Aviva Markowitz

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Beyond Turkey: Tofu Pot Pie

by Aviva Markowitz, Food Editor. 2 Comments

Four WesFRESH Speakers Discuss Global Food Movement

by Aviva Markowitz, Food Editor. Comments Off on Four WesFRESH Speakers Discuss Global Food Movement

This past Tuesday, the Wesleyan for Real Ethical Sustainable Habits (WesFRESH) Speaker Series kicked off with a four-person panel about the growing global food movement.

Restaurant Review: Udupi Bhavan

by Aviva Markowitz, Food Editor. 1 Comment

Next time you get a craving to escape from the campus dining system, a quick drive up Main Street Extension will take you to one of the hidden gems of Middletown cheap eateries: Udupi Bhavan

Food Abroad: Cooking in Udaipur, More Spice Please!

by Aviva Markowitz, Food Correspondent. 1 Comment

Last week, I took an overnight train with a few friends to Udaipur, also known as the “Venice of the East,” in southern Rajasthan.

Beyond Tandoor and Haveli: Two Crucial Indian Dishes

by Aviva Markowitz, Food Correspondent-Abroad. 2 Comments

What you’ve heard is true; Indian food is WAY better in India than it is in all of your favorite go-to spots of Middletown.

A Jew on Christmas: Indian Food

by Aviva Markowitz , Features Editor. Comments Off on A Jew on Christmas: Indian Food

Next semester, I am leaving the snowy winter wonderland of Connecticut to embark on a trip across the world to the homeland of arguably some of the tastiest food in the world: India.

Recipe: Latkes from my Father

by Aviva Markowitz, Features Editor. 7 Comments

Apart from “I had a little dreidel” and the menorah, Hanukkah doesn’t provide as many great traditions or songs as Christmas does. Let me admit it upfront: I’m Jewish, but I love Christmas.

Students Work With Farm-Focused School in New Orleans

by Aviva Markowitz, Features Editor . Comments Off on Students Work With Farm-Focused School in New Orleans

The lower ninth ward in New Orleans looks shockingly the same as it did just months after Hurricane Katrina hit in 2005. Houses remain empty and run-down, sidewalks have not been repaired, and the area is sparsely populated.

Visiting Home on the Range: Four Mile River Farm

by Aviva Markowitz, Features Editor . Comments Off on Visiting Home on the Range: Four Mile River Farm

When people think of farms, they usually picture neat rows of vegetables or picturesque red barns with spotted cows grazing from the pasture.

Udderly Fresh: Raw Milk Co-Op Brings Farm to Students

by Aviva Markowitz, Features Editor . 3 Comments

As a left-leaning and “crunchy-granola” school, it comes as no surprise that campus is host to several different food co-operatives.

Aviva La Veggie: Co-Op Cooking

by Aviva Markowitz, Features Editor . Comments Off on Aviva La Veggie: Co-Op Cooking

It’s that time of the week again. Your housemate brings home a box of assorted fruits and veggies and you think, how am I supposed to combine zucchini and oranges? What are collard greens?

Restaurant Review: The New England Emporium

by Aviva Markowitz, Features and Food Editor. 2 Comments

I was with my parents when I first stumbled across the recently opened restaurant New England Emporium. We were on our way to the overly crowded It’s Only Natural, looking for a low-key, tasty meal that could satisfy my vegetarian father. The Emporium fit the bill.

WeSiblings: Rivals and Friends, With A Little Help from Admissions

by Aviva Markowitz, Features Editor. Comments Off on WeSiblings: Rivals and Friends, With A Little Help from Admissions

Last year’s story in The New York Times about the college admissions experience of a set of quadruplets created a stir when the students name-dropped Wesleyan as a potential college choice. While all four ended up attending Yale, the trend of siblings following each other to school has seeped onto Wesleyan’s campus as well.

Singing, Queers, and Dubstep: A Capella Groups Mix it Up

by Aviva Markowitz, Chelsea Green, Features Editor and Contributing Writer. Comments Off on Singing, Queers, and Dubstep: A Capella Groups Mix it Up

Once known as “the Singing College of New England,” Wesleyan has long been recognized by a cappella enthusiasts as a haven for music, boasting eight different groups.

Living Life on the Veg

by Aviva Markowitz, Features Editor. Comments Off on Living Life on the Veg

Each Thursday, when my house receives our shares from the fruit and veggie co-op, it becomes my personal challenge to figure out creative ways to use all the produce. Inevitably, a plum gets lost in the bottom of my fridge, or we can’t figure out what to do with three heads of cabbage. So this is my attempt to help you utilize your share with a few quick and simples recipes and make sure that nothing is forgotten in your crisper drawer.

Amy Bloom on Writing, Reading, and Transsexuals

by Aviva Markowitz, Features Editor. Comments Off on Amy Bloom on Writing, Reading, and Transsexuals

The renovated Allbritton Building is not only home to the Shapiro Creative Writing Center but is now the new quarters of award-winning Writer in Residence Amy Bloom ’75.

