Building Series: The Cullen Building

By Joana Moreno
Southwestern is an important part of Texas’ history as its oldest university. A key feature of this history is the Cullen Building, which is full of rich tradition for the Southwestern student body. A tradition particular to Cullen is the graduating seniors’ Tower Days, where each senior can sign the walls of the Cullen Tower.

“I think it’s a really cool tradition,” senior Lizette Villarreal said. “It’s nice to know that you get your own little way of leaving a mark on Southwestern.”
Formerly known as the Administration Building, Cullen was designed by architects named Layton and Richmond, who travelled to Texas from Oklahoma for this project. They decided to build Cullen in a Richardsonian Romanesque style. After its construction, it served as a space for the college’s auditorium, gymnasium, chapel and library for decades.

“I never knew the Cullen Building could house so much,” sophomore Brooke Chatterton. “It’s pretty interesting.”
The name was then changed to the Cullen Building after Southwestern received a gift from the Cullen Foundation that was used to renovate the building during the 1970’s. Now, as the building emerges from its recent window replacements, it houses administrative offices, the Business Office and even classrooms.

“It’s quiet again without [the construction]“ said Paula Sutton, Business office employee.

In addition, the Cullen building has had its own television appearance. Several scenes of the television show Friday Night Lights were filmed there in July 2010.

“It’s neat that our school was featured on a show that’s so popular, especially the Cullen Building that has so much meaning to our campus” senior Marianne Lynch said.
Despite its age and the changes it has seen, the Cullen Building maintains its prestige. Soon after its construction, it was referred to as one of the “finest buildings west of the Mississippi” and is now considered one of “Texas’ best collegiate examples of Romanesque revival architecture ” according to The Council of Independent College’s Historic Campus Architecture Project.

105 Years of The Megaphone

By Elizabeth Stewart

100 Years Ago

Southwestern evolves constantly, a reminder of which can be found in the microfilm archives of the Megaphone at the library. A century ago the Megaphone featured an article called “A Few Facts About Southwestern University”, and these few facts provide a glimpse into the past.

“The enrollment at Southwestern is about 750, of which one fourth are girls. Many of the boys are studying for the ministry, and in this respect Southwestern renders a very valuable service to Texas Methodism,” an unidentified student wrote in the January 19, 1912 issue.

The size and makeup of the student body has changed drastically, as have the activities that students pursue. However, an enthusiasm for new athletics programs was as much a hallmark of the Southwestern community as it is now, although in 1912, a different sport was under development. As much as Southwestern prepares for the reinstatement of the football team these days, in 1912 students were lobbying for the introduction of Basketball into their Athletics Department.

“There is one respect, however, in which it seems we are falling just a little behind some of the other colleges in that no basketball team is being trained to represent us,” a student wrote. “There will come very soon, no doubt, or perhaps there have already come, challenges from other colleges of basketball. Southwestern should not be one whit behind the very best college in Texas.”

One hundred years later, with twice as many students, more than half of which are women, and less than a quarter of which are “studying for the ministry”, the university will once again have both a Basketball team and a football team.

75 Years Ago

Twenty five years later, the climate of Southwestern University changed dramatically. In 1937 the question on everyone’s mind was that of the burgeoning “War of Nations”, which would later be known as World War II.

“We cannot ignore the powder keg upon which the world is sitting while Mussolini and Hitler are striking matches on it,” a student wrote. The still primarily male student body worried about what another world war would mean for their education, a premature but apt concern.

“Will I be called away from my typewriter and my friends and placed in a training camp? Are we again to fight and die in some foreign land to make the world ‘safe for democracy’?” one student wrote. On the eve of a war long over by now, Southwestern students grappled with the same questions that students today ask about the U.S. Military presence in the Middle East.

As Southwestern men worried about the draft, Southwestern women experienced a different call to action. An article titled “Girls to the Front!” urged the women of Southwestern to put their hard-fought political power to use.

“The suffrage woman is given fifty per cent responsibility in the field of citizenship and government, and there is as much reason why she should be concerned with public questions as is the other sex,” a student wrote. In 1937, Southwestern was not yet a liberal university, yet the foundation for the present day model of liberal education was evident even seventy-five years ago.

