I use brighter, vibrant colors, but they seem per fec tly natural to me. It ’s been a slight dif ficult y since I exaggerate my color palet te sometimes, but I s till love to utilize watercolors. MN: Where do you tend to draw inspiration from?

MZ: In a broad sense, definitely my hometown of Newark, New Jersey. Newark is a place that possesses a lot of histor y, architec ture, urban decay and public transpor tation, so these are of ten featured in my creations. What I draw tends to be a reflec tion of what surrounds me. Especially now, APRIL 2017 //

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a lot of my pieces are inspired by New York City. I have one post on my website, My Little Planet, titled “Walking in Manhattan.” It’s basically a synopsis of 10 to 20 days of walking around the city recreating its dynamic, urban environment. Day one focused on China Town, while day two focused on SoHo and Little Italy. Each

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one focuses on a different aspect and the various neighborhoods that constitute the city. MN: Do you have any interpretation or meaning you like to integrate into your work? MZ: Art historians usually question what meaning or message is conveyed through different pieces,

but at the end of the day, I believe artists primarily just create something. It’s up to the viewers to take away their own interpretations and meaning behind the work. My drawings are more of a work of passion, not really with any specific intention or underlying message. MN: Who are your favorite architects?

MZ: I’m a fan of Michael Graves’ work primarily for his use of color. His buildings reflect the postmodernist period of architecture. Graves takes traditional Roman and Greek structures and strips down the details, focusing on the pillars, windows and porticos. His work has a different theme of classical architecture mixed with


modern styles. MN: If you could design anything, what would it be? MZ: I think most architects aspire to create museums and art galleries, so the more useful, everyday structures, like kitchens and dorm halls, don’t receive as much recognition. In the 1950s, there was a movement in Levittown where architects made a multitude of houses from prefabricated material. I would like to create a functional prefabricated home, because I think it would have a large societal impact and affect more individuals in comparison to a single art gallery. MN: In general, what stimulates your passion for art and architecture? MZ: It ’s not really a t ype of passion where you can intricately explain why it ’s enriching. True passion and interest is almost impossible to put into clear words. For me, it ’s the feeling of peace— when I create something, it brings me a calm state of mind and I could imagine myself doing this forever, even though I can’t exac tly explain why. STUDYBREAKS.COM

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tan horse carrying a denim-clad cowgirl bolts out of the gate, looping around one barrel, then another, circling around the first barrel and dashing toward the gate as a packed audience cheers. The rider completes the course in a record fifteen seconds, and the crowd goes wild. The event is called barrel racing, and it is one of many rodeo contests that the Aggie Rodeo Team at Texas A&M participates in. Other events include goat tying, bull riding and team roping, in which two mounted riders equipped with lassos capture a steer, one roping its head, and the other roping its legs. The Aggie Rodeo Team has been around since 1919, but it wasn’t until 1949 that the National Intercollegiate Rodeo Association (NIR A) formed, with Texas A&M as one of its founding members. The Aggie Rodeo Team competes in the Southern division of the NIR A; its current standing is first in the women’s division and seventh in the men’s. Paco Falcon, the president of the Aggie Rodeo Team, explained what makes rodeo special. “It’s kind of like another culture of people,” Falcon says. “Most people are very down to earth and willing to help, like if you have a f lat tire on the side of the road and you have a horse trailer, more than likely someone else with a horse trailer is going to stop and help you.” Team bonding happens during socials and monthly meetings, inwhich guest speakers talk about issues, such as handling media. The Aggie Rodeo Team also hosts community service events in the fall and spring, and competes in ten rodeos throughout the year. Of its fifty-five members, forty-five compete; the other ten volunteer. Students come to rodeo from a variety of backgrounds, some having never competed, and others having fallen in love with it at a young age. Falcon’s interest in rodeo arose when he was a child. “I was about ten years old when my step-dad introduced me to rodeo and team roping, and I was really bad for a couple of years. I mean I couldn’t catch a steer to save my life,” Falcon says. “But I kept working at it, and it’s brought me a long way.” According to Falcon, the Aggie Rodeo Team differs from rodeo teams at other institutions in that its members prioritize academics over rodeo. “It’s school first, then rodeo,” Falcon says, adding that it can be challenging to commit to rodeo’s time commitments, since meets are often far away. Members of the Aggie Rodeo Team train under the guidance of Dr. Al Wagner, who volunteers as coach. During his tenure, Wagner has grown the team’s endowment and significantly boosted student interest. His commitment to the team was recognized by the NIRA, which named him 2016’s Rodeo Coach of the Year, and by Texas A&M, which honored him as a notable member of the university at its 2016 Bugle Call. One of his mentees, Hailey Kinsel, recently won over $400,000 at The American rodeo for barrel racing. Upcoming events for the Aggie Rodeo Team include the Southern region rodeos at Texas A&M in mid-March, at Hill College in late March and at Wharton County Junior College in late May.

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Save a Cowboy, Ride a Horse At Texas A&M, the Aggie Rodeo Team has kept a proud tradition alive for almost a century. By Gwynn Lyons, Stanford University Photography by Hanna Hausmann, Texas A&M

T H E ST U DY BR E A K S DO S SI ER GROUP: Aggie Rodeo Team COLLEGE: Texas A&M NUMBER OF MEMBERS: 55 FOUNDED IN: 1919 ADVISOR: Dr. Al Wagner PRESIDENT: Paco Falcon OTHER POSITIONS WITHIN THE GROUP: Vice President, Secretar y, Treasurer, Publicit y Chair, Rodeo Chair

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Name One Genius That Ain’t Crazy Washington University professor Jeffrey McCune explores black creativity through a class centered on the controversial mind of Kanye West. By Valarie Kiel, Texas State University Photography Jiyoon Kang. Washington University

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effrey McCune, a professor at Washington University St. Louis, has created a class for students to understand the world of Kanye West, a producer, rapper, fashion designer, cultural icon and businessman. West’s innovative thinking and flamboyancy have gained the attention, positive and negative, of people from all over the world. With McCune’s vibrant personality and passion for educating, he is influencing the students at Washington University St. Louis by bringing awareness to the black creative culture through his course, “Politics of Kanye West: Black Genius and Sonic Aesthetics.” What led you to develop a course about Kanye West? Kanye West is a cultural icon. There is a peculiar way he injects into culture and

is injected into culture. Like Mozart and Beethoven, his music is embedded into culture like movies, commercials, etc. in a fascinating way. He challenges the paradigm of hip-hop masculinity, of being a one-trick pony (“he is only a rapper”) and offers up an intentional, well-constructed philosophy of “Black Genius.” In this way, he is the perfect subject for a course that explores race, gender, sexuality and culture. How is your class structured as far as meetings and discussion? The course meets twice a week. The first day is pretty standard lectures, which explain and challenge whatever read material we have for the week. It ranges from more academic articles on Kanye, racial iconography and hip-hop culture, to pop articles that emerge from public opinion. The second day of class is what I call

the “Critical Listening Party,” where students get to listen to music and watch videos, which are often companions to the readings. This has been a lively, intense day. We really need a third day to get through everything. How will the class help students as they continue in college and after? For many students, this course will allow them to learn how to connect pop culture with some dense theoretical ideas. It is also a course where they will begin to understand how important it is to celebrate and study black creativity, the way we study white creativity and cultural production. Did your desire to teach the class stem from a personal interest in his music? No, though my connections to his Chicago brand of masculinity, his sonically rich music, his growing up in a similar area to mine and his mother teaching at the university where my mother finished her nursing degree, are pretty exciting. I also hold his philosophy of the “genius within,” which suggests that with the right resources and access, the potential for us is limitless; [this idea] has implications beyond hip-hop. What’s your favorite West project and why? “My Beautiful Dark Twisted Fantasy” is for me the most sonically representative project; it is everything he has done, all in one spot—sonically complex, politically charged, highly sexual, genius-driven music, and Nicki Minaj opens! Can you give me an example of a classroom discussion? One day I had a listening party to Kanye West’s “College Dropout,” and we had a conversation about the song “We Don’t Care. “ [McCune sings] “Joke’s on you, we still alive, throw your hands up in the sky and say: We don’t care what people say.” In that moment, we talked about the ethnographic exploration of Chicago, as well as the economic conditions of black folks searching for ways to express themselves and creatively find ways to make money. It was such a rich conversation, because students learned how black folks were resourceful coming from nothing in an informal economy within an urban context. That positioning is really what makes African Americans creative geniuses.

