Writing

For Spoon University:

 

I’m ready to live, breathe, eat and drink UChicago. And that means I have to like coffee. I’m prepared to get myself addicted, even if that means I have to sacrifice my taste buds and my independence in the process.
Korean Tip #2: There are a lot of different ways to eat soondubu, but I swear by the following method:
1. Scoop a spoonful of rice.
2. Dunk it into the soondubu, making sure the soup covers the rice. Get some tofu onto your spoon too.
Some people prefer spooning the stew onto their rice or just eating the soondubu and rice separately, but I’ve always found my method to be the most efficient.

 

For South Side Weekly:

 

Kalven remarked that this “post-Ferguson moment” in America is a “historical opening for fundamental change” in which we are “grappling with a set of structural patterns built into our society.” These issues with police accountability must be tied into a larger conversation about race in America, as it is impossible to change policing without acknowledging the fact that hyper-policing of certain neighborhoods is ultimately tied to racial segregation.
Ironically, the installation of Ono’s “Sky Landing,” a statue meant to symbolize peace and harmony, seems to only be a harbinger for bigger conflicts that will inevitably arise as plans for the redevelopment of the South Parks continue.
For Brockmeier and Sorenson, two Chicago locals, the city’s hip-hop community encompasses more than just the music and the culture that both surrounds and sustains it—it is also a profound representation of the strength of the community itself. The survival and triumph of hip-hop in Chicago, a city that has historically been segregated by race, ethnicity, gang affiliations, and socioeconomic status, have been a testimony to hip-hop’s ability to unite different groups within the same genre.