“When both boys and girls study because they are interested, and engage in discussions because they want to understand the world in which they live, and to make their own contribution toward its welfare, then we are getting somewhere. Girls, it’s a goodly fellowship. We need your help and want your company,” a student wrote.

In the last seventy-five years, Southwestern University has undergone many changes and seen the end of the war that worried its students in 1937, yet this model of education remains the same.

50 Years Ago

The year 1962 welcomed a new set of social issues, as well as several additions to the campus. The Pi Kappa Alpha and Kappa Alpha fraternity houses were both opened in the spring, along with the coed Kurth Hall, named in honor of Ernest L. Kurth and his contributions to the Board of Trustees.

These openings coincided with a time of conflict, as the university faced the same change that every school across the nation did: that of racial integration. A wrap-up of a Race Seminar featured a discussion of the various roles that students and faculty would play in the process of integration.

“Dr. Shattock stresses that the issue of integration is one of the pressing problems of our time. He went on to say that there is no such thing as race superiority, as a whole race,” student Don Ward wrote of the lecture given by UT professor Dr. Roger Shattock.

Integration was not the only way that the university looked toward the future in 1962. With the population of the United States exploding, the university wondered at the technology that would support this growth.

“An image of the future city was a task for the imagination. Skyscrapers hundreds of stories high would be common. People can carry pocket-size, wireless phones. People will converse with one another on a global scale, and talkers will view each other,” student Georgianna Wynne wrote.

As wielders of these pocket-size wireless phones and users of Skype and FaceTime, the students of today fulfill this prophecy, as well as embodying the multiracial and multicultural campus that was envisioned in 1962.

25 Years Ago

In 1987, the political focus shifted yet again, this time to the Cold War, animal rights, and issues of health in the wake of an increasing consciousness of the AIDS epidemic. Members of the Student Coalition for an Organized Peace Effort (S.C.O.P.E.) participated in a rally protesting nuclear testing in Nevada. Of the two thousand Americans protesting, four hundred were arrested, one of which was Southwestern student Tasha Clark.

“She would rather spend time than pay a fine because it shows devotion to the cause of peace,” student Kenny Simon wrote about Clark.

Although termed civil disobedience, the protesters viewed their endeavor as much more. Students in 1987 were devoted to creating change in more ways than one.

“Their objective was to cause change within the system through the application of a comprehensive strategy to achieve a specific goal,” Simon wrote. (Vol. 81, February 20, 1987 Issue 19)

In an article titled “Meat is Murder (And Suicide)”, Duncan Cormie supported PETA’s agenda by listing the health hazards that arise from a diet high in meat products.

“Most people don’t care to do anything about the hunger problem or the ecology problem or even the abuse of animals. People do care about themselves though,” Cormie wrote.

These various political agendas took place against the backdrop of the Austin music scene, which, in 1987, was headlining artists like Billy Joel and Chuck Berry.

“The legendary kind of rock and roll, Chuck Berry, returns to Paramount Theatre. Concert tickets are priced at $17.50 and $15.50,” a student wrote.

Since then, the prices of concert tickets have gone up, cell phones have shrunk, and personal computers have become commonplace. However, in 1987, college students were just getting acquainted with the computer, ergo the topic of the 1987 Brown Symposium: “Pandora’s Box: Computers in Everyday Life”.

“Computers and computing impinge on our lives in ways that we don’t even think about anymore,” a student wrote. “The symposium emphasized the multifarious directions modern computing is going, and how this will affect everyday life.”

The symposium included a reassurance from Joseph Deken that artificial intelligence would not, in fact, take over the world and a satellite lecture from science fiction author Isaac Asimov.
Throughout the last century, Southwestern faced the changing times with that same “desire to understand the world in which we live” that an unidentified Megaphone writer mentioned back in 1937, a philosophy the student who writes this article one hundred years from now will see when they look up archives of the Megaphone from the year 2012.