T H E C .V. NAME: Jef frey McCune COLLEGE: Washinton Universit y St. Louis RESEARCH INTERESTS: Music theor y, black creativit y, hip-hop TEACHES: Politics of Kanye West: Black Genius and Sonic Aesthetics FAVORITE K ANYE ALBUM: My Beautiful Dark Twisted Fantasy

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Around Campus The biggest news from colleges across the country. By Aaron Lynch, Front Range Community College

THE SPOTLIGHT: TECH RESEARCHERS TSK TRUMP onald Trump’s border wall is perhaps the hallmark of his political career, as well as the subject of his fourth executive order. The project will cost an estimated $15-25 billion, in addition to staffing and maintenance expenses, and will likely be paid for by taxpayers. Though the practicality of the project has been questioned since day one, professors at Texas Tech have recently questioned its necessity. Immigration from Mexico is currently at net zero, meaning that just as many people are leaving the country as are entering it. As a result, their studies have concluded that the country has more to lose, than to gain, from sealing its southern border.

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ON THE LIGHTER SIDE Magic Hands Blayk Pucket t, a Universit y of Central Arkansas student and magician, was pulled over in March for driving slowly and having a broken taillight. Upon closer inspec tion, the of ficers noticed his “JUGGLER” license plate, so, to prove his sobriet y, Pucket t juggled the bowling pins he had in the back seat. Peeps Poops Oreo has been experimenting with new flavors of cookies, some of which have been bet ter received than others. Their newest flavor, Peeps, has repor tedly turned many consumers’ excrement the same bright colored pink as the crème filling of the cookies.

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QUOTE OF THE MONTH

THE BUZZ Galaxy Quest Astronomers have found a relatively nearby solar system consisting of seven planets, all of which they think are likely candidates to support water and life. Debt Is Bigger in Texas Colleges in Texas and across the nation have

approved in-state tuition hikes to begin the fall semester of 2017, costing new undergraduate students thousands. Weed 101 Since California officially legalized recreational cannabis in 2016, San Francisco Community College will begin

offering cannabisgrowing electives to students. High-tech Hijabs Nike has unveiled the Pro Hijab, styled after the traditional Muslim garment but made of breathable material and designed for women who choose to workout in religious attire.

“Instinctively, our kids see their future being flushed down the drain by their irresponsible grandparents and parents. They are all going to be on our side. We have an army of nationalists approaching adulthood. And they have a symbol. A man to rally behind. A GOD EMPEROR. We love you, Donald Trump. We are all ready to die for you.” ANDREW ANGLIN The Daily Stormer

MEANWHILE, IN TEXAS BEATING THE HABIT Students at Baylor have founded “Shameless,” an anonymous accountability group aimed at helping people fight porn addiction. PAPER PANELS UT chemical engineers, biologists and artists collaborated to invent an affordable, biodegradable solar cell made of paper. UNPLANNING PARENTHOOD Pro-Life Aggies and Students for Life have partnered in an effort to promote federal defunding of Planned Parenthood at Texas A&M. BOBCAT BIGOTS “The Daily Stormer,” a neo-Nazi publication associated with the alt-right movement, visited Texas State for the third time this year to post anti-Semitic propaganda. CAJUN CADETS The Longhorns’ Naval ROTC students took second place out of twenty at the prestigious Mardi Gras Drill Meet. GOLD-WINNING RED RAIDERS “The Daily Toreador,” the student publication of Texas Tech, won four first place awards from the Columbia Scholastic Press Association Gold Circle Awards.

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The New Free Speech Students used to protest censorship; now they riot for it. What changed? By Jonathan Kim, University of Texas at Dallas n February 1, 2017, a group of students, in protest against a scheduled speech by the right-wing provocateur Milo Yiannopoulous, bombarded their campus at UC Berkeley with an arsenal that included smoke bombs, bonfires and Molotov cocktails. According to “The Guardian,” the protest started off as peaceful, though boisterous, until a group of twelve, who wore all-black and facemasks, arrived and incited the violence into which the others joined. The uprising forced Berkeley to cancel Milo’s speech, and to compensate for the $100,000 in accrued damages from the outbreak. The masked dozen were later revealed to be off-campus anarchists, or rather college dropouts, who claimed a more extreme version of the protest’s cause. “Berkeley Against Trump,” the organizer of the protest, wrote on their website as its call to arms—“No Milo at UCB! Hate Speech is Not Free Speech!” Any thinking person, college student or not, can instantly recognize that such a claim on speech is a blatant contradiction and makes little sense; free speech implies the freedom of all kinds of speech, and to violently react to an unsavory kind of speech would not be pursuant to a cause for free speech. Such self-contradictory “cause” was what the protestors were bawling for. Although the self-proclaimed anarchists started the violence, stu-

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dent protestors seemed to have few qualms in joining the masked group’s violent tantrums. Their submission was impulsive and immature, especially since the violence was unnecessary. According to a Berkeley student who was present at the protest, she had seen “someone wearing all black walk up to a student wearing a suit and say, ‘You look like a Nazi,’” before proceeding to pepper-spray and beat with a rod the apparently Nazi-looking student. Again, any thinking person can recognize that the violence inflicted here was clearly sadistic and without warrant. There is a very fine line between violence that is necessitated by social change, and violence that is justified by the hope of social change; the former, which is rarely the case, assumes that no alternative to violence exists and, if necessary, that only the minimum level of violence is to be used, while the latter gives license to inflict violence without limit, as long as the perpetrator sees his actions pursuant to a social cause. The Berkeley case clearly fits into the latter category. But, just how unnecessary was the violence at Berkeley? The answer is best found when comparing the Berkeley protest with those that used the alternative method. Non-violent resistance, whose roots trace back to the Greeks and even the Bible, is now commonly known as “civil disobedience.” Thoreau coined the term in his eponymous 1848 paper, which he had written in opposition to the Mexican War and slavery. Gandhi and Martin Luther King, Jr. carried the idea to their respective efforts in undoing injustice, and both succeeded, through non-violent means, in changing the course of their country’s history. Past instances of peaceful college protests include those at the University of Missouri in 2015, Harvard in 2014 and the University of Virginia in 2012, among many others. They were all done through non-violent means, and most, if not all, succeeded in attaining their respective causes. However, there is an important difference between the recent Berkeley protest and those in the past. In America, most past protests, violent or not, were in response to an unjust law or policy, and not to an appearance by a controversial figure. King, Jr., in his “Letter from Birmingham Jail,” cited St. Augustine in saying that “an unjust law is no law at all,” and defended his peaceful, yet technically illegal, movement to counter the segregation laws in place. To what “unjust law” were the Berkeley students protesting? If King, Jr. saw no need to resort to violence when fighting against a clearly racist, and domestically violent, federal government, did the Berkeley protestors have the need to resort to violence in protest against the appearance of someone whose only crime is his unsavory ideas? I trust the reader to answer this question without my help. College students must realize that violence in political protest is uncool, inefficient and counter to our country’s history and values. Instead of resorting to physical violence, they should instead study American history and law, and then be “violent,” yet civil, in intellectual debate. Instead of dogmatically siding with the donkey or the elephant, they should instead study American politics, and force themselves into the habit of thinking twice before professing political fealty. By studying our country’s history, law and politics, college students will learn to appreciate what being American truly means, and realize that violently attacking a person or political group for its own sake, or worse, “for the fun of it,” is done not in defense of American history and values, but of their own fragile egos. Image via shutterstock


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WHAT’S YOUR MAJOR?

