Spring break is a strange time of the year. It’s not like Thanksgiving, where everyone goes home, but it’s a time during which some people go on holiday, some people go home, and others remain on campus. I left campus for most of the week off, but came back on Thursday night.
What I found when I came back, really wasn’t that great; I didn’t know what happens on campus during holidays. I was surprised to find that not only was the Campus Center closed, but so were the dining halls, and even worse was that the Joey wasn’t running until Saturday.
This got me thinking: how bad must it be for the people who choose to stay on campus for the entirety of the break? I finally found someone who did exactly that, and unfortunately he didn’t have good things to say about his experience. It was incredibly inconvenient that there weren’t anyway options for food on campus during spring break. The problem was exacerbated by the fact that the Joey wasn’t running either, so people were forced to order-in, which is not feasible three meals a day, or they were forced to walk to the nearest grocery store, walk back, and cook their own food, which is also quite a pain.
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Almost every Tufts student has experienced it: the panic that arises from looking at a clock on a Friday or Saturday night, realizing it’s 7:25 p.m. and remembering that the dining halls close in five minutes. Students then have the option of either sprinting to Dewick and hoping to sneak inside before it closes, or sighing and resigning to ordering Pizza Days.
However, thanks to the TCU Senate, students who can’t make dinner at the dining halls on Fridays or Saturdays now have a third option: The Commons. Located in the Mayer Campus Center, the Commons will now accept meal swipes on Friday and Saturday nights between 9 P.M. and 2 A.M. As seen just last weekend, this recent change seems to be wildly popular. Before, on weekend nights, the Mayer Campus Center was somewhat empty with a quiet and not particularly social atmosphere. However, last weekend alone, The Commons exploded and the impact could be heard throughout the Campus Center. While The Commons was almost overwhelmingly crowded — a result of the new change that will surely fade over time — the positive potential for weekend nights was clearly evident. Within the crowded Commons, students could be seen bumping into each other (literally), catching up, and socializing. However, the activity wasn’t confined to the cafeteria lines. Once students bought their food, many elected to stay in the Campus Center to eat, allowing themselves to catch up with friends rather than choosing to return to their dorms or houses.
This late-night meal option certainly increases social activity, as it gives students the opportunity to go out rather than just order food in dorms or houses. Moreover, it also keeps students safe. Around 11 P.M., most students, sober or not, begin the search for food. While some might order food for delivery (and then be tied to their location), others still may elect to walk off campus to eat at Helen’s or Anna’s in Davis Square. The late-night hours at The Commons give students a closer, more accessible dining option that will allow them to remain on campus late at night.
While students still have the option to either go out for food or to order in, the affordability and convenience provided by the new hours at The Commons have already proven valuable to the Tufts community— this includes students who don’t like to go out and are looking for a social atmosphere and students who have been out and are just looking for food. The Commons and the Mayer Campus Center now have the potential to be a Jumbo’s preferred weekend night destination.
Did somebody say sushi?
Thursday, November 15 at 7:30PM the Japanese Culture Club organized yet another thrilling event during which a movie screening of “Jiro Dreams of Sushi” (2011) was accompanied by free sushi.
Myriads of hungry students rushed to Barnum to line up for the sushi station located just outside the lecture hall. Standing ready at the station, all of the JCC members vigorously welcomed every guest to try out different types of ingredients that make up good sushi. Rice, seaweed, avocado, fermented tofu, crab meat, etc. The sushi options were endless. On the side, the members also served steamed mushrooms and natto, traditional Japanese food composed of fermented soybeans. Of course, who can forget to grab some hot green tea, particularly during this freezing weather?
When asked about the purpose of this event, a JCC member Fendi Chen enthusiastically said, “We want to spread more knowledge about Japanese culture to a greater student body.” She jokingly continued, “We hope everybody enjoys today’s sushi and the movie, which is also about sushi. It’s a day filled with sushi.”
After students got a taste of the Japanese delicacy, they quietly stepped inside the auditorium to watch the aforementioned documentary. The film follows Jiro, an 85-year-old sushi master chef and owner of a successful sushi restaurant who devoted all of his life to sushi making.
Jiro is a perfectionist. His journey showcases his persistence and resilience as he claimed, “I do the same thing over and over, improving bit by bit. There is always a yearning to achieve more. I’ll continue to climb, trying to reach the top, but no one knows where the top is.”
As the movie came to an end, President of JCC, Kentaro Okazaki, gave some concluding remarks thanking everyone who joined the sushi night. “Please look out for our biggest event of this semester – Matsuri – happening right after Thanksgiving,” said Kentaro as he encouraged all of the participants to continue supporting the club.
Not only did the event prove to be a great turnout for JCC, but everyone present was also able to learn something more about Japanese culture.
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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”
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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.
Close up of the worm tin, complete with appetizing drawing.
Out of the tin! No getting around the fact that they’re caterpillars.
Reconstituting the dried caterpillars.
Boiling vegetables for stew.
Boiled vegetables + immersion blender + peanut butter.
Spicy peanut soup, with worms. I’m guessing this isn’t how it’s supposed to look.
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!
The crickets arrived in a box decorated …with pictures of crickets. It even had air vents built into it.
Frying them up!
I put them on paper towels so they would be less greasy.
After I had cooked the crickets, I stir fried them with a spicy, curry butter.
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.
These photos accompany the “Nothing but coelomates“ Melissa MacEwan’s column “The Roaming Fork.”
The sea cucumbers in their package. They didn’t look particularly appetizing, but they didn’t look gross, either.
Soaking the sea cucumber so they would thaw to room temperature.
Cukes after being thoroughly washed in the sink.
Next step was to cut the sea cucumbers lengthwise and remove the intestines.
Boiling the cucumbers with scallions and ginger.
Cooking the shitake mushrooms.
Everything came together quite nicely!
If you’re in the mood to try out this dish yourself, you can find the recipe here! Want more of today’s columns? See a full list only on Jumbo Slice!