Meals on a Budget: Rosemary Parmesan popcorn & Apple Pie a la dorm

Noah Pearson

OPINIONS EDITOR

Hopefully spring is just around the corner. We have lost an hour asleep, but it still seems like we are losing degrees as well. Here are some meals that will help us get the best of both worlds within the comfort of this campus.

Apple Pie A la Dorm

While this apple pie does not represent your image of an apple pie, one gets the best of the flavors without any of the cost or difficult baking process.

Ingredients

  • 2-3 graham cracker sheets

  • 1 apple

Instructions

  1. Break the graham cracker and cut the apple into bite sized pieces.

  2. Combine in a bowl and place in the microwave.

  3. Personalize with any toppings or other flavors such as cinnamon, nutmeg, or whatever you wish.

Recipe by Rachel Jensen at spoonuniversity.com

Rosemary Parmesan Popcorn

While this is not a sweet meal, popcorn is one of the best and most convenient snacks available. Using stovetop popcorn is still easy and much healthier than microwave popcorn. Additionally, the parmesan is available on campus, and even in dorms all students should have a healthy amount of spices like rosemary available.

Ingredients

  • Stovetop Popcorn

  • Oil

  • Butter

  • Rosemary

  • Parmesan

Instructions

  1. Add oil to a heated pan and add corn, cover.

  2. Shake pan on occasion.

  3. Cook popcorn until there are 2-3 seconds between pops.

  4. Melt butter.

  5. Add in rosemary and pour over popcorn.

  6. Mix and sprinkle parmesan as needed.

Recipe inspired by Samantha at fivehearthome.com

Pop culture this week

J-Rod? A-Lo?

It’s finally happened. Everyone’s family celebrity couple (or maybe just mine) took to Instagram to celebrate the news of their upcoming nuptials. Alex “A-Rod” Rodriguez, 43, got down on one knee and proposed to singer and actress, Jennifer “J-Lo” Lopez, 49, on the beach during what seemed to be a very romantic vacation. Posting with a picture of a ring that may or may not cost as much as some of (or most of) our houses, A-Rod wrote that “she said yes ♥️”. Well, duh? But Rodriguez was not to be outshined on this very important day. J-Lo’s own engagement announcement featured a beautiful beach, a gorgeous sunset, a ridiculously large engagement ring, and, of course, A-Rod’s World Series ring. The couple that wears matching colossal diamonds together stays together, right?

Pop-Princess takes on Broadway

Anyone got any plans for November 13 through December 1, 2019? No? Well let me let you in on a little secret: Britney’s Back, B**tch. Coming to Broadway in Chicago this winter in its debut running is none other than the Britney Spears-themed musical comedy, “Once Upon a One More Time” from screenplay writer, Jon Hartmere, and Tony-nominated director, Kristin Hanggi. The absolute bangers by the pop-princess herself will be the backdrop for a Grimm Fairy Tale-inspired story about “letting your hair down, gaining your sea legs, smashing the glass slipper, and claiming your own kingdom,” according to their website. CNN reports that this is a “dream come true” for Britney. Honestly, this is a dream come true for every person who grew up singing “Toxic” in the shower. Anyone wanna carpool? I’ll bring the snacks.


A True Hallmark Drama

Where do us college kids draw the line when it comes to getting and paying for our expensive education? Would you, perhaps, I don’t know, bribe the school with hefty “donations” and then go onto your Youtube channel and tell everyone that all you want out of the college experience is to party and have fun? YouTube vlogger and famous spawn of Aunt Becky from “Full House”, Olivia Jade, 19, seems to have done just that. Amid allegations of her mother, Lori Loughlin’s, 54, cheating scandal with USC admissions, it seems Jade’s life as a beauty and fashion influencer is perpetually over. During the flurry of rumors surrounding the news that Jade has been dropped from collaborations with companies like Tresemme and the Olivia Jade x Sephora collection, Hallmark has decided do void their relationship with longtime partner, actress, and collaborator, Lori Loughlin. Worried about making it into your dream college? Don’t worry, as long as you have rich parents who are willing to commit fraud, you shouldn’t have a problem.