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Canadian Studies By Kayla Kibbe, Connecticut College

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h, Canada, land of hockey, perpetual winter and threatened post-election American ex-patriatism. If you’re looking to prove how worldly and open minded you are without leaving the continent, SUNY Plattsburgh’s Canadian Studies program may be the place for you. May sound like an easy eh, but Canadian Studies majors know Canada is more than just an off-brand America with (slightly) less obesity. Grab your toques and get ready to dive (ski? sled?) into life in the provinces.

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MYTH: Canadian studies majors speak French. TRUTH: Actually, although Canada is a bilingual nation, you won’t find too much French outside of Quebec. So, as long as you don’t commit to the Quebec Studies concentration (that’s a real thing), you can probably avoid picking up a French minor.

AMERIC AN E XPATRIATE With a degree in C anadian Studies, you’ ll have some insider information on what C anadian citizenship ac tually ent ails. Hint: It requires more than an angr y pos telec tion t weet.

MYTH: Canadian Studies is just a lazier version of American Studies. TRUTH: Let’s face it, the fact that your major is the study of something should be self evident. If you have to explain that in the title, you’re probably already pretty lazy. MYTH: Canadian Studies majors are Canadian. TRUTH: Nope, some Americans are just really passionate about Canada. Or Justin Bieber.

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KEY TERMS TIM HORTONS Famous Canadian coffee chain named after a hockey player because stereotypes. America runs on Dunkin, Canada runs on Tim Hortons.

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DOUBLE- DOUBLE Go-to order at said famous coffee chain. Regular coffee, two creams, two sugars. Your new finals-week caffeine source of choice.

HOSER A stereotypical, uncouth Canadian. Think the American redneck uncle, but substitute hockey for NASCAR.

POUTINE Regional delicacy. French fries, gravy and cheese curds. It’s the high fat American diet you know and love, with a French Canadian f lair.

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Getting (Un)Baked with Edible Cookie Dough Something tells me these are going to be popular this month. By Tylah Silva, Emerson College t’s nearing that time of year again—the ever anticipated and much-dreaded end of the semester. Yeah, it’s going to be great vegging out in those precious days between when break begins and when your parents start asking why you haven’t gone back to work. But, when you look at the massive amount of essays that stand between you and sublime relaxation, you can’t help but wonder, “At what cost?” If you’re looking for a way to lighten the load and relax (because if you hear “thesis statement” one more time you’re going to light the library on fire), then there are plenty of ways to do that: read a trashy romance novel, browse fan fiction online, soak yourself in your favorite bath bomb or go around petting strangers’ dogs. On the other hand, there are some folks who like to seek out, er…more herbal remedies for their stress. (I’m talking about marijuana.) And, since pot is legal in many states, we don’t have to tiptoe around the subject anymore. Your parents can also stop pretending that they didn’t enjoy a jazz cigarette or two back in their day. With 4/20 on the horizon, it’s time to start planning your post-bong bites. When it comes to smoking, avid tokers will have the strains and vehicles planned months in advance, but what about after the loud pack hits, when the munchies kick in and the “Wyd after smoking this?” memes get too real? Basic stoners will reach for a bag of Oreos, but you’re classy af and prepared for this. That’s why you’re going to shove a spoon into a bowl of homemade raw cookie dough—because the best thing to eat when you’re baked is something unbaked. But wait, what’s that? The voice of every mother in existence telling you not to eat raw cookie dough? Don’t worry, the recipe is completely safe and eggless. And, because you don’t need an oven, you’re saving yourself some burn wounds down the line, so in some ways, it’s even safer than regular cookies. All you really need is a spoon, a bowl (not that kind) and four or five extra ingredients, depending on what kind of toppings you want. That’s the best part—raw cookie dough is so simple that you can customize it in an infinite amount of ways. The basic ingredients, if you’re an even somewhat functioning human being, are things that you should already have in your house, but you can also grab whatever candy or treats you have lying around and throw them in there. Personally, I like to make what I call “unicorn dough,” which includes rainbow sprinkles, mini marshmallows and fruity pebbles. But, you can slather your dough in chocolate sauce, peanut butter, M&Ms, crushed Oreos, etc. Let your imagination go nuts (and yeah, you can also put nuts in there). It’s best to prepare the dough the night before the special occasion and put it in the fridge for awhile. If you find after a few servings of cookie dough that you don’t have enough for a full serving, you can also scoop some on top of ice cream, or craft your own ice cream sandwiches using the cookie dough as the “bread” part. Best of all, 4/20 should be about capturing the holiday spirit, and what’s a better way to do that than by being both a rebellious kid and a lazy cook? “Don’t smoke weed,” she said. “Don’t eat that cookie dough, you’ll get salmonella,” she nagged. “Stop napping for three hours a day, I’m worried about you—I think you have depression!” she warned. But, on 4/20, tell your mom to shove it by doing all three.

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EDIBLE SUGAR COOKIE DOUGH INGREDIENTS ¼ cup salted butter, semi melted 3 tablespoons sugar ½ teaspoon vanilla ½ cup flour sprinkles (optional)

INSTRUCTIONS 1. Cream butter & sugar together using an electric mixer until light & fluffy. 2. Mix in vanilla. Mix in flour until soft dough forms. 3. Enjoy!


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S T U DY B R E A K S PR E S EN T S

#EarthDayHacks For one day a year, the planet is once again the center of the universe. BY LIAM CHAN HODGES, FR ANKLIN AND MARSHALL COLLEGE

THE ENDORSEMENT ANIMALS If there’s one thing that you should definitely check out this Earth Day, it’s animals. These things are fucking sweet. Some of them are the cutest little things. Others are badass and low-key kind of scary, but in the coolest way possible. Most of them taste absolutely amazing when they’re fried, roasted or slapped between some bread. They’re cute, they’re cool, they feed us; they might actually be the best things ever. Too bad we’re driving them to extinction. Oh well, I’m sure something equally incredible and absolutely perfect will pop up once we run out of these guys.

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OH EARTH DAY, what a wonderful occasion. A time to appreciate the gorgeous planet that we all call home. A time to admire the spring sparrows, the budding blossoms and the cool fresh breeze. A time to feel good about those three cans you accidentally recycled, that tree you watched somebody else plant and that time you thought about picking up litter. Use this holiday to wash away all the carbon-loving, ozone-wrecking, icecap-melting sins that you racked up all year. Do you leave the water running when you do dishes or forget to switch off the lights when you leave the house? That’s totally chill. Just remember to buy a small potted plant on Earth Day, and you’ll no longer be guilt-ridden about the weekly garbage-burning behind your garage. 26

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HOW TO SAVE THE EARTH Don’t Flush There is nothing more precious on this planet than water, and toilets use an absolutely stupid amount of it. If it’s pee, let it be. If it’s brown, flush it down. Reuse Everything To use something but once is to spit upon Mother Earth. Use something, wash it, use it again. From plastic bottles to condoms, there’s nothing that a little hot water and some sunlight can’t sterilize. Stop Showering For centuries humans didn’t bathe, and for centuries global warming was never an issue. Coincidence? I think not. Plus let’s be real, hygiene is for suckers. Don’t Club Baby Seals I know those smug little bastards are just asking for a quick tap between the eyes, but please refrain. PETA will just throw fake blood on your sweet new coat anyway, so it’s honestly just not worth it.