Moving On Too Fast: Handling Suicide

by Aviva Markowitz, . 8 Comments

I did not know Nora Miller. Yet despite this fact, this past week has been extremely difficult for me to concentrate on work I feel like I have been more personally affected by her death than Johanna’s two years ago.

Ultimate at Wes: Vicious Circles Prepares to Pwn Competition

by Aviva Markowitz, Features Editor. Comments Off on Ultimate at Wes: Vicious Circles Prepares to Pwn Competition

As students appreciate the last few beautiful days of summer, white disks fly through the air in friendly disk tossing across campus fields. Yet some students have just started gearing up for a new season of ultimate frisbee, a sport that is much more involved than just backhanding a disk to and fro on Foss.

Conn. Political Races Heat Up

by Aviva Markowitz, Features Editor. Comments Off on Conn. Political Races Heat Up

After receiving an email from Paul Turenne urging me to register to vote in Connecticut, I decided that it was high time I figured out what the political scene was like in our current state.

Firke and Feiring Look to Future, Reflect on Past Success, Regrets

by Aviva Markowitz, Features Editor. Comments Off on Firke and Feiring Look to Future, Reflect on Past Success, Regrets

After a lively, controversial election last spring, the ineffable executive duo of the Wesleyan Student Assembly (WSA), Micah Feiring ’11 and Ben Firke ’12 have established a campus reputation as energetic, enthusiastic policymakers.

GET OUTRAGED NOW! A Brief History of Angry WesKids

by Aviva Markowitz, Features Editor. 2 Comments

Everyone knows that Wes students get outraged over ridiculous things.

Order Up: A Handy Guide to Middletown Diners

by Aviva Markowitz, Assistant Features Editor . Comments Off on Order Up: A Handy Guide to Middletown Diners

After waking up at 7:30 a.m. every day this week, I can successfully claim I’ve sampled every diner in Middletown.

WesFRESH Student Group Gets Cooking

by Aviva Markowitz, Assistant Features Editor. 1 Comment

The recent nationwide local foods movement has finally hit campus.

4/20 Raises Marijuana Awareness, Ethical Questions

by Aviva Markowitz, Assistant Features Editor. 1 Comment

For members of Students for a Safe Drug Policy (SSDP), April 20 is an opportunity to raise awareness for the greater problems surrounding the prohibition of marijuana.

Student Designers Strut Their Stuff At Fashion Show

by Aviva Markowitz, Assistant Features Editor . Comments Off on Student Designers Strut Their Stuff At Fashion Show

After weeks of planning, cutting, sewing and fitting, 13 student designers presented their collections at the annual WesFest Fashion Show last night.

Students Camp Out for Earth Month

by Aviva Markowitz, Assistant Features Editor . Comments Off on Students Camp Out for Earth Month

With the fortieth anniversary of Earth Day right around the corner, students in the recently formed Students for a Just and Stable Future (SJSF) have planned a week-long Sleep Out in front of Olin Library to raise awareness for a campaign for clean electricity.

Students Volunteer in Haiti Over Break

by Aviva Markowitz, Assistant Features Editor . 1 Comment

For Jacob Eichengreen ’13, the usual “How was your spring break?” question was a difficult one to answer.

Baseball Team to Train With Padres

by Aviva Markowitz, Assistant Features Editor . Comments Off on Baseball Team to Train With Padres

For most people, the idea of Spring Break brings to mind frolicking on the beach every day and drinking excessively each night.

CERT Assists Explosion Victims

by Aviva Markowitz, Assistant Features Editor. Comments Off on CERT Assists Explosion Victims

Following the explosion at Kleen Energy Power Plant on Feb. 7, five University staff members arrived at the site to assist Middletown’s Emergency Management Personnel with setting up emergency response materials and controlling access to the site.

Jiu Jitsu Club Re-Groups, Proceeds With Training

by Aviva Markowitz, Staff Writers. Comments Off on Jiu Jitsu Club Re-Groups, Proceeds With Training

Jiu Jitsu has been featured in The Matrix, and combatants in Ultimate Fighting have used it to a devastating effect.

Giant Joint Smokes the Competition in WSA Race

by Aviva Markowitz, Staff Writer . 1 Comment

On April 20 (4/20), 2006, Bex Allen ’08 walked around the pre-frosh-covered Foss Hill dressed up as a giant joint. The first year that Allen ran for the Wesleyan Student Assembly (WSA) under the guise of Giant Joint, she won 50 votes. What began as a protest of a Student Health Advisory marijuana safety campaign resulted in a new Wesleyan write-in tradition.

Wesleyan 350 Group Lobbies Lieberman

by Aviva Markowitz, Staff Writer . Comments Off on Wesleyan 350 Group Lobbies Lieberman

“It’s time to take a stand, Congress lend a hand! If you have a soul, just say no to coal!” A group of 30 Wesleyan students chanted the slogan on Friday afternoon while marching down the streets of Hartford.