This week in pop culture

Alexa Ash
Arts & Culture Editor

Jordyn Woods. Photo (Getty)

Jordyn Woods. Photo (Getty)

World War K

Everyone better suit up because it’s getting crazy out here. The Kardashians have had, yet again, another internet-breaking scandal. But this time, it wasn’t their fault. Best friend and practically sixth Kardashian sister, Jordyn Woods, has been publicly shamed and ostracized amid stories of her getting a little to close and comfortable with Khloe’s baby daddy and known philanderer, Tristan Thompson. The (real) Kardashian sisters started an all-around “Jordyn Woods Detox,” where they wiped any trace of Woods from Khloe’s “Good American” fashion line—where she had expanded her modeling career—from her collab with Kylie Cosmetics, and even from Kylie’s house. I’m sure Tiger Woods feels a whole lot better now that the cheating allegations have been placed upon a different “Woods”.

JoBros Part Deux?

We are burning up for you Nick, Joe, and yes, even you, Kevin. In response to the reunion of the Jonas Brothers, there has been an outpour of adult women, including myself, reverting back to their pre-teen ways. The Jonas Brothers didn’t want to make their reappearance a quiet affair. They dropped their new song “Sucker” with an absolutely boujee and over-the-top music video to go with it. The song shot up to the No. 1 single on iTunes, and their music video is the No. 1 trending video on YouTube. Officially making their reunion public on March 1, the JoBros hinted at an upcoming “Jonas Brothers Week” on “The Late Late Show with James Corden”. If the “Camp Rock” stars were here to make waves, they certainly got what asked for. Don’t mind me though, I’ll just be at Target buying the newest TigerBeat magazine wearing my Aeropostale shirt with twelve tank tops underneath and my jean skirt over colored leggings.

You’ve “Scott” to be kidding

It is just so not the Kardashian’s week. Amid the Khloe-Tristan-Jordyn cheating scandal that has been shaking the internet these past couple days, Kylie Jenner has been questioning her own relationship with rapper Travis Scott. If we jump back to December 2018, Scott and Jenner were the victims of a cheating hoax involving a balcony, a scantily-clad woman, and a Travis doppelganger. Coming back to the present, this one ain’t no hoax. After checking his phone, there seemed to be some indication of his infidelity, and fueled by the Khloe and Tristan drama, Kylie was already in a suspicious state of mind. If it’s true or if it’s not, the Kardashian name has been in everyone’s mouths these past two weeks. What’s that saying that’s been floating around the meme culture of the internet: “The Devil works hard, but Kris Jenner works harder”.



Responding to the 91st Academy Awards

The 91st Academy Awards aired recently, and the show defied expectations by not sucking. Many tuned in just to observe what was shaping up to be the worst telecast yet, and they were probably disappointed to find that everything went off without a hitch. There were no accidental winners (i.e., the ‘La La Land’ & ‘Moonlight’ controversy), the runtime did not overstay its welcome (clocking in at 3 hrs. and 22 min., roughly a half-hour shorter than 2018’s ceremony), and Lady Gaga & Bradley Cooper KO’d viewers with their performance of “Shallow” (for which they won, in the evening’s most obvious decision, Best Original Song). It was a pretty decent night of television.

That said, the Oscars always do two things: showcase the world’s most popular cinematic talents in dashing clothes & dress, and piss everybody else off. Even though the production went smoothly (the only misstep being Rami Malek falling off the stage after the cameras stopped rolling, fortunately suffering no injuries), this may be the most frustrating and baffling year for winners since “Crash” won Best Picture in 2005.

The abysmally reviewed “Bohemian Rhapsody” won the most awards of the evening: Sound Mixing, Sound Editing, Film Editing, and Best Lead Actor (Rami Malek). This was surprising, not only because “Bohemian Rhapsody” is a ridiculously bad movie, but because Bryan Singer, since allegations of pedophilia resurfaced last fall, has been persona-non-grata from the film industry.

“Bohemian Rhapsody” winning numerous awards echoes the controversy of the 2003 ceremony, when Roman Polanski’s “The Pianist” won three awards, despite its creator being a convicted sex offender.

