Stuco Rent-A-Car

Throughout this academic year, Student Congress has been working to provide better public transit options for students through a new ad-hoc committee, the Public Transit Initiative. The most recent plan of action is the “WeCar” Plan from Enterprise, a program that would bring ride share to campus for student use.

The program would fulfill one of the year long goals of Student Congress for providing a safe means of off-campus transportation to students. Colin Berr, a member of the Transportation Committee in Student Congress, has worked closely with fellow committee members and Jerry Brody to complete this project.

“I’m proud of the Public Transit Initiative and working with Student Congress and Jerry Brody on this project,” Berr said. “[The program is] a great deal…[and] a tremendous asset for the Southwestern community.”

Berr highlighted that students could reserve these rental cars via an online system for eight dollars an hour (nine on weekends) to do anything from running errands around town or taking a trip to Austin. The price would not change with an increased amount of passengers, so the hourly rate could be split between multiple parties.

Participation in the program would require a valid driver’s license as well as a $35 membership deposit with Enterprise. However, the deposit would count towards a rental credit for the student.

“The deposit helps to create a commitment,” said Berr.

The available rental cars would be midsize sedans, mixing elements of safety with affordable and effective gas mileage.

Student Congress President Brady Kent was pointed out the potential benefits of this program.

“The benefits include reducing the demand for parking on campus, as some students may choose to not bring cars, and the ability for students who don’t own cars to get off campus easily, among others,” Kent said.

Berr added that alleviating parking problems and reducing cars on campus would also help make Southwestern more environmentally friendly.

Berr indicated that the program would start with only one car, predicting the coming of several subsequent cars after the preliminary one.

Both Kent and Berr predict the likely initiation of this program to be in time for the 2012-2013 school year.

“I’m not going to guarantee anything until the contract is signed since it’s still under review,” Kent said, “but if it all works out we would start up in August.”

2012 google play

On March 6, Android users turned on their smart phones and discovered that a blue and red triangle had replaced the little green robot for the App Store.

Google has re-branded Android Market as Google Play, rolling in a new icon and merging all content under one service. Music and eBooks, each formerly separated under Google Music and the Google eBookstore can now be all found under Google Play.

Milly Arcovedo, a senior majoring in both French and Spanish, uses an Android phone.

“The name changed the idea of what the applications provide. Having ‘play’ in the word appeals to a more youthful crowd,” Arcovedo said.  “‘Market’ sounded more professional but also more of a setting of commerce and trade.”

The name puts more of an emphasis on an inclusive market, with apps, books, music, and movies all available in one place. For other countries outside of the U.S., Google Play offers a more limited selection, but the company does have plans to launch movies and books to them over time.

A significant addition is the new website, which allows people to access Google Play not only from their Android device, but also from their computers. A quick link can be found on the black bar hovering at the top of all Google pages. All the apps and content bought can be accessed either way, due to the free cloud syncing technology between devices.

Android user and student Jascha Jimenez noted that this change allowed Android to compete with Apple.

“It is a smart move,” Jimenez said. “Google Play gives Android users something that is similar to the iTunes store that I can access on my computer.”

The content itself has not changed, only the presentation and the format of the market place. Android users will not lose any of their previous purchases; it will simply be shifted under Google Play. All Android accounts are untouched, with the only difference being the app name change.

Other changes include a tab that allows users to see a list of every single application bought on that account, even after deleting it. Reviews can also now be sorted by phone, making it easier to filter out issues that do not affect your phone.

Some students seem rather indifferent about the changes made by Google.

“I don’t mind that it is different,” Jimenez said. “It surprised me at first but now I think it is just interesting. It has more choices available now too which is cool.”

All in all, Google Play emphasizes a more open market with a greater range of applications to buy and the opportunity to access them even without an Android device.

Operation Achievement All-Campus Day

By Arianna Haradon

On April 11, Southwestern’s Operation Achievement hosted “All-Campus Day”, which brought a large group of middle school students to the university.