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The Bees All jokes aside, this is actually a major issue. If you, like me, enjoy plants, food and life on Earth, then you should be more than a little peeved that vast amounts of this planet’s bees are gone. Yes, bees do sting, and yes, it really does hurt, but besides a drop in sting-related crimes, there really is no upside to this situation. If bees continue to go MIA, the planet will be without nature’s number one pollinator and large scale famine will quickly follow. So, if you do one thing on Earth Day, don’t let it be buying a T-shirt that says something funny about recycling. Instead pick up a book, look up an article or find some nerdy documentary on bees. Someone is going to have to solve this problem, and hell, you’re a bright young college kid, might as well be you.

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UWANA IKAIDDI: Food has always been a big part of your life, so it makes sense that you would be drawn to Spoon University. How did you get started there? JOCELYN HSU: I first found Spoon University because a friend invited me to like their Facebook page. This was before Spoon had as many chapters as it does now. I was so confused. I literally said what kind of university would name themselves “Spoon”? So I clicked on the link out of pure curiosity, and I found out that it was an online food publication for college students, so I applied to be a photographer. I eventually got a phone interview with the CEO, Mackenzie Barth. At the end of the call, Mackenzie asked me if I wanted to be the Photography Director. And, as a freshman with no leadership experience in college, I said, “Yes, I’d love to.” So that’s how it started. I was Photography Director, but we later renamed the position to Creative Director. UI: So, what first got you into food? JH: That is easy and hard to answer all at once. Food is something that you eat before you even understand what the word “food” means. So, in that sense, it has always been a part of my life. But, in another sense, familywise, food has always been important. We always ate dinner together, and it was a time when we really bonded as a family. More than that, I just really love food. I love eating. I love how food tastes. I like how food looks. I like how it smells. Food has always been a part of my life, but I think since starting Spoon University and being a part of the UC Berkeley Food Pantry, it has become more of my life. UI: Since food has always played a large role in your life, have you been cooking since you were young? JH: I didn’t really start cooking until I got to college, actually. I would say that before coming to UC Berkeley, the most I knew how to do was cook rice with a rice cooker and making instant noodles with hot water. That has changed since I started learning to cook. UI: That’s interesting that you say that you didn’t really start learning to cook until you got to college, because I feel like most people don’t really learn that until after they’ve graduated. Where did the desire to begin cooking come from? JH: A big par t of that came from Spoon University and ac tually having recipes that were accessible. I definitely star ted of f with one pot pastas, box mixes for brownies and basic things like that. But knowing that these Spoon University recipes were created by other college students, of tentimes in janky kitchens just like what I had in my dorm, felt a lot bet ter than tr ying to make something that Bobby Flay was making on Food Network; it was so much more accessible. UI: Since you’ve developed as a cook, what is your simple go-to meal that is quick for you to make now? JH: I guess it depends on how quick. If I’m really rushed for time, I make pot stickers that I take out of the Trader Joe’s freezer aisle. But if I have a little

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more time, I usually make some sort of pasta. I like making pasta sauce and adding some vegetables to the sauce so it doesn’t just tastes like the can. So that’s typically what I do. I’m really more of a baker than a cook. I’ve always preferred baking, because you always have the staple ingredients like flour and sugar, and they don’t go bad. UI: Since you started writing for Spoon, what are some food trends you’ve noticed are popular among college students? JH: One of the trends that I have seen while writing and creating content for Spoon is the move toward video, and I definitely hopped on that trend, especially this year. I recently started making recipe videos and tutorial videos. In terms of social media and marketing, Facebook and Twitter used to be big. Now, Instagram is a huge marketing strategy and social platform that you have to participate in, especially for food. In terms of content, a lot of people are writing about juicing and detox, and recipes that were heavy on food dye, such as rainbow and galaxy foods, have become popular again, as have Starbucks’ colored drinks. All that sort of comes on the heels of glamming up fast food, or painting fast food in a gourmet light. There are also food trends that spring from social phenomena, a prime example of which is following celebrity meal plans, where you try to eat like Kim Kardashian for a week and this is how it went, or I ate like this model for a week and this is how it went. On the flip side of that, there’s been a lot more talk about body positivity, and speaking up about eating disorders and mental health issues, which is wonderful, because it creates community, gives people a place to find other folks like them and be supported by people who really understand what they’re going through. That’s been a huge trend that I really hope continues. UI: You’re in your 4th year at UC Berkeley. How has studying Public Health changed your view on food and nutrition?

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JH: I originally didn’t come in as a Public Health major. I switched to Public Health after volunteering at the UCSF Benioff Children’s Hospital Oakland, and I was part of a program called FIND where I met with families and learned about the socioeconomic struggles that they were facing, and how those struggles were affecting their health. That experience expanded my understanding of what it meant to be healthy. There’s more to being healthy than taking medicine. It’s about your environment, the food you eat, your economic status and your education. And so, for that reason, I switch to Public Health. As a whole, the major is much more about the health of a population and taking care of groups of people instead of just individuals. UI: One of the articles you wrote for Spoon University concerned the fine line between food as cultural appropriation and as cultural appreciation. How do you feel that ties into the foodie culture? JH: It’s hard to tell whether folks are accidentally or actively culturally appropriating something in the United States. As a part of an ethnic minority, although Taiwanese Americans are maybe more prevalent than other minorities, it can be hard seeing people write articles saying that some new restaurant brought snow ice to California, when all of your life you’ve been eating snow ice at a local store run by Taiwanese immigrants.

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I love that people are trying different foods, but I think they need to acknowledge that it’s not from the American culture. You have to acknowledge that certain foods came from certain countries, and that it is traditionally cooked and eaten by these types of people; try to understand and acknowledge the historical and traditional implications behind it. UI: You also wrote a very interesting article where you point out that there was implicit bias against Asian Americans by the Centers for Disease Control (CDC), claiming that they were “the healthiest race” in the United States. In fact, some ethnic Asians were more likely to suffer from certain health problems, including diabetes, hepatitis B and depression. How do you think grouping ethnicities together affects health in general? JH: Lumping together entire races, like Asian Americans, African Americans or Hispanic Americans, can really take a toll. They all come from different places and have different stories. It’s also harmful because you’re telling physicians and researchers that census data has shown that Asian Americans are healthier. It’s possible that healthcare professionals will examine issues less thoroughly in Asians. If Asian Americans don’t know that they’re at a higher risk for certain diseases, will they know to go to the doctor for it? Will the physicians screen them for it? UI: When you were working at the food pantry, what did you learn about the college community as it relates to food? JH: My biggest take-away from working at the food pantry was that anybody can be hungry; anyone can be food insecure. I saw classmates there, and I would have never guessed that they were hungry or having problems stretching their budgets to get food. So just seeing people I usually just saw wandering around campus, it really enforces the idea that there’s no face to hunger; there’s no physical appearance that really tells you. UI: Since our generation will be making decisions on how food is processed and distributed in the next ten to twenty years, we will be setting the precedents for food sustainability. How do you think that we can perpetuate the idea of food sustainability so that it doesn’t become a passing fad? JH: I think part of it is the fact that there’s a new movement of voting with your fork. Now, people are eating at restaurants and buying from places that they believe are being sustainable. Also, just try to be sustainable yourself. Don’t waste food or buy something you know you will not eat. When you go to get coffee, bring your own thermos. Those are small steps and things that we can always continue doing. When you bring your thermos to get coffee, you’re making a statement. You’re saying, “This is how I would prefer to get my coffee.” It doesn’t harm anyone, but it benefits you and prevents waste. Small things like that all add up. UI: And, for the last question: What would your final meal be? JH: That’s so hard! I would probably stuff myself since it would be the last meal. Based on my eating trends recently, it would probably be some Taiwanese street food like oyster omelets, ding bian cuo and fried steak and tofu. Also, I’d have an iced latte and a watermelon green tea with crystal boba. And then for dessert, probably key lime pie.