Georgetown Offers Hidden Treasures

By Lizzie Stewart
Small though it may be, Georgetown is full of hidden treasures for the first-year pirate willing to explore. A short walk down to the town square provides the perfect break after hours of studying, and shopping is not required to have a good time. Various thrift stores and business on the square present students with an opportunity to experience the small town vibe.

“Just exploring all the different little shops on the square is always an adventure,” junior Edward Yu said.

Aspiring writers and poets are guaranteed an audience on Fiction Fridays at Cianfrani’s, held every second and fourth Friday of the month from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. For those who crave a musical outlet, the open mic night at Ken’s Guitars welcomes all and is held the last Friday of every month at 7 pm.

For those with a penchant for the historic, a walk through the Williamson Museum or a visit to the Shotgun House Museum familiarizes visitors with Georgetown’s past.

“The Georgetown Cultural Citizen Memorial association maintains an African American Cemetery along with the Shotgun House Museum, and it’s all free!” junior transfer David Boutte said.

While the summer heat lasts, Blue Hole, a natural swimming hole, supplies students with a place to jump in, cool down and relax. Georgetown Lake offers an alternative swimming locale, as well as free camping options for those who enjoy hiking and the outdoors. For a nature experience a little closer to campus, San Gabriel Park comes equipped with a running trail, playgrounds and local wildlife.

“Watch out for the goose! Trust me, he will chase you,” junior Devin Corbitt said.
For the SU student who wants to save money or does not have a car, there is no need to feel stranded on campus when a whole host of free activities are just a walk away.

“You have to poke your head around Georgetown and explore for yourself,” junior Jacob Brown said. “It may sound daunting, but we’re liberal arts students, and if you can just apply that curiosity to the way you look at Georgetown, you may be delighted and surprised by what you find.”

Pirate Treasures Revealed on Campus: Community Veterans Unveil Mysteries Around the University

The Mood-Bridwell print lab offers and alternative to the library print lab. Photo by Kerry Quinn

By Nikko Gianno

Print Labs

Every so often, the machines in the library print lab glitch and decide to make it rain paper on students trying to print assignments before class. Most run into the library to print through the circulation desk. However, another print lab does exist on campus.

The Mood-Bridwell print lab shares a hallway with the Environmental Lab. Located on the first floor on west side of the building, it can be entered through a stairwell behind the building or through a door connecting to the Mood-Bridwell atrium. The lab consists of two alcoves filled with brand new Dell computers branching off of a hallway in which the printers are housed.

“I’ve never had problems with the printers [in Mood-Bridwell],” sophomore Keegan Andersen said.

The Mood lab is smaller than the library’s print lab, but offers benefits the more well-known destination does not.

The Telescopes

Although everyone looks up at the same set of stars, the astronomers at the Fountainwood observatory see them in a way no one else can. Located in the northeast corner of campus between the soccer fields and the physical plant, the observatory started off as one telescope donated by alumnus with a habit of gazing into the Georgetown night sky. It has since expanded to several stations where students can use smaller mounted smaller telescopes. It also features a new research telescope that students and volunteers like Jon Upton use to study the night sky.

“This telescope can see things a billion light years away, and right now professors are studying a group of quasars, galaxies with large black holes in the middle, in conjunction with six other universities” Upton said.

The observatory is used for more than just research, though. Upton, along with professors from the Physics Department, host a public star-gazing night one Friday a month. Students and members of the Georgetown community are invited to use the telescopes to see objects in space.

“I think the observation nights are a great way to teach the community and let everyone know what an amazing piece of technology is here at Southwestern,” Upton said.

Bird Calls

Before the installation of birdcall machines around Southwestern’s campus, Randy Damron’s job had a bit more of what he called “excitement” in it. Instead of depending on the automated machines to scare flocks of pigeons, grackles, and now doves away, Damron, Assistant Head of Grounds Keeping and Pest Control, and his crew would use firecrackers and starter guns to disperse the pesky birds.

“The bird droppings were so bad that you couldn’t walk across the mall because of the smell,” Damron said. “The university was also concerned about the risk to students’ health.”