“Operation Achievement is a mentoring program that partners local middle school students with Southwestern students for a tutoring kind of experience and also a chance to get involved on campus,” staff supervisor and Southwestern student Melissa Nelson said.

Georgetown middle school students that are part of the Operation Achievement program visited campus from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. on Wednesday.

“All-Campus Day is… where we bring all of the students that are involved in our program to campus and they just kind of get to shadow a student… they go to a class in the morning, have lunch in the Commons and go on a tour in the afternoon. It is a really cool experience for them to be involved on campus and learn more of what it’s like to be a college student,” Nelson said.

Operation Achievement is an important program that educates both Southwestern and local middle school students.  Esmeralda Palacios, a seventh grader from Tippit Middle School, joined Operation Achievement because her sister had been involved two years before and recommended the program.
“[Operation Achievement] helps me [because] the mentors help me do my homework,” Palacios said.
First year Andree White is Palacios’ Operation Achievement mentor.
“I’m considering going into education later on, so its been a good involvement with the middle school age group, in interacting and understanding where they are and what they are doing. I really enjoy spending time with Esmeralda every Tuesday,” White said.
Southwestern students that want to get involved with Operation Achievement next year can contact Director of Operation Achievement Joni Ragle or find information about the program on Southwestern’s website.
“I love this program. It helps give a lot of students who may not have the opportunity a chance to learn what a college experience is like and what higher level education can really do for your life, [like] how you can get awesome jobs [because of higher education]. It’s a really great experience,” Nelson said.


By Arianna Haradon

Shack-A-Thon is an annual event held by Southwestern’s chapter of Habitat for Humanity. This year’s event will be on April 13 and 14 on the Mall. Although there is a small entry fee, all proceeds go to Williamson County Habitat for Humanity.

“[Shack-A-Thon is] a homelessness awareness event in which students, clubs, and organizations are encouraged to pull together teams of five to ten people and build a shack out of ‘found materials’ such as cardboard and duct tape,” Habitat for Humanity Public Relations Chair Sarah Kinney said.
The event starts at noon on Friday. At that time participants are allowed to start building their shack.
“Each team is given a 10 by 10 foot plot on which to build their shack… at least one member of each team has to live or occupy their shack for the entire night,” Kinney said.
While sleeping in a “shack” for a night may not sound like a great time for all students, Shack-A-Thon is also a contest.
“Teams are competing against one and another for prizes, such as most structurally sound shack and most creative. Students are encouraged to come up with really cool themes or designs for their shack. Teams had a lot of fun last year staying up all throughout the night playing board games and card games with each other and combating the wind to keep some of their shacks from blowing over,” Kinney said.
Shack-A-Thon gives students the ability to be as creative as possible.
“Last year APO created a Hobbit hole shack. It was so cute and creative. That was the coolest one,” Kinney said.

In addition to being fun, the event is for a good cause.

“Habitat for Humanity is a great organization,” Kinney said. “They are not an organization that puts a band-aid over a problem. They give [underprivileged families] a place to stay for their future.”

Kinney also discussed the importance of addressing this issue in the local community.

“Homelessness is an issue in the Georgetown and [Williamson County] area. Habitat for Humanity builds homes for people who would otherwise not be able to afford a house or even an apartment,” Kinney said.

Choir to Perform Mendelssohn’s Elijah

By Lauren Fellers

Students can spend this weekend enjoying the arts at a show put on by their peers. On April 14 the Southwestern Chorale will be performing Felix Mendelssohn’s celebrated oratorio Elijah with the San Gabriel Choir.

The show will take place in the Alma Thomas Theater at 7 p.m., and students may attend free of charge provided they bring their SU ID. Any non-students wishing to attend will have to pay a $20 entrance fee. Tickets do not need to be purchased in advance.

Dr. Kenny Sheppard, Professor of Music and the conductor of the university Chorale, has been rehearsing with students throughout the year and is enthusiastic about the upcoming performance.