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NEVERTHELESS, JONES PERSISTED The story of Myya D. Jones, the 22-year-old who overcame it all to run for mayor of Detroit. By Mattie Winowitch, Waynesburg University Photography by Justin Woods, Michigan State University

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POWERHOU Myya D. Jones is, in a word, a

THE 22-YEAR-OLD STUDENT is currently about to graduate from Michigan State University with a degree in Finance and minors in Arabic and African American & African Studies. The girl’s resume is overflowing with enough accomplishments and accolades to make you break a sweat from just reading it. She has been a Google Student Ambassador, intern for Congresswoman Brenda Lawrence, board member of her university’s Sexual Violence Advisory Committee, and even went to six countries to study abroad. Oh, yeah, and she’s running for mayor of Detroit. No biggie. That’s right, Jones hasn’t even touched a diploma yet, but she’s reaching for an accomplishment that, if all goes as planned, will crown her as the youngest and first female mayor of Detroit, the city she grew up in. Jones’ interest in providing change to her community and being civically engaged is what originally inspired her to reach for the mayoral position. In other words, she wants to give a voice to the voiceless. “I make sure everything I’m doing I am passionate about,” she tells me over the phone. “That way, I won’t ever have to find work in it.” Jones originally announced her bid to become mayor of the city of Detroit on New Year’s Day. With her first campaign fundraiser kicking off mid-March, things are getting pretty serious, pretty fast. “Campaigning has been a mixture of emotions, but I would say exciting is the number one word to use,” Jones says. On top of everything else she has to balance as a full-time college student, Jones says running for mayor is just like another extra-curricular, in that she has to figure out when and where to devote her time. “In all honesty, balancing [the campaign] with everything else is a learning process,” says Jones. “I have to learn when to study, how to study. Prioritize my time, ‘ya know? Luckily this past semester hasn’t been too difficult.” Jones hasn’t always been this strong. Her childhood wasn’t ideal and didn’t make growing up any easier. Jones’ mother struggled with bipolar disorder and depression. This ended up causing Jones to have

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to help care for her five siblings. After dealing with other family issues, a sexual assault and mental health issues such as bipolar disorder, Jones’ life slowly became a coming-of-age story. “It took many failures for me to get where I am now,” she says. “It wasn’t just automatic success for me. I hope no one ever thinks that.” One of her hardest moments involved learning a very painful truth. “The most difficult memory for me was finding out my dad was not my biological father,” says Jones. Yes, that’s right. For the majority of her life, Jones didn’t know that she had no biological relationship with the man who raised her. This, she says, was one of her deepest metaphorical wounds. “As a self-assured person, it was the first time in my life I had to question my identity,” she says. “Over time I was able to understand that my last name did not determine who I was, my character or the relationships I developed over my lifetime.” Today, Jones has risen above her painful past and says she no longer deals with serious mental health issues. “I mean, I struggle with the normal college stuff I think everyone goes through,” she says. “Some days you want to curl up in your comforter and not get out of bed. I think that’s just the way it is.” Just because she has moved on though, doesn’t mean she disregards her past or doesn’t take those struggling with mental illness seriously. She says this is why making sure that Michigan residents have access to mental health resources is one of her main political platforms for her campaign. “I am in a different environment now than when I was when I was younger,” says Jones. “There were a lot of triggers that got me going back then, but I will never forget those days.” In today’s standards, to admit that you’re hurting or suffering from a mental illness can turn you into a laughingstock amongst colleagues gossiping at the water cooler. You’re taught through social situations that you’re supposed to grin and bear the emotional pain until your heart can’t process one more superficial beat. That’s just the way it is, right?


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To Jones, this isn’t acceptable. “Everyone has struggles. I’ve never understood why some people choose to deny help just because they want to be stubborn or because they are too embarrassed to be viewed a different way amongst their peers,” she says. “If you lose your house, you’ll be depressed. If your family falls apart, you can suffer from anxiety. For people to say they don’t have struggles, they’re lying. You have to embrace you’re human.” But, for Jones, it’s important that there are more resources available for those that are hurting. She says that sometimes just admitting there’s a problem

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isn’t enough. Through her campaign in Detroit, she is hoping there will be more psychologists, psychiatrists and other healing opportunities available. “You have to talk to people, but sometimes that might not be enough,” she says. “You need more training in different areas so people know how to get professional help. I’m not a psychiatrist or a counselor or a therapist, so I can’t counsel you, but you can get ahold of those who are trained to actually help you through whatever you’re dealing with.” Throughout her campaign, Jones has faced tough situations. Most of these have to do with the public prejudices and misperceptions about her on a very superficial level. “I’ve been experiencing a lot of sexism since I’ve started running,” she says. “And not just regular sexism, but sexism as a black woman, which I think can be worse.” It’s true that if Jones wins the campaign she will be the first female mayor of Detroit. She also knows sexism and racism are both touchy subjects across the

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entire nation, not just in Michigan. For this reason, Jones says she would never want to be the first female president. For now, she says, running for mayor is just enough. “After going through this, I just know that would be too much pressure,” she says. Paradoxically, Jones says a lot of the racism she experienced occurred in February—Black History Month. “I think it’s pretty ironic that a lot of what was happening to me during February was the opposite of what the month stood for,” she says. While racism was a problem from Jones, she says nothing comes close to the sexism she faced during the past few months of campaigning. “There are a lot of old-school people out there doubting me because of my skills and my efforts,” she says. “People will mansplain things to me, but obviously if I’m running for a position, I’ve already know how to do the things they are trying to explain. It’s frustrating.” Jones says that it isn’t just men voicing their negative opinions, either. “There’s also been a lot of women who are not black who are doubting me,” Jones says. “A lot of them aren’t used to other women—especially black women—stepping out.” Jones says she doesn’t let the haters get her down. “I don’t let people get me down because I know my skills,” Jones says. “I know my worth.” But Jones says she never really cared what other people thought. Even through her tough childhood, she knew she had to hold her own head high to get through it all. “It was me guiding myself,” Jones says. “I’m not quite sure if I’d had a role model, and I didn’t have an older sister, so I don’t know. I was mainly just looking at myself and focusing on what I was doing at the time.” Not only was Jones her own role model as a child, but she’s noticed that through her efforts of becoming mayor, she has become a role model for many other young girls as well. She says this is sometimes what keeps her motivated. “The thing that keeps me going is that I know there are little girls that are looking at me,” says Jones. “People reach out to me and tell me that their daughters are doing projects about me for school. That means so much to me, and it’s part of the reason why I do what I do.” Even though she is grateful that young girls admire her, Jones says they should do so with a grain of salt. When it comes to role models, her painful past has taught her that at the end of the day, sometimes you only have yourself to rely on. “You really have to believe in yourself,” Jones says. “If you don’t believe in yourself, you won’t have anything.” A wise person once said, “Be the Leslie Knope of whatever you do.” Jones is doing just that. She has taken a tough situation and turned it into something to be proud of. Similar to “Parks and Rec-


