Tagged: 2013

Thanksgivukkah?

By Sabrina Katz, Staff Writer
@sabrina_katz

So imagine latkes but Thanksgiving-style./PHOTO VIA Wikimedia Commons

The month of November kicks off the holiday season with every American’s favorite holiday: Thanksgiving. Now, imagine a world where your favorite winter holidays combine to form one super-mega-celebration!

Fortunately for every Jewish-American out there, it’s your lucky year. That’s because 2013’s first night of Hanukkah coincides exactly with Thanksgiving hence Thanksgivukkah. The festival of lights and the festival of face-stuffing have finally merged , which presents us with delicious harvest food AND eight days of presents.

Because Hanukkah follows the Hebrew lunar calendar, which has 11 fewer days that the standard Gregorian calendar used in America, there is no set date on our calendar as to when Hanukkah is coming.

As a result, every few years, an extra month must be added to the Jewish calendar so that spring holidays remain in the spring, fall holidays are celebrated in the fall, and so forth. This also explains why the holiday of Hanukkah shifts and can be celebrated anytime between November and January.

The one great question on everyone’s mind is this: how can we combine these two great holidays without diminishing one or the other? Several articles online suggest serving “fusion” foods for the meal, which means pumpkin pie rugelach, challah bread-pudding and horseradish mashed potatoes. Indeed, several traditional foods from each holiday overlap, such as potatoes (for Hanukkah latkes and mashed potatoes), meat (brisket and turkey) and apples (applesauce and pie)! So there’s really no reason one holiday has to outshine the other.

In order to be prepared for your first Thanksgivukkah (yes, it’s everyone’s first, and it won’t happen for over 50,000 years), make sure you light some pumpkin pie-scented Hanukkah candles, exchange gifts between downs in the football game and split decorations equally between hand turkeys and dreidels.

If you forget to buy a Hanukkah gift (because when is it ever this early?), worry not! Black Friday will certainly have something for everybody that won’t break the bank. Or, if you are too lazy to leave the house, wait until the next week for Cyber Monday because it will still be Hanukkah!

See? All your favorite holidays wrapped in one!

Top Heroes of 2013 – Boston Edition

By Brandon Lewis, Staff Writer
@Brandon_S_Lewis

These heroes have made Boston./PHOTO VIA Flickr user DKOphotography

Earlier this month, CNN released its Top 10 Heroes of 2013 list, shedding light on average individuals attempting to make a difference.

This year’s winners partake in a wide range of causes such as providing shelter for disabled veterans and helping inner-city children stay off the streets. Each hero is rewarded $50,000 for their philanthropic efforts and will be honored at “CNN Heroes: An All-Star Tribute” airing on Dec. 1.

2013 has been a crazy year for Boston and there are plenty of people who deserve to be recognized for their efforts to keep our city intact. Here are my “Top 3 Boston Heroes of 2013″:

RED SOX

No matter how the World Series turns out (preferably with a title), the success of the Red Sox is arguably the best sports story in Boston this year. Following their worst season since 1965, the Sox had a strong 2013 season with 97 wins to only 65 losses. They became the 11 team in major league history to go from worst in the division to first the following season. They finished this year tied with the Cardinals for the best record in baseball. What a year for the team!

MAYOR MENINO

With the mayoral election coming up next week, it’s only right to salute the man who has kept Boston in check for the past two decades. As Thomas Menino enters his final months in office, the 70-year-old Boston native remains a popular figure amongst city residents. Some of his accomplishments include improving the Boston Schools system and founding the Innovation District. And the little things, such as fixing potholes and revitalizing neighborhoods. Many are sad to see him go but he felt it was time to pack up the cleats. Mr. Menino, we’ll miss you!