“[Elijah] is one of Mendelssohn’s greatest works, and we are all thrilled to be performing it. The audience may recognize such favorites as “He watching over Israel,” “If with all your hearts,” and “Lift thine eyes,” Dr. Sheppard said.

The performance is particularly important to senior Ethan Lane-Miller, who will be performing for his last time before graduation.

“We’ve been rehearsing for literally the entire semester. It’s a pretty big deal and I fully expect the final performance to be amazing, ” Lane-Miller said.

This production of Elijah is, at its heart, a collaborative performance: in addition to the San Gabriel Choir, the Chorale will be accompanied by a professional orchestra. Among those members of Southwestern who will be performing solos are Professor of Music Dr. Bruce Cain, in the role of Elijah, and students Katie De La Vega, Melanie Bonevac, Keeley Hooker, Allie Bryan, Anne Fenley, Melissa Krueger, Joe Kraft, and Cris Luna.

Lane-Mille anticipates that the effort invested in organizing Elijah will pay off in full.

“The sheer amount of work and energy that the Chorale and Dr. Sheppard have put into
preparing this is astounding, and I really hope it shows in our performance,” Lane-Miller said.


SU Natives Powwow

By Joana Moreno

This weekend is a full of exciting things to explore. On Saturday, April 14th, from 11AM to 9PM   SU Native will be hosting its 8th Annual

Pow-Wow in the Robertson Center

A typical pow-wow is social gathering that consists of dancing, drumming and singing as well as a Head Staff that leads the dancers. This year’s head staff consists of a Head Man, Head Lady, Head Gourd, MC, and Arena Director. Southwestern’s pow-wow is different though.

“Most Pow-wows are competition-based, where dancers are graded on their skills and earn monetary prizes for the highest rankings. We choose to host a non-competition Powwow because we want to foster the social aspect underlying the Pow-wow gathering instead of encouraging competition” said Samantha Sada and Marina Staber, leaders of SU Native. This year’s pow-wow also comes with extra uniqueness from the previous as it will include a storyteller during the daytime and a Native American band during the later hours of the event.

The purpose of this is event to educate the Southwestern community in a fun way. “We host our Powwow to increase community knowledge about Native American traditions. In addition, we try to make our event entertaining and fun!” added the SU leaders.

The pow-wow was possible through funding by DEC, Community Chest, Fleming, and McMichael.

SU Native is very grateful to those who helped make this pow-wow possible. “We would like the thank everyone who has helped us organize this event. Without community support, our Powwow is not possible” Staber said.

Kony 2012 Campaign: Effective Advocacy or Misguided Militarism


By Brooke Chatterton

Invisible Children, the makers of the Kony 2012 video, have a long history of using social media in order to bring an underexposed issue of their choice into light.  With such a viral video, many have begun to critique every aspect of and the organization that created it.  The Kony 2012 campaign, while not perfect, has exposed the barbarous action of Josef Kony to millions of active and impassioned people and been entirely consistent with the goals of Invisible Children.

The three goals of Invisible Children, as stated on their website are “ 1) Make the world aware of the LRA [Lord’s Resistance Army]. This includes making documentary films and touring them around the world so that they are seen for free by millions of people. 2) Channel energy from viewers of IC films into large-scale advocacy campaigns to stop the LRA and protect civilians. 3) Operate programs on the ground in LRA-affected areas that provide protection, rehabilitation and development assistance.”

With upwards of 84 million views on Youtube, they have certainly attracted an audience to their expose.  And people are not only viewing, they are taking it to heart and becoming active in the fight against a brutal man.  The Cover the Night that has been gaining support is evidence of that.  In addition the widespread prominence of the Kony 2012 campaign has helped finance not only media programs but programs on the ground in Africa.  It allows those that cannot go to Africa to help to contribute something back, even if it just a few dollars or kind thoughts.

