By Ann Singer, Staff Writer
When life throws racist innuendos in the form of bananas your way, what do you do? Barcelona’s Dani Alves picked it up and immediately took a bite during a soccer match at Villarreal last Sunday.
Alves is a Brazilian, playing for Barcelona. Evidently, someone in the stands didn’t appreciate Alves’ presence. At the time, he was about to take a corner kick when the banana flew from the stands and landed at his feet. With no hesitation, Alves picked up the banana, took a bite, and proceeded to go through with the kick.
In the past, racism has been dealt with by walking off the field, like then AC Milan’s Kevin Prince-Boateng in 2013. However, utilizing humor to belittle the culprits while still bringing attention to the problem has appeared to be a better option.
After the match, Alves posted a clip of the incident on Instagram with a caption joking about how his father always told him to eat bananas to prevent cramps.
He later told reporters, “We have suffered this in Spain for some time. You have to take it with a dose of humor. We aren’t going to change things easily. If you don’t give it importance, they don’t achieve their objective.”
Justice was served when Barcelona won 3-2. Also, Villarreal located the perpetrator and withdrew his membership as well as banning him from the El Madrigal Stadium for life, stating the club “deeply regrets” what happened.
The world was quick to stand in support behind Alves. His teammates, as well as fans and celebrities, sent tweets of praise as well as pictures of themselves with bananas, using hashtags such as #noalracismo and #weareallmonkeys. Even the president of the Fédération Internationale de Football Association tweeted, “What @DaniAlvesD2 tolerated last night is an outrage. We must fight all forms of discrimination united. Will be zero tolerance at WorldCup.”
Still, racism is a problem in the world of soccer. CNN reported that not many Spanish authorities or media have addressed the incident, saying this sort of behavior is not accepted but tolerated as part of the game. Let’s learn this lesson Alves imparted with his phenomenal response and do our bit to end the ridiculous reality that is racism.
By Sabrina Katz, Staff Writer
Bananas are known as a great source of potassium, which helps keep muscles from cramping and keeps your blood pressure normal. But there are so many more reasons you should eat bananas every day (no reason to be scared out of eating them due to Banana University)!
This nutrition-packed fruit is a runner’s best friend because eating a banana is great way to fuel up before or after a workout. The sugars and carbs serve as a healthy dose of energy for exercise and help to keep you focused.
If you’re not sold on bananas yet, consider this: they contain a feel-good chemical called tryptophan, which has been shown to counteract depression. They also help with digestion because of their high-fiber content. Their high levels of calcium also keep bones strong and healthy. Bananas are chock-full of vitamins B, C and E, which help maintain healthy heart and blood function.
It’s important to know what to look for when picking a banana. Ignore the fruit that has just barely ripened and instead choose one that has aged or has brown spots. The longer it sits, the more sugars it develops, meaning a sweeter banana. Be careful though- you don’t want it too overripe!
Did you know that bananas are the most widely eaten fruit in the world? Their low-cost and easy-to-peel quality makes it a great snack for any college student without a lot of time to sit down and eat. Take a banana with you from the dining hall and eat it on the way to class, after a workout or in your dorm.
Here’s an awesome recipe you can make that requires almost no effort to put together.
Banana Ice Cream
Optional: Cinnamon, vanilla, peanut butter and chocolate chips
Take a banana and mash it up inside of a mug or container. Add your fixings in (I personally love to add peanut butter!), and combine until the consistency is smooth. Stick the container in the freezer for at least three hours to set. Then take it out and devour! Such a simple recipe but so delicious and nearly guilt-free.
By Samantha Wong, Staff Writer
The description reads, ‘Have you ever seen the movie Accepted? We’re like that but with more bananas.’ Like it says in its description, Banana University is a Facebook page, a Twitter and a Tumblr that hosts photos of Boston University students–eating bananas.
Banana University is a simple idea that ends up, after scrolling through countless photos of Boston University’s banana eaters, as a good source of entertainment. Why? Pictures upon pictures of people eating bananas becomes, in a word, awkward.
Boston University’s candid addition, which made its debut earlier this month, has become somewhat of a sensation among students. Most students are happy, proud even, to have their photos as contributions to the site, whether or not they were aware that their photos were being taken.
Bryan Cosca, CAS ‘14, one of the depicted banana-eaters says, “I think it’s funny that I’m on Banana University, I think the page is great and shows off the candid side of students we don’t normally see. It’s [also] hilarious seeing other people eating bananas.”
The hilarity from Banana University may or may not have something to do with innuendo, but regardless, Banana University is definitely becoming a household (or dorm-hold?) name.