Boston Police Department, Watertown Police Department, First Responders, and Good Samaritans at the Boston Marathon

The unthinkable occurred at this year’s Boston Marathon. A day of celebration and triumph quickly turned into a tragedy. Two bombs exploded near the finish line, killing three and injuring over 260. Instead of fleeing the area, many bystanders ran to helpless individuals injured on the ground to keep them calm and ensure that help was on the way. The help came in the form of first responders. Their primary goal was identifying injured individuals and getting them to hospitals as fast as they could. Four days after the attack, the Watertown Police Department along with the Boston Police Department killed Tamerlan Tsarnaev, one of the suspects, and captured the other, Dzhokhar Tsarnaev. On behalf of Boston and the state of Massachusetts, I would like to salute all the heroes, recognized or unsung, of the Boston Marathon.

Boston is a tough and resilient town, and so are its heroes.

The Beat: AMA Predictions

By Kate Ebeling, Staff Writer
@kebbietot

There’s no way 1D’s fans aren’t letting them win at least once./PHOTO VIA Wikimedia Commons

With the American Music Awards roughly one month away and the nominees recently named, the speculation of the winners and the losers has already begun. Before the national voting begins, here is a list of my personal predictions for the 2013 AMA Winners.

ARTIST OF THE YEAR

  • Macklemore & Ryan Lewis
  • Bruno Mars
  • Rihanna
  • Taylor Swift
  • Justin Timberlake 

With a comeback similar to Rocky, this one hands down goes to JT.

NEW ARTIST OF THE YEAR

  • Florida Georgia Line
  • Ariana Grande
  • Imagine Dragons
  • Macklemore & Ryan Lewis
  • Phillip Phillips

Even though Macklemore has been putting out music for years, his latest attemps at cultural appropriation through his music has garnered him enough hype and attention to secure the award of “New” Artist of the Year.

SINGLE OF THE YEAR

  • Florida Georgia Line ft. Nelly, “Cruise”
  • Macklemore & Ryan Lewis ft. Wanz, “Thrift Shop”
  • Robin Thicke ft. Pharrell & T.I, “Blurred Lines”

Even though this song is questionable at best, and I still struggle to understand the public infatuation with it, there is no doubt that “Blurred Lines” was a smash hit this summer and will win “Single of the Year”

FAVORITE MALE ARTIST – POP/ROCK

  • Bruno Mars
  • Robin Thicke
  • Justin Timberlake 
  • “The Comeback Kid”

FAVORITE FEMALE ARTIST – POP/ROCK

  • P!nk
  • Rihanna
  • Taylor Swift

Without a doubt will Swift win this category. If she doesn’t, P!nk and Rihanna can expect some death threats via twitter in the near future.

FAVORITE ALBUM – POP/ROCK

  • One Direction- “Take Me Home”
  • Taylor Swift- “Red”
  • Justin Timberlake- “The 20/20 Experience”

Honestly this could go either way, and in my opinion, the only way to decided who’s the winner is to dump two rabid fans in a gladiator-type area and have them fight it out for their idol.

FAVORITE BAND, DUO OR GROUP – POP/ROCK

  • Imagine Dragons
  • Macklemore & Ryan Lewis
  • One Direction

Rabid Directioners would never let anyone but their beloveds snag this category #truth.

FAVORITE ALBUM –  COUNTRY

  • Luke Bryan “Crash My Party”
  • Florida Georgia Line “Here’s To The Good Times”
  • Taylor Swift “Red”

I didn’t even know she was still considered country, but again, #swiftys.

FAVORITE ARTIST –  RAP/HIP-HOP

  • Jay Z
  • Lil Wayne
  • Macklemore & Ryan Lewis 

Taking this award all the way to the bank, where they will promptly hit the thrift shop.

FAVORITE ALBUM – RAP/HIP-HOP

  • Jay Z “Magna Carta… Holy Grail”
  • Kendrick Lamar “good kid, m.A.A.d city”
  • Macklemore & Ryan Lewis “The Heist”

While Jay Z is a strong contender, we can’t forget all the hype surrounding Macklemore and Lewis, as well as their younger fan base compared to Jay Z.

FAVORITE MALE ARTIST –  SOUL/R&B

  • Miguel
  • Robin Thicke
  • Justin Timberlake

While I’m still confused on how an artist can appear in two different genre categories (JT, I’m looking at you,) Thicke will win out thanks to his sexist summer smash “Blurred Lines,” as well as his recent publicity stunt at the MTV Music Video Awards.