Critics of the campaign have come for people concerned that the Kony 2012 video is oversimplifying the issue and raise doubts to use of the financial contributions generously given by those who have seen the video.

The campaign, due to the viral video, has gained vast amounts of funds.  The Invisible Children website explains that they try to spend about one third of the funds on each of their three goals.  They also maintain financial transparency, allowing contributors to make sure that they have a good idea how much money will be spent in media and how much in direct aid.

They also respond to the issue of oversimplification.  The video was intended to be an introduction into the plight of those touched by the LRA, not a comprehensive history.  In order to gain the widespread recognition of Josef Kony, it necessitated a simplification of a complex situation to a level that would be compatible with those unfamiliar to the situation.

It all boils down to this:  the Kony 2012 campaign has exposed a villainous man to millions of people who now feel the draw to action.  It targeted a young technologically savvy audience which gave the issue exposure bringing into light in the mainstream media.  By creating this video, Kony has become visible as the brute he is, and as such, it has limited his power.  In addition, the plight of those affected by LRS has gained attention, and aid, due to Kony 2012.

Misguided Militarism

By Kavita Singh

When Invisible Children’s thirty-minute film “KONY 2012” was first publicly screened in Lira Town of northern Uganda, the reaction was pure outrage. Many attendees had been victims of the crimes of Joseph Kony, and looked at the film as hurtful and insensitive for wanting to make the man who shattered their lives famous by putting his name on bracelets and t-shirts.

Many viewers stormed out entirely, and further screenings were halted. The messages of this film, while calling attention to the problem of Joseph Kony, try to fit a complex issue into a simple message and create more issues by doing so.

Jack McDonald of the Department of War Studies at King’s College in London points to the difficult and complex situation in central Africa as a cause for concern. He argues that since the LRA have left Uganda since 2006 and have shifted to the three nations of the Central African Republic (CAR), Southern Sudan and the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC), any attempt to pressure him would likely cause movement from one nation to another.

The power politics of these regions, he argues, cannot simply be solved with one more nation exerting their force on the matter (or at least not without unintended consequences).

This doesn’t mean that there have been no previous attempts to capture Joseph Kony. Former LRA child soldier Anywar Ricky Richard points out that military operations launched by the government of Uganda have tried and failed since 1989.

Even the 2008-2009 campaign of Operation Lightning Thunder, which combined the forces of Uganda, the DRC, South Sudan and even the technical support of the United States, not only failed to capture Kony but also spread the terror to the CAR where the LRA relocated.

Even more complex, the IC’s psychological tactic of metonymy (using a singular figure like Kony to represent a very large issue) has focused in to the point where the simple targeting of an individual becomes enough. McDonald warns that this tactic of Facebook-friendly simplicity is a dangerous way to run a nation’s foreign policy.

The main goal of Invisible Children has never been aid, and has always been, as co-creator of the film Jedidiah Jenkins states, advocacy and awareness. Jenkins argues that the IC films target a high school audience and are made to inspire, but such vast generalizations should not over-simplify such a complex issue, placing agency where it cannot exist.

Like many Africans who have commented on the matter, Richard believes that the horrific portrayals of Uganda in “KONY 2012” are a picture of the past, something that might have been seen in 2004 but certainly not today.

Instead of more guns on the issue, a paradigm shift is needed in how the West views Africa. The portrayal of clear good and evil reduces all Africans to passive victims waiting to be saved by, well, a bunch of t-shirt wearing college students.

TMS Ruge, co-founder of the organization Project Diaspora which works to have Africans drive their own development, exclaims in outrage that Africans want respect and business just like people in the West. Many of them want to forgive, forget and rebuild their lives. He also points out that there are more pressing issues than the LRA attacks, which have killed only 2400 central Africans in three years, compared with the 2838 Ugandans that die in road accidents every year.