reation” character Leslie Knope, Jones cares about local change on a small level. According to her website, other than mental health, some of Jones’ policy visions include public safety, economic development, quality of life, child wellness, accountability and transparency. She also hopes to take what she’s learned from life, her classes and from her awesome internship at Capitol Hill to seek positive change in her community. “To me it seems like we aren’t progressing, and if we are, we’re doing it too slowly,” Jones says. Within the past year, Michigan has received a lot of publicity for a number of issues. In Flint, Michigan, high levels of lead in the drinking water brought strife to a town already facing issues of troubled youth (which levels of lead can, scientifically speaking, stir up). And it doesn’t help that Detroit is an area that has been preceded by a reputation of violence for generations. To Jones, the main issue lies within education. She says without a strong foundation of education, these issues will only get worse. “With the education system going down,” says Jones, “if we don’t have a plan, the future will just crumble.” STUDYBREAKS.COM

Back in February, President Donald Trump selected Michigan’s own Betsy DeVos as secretary of education for the United States. Many people have since expressed their discontent and fear of DeVos’ appointment, because they feel as though she is not the best pick for the position. In an interview with “Teen Vogue,” Jones responded to a question pertaining to this issue, as well as a response speech given by Dannah Wilson, a 17-year-old girl who is also from Detroit. Wilson went viral after giving a speech against DeVos during a hearing. Jones says she was inspired by this speech, especially because she and Wilson are both young women who share the same feelings. “I know Dannah; she really touched so many of us because that is a narrative of so many people who grow up and actually live in Detroit,” Jones told “Teen Vogue.” “I feel like our schools in Detroit have been left behind. We have great teachers, we have great students, we have so much talent in Detroit, and because of the lack of investment into our [public] schools, that’s just going away, because they want to bring charter schools to Detroit and they weren’t really regulated. So [Wilson] really echoed a lot of our sentiments.” But, when the sun sets in Detroit, Jones is still a regular twenty-something woman. When she’s not out there campaigning, or following her dreams, she likes to spend what little free time she has catching up on missed birthday celebrations, enjoying a scoop of ice cream from Cold Stone Creamery, going on sushi dates or catching up on sleep—which usually involves more dreaming about political policies (and more food). But even when she’s sleeping, Jones is awake to the issues Detroit and the rest of the U.S. is facing, especially when it comes to strong women in their respective career paths. Through her journey, her biggest lesson has been strength. She says women—especially young women just starting their lives—must stay strong, and she hopes her campaign can be self-evident of that truth. To learn more about her campaign and what Jones is doing, find Jones on Twitter @MyyaDJones or donate at www.myyadjones.com.

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FOLLOWING THE ELECTION O F D O N A L D T R U M P, H A T E SPEECH AND RACIST LITERATURE HAVE PEPPERED

ISE OF TEXAS TEXAS COLLEGES. WHY IS IT HAPPENING, AND WHAT ARE UNIVERSITIES DOING TO STOP IT? By Galen Patterson, California State University, Fullerton STUDYBREAKS.COM

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In THE WAKE OF THE PRESIDENTIAL ELECTION, hate crimes in South Texas have occurred with an increasing frequency. Communities across the state have witnessed a surge of inflammatory propaganda, much of which has expressed open support for the winning candidate, Donald Trump. The offenses were not pointed at any specific group or culture, but instead have targeted people of all ethnicities, races and religions. 42

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The Trump administration is not directly responsible for the behavior of the offenders, as racial tensions have prevailed in the south for centuries. University of Texas at Austin student body president Kevin Helgren, for example, believes that white nationalism and racism are a regrettable, but deeply rooted part of Southern culture. “They run pretty deep in the fabric of our country, and especially in the fabric of the southern part of our country,” says Helgren.

At Texas A&M Kingsville, someone graffitied the phrase “Beaners go home” on the floor of a student dormitory, followed by the word “Trump.” Fliers posted at Texas State University provided the contact information for the Bureau of Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE), before then encouraging students to turn in suspected illegal immigrants. Before that, on November 9, self-proclaimed vigilante squads posted fliers around the San Marcos university, warn-

IT’S HARD FOR THEM TO DEFINE THE LINE BETWEEN FREE SPEECH AND HATE SPEECH However, though not created by the election, the white nationalism plaguing the Lone Star State has certainly been exacerbated by a lack of condemnation by the newest commander-in-chief. Helgren, who served as the student leader of the university’s executive branch throughout the divisive election, ties the Trump administration to the rise of white nationalism by the party’s ambiguous stance on hate speech. According to Helgren, white nationalists have been emboldened, as they feel that they have the “highest type of support they can get, and that is support from the White House.” According to the Southern Poverty Law Center, of the 892 registered hate groups in the country, 84 of them, more than in any other state, are in Texas. It makes sense then, that if an outburst of hate speech were to arise anywhere in the country, that Texas would be the prime location. What has shocked critics though, is just how many of these hate crimes have occurred on college campuses, institutions that are often considered to be bastions of progressivism. Indeed, the laundry list of racially, religiously and ethnically motivated crimes that have occurred on college campuses since November 2016 is a long, embarrassing, dirty one. In late January, at Rice University, a vandal drew the word “Trump” beneath a swastika on a campus statue. According to the Dean of Undergraduates John Hutchinson, two similar incidents took place that same month. In addition, a hate group known as American Vanguard posted fliers throughout the university grounds, encouraging students to “Take Your Country Back” from non-whites.

ing the surrounding area of their intentions. On the fliers, the group, called Texas State Vigilantes, declared they would be resurrecting the practice of tarring and feathering individuals, suggesting that their efforts be aimed specifically at university leaders who promote “diversity garbage.” The flier also directly mentions torture. Though no reports of these threats being manifested have surfaced, police are investigating the perpetrators. The issue is not isolated to public universities either, as acts of racism have been committed at both Baylor and SMU, the latter of which featured on-campus fliers that discouraged white women from dating black men by citing cases in which white women were harmed by their black boyfriends. Similar fliers were posted at the University of Houston, which led then-Student Body President Shane Smith to grapple with problems similar to the ones Helgren dealt with in Austin. “My first thought is probably a little bit of anger,” Smith says. He disagrees with the message of the fliers, as well as the way in which the perpetrators decided to spread their ideas, but he, like Helgren and other students in positions of power, works hard to balance his gut feelings and his commitment to serve every student, no matter their political beliefs. He admits that the hate speech has presented a complex problem, as he and administrative officials have had to decide where exactly the limits of free speech on campus lie and where to draw the First Amendment line. “They’re in a tough position,” he says, referring to anyone trying to make that


Texas A&M invited alt-right figurehead Richard Spencer to speak on December 6, 2016

delineation. “It’s hard for them to define the line between free speech and hate speech.” In face of the dilemma, university officials have passed no new policies or implemented any new protocol for dealing with the issue, instead opting to continue to implement existing stratagem. Smith stresses that UH values diversity, and that this kind of speech is another dimension of the human experience. Helgren agrees. “This is a political climate we are, very much so, still trying to navigate, and we are learning new things every day,” he says. STUDYBREAKS.COM

One way in which UH administrators are dealing with the problem is by publishing statements that remind students that the administration supports free speech and their students, a move that represents both sides of the issue. According to Smith, much of the student body

has responded to the discriminatory literature by doubling down on their efforts to be inclusive. “I’ve seen a lot of people on campus that have gone out of their way to reinforce the notion of inclusivity and support for everyone,” he says.