The Physical Plant has been avoiding the use of explosives in its bird control tactics for four years now. “It was fun, but it just didn’t work,” Damron said. “They would either come back or move to a different spot around campus.”

So far, the five anti-squawk boxes have forced the flocks to forests off campus. There are boxes at the library, the boiler plant, and the McCombs, Olin, and Fondren-Jones buildings.

“They’ve been working really well, although I need to make a few adjustments, and we’re looking to get a few more installed,” Damron said.

S.U. Pirate

The way students at Southwestern connected with the World Wide Web changed October 1st: the Wi-Fi network for visitors to campus changed from SU Guest to SU Visitor. Unlike SU Guest, SU Visitor does not allow access to the My Southwestern portal.

“I was in the cove connected to S.U. guest (now S.U. visitor) and couldn’t access my email, so I clicked on SU Pirate and entered my email username and password, and it worked,” sophomore Melina Cantu said.

S.U. Pirate is available in the Cove, McCombs and Prothro centers, and most of the academic buildings on campus. No changes have been made to the Apogee Wi-Fi system in the residential communities on campus.

Campus Organizations Support Charities

Kappa Sigma brothers promote their philanthropy fundraiser "Bieber Fever." They plan to continue palying Justin Bieber songs until they collect enough money to meet their goal. Proceeds of the event will benefit The Caring Place.

By Kylie Chesser

Efforts of various campus organizations throughout the past few weeks have raised money for organizations like Austin Bat Cave (ABC), The Caring Place, Ronald McDonald House Charities and the Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis (ALS) Association.

The Office of Civic Engagement is currently recruiting volunteers for Austin Bat Cave, a nonprofit that offers free writing programs to kids, for their Carnival Madness event on Nov. 10.

“Austin Bat Cave is vital to our community’s well being,” Alyson Banda, Coordinator of Civic Engagement, said. “They offer creative writing workshops and after-school tutoring for students who need supplemental support. By supporting the work of teachers, Austin Bat Cave is strengthening the education system at the ground level.”

The Kappa Sigma fraternity did their part on Wednesday by raising money for The Caring Place with an event called ‘Bieber Fever.’

“We played Justin Bieber music on the mall until our donation jar was full,” sophomore Logan Raye said. “It was a fantastic idea, annoying people until the money was raised. We didn’t have decorations or anything, but the event was really fun and fit the fraternity well.”

Alpha Delta Pi also hosted their third annual ‘Mocktails’ non-alcoholic drink making competition, with an All-American theme, in the Bishops Lounge on Wednesday. Teams paid $20 each to compete, and attendees paid $3 per ticket to try the drinks. The money raised went to the Ronald McDonald House Charity, which serves families with critically ill or injured children.

“With the Olympic victories and the presidential election this year, we know you’re just bursting at the seams with pride for the good ole U.S.A,” sophomore Morgan Drake said. “Because we want to support RMH in every way possible, we also [accepted] donations of the non-perishable items on the RMH Wishlist.”

Earlier in the week, Phi Delta Theta held their own charity event: a car wash in their house parking lot on Oct. 5, with $5 as the minimum fee. Proceeds from the event benefited the ALS Association to fund their research to cure Lou Gehrig’s Disease.

The ladies of the Delta Delta Delta sorority recently hosted their annual Kickin’ It For the Kids. The event included a kickball tournament, water balloons, and other activities. Proceeds were donated to St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital.

Chandler Lentz bowls in the Zata Tau Alpha's Strikhe-A-Thon , which raised funds for the fight against breast cancer . The event included bowling, late night breakfast and karaoke. Photo by Kerry Quinn

The SU chapter of Zeta Tau Alpha sorority sponsored a Strike-A-Thon last week, where students were invited to enter a bowling team and help fight breast cancer. The sisters offered prizes, karaoke, and a late night breakfast in addition to a night of bowling.

Thanks to the hard work and dedication of campus organizations, the philanthropic events have been a success and will continue to be in the future.

Endangered Species Faces Opposition

By Alec Bergerson

The Georgetown Salamander, a local amphibian only found in this area, is currently in the process of being listed as an endangered species. U.S. Fish and Wildlife Services (FWS) is now in the public hearing phase of this process and facing opposition from local residents and developers.

Dr. Joshua Long, an assistant professor of environmental studies at the university, has attended some of the public proceedings that address this conflict.

“There is a significant degree of legal protection afforded to species and their habitat under the Endangered Species Act (ESA),” Long said. “Once a candidate species is listed as endangered, the FWS undergoes a process of determining which activities may jeopardize the survival of the species.”

Local projects and construction may conflict with the policies of the ESA.

“This might mean that certain actions associated with development projects could cause harm to the species.This concerns many officials in Williamson County, because the county is one of the fastest growing in the state, and there may be certain restrictions that would ostensibly delay development projects seen as major priorities for the county,” Long said.

The potential endangered listing of the salamander may not necessarily hinder locals, because there are ways the ESA can assist them.

“It is extremely important to note that, as the ESA has evolved over the years, several programs have emerged that afford protection to landowners and developers. In some cases, this can include economic incentives to encourage conservation,” Long said.

If the FWS lists the salamander as endangered, there may be more environmental regulations that could be beneficial to the area. Local residents and officials, however, have expressed concern about the increased governmental regulation under the ESA.

“It’s true that the listing of the salamander and any designation of critical habitat might mean more environmental regulations and bureaucracy, and that’s something that concerns Williamson County residents,” Long said. “But some of those same restrictions and regulations that slow the development process could potentially facilitate a ‘greener’ and more sustainable style of development in Williamson County.”

New Student Organizations: Students Establish Four Groups

By Joana Moreno

The university’s fall semester begins with a new record in student initiatives. Unlike previous years in which SU founded only one or two new groups, this year four new student organizations have established themselves and are looking for members.

Tau Sigma is a national honor society designed specifically for transfer students. The group focuses on recognizing and promoting the academic excellence and involvement of transfer students. The organization was co-founded by junior David Boutte, a transfer student himself.

“This is a quote about how lovely and wonderful the transfer students are and how much we would love to add them to our society,” Boutte said.

For those students passionate about economics, the Southwestern University Economics Club focuses on U.S. economics and what one can do with an economics degree after college. Sessions often include professor support and long-term thinking.

“It’s an excellent outlet to discuss economics concepts,” junior economics and business double major Brooke Chatterton said.

Trouvères is all about poetry. They focus on exploring poetry in multiple aspects, from writing it to discussing it, all while appreciating it. The organization has already hosted a poetry writing workshop and plans to sponsor spoken word artist Anis Mojgani and a poetry reading/open mike event later in the semester.

“I joined the club in order to motivate myself to write more outside of classes,” junior Jacob Brown said. “There’s no better way to get involved in writing for pleasure than to immerse yourself in a community that does the same. My ambition for the club is that it will someday produce works of visual poetry that students, faculty and visitors of the campus can enjoy.”

FACE AIDS is an awareness and fundraising group that focuses on global health equity, specifically dealing with HIV/AIDS. Leaders from the group began to promote their organization last spring and are enthusiastic about actively working for this cause in the new academic year.

“[FACE AIDS] functions to empower the youth to get up and make a lasting, positive difference in their world,” junior biology major Michelle Moses said.

The increase and variety of organizations speaks well of Southwestern’s student-driven atmosphere.
“One of the best things about Southwestern is that, if there’s not an organization that fits your needs, we’re willing to start new ones,” Assistant Director of Student Activities Jason Chapman said.

Boesak Discusses Justice, Peace: Wilson Lecture Hosts Anti-Apartheid Leader

Rev. Dr. Allan Boesak speaks at the Wilson Lecture on Oct.4. Photo by Olivia Stephenson

By Devin Corbitt

Chair of the Western Cape region of the African National Conference; President of the World Alliance of Reformed Churches; founder of the United Democratic Front; and leader of South Africa’s anti-apartheid movement: these are just a few of the many accomplishments achieved throughout the life of Rev. Dr. Allan Boesak. He currently serves as an Extraordinary Professor of Public Theology at the University of Stellenbosch and chair of the Advisory Council of the Trans-Atlantic Roundtable on Religion and Race.