While the hype may capture the hearts and minds of those of us in the West, many Ugandans cry for the West to treat them as business partners instead of donor recipients. Horrific events have taken place in most every community, but this film that portrays vestiges of the past refuses to acknowledge the progress as well as the pressing needs of today.

Student Art Featured in Grant Exhibit at Korouva

By Adrianna Haradon

From March 25 to 28, Korouva Milkbar hosted the Interdisciplinary Craft as Art Project, an exhibit funded by the King Creativity Fund featuring the work of student and faculty artists. The exhibit was the brainchild of Emily Manning, Andja Budincich, and Mary Alyson Atkins. The opening of the exhibit culminated a semester long project emphasizing craft as an interdisciplinary medium of communication.

“The Interdisciplinary Craft as Art Project (ICAP) is a project… that wanted to explore interdisciplinary thinking,” student artist Andja Budincich said. “By displaying the pieces as art, even though they were made by traditional craft mediums, we sought to question what makes something art, and how do we define it.”

The location of the exhibit reinforced these themes.

“I think that the space in which the exhibit is being displayed is an important part of understanding the goal of the project as a whole,”  Budincich said. “Korouva is obviously not a gallery.  It’s kind of grungy, and was definitely a bit of a challenge to work with at first. But I think what makes it so perfect for this project is that since the art was of a subversive nature (because it was craft), it follows that the space shouldn’t be a traditional space for art.”

This type of project can provide an outlet for artists on campus to express personal and social issues they find important to the campus community.

“My piece was called Identity Jacket. I was inspired to create it because the issue of personal identity is one that I see as being especially relevant for college students,” Budincich said.

She went on to explain her ideas on the flexibility of identity.

“Identity is fluid, something that changes minute by minute as we interact with our environment. The identity I chose to present when I designed the image to embroider looks different than what I would design today to express identity, and both of these would be different from what I might design in two weeks, or two months, or two years.”

Another work included  a vase made by junior Kate Steinbach.

“My piece was inspired by Nietzsche’s essay ‘On Truth and Lies in a Non-Moral Sense,’” Steinbach said. “The primary way that humans communicate is through a series of metaphors which abstract reality into symbols, the primary example being language. I try to communicate  in my vase this through invoking three of the metaphors; the actual physical object, the drawing on it, and the written label.”

Other works were created by was featured included Emily Manning, Mary Alyson Atkins and Jordan Hutchinson, as well as faculty members Glenda Carl, Fumika Futamura and Sandi Nenga.



The Big Event Recap

By Kylie Chesser

Last Saturday began a new tradition on campus as The Big Event kicked off for the first time, an effort by SUSTAIN and Executive Director David Boutte to bring together the school and the surrounding business community.

“This was a great opportunity for Georgetown businesses to experience, without a commitment, the excellence that Southwestern students can offer,” Boutte said. “I have no doubt that these two communities can benefit from each other, and this was a great beginning to that effort.”

The Big Event (TBE) helped groups like the Special Olympics, The Caring Place, Annunciation Maternity Home, Habitat for Humanity, the Sunken Gardens of San Gabriel Park, Georgetown Animal Shelter, Hill Country Bookstore, and general Georgetown residents.

“A lot of the organizations we contacted are interested in being a part of TBE next year, and we’ll be more prepared, so hopefully we’ll be able to accommodate them with more students,” Boutte said.

85 volunteered to help coordinate this year’s Event, along with some faculty and staff. Students helped local businesses with various small projects to make Southwestern more visible throughout Georgetown and encourage civic engagement, with a heartening response from the community.

“We received $500 in donations for t-shirts, pizza from Cici’s, water and things from the SU Bookstore, signs from the OCE, and coffee from Starbucks,” Boutte said. “TBE was a huge success!”


Student Foundation Impacts

By Kylie Chesser

Behind the fun of Homecoming, the convenience of Pirate Bikes and theopportunity to address issues at Straight Talk, an student-run organization works hard every day to keep up strong connections between students, faculty and staff at Southwestern. Student Foundation doesn’t have a huge public presence, but instead works behind the scenes to get things done.