But the biggest winner of the night was “Green Book”, taking Best Picture, Best Original Screenplay, and Best Supporting Actor (Mahershala Ali). Don’t get me wrong, “Green Book” is a delightful movie with impressive acting, but it was not 2018’s best movie. It had the production quality of a Redbox film, the screenplay lacked any subtlety or nuance, and director Peter Farrelly’s last two movies (“Dumb and Dumber To” & “Movie 43”) were satanically awful. It’s a definite crowd pleaser, but one can’t help but see shades of the naive and condescending 1990 Best Picture winner “Driving Miss Daisy” in its screenplay. Why it won is no mystery since the Academy loves to champion tearjerkers and feel-good journeys you can take your grandparents to see, but daring, beautiful, immensely artistic films “Roma” and “Black Panther” deserved “Best Picture” infinitely more than this year’s winner.

Now, for a rundown of all the major categories:

Lead Actor

Won: Rami Malek for “Bohemian Rhapsody”

Should have won: Either Christian Bale for his admittedly great performance as Dick Cheney in the otherwise underwhelming “Vice” or Bradley Cooper for his liquor-soaked, effectively miserably performance in “A Star is Born”.

Not nominated: Ryan Gosling for his restrained, grieving, guilt-wracked performance in “First Man”.

Supporting Actor

Won: Mahershala Ali for “Green Book”

Should have won: Sam Elliot for his foul-mouthed, man-tears-aplenty role in “A Star is Born”.

Not nominated: Brian Tyree Henry for his scene-stealing role in “If Beale Street Could Talk”, a role that will go down as one of the greatest “brief” (less than 20 minutes, but more than a cameo) performances in history, alongside Beatrice Straight in “Network” and R. Lee Ermey in “Full Metal Jacket”.

Lead Actress

Won: Olivia Coleman for “The Favourite”

Should have won: Yalitza Aparicio, who despite being a first-time actress delivered the performance of a lifetime in “Roma”.

Not nominated: Viola Davis for her badass yet melancholy performance in “Widows” (which was criminally nominated for nothing).

Supporting Actress

Won: Regina King for “If Beale Street Could Talk”

Should have won: Nobody. King absolutely killed it in “If Beale Street Could Talk”. She will tear your heart out, give it a hug, and return it to you gift-wrapped.

Not nominated: Jong-seo Jun for her mysterious, sexy, mesmerizing performance in “Burning”.

Director

Won: Alfonso Cuaron for “Roma”

Should have won: Cuaron deserved this one. This is the sort of film most directors dream of making but never pull off. This is the “Gravity” director’s most personal film, as well as one of the best cinematic gifts of this generation.

Not nominated: Ryan Coogler for his stylish, powerful direction of “Black Panther”, by far the most artistic and satisfying Marvel Cinematic Universe film to date.

Original Song

Won: “Shallow” from “A Star is Born”

Should have won: “Shallow”. People knew from the minute they heard this song in the first trailer that it would win the award. That, and the song kicks major ass.

Not nominated: None. Very solid category.

Original Score

Won: Ludwig Goransson for “Black Panther”

Should have won: Nicolas Britell’s overwhelming score for “If Beale Street Could Talk”. Find the album on Spotify and weep.

Not nominated: Daniel Pemberton’s score for “Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse” works extremely well with the exhilarating action sequences. A tremendous amount of work went into every moment.

Adapted Screenplay

Won: “BlackKklansmen” by Spike Lee, Charlie Wachtel, David Rabinowitz, and Kevin Willmott

Should have won: Spike Lee and company were the correct choice for this one, and not only because Lee has deserved an Oscar for the longest time; the film is timely, sharp, painful, hilarious, and disturbing, and only Lee could have pulled it off.

Not nominated: Lynne Ramsay deserved recognition for the blunt, brutal, devastating “You Were Never Really Here”.

Original Screenplay

Won: “Green Book”

Should have won: “First Reformed”, which marks the return of the problematic and controversial Paul Schrader (legendary screenwriter of “Taxi Driver” and “Raging Bull”). Despite his being a certified curmudgeon, “First Reformed” was one of the strongest motion pictures of 2018, and he deserved the award.

Not nominated: Rafael Casal and Daveed Diggs for the intense, free-flowing, surprisingly funny dialogue in “Blindspotting”.

Best Picture

Won: “Green Book”

Should have won: “Roma”, which was undoubtedly the best film of 2018.

