Column Video: Between the Slices | Tasty Gourmet or Deli-icious?

Posted by thetuftsdaily on April 8, 2013 under Arts & Living, Columns, Video | Comments are off for this article

Read Ben’s column every Monday in the Features Section of The Tufts Daily.

Column Photos: The Roaming Fork | Durian

Posted by thetuftsdaily on April 3, 2013 under Columns, Photos | Comments are off for this article

These photos accompany the “The stench of love“ installment of Melissa MacEwen’s column, The Roaming Fork.

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Durians are large, spiky fruits that typically weigh several pounds. Though they are abundant in Asia, they can be challenging to find in the US and are typically not very fresh.

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Frozen durian is surprisingly tasty!

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Durian 3: Durian is a popular ingredient in sweets and treats — while I was walking around C Mart Supermarket in Boston’s Chinatown, I saw durians made into sweets and incorporated into “wife cakes,” a type of traditional Cantonese pastry.

Column Video: Between the Slices | Down With The Double Down

Posted by thetuftsdaily on March 26, 2013 under Columns, Video | Comments are off for this article

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Column Video: Between the Slices | Vegan Edition

Posted by thetuftsdaily on March 11, 2013 under Arts & Living, Columns, Video | Comments are off for this article

Interested in really seeing what the vegan sandwich experience is like? Watch below the “Vegan Edition” installment of Ben Kochman’s column “Between the Slices.”

You’ve Probably Never Heard of… Jacques Tati

Posted by thetuftsdaily on March 9, 2013 under Arts & Living, Columns, Video | Comments are off for this article

The charm and wonder that is Jacques Tati has likely not made it’s way to your eyes. This genius – and I mean genius – French director is most well known for films such as “M. Hulot’s Holiday” (1953), “Mon Oncle” (1958), and “Playtime” (1967).

Drawing influence from greats such as Charles Chaplin, Tati focused on action rather than dialogue. In a very Chaplinesque way, Tati used a recurring character in four of his nine feature films. Portrayed by Tati himself, M. Hulot was the trouble making, often confused, and well-meaning protagonist surrounded by a society that was too focused on technology to appreciate one another.

His first film with this character was “M. Hulot’s Holiday”, which presents and interesting blend of silent and modern cinema. Dialogue is sparse, but sound is integral, making an instant and universally understood classic of French cinema. From then on, Tati used his M. Hulot character to further study human interaction and the effect of our surroundings in an ever-evolving society.

He combined social commentary, innovative filming techniques, and dark humor in the grandest of ways. His films are an absolute pleasure to watch. Anyone who can enjoy witty and subtle humor, as well as slapstick will find no other actor, writer, and director as charming as the perfection that was once Jacques Tati.

Here are some examples of his work:

A great scene from “M. Hulot’s Holiday” which shows off Tati’s physical comedy and originality.


This scene from “Playtime” emphasizes the importance of sound effects in Tati’s films. It is the greatest people-watching film of all time.

Column like we see ‘em

Posted by thetuftsdaily on March 6, 2013 under Columns | Comments are off for this article

Stay out of the sleet by reading some columns! Here are all of todays:

Features: Alexa Peterson | Jeminist: A Jumbo Feminist - “A Tufts Telenovela

Arts and Living: Melissa MacEwen | The Roaming Fork – “Grubbin’ It”. Interested in seeing how she did it? Check out photos and the recipe here!

Op-Ed: Walt Laws-McDonald | Show Me The Money! - “Herbalife Battle Royales

Sports: Jason Schneiderman | Stoppage Time – “The Manchester City project

Want more? Check out tuftsdaily.com for more columns!

Column Photos: The Roaming Fork | Caterpillars

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These photos accompany the “Grubbin’ It” installment of Melissa MacEwen’s column, The Roaming Fork. To see the recipe she used for this meal, click here!

My friend Lucie was conscientious enough to put the worms through customs.

My friend Lucie was conscientious enough to put the worms through customs.

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Close up of the worm tin, complete with appetizing drawing.

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Out of the tin! No getting around the fact that they’re caterpillars.

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Reconstituting the dried caterpillars.

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Boiling vegetables for stew.

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Boiled vegetables + immersion blender + peanut butter.

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Spicy peanut soup, with worms. I’m guessing this isn’t how it’s supposed to look.

Column like we see ‘em

Posted by thetuftsdaily on March 4, 2013 under Arts & Living, Columns, Sports | Comments are off for this article

Happy Monday, Jumbos! We hope you all had a great start to your week, and if not here are today’s columns to perk you up:

FeaturesBen Kochman | Between the SlicesEnter the Blue Zone

ArtsElizabeth Landers | The Clothes Make the WomanRecessionista no more?

Op-EdJonathan Green | Drug Justice A cannabis congress

SportsJordan Bean | SackedThe right way

Check out columns every day at tuftsdaily.com!

Column: Stay Tuned | #It’sAlwaysSunnyWhenYouLiveTweet

Posted by thetuftsdaily on February 27, 2013 under Arts & Living, Columns | Comments are off for this article

It’s one o’clock in the afternoon and I have some time to kill before hitting the gym, so I go on Hulu to watch the most recent episode of Modern Family. It’s off-peak hours at Dewick at 4:30, so I pull up Netflix and settle on a Robin Sparkles episode of How I Met Your Mother (or, you know, any episode that aired before 2011 because with how terrible this show has become, I can’t afford to be too picky with my Neil Patrick Harris fix). A friend comes over for dinner and we cook while SideReel loads the newest episode of Homeland (Mandy Patinkin, I love your work more than Blizzard Nemo hates everything). It’s time for bed, so I snuggle up to HBO GO and thoughts of Kit Harington as Jon Snow on Game of Thrones. I fall asleep feeling vaguely guilty that I plan to work in the television industry and have once again failed to watch a single show that was actually broadcasting on my television set, but hey, we’re college students –we don’t have time to actually watch live TV.

Although Nielsen ratings cannot definitively record the different means by which our generation receives our daily TV fix, the latest Q3 2012 data demonstrates that the 18-24 age group has lowered its traditional television viewing by two hours a week compared to the Q3 2011 data. That averages out to about 17 less minutes of live television viewing per day. I, for one, spend at least an extra 17 minutes a day frantically clicking around on Buzzfeed looking at corgi compilations or Vanilla Ice’s chandelier collection. Although that time seems insignificant, we all know how it adds up. Alongside these statistics, studies simultaneously reveal that online viewing in the 18-34 age group is on the rise, like rhe evil/rapture inside of me (I had to).

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Column Photos: The Roaming Fork | Crickets

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These photos accompany the “Cooking Jiminy“ installment of Melissa MacEwen’s column, The Roaming Fork. To see the recipe she used for this meal, click here!

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The crickets arrived in a box decorated …with pictures of crickets. It even had air vents built into it.

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Frying them up!

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I put them on paper towels so they would be less greasy.

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After I had cooked the crickets, I stir fried them with a spicy, curry butter.

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Close up!

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The crickets were delicious with a salad — the slight bite of the greens complemented the tang of the crickets and the spice of their sauce.