FAVORITE FEMALE ARTIST –  SOUL/R&B

  • Ciara
  • Alicia Keys
  • Rihanna

Alicia Keys has done very little, musically, since the birth of her son, Egypt (no shade, respect for motherhood), but I can’t see her winning this with Ciara in the category, who is the perennial nominee and a relative good girl compared to “Rihanna,” who shocked (and grossed out) audiences all over the globe with her recent music video for her single “Pour It Up.”

FAVORITE ALBUM –  SOUL/R&B

  • Rihanna “Unaplogetic”
  • Robin Thicke “Blurred Lines”
  • Justin Timberlake “the 20/20 Experience”

I’m banking on a banner year for this former *NYSNC member.

FAVORITE ARTIST –  ALT ROCK

  • Imagine Dragons
  • The Lumineers
  • Mumford & Sons

A perfect combination of pop sensibility and rock anthems, Imagine Dragons has this one in the bag.

FAVORITE ARTIST –  ADULT CONTEMPORARY

  • Maroon 5
  • Bruno Mars
  • P!nk

The power of Adam Levine’s tattoos will help them win this one.

FAVORITE ARTIST –  LATIN

  • Marc Anthony
  • Prince Royce
  • Romeo Santos

FAVORITE ARTIST – CONTEMPORARY INSPIRATIONAL

  • tobyMac
  • Chris Tomlin
  • Matthew West

FAVORITE ARTIST- ELECTRONIC DANCE MUSIC

  • Avicii
  • Daft Punk
  • Calvin Harris
  • Zedd

Daft Punk made a splash this year with their album “Random Access Memories,” but with a strong category of nominees I could see this going many different ways.

TOP SOUNDTRACK

  • “The Great Gatsby: Music from Baz Luhrmann’s Film”
  • “Les Miserables”
  • “Pitch Perfect”

While Les Mis was probably a much more musically encapsulating soundtrack, the general public will most likely vote for the one with Fergie on it.

New Years Revolution

Make your resolution a revolution/ IMAGE VIA nymag.com

Make your resolution a revolution/ IMAGE VIA nymag.com

By Sanah Faroke, Staff Writer
@sanahfaroke

In the middle of December, I already began to think of all the things I wanted to accomplish the following year. (Yes it was finals week, but my mind has to wander off sometime!)

I know so many people that don’t believe in New Years resolutions because they either didn’t drop those 15 pounds gained from the holidays (hop on a treadmill) or they didn’t gain that amazing job they wanted (there are plenty more jobs in that field), but last year, I created a list of my own for the first time and I accomplished so much.

So a couple of things I wanted to accomplish for 2013 are to get an internship, be more social, focus more on school, read my Bible more, and (embarrassingly enough) think less about guys and more about me.

At the end of the list is when I realized that, yes, these are beautiful goals that I want to accomplish, but in actuality, that isn’t what I truly want for this year.

Do better in school.

Gain more friends.

Be better in my field.

I came to see that I was basing my happiness off of whether or not these things occurred. So I scratched off my list (I know, I still use a pen and paper—so old school) and I wrote instead, “Be happy.”

Sounds simple right? But how many times a day do we all do things that we absolutely hate? And what the heck for? We put ourselves through this suffering to gain something far greater, but sometimes, even that is not enough to compensate for all the heartache we endured prior.

I promise, this is a huge goal for me.  I want to be able to see life through different, positive lenses and do things that I know will make me genuinely happy regardless of what people think, how much money I will make, or for fear that I will fail at it.

I put myself on a reserve because I fear I will fail and x, y and z, and that’s just the thing–I am the one creating my discontent. I am the one who causes my own unhappiness, and I didn’t even realize it. Maybe you’re doing the same to yourself. Listen—you need to stop!

My New Years resolution has become to make myself happy. Why can’t I be in authentic bliss because of just me focusing on me? I can do it, and so can you.

2013 no longer has the connotation of creating resolutions, it has become my revolution.