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UT, AUSTIN SAW THE WORK OF WHITE SUPREMACIST group American Vanguard posting fliers across its campus

At the University of Texas, Helgren and the rest of the student government have taken steps to empower victimized students by making active attempts to hear their experiences and craft informed policies in response. Following an incident on February 13, in which the white supremacist group American Vanguard posted fliers featuring the Twin Towers and encouraging stu-

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dents to imagine a Muslim-free America, Helgren felt the eyes of the school turn to him. First Amendment guarantees are one thing, but Helgren knew that action needed to be taken. “My position, I think, is inherently intertwined with politically and emotionally charged situations like this,” says Helgren. He knew that students needed to feel

safe on campus, and to ensure that was the case, he decided to take demonstrative action to show his constituents that the university administration stood behind them and planned to protect them. “Students need to feel like their voice is being heard, and they need to feel like the administration is actively validating their concerns,” Helgren says. As a result, the university held a town


hall meeting, an opportunity for students to share their experiences directly with school administrators. For two hours, hundreds of students listened and shared their concerns. Helgren described the experience as heartbreaking. After the meeting, administrators made the decision to implement a campus-based incident and hate crime policy. Though drafting and implementing such a ordinance will take time, Helgren was heartened to see the political process working the way it should have been all

girls sitting next to her, one of whom was continuously texting. Shah asked the girl to turn the brightness of her phone down, but was met with hostility. She tried to ignore the group of girls, but overheard them whispering to each other about confronting Shah after the movie. When the film ended, the Texas State student and her boyfriend made an attempt to exit before a confrontation could take place, but were stopped by the girls, who demanded that they settle the dispute. Shah says she refused to escalate the situation, but the girls, who she could now

“I THINK [THE ELECTION] MADE PEOPLE WHO MAYBE HAD RACIST MINDSETS OR GREW UP IN A RACIST ENVIRONMENT, IT MADE THEM MORE VOCAL” along—listening and responding to the desires of students. Unfortunately, the mechanics of racism are not always so clear-cut. Though, according to the Texas Department of Public Safety, a full fifty percent of hate crimes are committed by whites, many of these acts of violence are motivated by a feeling of embattlement in white America, and it is those feelings that have led to the rise in popularity of alt-right sentiments, especially as they are propagated by Richard Spencer. Spencer, whose invitation to speak at Texas A&M in December 2016 was widely protested, is the figurehead for the altright movement, a political group widely considered to be a white supremacist organization. Spencer denies being a white supremacist, and told ABC News that, in his mind, the alt-right is “the identity politics for white people in the twenty first century.” The vitriol of Spencer and others like him have further bolstered racial tensions, which has led to race-based discrimination on all sides, a rising tide that worsens race relations for everyone. Earlier this year, a junior at Texas State named Rachael Shah was involved in a racially charged incident, which, though non-violent, exemplified how increasing discrimination from white nationalists has created an atmosphere of racial tension that has Texans of all nationalities on edge. Shah went to see a movie with her boyfriend, but was distracted by a group of STUDYBREAKS.COM

clearly see were black, said, “This is the problem with white people.” In reality, Shah is half Pakistani and grew up around the Pakistani side of her family. Though her features may not indicate her Middle-Eastern descent, Shah does not identify as white, and was deeply offended by the comment. Shah responded, saying she was Pakistani, to which one of the girls replied, that Shah “needed to fix that” and “that is [her] problem.” “That is something I’ve just been struggling with my whole life,” Shah said over the phone. “I just could not believe that was said to me.” Ultimately, what offended her the most was that the girls felt the need to comment on the color of her skin, especially since their assumptions about her race were incorrect. The incident reveals one of the most troubling repercussions of white nationalist fervor in Texas, which is that it tautens racial strain between all parties. “It’s disheartening when you’re using race against race to fight race. It just doesn’t make sense,” says Shah. Like Helgren, Shah agrees that racism has always been around, and that the Trump administration has emboldened racists to speak up; more worrisome however, is the fear that the political climate has drawn out negativity from those in whom it was not before present. “I think [the election] made people who maybe had racist mindsets or grew up in a racist environment, it made them more

vocal,” says Shah. Since the election, both Shah and Helgren have noticed more hate speech than before. “People think they can say or do whatever they want and they’re just very selfish, I feel, especially on campus,” says Shah. Helgren agrees, saying: “Those types of thinking do not belong at the University of Texas, they do not belong in the state of Texas and they do not belong in the United States of America.” Unfortunately, despite the conviction of Helgren, Smith, Shah and others, there appears to be no clear end in sight to the racist fervor gripping the state. Still, though eradicating hate speech in its entirety will likely prove impossible, those concerned should take comfort in knowing that campuses throughout Texas are taking concrete actions to ensure students feel protected. First Amendment rights may prevent the censorship of propaganda, but they set no restrictions on the amount of support offered. While student executives hold town halls, listen to their constituents and push regulations, creating an atmosphere of inclusivity falls solely to the student body at large. As long as these acts of hatred fall on deaf, unreceptive ears, they will never accomplish anything. So, as the next four years come and go, and with them this animosity swells and drops, students in Texas have the unique opportunity to make a definitive, statewide statement about what the future will look like. If the leaders of tomorrow reject the racism of today, then what hope can it have of surviving?

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FERNANDOROJO By Lindsay Biondy, University of Pittsburgh Photography by Ananya Chandra, University of Pennsylvania 21-year-old University of Pennsylvania student Fernando Rojo is the founder of PATOS Shoes, a sneaker brand that’s handcrafted by Peruvian artisans. While visiting a local flea market with his sister, in Argentina, he met an artisan named Rafael, and was intrigued by his shoes’ brightly colored textiles and intricate patterns. After speaking with him, Rojo realized he had an amazing product with a wonderful culture behind it, but lacked the means to sell to people outside a small market. He asked for Rafael’s phone number, bought 100 pairs of shoes, then went home and began developing his life-changing company. Not only does PATOS promote Latin American culture, but it provides jobs for local artisans with every pair sold. By maintaining a strong professional and personal relationship with all of the artisans who create PATOS Shoes, Rojo hopes to continue to grow his company long after graduation.

“I lived in Ann Arbor, Michigan, about ten minutes away from the football stadium. When I was eight or nine, I started using my front lawn to charge for parking during the game, and I would charge $20 or $25 per car. People would tailgate in my yard and we’d play football together and stuff. It was all part of the package.” “There’s a rush from making something that someone would want to pay for, of making this idea that no one would have known without you. It was something at a young age that clicked, and I thought, ‘How can I keep doing this?’” “I took time off from school and focused only on PATOS, and it was the best time of my life. I would work at 2 a.m. on a Saturday and just love it. When I came back to school, I still had the regular struggles of a college student, but I didn’t feel like I was sacrificing anything anymore by not having the typical college experience.” “I wanted something that had elements of my culture that could still be worn in everyday life. People really held onto that idea and got behind it. Now I have this community of over a thousand people who would follow me to the moon. The people who backed the company and supported it are the ones who pushed it to where it is now. They did all these things that I couldn’t have done.” “My parents are the number one PATOS customers, without a doubt. It’s been really helpful to have their support. They wanted me to just focus on school, but they really sacrificed that mentality for me. It’d be really hard to get through everything without them.”