“As the Chair of Student Foundation, I recognize the background role that the group usually takes. We are the organization behind the student part of things,” Austin Painchaud said.

“This can kind of leave the organization lacking in public relations. I think the group definitely relishes the role of working behind the scenes, but the members are sometimes the only people who really know how hard it is to get in and how much the faculty and staff thinks of our work.”

Student Foundation acts as a voice tying together the Southwestern community, as illustrated by Straight Talk, an invite-only roundtable discussion with different SU faculty and staff members. Other, newer projects are in development as well for coming years.

“Next year, we are looking to continue the programming we always have, like Homecoming and Straight Talk, but also introduce some new projects that will benefit the student body and get our name out there,” Painchaud said.

The group is currently working with staff behind the “Be Southwestern!” campaign to start a student school spirit drive next semester.

“I think “school spirit” is a phrase usually associated with athletics, but it is really just pride in
this wonderful school we attend,” Painchaud said. “School spirit is all about letting the world know you attend Southwestern, whether you wear a school t-shirt, put a bumper sticker on your car, or recommend Southwestern to a high school student that you know.”

Campus life in many ways would not be the same without the organization’s hard work.

“Student Foundation at its heart is a group that works to bring students, faculty, staff and alumni together,” Painchaud said. “Whether it’s Homecoming, where you don’t really even have to try to get people excited, or Pirate Bike fundraising, where you may need to offer an incentive or twist a few arms to get students to participate, Student Foundation is in the background making sure that these interactions of the SU community continue into the future.”


Hunger Game Premiere

By Kylie Chesser

Georgetown’s City Lights Theater almost couldn’t hold the crowd last week as The Hunger Games fans lined up and poured in throughout Thursday afternoon leading up to the midnight premiere. Students sacrificed sleep for the opportunity to see it with their friends before anyone else, with some even dressing up and throwing pre-movie parties for the occasion.

“I had so much homework due the next day, and a work shift to cover too,” Laura Steed said. “I was forced to pull an all-nighter because of the premiere, but it was worth it—the excitement in the crowd helped wake me up, and the movie was awesome. I’m glad I went.”

Other cinemas across the country were packed that night and on through the next day: box office reports praised the film as a record-breaking success, raking in a $155 million debut.

The Hunger Games turnout surprised me,” Nick Kellogg said. “I saw it the day after the release, and showings were still selling out on through Sunday. I was lucky to get a ticket at all.”

Fans of the book series by Suzanne Collins proved worthy of rivaling ‘twi-hards’ and Harry Potter lovers, as opening weekend ticket sales came third of all-time domestic records only behind The Deathly Hallows, Part II and The Dark Knight.

“I’ve never been to a midnight showing before,” Carina Rubalcava said on the drive to the theater. “Not even for Harry Potter. I still have homework to do, but this should be worth it—I’m so excited!”

Though pieces of the book had to be left out of the film, the movie remained true to the spirit of the series and stayed in line with its author.

“I’m so happy that the director stuck to the book,” Steed said. “They cut Madge and the backstory of the mockingjay out of the film, but it was executed very well. The cuts made perfect sense and the story line flowed nicely. So many book-based movies aren’t successful with that kind of thing. I am very happy with the outcome. They really got the feeling of the characters and settings.”

The contemporary filming style surprised some, helping bring out the intensity of the games with various new methods.

“The camera shook a lot during fighting scenes, cutting from Katniss to Clove and that kind of thing,” Kellogg said. “It’s a very clever tactic. The director really puts his audience into the fight, without needing to show any gore to get the intense rhythm of the brawl across. And during running scenes, you don’t hear music—instead, there’s a sound that makes you feel like your ears are ringing, which is very realistic. Overall, the movie was filmed really well, and I loved it.”

The next installment, Catching Fire, is set to release November of next year. If the box office pattern continues, the sequel will be even more successful than The Hunger Games, according to the L.A. Times.

