A few weeks back, I wrote a feature ranting about Usdan’s hummus. The next day, I very sadly paired my sad Usdan salad with sad Usdan hummus, and it was not a highlight of my life.
I’m finally settled into my home for break, which means a few things: I have not left the house unless it’s for work or for IKEA, I have eaten approximately 567 loaves of bread, and I’ve spent a particularly significant amount of time in the kitchen.
“Making my family proud of my ability to take care of myself,” aside, my house is currently under construction and the kitchen is one of the only places where I can’t either fall through a ceiling or trip over some wood planks.
On the way home from IKEA, I force my mom to make a pit stop at the local halal market. Once home, my mom gave me her recipe, and I cross-checked with some Turkish recipe site for measurements, and I made a…beautiful…batch of hummus. Seriously, it’s really good. I posted a short recipe on Instagram, but I decided this recipe deserves a home on the blog because of my past writing on the subject. Here we go:
It’s spring break! Which means either you’re leaving or you’re staying and if you’re in the latter group you’re probably wondering where you’re going to get your food from in the next few days. This could be the week where, if you’re a freshman, you use all your points or the week you learn to cook. Both equally exciting endeavors. I’ve outlined below what’s going to be open and what’s going to be closed and at what times the open things will be open. Just look for the place you want to eat at and then check the hours. Hint: if the place is not Weshop it probably won’t be open. If you feel like you need to see this information in chart form you can do so on the websites of each place here: (Bon Appetit, WesWings & Red and Black, Libraries).
While some of the offerings appear to be a bit more sparse than in years past (there’s only 9 courses listed for Anthropology in the fall………yikes), there’s still plenty to peruse as you procrastinate working on your midterms! We expect y’all to spend your breaks avidly reading all the listings so you can send us your nominations for the “Best of WesMaps: Fall 2018 Edition” (email your faves to staff[at]wesleying[dot]edu)!
Some quick reminders because I’m about to be a senior and am feeling all ~nostalgic~ that I only have a year left and also have made or witnessed plenty of mistakes that hopefully some of you youngins can learn from:
Be sure to check for POI deadlines so you don’t miss out on those famed 8:1 student-faculty ratio courses we all hear about but never actually get into because we can’t meet a deadline to save our own lives (oh wait, that’s just me???)
Try to find at least one course outside your major/gen-ed division that sounds fun! It’s nice to shake things up, and you’ll probably meet some cool people you never would have met otherwise (shout out to Lacrosse Land in astronomy)
Make a list of what sounds interesting now so that when prereg inevitably sneaks up on you when you have 7 papers and 3 exams (because doesn’t it always???) you have at least some idea what you want to do
Check your major/minor/thesis requirements now; your advisor will not point out that you are off track for graduation until it’s senior spring and you need 5 credits to graduate. This is one of those things you should check and double check and ask questions about every semester. Also pester your advisor to meet about prereg early and often! Nothing sucks more than not having your prereg run through the system because you couldn’t get your advisor to meet with you to approve your schedule…………. (what I’m not bitter that’s absurd)
Guess who came to the good-ol’ M-Town right before Spring break? If you guessed your hallmate’s mom (because like, let’s be real, your hallmate needs an intervention), then you are very close. This weekend, a rather eclectic (lol) bunch of folks arrived on campus via sky dive (I wish).
The Board of Trustees is had the first of their meetings this year! If you ever forget when the meetings are, just think about the weekend before Wesleyan goes on break, and the Board of Trustees are likely meeting. Their next meeting will be in May around Reunion & Commencement.
Well, as this semester has already started off with some extremely valid frustration, I thought it would be appropriate that we reminded everyone who the Board of Trustees are, what their job titles are, and how you might be able to contact them. Turns out, their names and jobs are publicly available on the Wesleyan website, and their emails are too (on Wesconnect, via the ‘Networking’ tab). Thanks Zachfor doing this first when students were frustrated about need blind being axed a couple years ago.
1942. USA. Dir: Michael Curtiz. With Ingrid Bergman. 102 min. 35mm print.
Of all the bars in all the towns in all the world, Bergman had to walk into Bogart’s, with a French resistance leader on her arm and the Nazis on their tail. Beyond the gorgeous cinematography and the quotable screenplay, this film tells an intimate story about the struggle of moving on from lost love that remains stirring 75 years after release.
It’s been four semesters since I’ve had home-cooked Turkish (oh, wow, here’s Melisa talking about being Turkish….again) meal, and to be completely honest, at first it was great. There are only so many times I can manage to “enjoy” kale stew (side note: kale translates to “decoration cabbage” in Turkish) and I was infatuated with the copious amounts of coffee and soft-serve ice cream that I was honestly blind.
It’s been four semesters, and the coffee and soft-serve ice cream can no longer make me complacent. As Wesleyan’s local and very vocal Middle Easterner™, there’s a very serious matter that we need to discuss: the “hummus” that is offered at Usdan. It’s time to call it for what it is, and that certainly isn’t fucking hummus.
If you weren’t aware, Usdan offers hummus on the kosher line, oftentimes paired with some sort of panini. See, I was super fucking excited when I saw this, because I didn’t grow up with ranch or cranberry vinaigrette (?), and I wanted to supplement my bland salads with the spread that is responsible for my sanity. And so, wide-eyed first-year me walks onto the kosher line, excited to get a taste of home. Why I thought that this hummus would remotely resemble home considering the general lack of spices in Usdan (seriously, WHY DON’T WE HAVE RED PEPPER FLAKES ANYWHERE? And don’t tell me about that bullshit red pepper that’s by the pizza) is beyond me. I was hopeful that perhaps Bon App got things right for once.
Oh, was I wrong.
Here are some general notes about the hummus that I have succumbed to time and time again at Usdan, in which each time I have considered just transferring to any school in Turkey based exclusively on food:
Around 4 PM today, President Roth sent out an email update notifying campus that Daniel Handler ’92 hasstepped down from delivering the Commencement Speech for the Class of 2018. Dr. Anita Hill will instead be delivering the address at the event.
Alright, ya’ll. We did a fuckin’ thing. We did a thing.
In case you haven’t seen the posts here, here, here, here, and here, there’s a group on campus called TEDxWesleyanU, and they’ve been a-brewin’ for the past year and a half.
You all have probably heard about TED, and might even be familiar with the TEDx format. But TEDx means that this is an independently-organized TED event, with some guidance from TED’s branding. This TEDx event is entirely student-organized, and it’s been a trip to put this all together.
Here’s a video explaining more about how this came about: