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As the weather gets warmer, there are few things better than a cold treat. Ice cream, popsicles, water ice—you name it, we want to eat it. BUT there is one sweet, chilly delight on our campus that caters to our dairy free/vegan/health conscious/banana–crazed friends: banana whips. A staple of HipCityVeg, this dessert has an ice-cream-like consistency made with frozen bananas, and there are a whole host of toppings available. Here are some of our fav banana whip hacks.
You may have seen it on Instagram or maybe in a magazine, but jade rolling is one of the newest trends in beauty. Jade rolling is exactly that: you roll a piece of jade on your face. In Chinese medicine, jade is supposed to have a lot of healing benefits and is a sign of power and immortality. It is also supposed to increase circulation, reduce puffiness and help with skin elasticity. Traditional medicine is being incorporated more and more into holistic wellness movements in place of western medicine with the popularity of techniques such as acupuncture and cupping.
As someone who has had a whole host of various health issues growing up, I was always on the lookout for ways to make myself feel better. Although many people look to western medicine and what we might consider “normal doctors” to heal their ailments, there are also a lot of other, more holistic options. Cupping, a therapy to alleviate pain, diet changes, and yoga are among some of the most popular options for non–traditional healing. Another popular option is acupuncture, though it’s not for the squeamish or weak of spirit.
On April 19th, Dining Out for Life is coming to Philadelphia. The program partners with different restaurants to donate a portion of the proceeds of your meal to a local HIV/AIDS organization. Philly is the one of over 60 cities that offer the program and it actually originated here in 1991 by Action Wellness, formerly ActionAIDS, which is a local Philadelphia charity. Action Wellness helps with housing and medical needs as well as other social services for those living with HIV.
As we all begin to defrost and put away our winter parkas, we understand that Spring is here. With it brings allergies, chatter about summer internships, and the start of uncuffing season. Before you officially cut ties or skip town for the summer, here are some still–cuffed date ideas:
During the 2012 Olympics, mega–star swimmer Michael Phelps was covered in dark circles all over his back. These perfectly round bruises were due to cupping therapy, an Eastern medicine method that uses glass domes and suction in order to stimulate blood flow, loosen muscles, and aid in pain reduction. This was one of the first times that a large audience had seen this therapy, and it sparked a lot of questions. Even after cupping has been elevated onto a global stage, many still do not know what it is or the benefits.
On Penn’s campus there is a desire to be healthy: it can be impossible to find an open treadmill at Pottruck, people love their kale and it isn’t uncommon to hear about people going to $30 workout classes three days a week. Many of these healthy lifestyle choices are expensive, however (Ed. note: $30 for a workout class is insane...), especially for college students. A group of MGMT 104 students want to begin to change that. “A common theme is that we feel that students struggle with food on campus because people want to be healthy and people want to have affordable meals,” says Jaime Letourneau (W’19), a member of the group. “We decided that we would start an initiative with an event that is a cooking class.”
On a rainy Wednesday, a group of students, business people, and faculty members huddled under the awning of Paper Mill, a new food truck at 34th and Market streets. It’s hard to miss the large, pastel colored truck that stands out against the glass and concrete of Drexel’s campus.
Everyone knows about avocado toast, but it turns out that there is a ton of other stuff you can put on toast (who knew?). Making a quick toast in the morning is easy with minimal clean–up, which helps when you are running out the door. These combos allow for some variety from the tried–and–true avo toast, while packing some major food groups into each bite.
When someone says Philadelphia, you think: Liberty Bell, Rocky, and cheesesteaks. The cheesesteak is a distinctly Philadelphian food item—no city does it quite like us, and all imitations are just that, imitations. We rounded up some of the most popular cheesesteak spots to solve the city’s biggest question: who makes the best cheesesteak in Philadelphia? In order to do this we ordered the same thing at each restaurant: cheesesteak with onions (“wit”) and American cheese (because wiz is gross; sorry to be un–Philadelphian, but it’s true).
Drop into that downward dog, because a new yoga and barre studio is opening in University City in mid-April. Tuck Barre & Yoga, whose first location is in Point Breeze, will be offering a variety of classes that include three different types of yoga, a mixture of barre classes, as well as meditation and stretching classes at their new location on 34th and Lancaster. “We have all three [yoga classes] because they compliment each other so well,” says Callie Kim, owner of Tuck and graduate of the University of Pennsylvania Law School. She found that when she was a law student here at Penn, there were little options nearby, especially for barre.