WSA Recommends Budget Cuts to University

by Aviva Markowitz, Staff Writer . Comments Off on WSA Recommends Budget Cuts to University

With a $5 million budget gap looming in the distance, the Wesleyan Student Assembly (WSA) recently surveyed the student body to determine which departments and programs should face budget cuts.

The Reality of the President’s Salary

by Aviva Markowitz, Staff Writer. 2 Comments

A recent article in The Chronicle of Higher of Education revealed that President Michael Roth is one of the highest paid liberal arts college presidents, which, in light of the budget cuts that campus programs currently face, generated significant criticism from students.

COE to be Unveiled at Homecoming

by Aviva Markowitz, Staff Writer. Comments Off on COE to be Unveiled at Homecoming

The College of the Environment (COE) will formally be announced during Homecoming this weekend in conjunction with the fiftieth anniversary of the College of Social Studies (CSS) and the College of Letters (COL).

Violence Symposium Unites Community

by Aviva Markowitz, Staff Writer . Comments Off on Violence Symposium Unites Community

The Day of Remembrance, Violence Prevention, and Healing Symposium was held on campus today to educate students about violence prevention.

New Zip Code For Zipcars

by Aviva Markowitz, Staff Writer. Comments Off on New Zip Code For Zipcars

After years of hinting that Wesleyan may follow in the tire tracks of its peer institutions, the Wesleyan Student Assembly (WSA) Transportation Committee, along with Public Safety Chief Dave Meyer, announced that Zipcars would finally drive onto campus.

Students Fined for Cliff-Jumping

by Amanda Schwartz, Assistant News Editor. 1 Comment

On Sunday, Sept. 20, twelve Wesleyan students and one visiting student were issued tickets for trespassing after one person was injured during a cliff-jumping trip to Wassel Reservoir in Southington, Conn.

Think Tank Slated to Accompany New Environmental Major

by Aviva Markowitz, Staff Writer. 2 Comments

Following on the heels of last April’s announcement that the Environmental Studies program would become a full-fledged major, the University is currently awaiting faculty approval of The College of the Environment, which will encompass both an academic track and a think tank—the first in the nation.

AIG Collapse Leads to Fifty Percent Reduction in Freeman Scholarships

by Aviva Markowitz, Staff Writer. Comments Off on AIG Collapse Leads to Fifty Percent Reduction in Freeman Scholarships

The recent collapse of the American International Group has significantly impacted the University’s fifteen-year-old Freeman Asian Scholars program.

Bon Appétit to Eliminate Trays Next Year

by Aviva Markowitz, Staff Writer. 2 Comments

In an effort to increase sustainability at the University, all trays will be removed from the Usdan Marketplace beginning next semester.

Paper Towels To Be Removed From Dorms

by Aviva Markowitz, Staff Writer. 3 Comments

In an effort to save money and become more sustainable, all paper towels will be removed from the University’s residential hall bathrooms beginning next semester.

Mukerji Receives $800,000 National Grant for DNA Research

by Aviva Markowitz, Staff Writer. Comments Off on Mukerji Receives $800,000 National Grant for DNA Research

On April 1st, Professor of Molecular Biology and Biochemisty Ishita Mukerji received a four-year grant from the National Science Foundation (NSF) worth $798,368 to fund her research on the structure of DNA.

Endowment Falls Further

by Aviva Markowitz, Staff Writer. 1 Comment

At the end of January, Wesleyan’s endowment was $488 million dollars, a thirty two-percent loss since its peak in late 2007. The budget, which is approximately $208 million, will drop to roughly $188 million next year.

Grabel Dives Into CT Stem Cell Debate

by Aviva Markowitz, Staff Writer. 6 Comments

Graduate Student Noélle Ammon is working with Professor Laura Grabel, who has been on the faculty for 25 years, on an ongoing, four-year, research project for the biology department.

Univ. Cuts $10,000 of NYT Fund

by Aviva Markowitz, Contributing Writer. Comments Off on Univ. Cuts $10,000 of NYT Fund

Current budgetary issues in Academic Affairs and Student Affairs have caused the University to cut funding for The New York Times Readership Program for next year.

Students, Conn. State Reps. Press For Election Day Registration

by Aviva Markowitz, Contributing Writer. 1 Comment

This past Wednesday, University students and state representatives joined forces to press for Election Day Registration (EDR) in Connecticut.

Varekamp is Tracking Fuming Alaskan Volcano

by Aviva Markowitz, Contributing Writer. 3 Comments

Recent seismic activity from Mount Redoubt in Alaska has scientists and civilians worried.

Tea Leaves: Professor’s Research Links Leaf Properties to Climate Change

by Aviva Markowitz, Science Researcher. 1 Comment

What if carbon dioxide levels 50 million years ago were actually higher then they are today? Would that tell us anything about the gas’s role in global climate change?

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