Boesak was invited to speak as the feature of this year’s Wilson Lecture. He delivered the morning’s chapel address, entitled “Quietly Bringing Justice.” He was introduced by Dr. Walt Herbert, Professor Emeritus of Southwestern.

“I trust you will find Allan’s message inspiring and instructive,” Herbert said. “It is an honor to welcome him to Southwestern.”

That afternoon, Boesak gave a lecture on “‘The Glory that is not Steeped in Blood’: War and Peace in a Globalized World”. His focus revolved around the causes and solutions to war in our current society.

“The presence of war is the one enduring constant in the developing history of the human kind, it seems,” Boesak said. “E­ven as enlightened science brought us new possibilities for meaningful life such as we have never seen before, our capacity for creating death has become even more resourceful.”

Boesak rejects the notion of war being the answer to conflict, preferring instead a more peaceful approach.

“I enter this discussion as a Christian liberation theologian from the global South,” Boesak said. “The tradition I revere and try to live by is a tradition of non-violence, even in resistance. I do not believe that violence, in the long run, can offer any lasting solution.”

In keeping with his anti-apartheid views, Boesak discussed historical wars through the lens of colonialism and racism. Through this, Boesak endeavored to show that war, in its most basic form, is apt to do more harm than good.

“The exterminations of the so-called ‘lower races’ were seen as a biological, political and economic necessity. And in these wars of brutality, accountability and proportionate response, our so-called measure of strength, did not exist. From early on in modern times, colonial wars were the experimental field of extinction.”

Boesak argues that it is impossible to hide the truths of war, especially in an era so rich in technology.The only solution, in his opinion, is to end war altogether and move toward a peaceful state in which equality reigns.

“In a globalized world, it is no longer possible to fully hide the consequences of war,” Boesak said. “We must, in communities and within and among nations, continue to encourage the search for non-violent solutions to vexing problems. All you have to do is to bring justice, even quietly.”
Boesak’s visit was sponsored by the Departments of History, Political Science, and Religion; the International Studies Program; the Golabal Citizens Fund; the Slover Fund and the Wilson Lectureship.

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.”


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.

Back to the Foodture

By Brooke Chatterton &  Joana Moreno

The Brown Symposium kicked off with the lecture “Eating the Future: Why Changing your Diet is Not Enough” by Richard Wilk, Professor of Anthropology at Indiana University.

He began with a history of the American diet. From the Great Blanding as immigrant cultures homogenized into American culture and adopted what came to become to be known as the American diet. By 1950 food become focused on bland staples, meat, vegetables, and starch.

He discussed how after 1950 food became not just sustenance but “nutritainment,” takingaway the idea that there was “someone picking it.” He highlighted that over the last couple ofdecades that food has undergone a Great Awakening saying “a real revolution is going on infood production,” but kept his lecture realistic. He brought up American obesity trends, butoptimistically cited the leveling off of obesity in the last two years and the increase in consumption of fruits and vegetables. He also discussed that there a lot of challenges to thefood movement including: the class gap between consumers and farmers, the price gapbetween what consumers can afford and farmers can produce, the lack of economies of scalesof small farmers who cannot compete with agribusiness, and how to afford to feed the growing population.
This was followed by the lecture “Indigenous and Green Economies for the Seventh Generation” by Winona LaDuke from the White Earth Reservation in Northern Minnesota, 2007 National Women’s Hall of Fame inductee. She imparted her Anishinaabeg teachings and related them to food.

Ms. LaDuke singled out climate change, materials based economies,peak oil, and tar sands as contributing factors to an unsustainable future. She brought up the idea a utilitarian and single species world view has caused us to consume more than our share of the biosphere, that our normal world perspective is short term and not durable andsustainable. She warned about the dangers of the reduction in biodiversity due toindustrialized agriculture. In biodiversity, such as cultivating indigenous corn and squash, shesees an enormous benefit.
After a lunch break the symposium continued with the lecture “On Being and Not Beingthe Wretched of the Earth: A Critical Race Feminist Analysis of Vegan Consciousness” by doctoral candidate and creator of the book Sistah Vegan: Black Female Vegans Speak on Food,Identity Health, and Society, Amie Breeze Harper of University of California-Davis.