About 15 minutes from University City is a strip of shops, restaurants, and bars, among other things, that advertises “Urban Experience, Small Town Charm.” This neighborhood is Manayunk, which has become a destination for shoppers, foodies, and college students alike.
For the past 30 some years, thousands of young people have flocked to Cavanaugh’s, Smokes, and a host of other bars for the pilgrimage that is Erin Express. Erin Express is a free St. Patrick’s day bar crawl, that for the first time this year, spans three weekends and includes 15 bars. Included are some Penn staples: Smokes, Copa, and Blarney as well as many more. Attendees get super invested in the event, even sporting Erin Express customized gear.
On a rainy Saturday afternoon at 43th and Baltimore, around a dozen vendors huddle under their tents, selling their various wares next to Clark Park. There are a myriad of shoppers despite the weather, eager for their weekly visit. This is the Clark Park Farmers Market, which operates evey Saturday from 10am to 2pm year round. Neighbors gather with their children and dogs to enjoy locally made and grown goods, including produce, meats, jams and jellies and baked goods. While in the summer there are more vendors, there are plenty of options for those who brave the cold during the winter months.
Spring break has come and gone. Sitting in lecture, people are either peeling or glowing from the sun exposure. However, not everyone is so lucky. For those of us who were limited to cold weather, but still want to achieve that perfect tan, there are a few options. Traditionally there were tanning beds and booths, but they’ve fallen from grace due to their direct links to skin cancers and melanoma. Now, there’s a new sheriff in town: the fake tan. We got the lowdown on where to find these alternatives and how to make them last, so you can make it seem like instead of spending all week in VP, you’ve been tanning on the shores of its distant cousin, PV. The two most popular methods for achieving this false glow are the professional spray tan, and the at–home self tan.
First of all, what the fuck even is kombucha? Kombucha (or as the veterans refer to it, booch) is a fermented tea drink that is sweetened with fruit juices or sugar. People tend to have strong opinions on kombucha because of its distinct fermented taste. It's supposed to have numerous health properties, the biggest being promoting gut health due to the symbiotic culture of bacteria and yeast, also known as SCOBY; if you're drinking kombucha, you're probably taking in lots of good bacteria. Here’s the low–down on some different brands that are available around campus (and although prices vary, we've included the rough estimates of on–campus costs):
Everyone knows that we should clean our makeup and brushes, but how often do people actually do it? We get it—we rarely think about our makeup products and utensils until we're frantically smearing it on ourselves before a big night out. But, washing your brushes and disinfecting your makeup is actually extremely beneficial: it can reduce the risk of acne (an obvious win) as well as prevent the spread of bacteria and germs that can cause things like pink eye and even herpes. Here is the low down on how often you actually need to clean your makeup and brushes and how to do it easily and affordably.
It's hard to enter a party on campus without seeing little blue dots of light, Juuls glowing as users take hits from the device. There are echoes of “Hey, can I take a hit?” as the Juul is passed from person to person. These slim and small contraptions resemble USB sticks more than e–cigarettes. They're discrete enough to fit in a sweatshirt sleeve, sleek enough to grab the group’s attention, and use nicotine–filled cartridges called Juul Pods. The Juul became a popular smoking option in 2015 and was marketed as a smoking cessation device—it would deliver the nicotine that cigarette addicts required without the harsh chemicals in cigarettes.
I have a major problem: I love social media. I waste so much time on social media each day, and it’s a nasty habit. It causes me to miss real interactions and instead focus with on ones that are not so real, and have no true value. Facebook is my preferred vice of choice because I get so sucked into articles and videos—before the Super Bowl I probably watched over an hour of Eagles videos a day. I needed a cleanse, a break: to show myself, and all other social media addicts out there, that there is more to life than being artificially connected to other people.
A lot of people have issues being alone on Valentine’s Day, but it can be a gift. Who needs a significant other when you would like, totally date yourself? Check out some of our suggestions below that are better than any box of shitty chocolate from CVS.