“I absolutely loved the movie,” Andrew Tully said. “I went to the premiere after reading the first book, and I wasn’t disappointed. I wish they had done a few things differently, like depicting Haymitch more accurately, but overall it was done very well. I’m looking forward to reading the sequel and seeing it next year.”




Simple, inexpensive, commons-centric recipes

By Erin Cressy

I love to cook and bake, but as a college kid, I sadly lack the time and money to do it constantly, especially when I know there’s food I paid for waiting for me in the Commons every day. For those of us on a meal plan, it’s easy to feel like we’re stuck eating whatever is offered to us, for fear of wasting meals.

However, I’ve recently realized that the Commons offers a lot of food that can be used to make significantly better food with a little assistance from my dorm kitchen.

Here are two simple, inexpensive, Commons-centric recipes that I’ve really enjoyed making and eating over the past few weeks.

Asian-esque Vegetable Noodle Soup

This soup is a delicious, easy dinner on nights when the Commons selection is lacking. Just take home the veggies you need, and throw it together back in your kitchen.

(I make this soup with Japanese soba noodles I buy at home, but since I’ve yet to find them at a Georgetown grocery store, feel free to sub in whole-wheat spaghetti for a similar taste and texture.)

2 oz. soba noodles or whole-wheat spaghetti

1 1/2 cups vegetable stock

1-2 tbsp. soy sauce (or to taste)

2-3 thin slices ginger root

¼ cup chopped onion

1 clove garlic, minced

1 handful raw broccoli florets (Commons salad bar)

6-8 sliced mushrooms (Commons salad bar)

*If you wish to add other veggies, raw ones work best.*

– Cook noodles according to package directions. Drain and rinse with cold water; set aside.

– Add vegetable stock, ginger, onion, and garlic to medium-sized pot; bring to a boil, then reduce to medium heat.

– Add vegetables and simmer for 4-5 minutes, stirring occasionally.

– Add soy sauce and continue cooking for another 3-4 minutes.

– Put noodles in empty bowl. Pour broth and vegetables over noodles; serve.

This recipe serves 1, but can easily be adjusted for more people. It’s almost impossible to mess up, and comes together in about 15 minutes. Oh, and it’s super good.

Accidentally Vegan Banana Nut Muffins

The other day, I had a massive muffin craving. I also had two slightly over-ripe Commons bananas getting lonely on my desk, so I managed to devise a fairly healthy, very yummy solution. It just so happens to not require any dairy or eggs, too—mostly because I was too lazy to go to the grocery store and get them. They don’t seem to need either, though.


1/3 cup vegetable, canola, or olive oil (I used olive)

1/2 cup sugar 1 1/2 tbsp. peanut butter (swiped from Commons)

2 cups all-purpose flour

1 1/2 tsp. baking powder

1/2 tsp baking soda

2 ripe bananas, mashed (thank you, Commons)

1/2 cup vanilla almond milk (regular milk, or any other non-dairy milk, is fine)

1 tsp. vanilla extract

3/4 cup chopped peanuts (optional)

Oatmeal Streusel Topping (optional, but delicious):

1/3 cup all purpose flour

3 tbsp dark brown sugar

2 tbsp margarine

2 tbsp quick cooking rolled oats (i.e. Quaker)


– Preheat oven to 350.


– Whisk oil, sugar, and peanut butter together. Stir in flour. Then add bananas, milk, vanilla, and nuts if desired. Stir until combined.


– Combine flour, sugar, margarine, and oats together in a small bowl, using a fork. (It’ll be crumbly.)

– Line muffin tins with papers or coat with cooking spray.

– Spoon mixture into tins. (I got 12 muffins with a little batter left over, but my tins were pretty tiny.)

– Sprinkle muffins with streusel topping, as you see fit.

– Bake on 350 for 25-30 minutes. When covered, these will keep for 3-4 days. If they make it till then.