She began the lecture in a unique way, with songs from the soundtrack of Panther (1996) and a capella group, Sweet Honey in the Rock. Breeze Harper continued the lecture with narratives of her life and of other black vegans like herself which demonstrated how our availability to food isaffected by race and class. This idea was upheld by her Sistah Vegan project which showed that not all people have access to vegan foods.

“A lot of the black women wanted to transition into veganism [but their]socioeconomic class was a problem ,a lower socioeconomic class, or geographical restrictions didn’t allow them to get the foods that they wanted and if you look at the literature on who has access to the healthiest food it’s white middle-class America ” Breeze Harper said.

With that the lecture was transitioned into one of not just vegan‘s access to healthy food but to everyone’s access to food and how it is different for those not of the white-middle class. As she mentioned, minorities livingin the in the inner city have less access to healthy foods as they are often expensive and far away inwhite suburbs.

The lecture was then ended with Breeze Harper reminding the audience that whenthinking foward about our food and sustainability to be mindful of how it is promoted, to have bothrace-consciousness and class consciousness.
The symposium then continued with the lecture “Industrialized Agriculture and the Rupture ofthe Human-Animal Bond” by Wayne Pacelle , President and CEO of the Humane Society of the UnitedStates and author of The Bond: Our Kinship with Animals, Our Call to Defend Them.

Pacelle explored different subjects that deal with animals in our society, primarily those animals that are used for food,ranging from euthinzation to federals for the protections of animals. He then transitioned intodescribing how the Humane Society has changed about the treatment of the animals we eat and howthey continue to do so.

“I feel strongly that we have got to treat animals right, and the gestation stallshave got to go,” Pacelle said as he referred to the current changes to be made.
Shortly after Pacelle’s lecture began the “Culinary Culture: A Ceramics Perspective” Exhibition inwhich Dr. Patrick Veerkamp introduced the connection between ceramics and Foodture as well asintroduce various pieces to the audience. At approximately the same time the Food Festival, an event with an array of student organizations and local business such as SEAK, the SU Community Garden, BostBee’s and Lockhart Farms, took place in the Bishops Lounge.
Monday night was then capped off with “River of Words” performed by David Asburyand Bruce Cain, featuring the premier of two new musical compositions. The night began withLike a String of Jade Jewels, progressed through River of Words, and ended with SleepingFlowers.
The lectures continued the next day with Jo Luck, former President of HeiferInternational, and her lecture “Global Hunger is More Personal Than You Think” in which sheexplored the idea that the spread of common grounds and values can helps societies interactpositively as well as sustain themselves adequately.

“We will never feed this planet in 2050 if we’re not coming together as a team” Luck said.

She continued her lecture with narratives of her past involvement in areas of Africa such as Rwanda and how her idea of cooperation did in fact help each society prosper in its own way. She mentioned that she respected the customs of where she resided as asign of respect and helped them with her ideas proving that cooperation works with the right amount ofinput.

With that the Brown Symposium lectures ended.

Afterwards a panel consisting of all the speakers , except Winona LaDuke, and students VanessaToro, Sarah Puffer and Joey Kyle continued the discussion of Foodture through a Question and Answer session in which the students mentioned asked the speakers questions in regards to various aspects ofFoodture. This panel brought up comments that proved to have an impact as people nodded inagreement.

“Eating more local means eating less foreign,” Wilks said shortly after beginning the panel
The Brown Symposium finally came to an end with the Empty Bowls Project Lunch in whichpeople bought bowls that would then be filled with soup. These bowls were created and donated by theSouthwestern Ceramics Program and were filled with soups from local restaurants Pei Wei andMonument Café, to name a few. The lunch was largely possible through the efforts of the Arts in Action Paideia and Dr. Asbury. The proceeds of the event were donated to The Caring Place and Meals onWheels.