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“People always ask me if I’m super busy, and I guess so, but realistically I’m choosing to do this. It’s not an obligation. You know, if I didn’t want to run this business, I could just end it. If I didn’t want to do all these classes, I wouldn’t. These are all decisions I’m making.” “PATOS are the only shoes I wear; I have a different pair for every day of the week. Plus all the prototype styles we make are in my size, so that’s pretty convenient. I 100 percent planned it that way.” “I like to say that if I had a resume, watching Netf lix would be second on my skill list. I’m so good at watching Netf lix. My friends always ask me how I’m so ahead on shows. I just finished ‘Breaking Bad’ for the second time.” “I’ve done a lot of small videos for my Kickstarter to try and get people engaged, and they really like them. I filmed one video, when we hit 50 percent, where I was walking with just one shoe, and I said, ‘Give me my other shoe, we need to hit 100 percent!’” “PATOS isn’t an acronym, but I don’t even put what it means on my website. There’s a couple people who pick up on it, and they get really excited when they find out, and that’s kind of fun. “That’s the beautiful thing about Latin America: It’s so familial, everyone just wants to be family.” “I have a lot of personal connection and pride for the artisans and the work they do. They’re really amazing people. It was a whole, long process of building trust, but now we joke a lot. We have meals together. I really feel part of the family.”


T H E FAC T FILE NAME: Fernando Rojo COLLEGE: Universit y of Pennsylvania COMPANY: PATOS Shoes YEAR: Junior MAJOR: Economics

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president Meet the

What is your major? Bachelor’s in Business Administration, Finance

Photography by Vincent Gonzalez, San Antonio College

Where do you take most of your selfies? This isn’t 2012, I don’t take selfies (…the bathroom duh).

What is your most treasured possession? My leather jacket. My class ring is a close second.

What is your dream job? Professional musician/life coach/corporate leader/ public servant/dad/husband— yeah, I have a lot of dreams.

What historical figure do you admire? Honestly, Jesus of Nazareth. Not to get too religious, but if I could be a little more like him, I could do a lot more good in this world.

What academic focus most interests you? Finance, because of the analytical focus working with real-world scenarios. Philosophy also has always been something I have enjoyed. I love learning about how our universe works, and philosophy fulfills that desire.

What fictional character do you most identify with? Superman has always been my favorite. I hope it doesn’t sound too presumptuous to say I identify with him.

What are your intellectual strengths? I can make a mean bowl of cereal. I’m also not too bad at math and statistics.

Who are some of your favorite authors? Plato, Deepak Chopra and Wayne Dyer What music are you into at the moment? Jon Bellion’s “The Human Condition”

What will you never understand? How a person could conscientiously hurt or harm another person.

What is your favorite place on the internet? Iwastesomuchtime.com

What qualities do you most admire in a person? Sincerity, humor and humility

What is important to you right now? UTSA, the students of UTSA, my family, friends and especially my wonderful girlfriend.

What is your most marked characteristic? A lot of people say my laugh is pretty unique. What angers you? I try not to get angry, but what frustrates me in particular are people who don’t put in effort into their assigned tasks. What is currently on your mind? The song “Recovery” by James Arthur. It’s worth a listen. What’s a secret talent of yours? Most people don’t know I play keyboard.

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What is your greatest achievement? Realizing going to college is about learning, not about get ting a job.

ANDREW HUBBARD

What is your favorite meme? Grumpy cat. It will always be grumpy cat.

Student Body President of UTSA What is your motto? “I do stuff sometimes”

What is your typical outfit? Jeans, t-shirt, plaid shirt, leather jacket. Yep. Sometimes a suit.

What makes you nervous? Not a lot makes me nervous. Maybe the idea of being alone.

What is your favorite Instagram account? @andrewvhubbard haha, nah I really like @thegeekofsteel, a bunch of superman stuff, gotta love it. What is your favorite place to eat? Yardhouse


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Luciano’s La Cantera location 15900 La Cantera San Antonio, TX

Gourmet on a Budget Everyone knows that college students love to eat, which is why your parents buy you groceries, your school offers you meal plans and clubs use free food to get your attention. But, eating out costs money, so when you do finally splurge, you should never be wasting what precious little disposable income you have on bad food. In the next few pages, we’ve put together a group of restaurants that we guarantee are worth the price. Whether it’s a once-a-semester date night, or just a hearty hamburger thick enough to get you through finals, these six spots are the perfect college restaurants.

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Tribeca, a cozy, New American restaurant with a distinctly north Italian vibe, is the ideal destination for your next romantic evening. With candlelit tabletops and a warm pizza oven crackling in the background, you might not notice at first how good (and affordable) the food is. The menu is farm driven, highlighting local produce and tastes, but finds continuity in its European roots. Happy hour runs all day, meaning you can enjoy an entire wood fired pizza and a beer for just $8. Yeah, and it’s romantic.

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Every once in awhile, you just need to go to a pub. Maybe you need a dark, hearty beer, maybe it’s the siren song of crispy fish and chips, or maybe you just need a little dark British humor in your life. Whatever it is, when the mood strikes, nowhere does England better than the Lion and the Rose. With an unbeatable selection of foreign beers and a monopoly on continental fare, the north-end pub feels like a fiveminute drive to London.

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VIBE When it comes to authentic Italian, no restaurant in town comes close to Luciano’s. Ever since the first one opened in 1971, the Neapolitan family restaurant has been using recipes passed down from their mother Lina, and one bite of their famous lasagna proves it. With Happy Hour running all week from 4:30-7:00, you can grab a glass of Italian red for $5, catch a seat at one of their sunbathed patios and nibble on an antipasto platter overflowing with olives and Parmigianino Reggianno. If there’s a better way to pretend you’re in Italy, let us know.

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Lasagna Famosa WHY GO? The best Italian in town, but without the checkered tabletops and corny gimmicks. A sophisticated vibe meets unpretentious prices, making Luciano’s the perfect place for students with prosciutto tastes but a ham budget.

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When you have a hamburger as good as Big’z does, everything else sort of takes a back seat. The massive backyard, the handmade milkshakes, the perfectly crafted Sunday-afternoon vibe—it all pales in comparison to what may be the best burger in San Antonio. The half-pound works of art taste like neighborhood cookouts, pool parties and fresh ingredients, so it’s no wonder that on a nice afternoon, Big’z is the busiest place in town. Go with a group, sidle up to a picnic table and bask in the vibes of San Antonio’s most picture-perfect burger joint.

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Taste the rainbow with Big’z nearly two-dozen sauces. Get one of each and take your taste buds on a culinary road trip.

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The food tastes so fresh that you forget you’re eating a hamburger and fries. The patty is plump, beefy and juicy; the buns are lacquered with butter and bouncy like pillows, and the vegetables actually pop, crunch and snap when you bite in. It’s practically health food.

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Located on a sprawling lot just across I-10 from UTSA, The Well is unlike any restaurant in San Antonio. Part ice house, part dance hall, and part neighborhood bar, it’s the ideal place to go when you’re with a group and the weather is nice. While live music plays outside, the bar hums indoors, serving a host of original, Texas-influenced cocktails. The food toes the line between southern and sophisticated, much like its patrons toe the line during Saturday night two-step. So whether you want satisfying south Texas cuisine, a rowdy night of beer buckets and live music, or a chance to pull on your boots and let loose, The Well is never dry.

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Waffles n’ Chop

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The southern charm gives it some Texas twang, but the meticulous bar program feels more like a craft cocktail bar. Stop in for brunch and get the best of both worlds.

You have to get the Waffles n Chop. Do what you want afterwards, but waffle fries topped with pulled pork, nacho cheese, jalapeno and sour cream are not to be missed.


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