Not nominated: “Widows”, “Blindspotting”, and “First Man” were all amongst 2018’s best, and all three were leagues ahead of “Green Book” in terms of quality, emotion and excitement. They were emblematic of what an impressive year for film 2018 was and have joined the pile of innumerable great films to be snubbed and ignored by the award show that claims to honor the best-of-the-best movies.


Meals on a college budget: overnight oats and yogurt bites

Skipping breakfast is NOT a badge of honor, but many of us do it and are proud. Take these quick and easy yet substantial breakfast foods for a chance to get the most important meal of the day in without having to wake up any earlier.

Overnight Oats

Ingredients

1/4 cup of quick oats

1/2 cup of milk

1/4 of a banana (sliced)

1/2 cup of blueberries

Instructions

1. Place all the ingredients in a jar and refrigerate overnight.

2. Enjoy with any of your favorite toppings in the morning.

Recipe by Gina Homolka of skinnytaste.com

Frozen Yogurt Berry Bites

Ingredients

1 cup of berries of your choice, easier with smaller ones such as blueberries or raspberries

1 serving of Greek yogurt; the amount is based on the desired amount of food

Instructions

1. Place berries in an ice tray.

2. Pour yogurt over berries.

3. Freeze 3-4 hours or overnight.

4. Enjoy the next morning.

Recipe by Heidi of happinessishomemade.net


Everything you need to know about this year's Oscar nominations

Andrew Cripe
Film Critic

Photo by (Chris Pizzello/Invision/AP)

Photo by (Chris Pizzello/Invision/AP)

There’s a lot to unpack about this year’s Academy Award nominations. One of the best parts about this season is just venting with other film-lovers about how badly the Academy dropped the ball in some categories, but this year’s biggest slip-ups have less to do with the nominations and more with straight-up shenanigans--and the 91st ceremony hasn’t even aired yet: Kevin Hart was dishonorably discharged as host, a new category was scrapped because of social media ridicule (nobody seemed to like the Teen Choice Awards-sounding “Most Popular Movie” category), and most recently, the Academy received extreme criticism for attempting to relegate several of the technical categories to commercial-time in an attempt to reduce the length of the ceremony (fortunately, they ixnayed this decision once they saw the pitchforks).

The nominations also have their share of blunders: the most notable oversight has to be Steve McQueen’s thrilling, timely, sprawling crime drama “Widows” receiving zero nominations. A close second is the exclusion of “First Man” from all the major categories, only receiving predictable nominations for its technical prowess. Is this because of the unwarranted accusations of anti-patriotism, as the movie did not (gasp!) prominently feature the American flag during the moon-landing scene? Not confirmed…but probably. The third and final is less of a shock, as it is a smaller film by a first-time feature director, but Carlos López Estrada’s “Blindspotting” deserved recognition for its powerful performances and screenplay.

Now, for the nominees.

The Best Picture category already has observers predicting what the winner will be: Alfonso Cuaron’s “Roma”. While money shouldn’t be put down just yet, it seems like the personal, emotional, gorgeously shot Netflix film will be the first foreign language film in history to win the Academy’s highest honor.

Supporting this prediction is the social-media discontent directed at other prestigious award ceremonies for awarding their top prizes to “Green Book” and “Bohemian Rhapsody” (Golden Globes, Producers Guild, etc.), both of which are so sanitary, plainly made, and historically narrow-minded that film lovers have been tearing their hair out trying to figure out why they’ve been winning top honors.

Giving either “Green Book” or “ Bohemian Rhapsody” Best Picture would be unfortunate for the Academy’s newfound integrity. It isn’t enough to nominate films like “Roma”, “Black Panther” and “BlackKklansmen” if the only goal is to shallowly placate audiences from grilling the event for exclusionary selection methods. Each of those films deserve recognition, but the point is that their nominations do not even matter if Best Picture goes to a “Driving Miss Daisy” clone or a walking-on-eggshells-treatment of an LGBT icon.

“Vice” and “A Star is Born” both have eight nominations, the latter film suffering from a dive in traction since its release. Bradley Cooper’s musical-drama will win Best Original Song for ‘Shallow’, but after that, it is not the odds-on-favorite in any category.

“Vice” is a predictable choice, yet still an aggravating one. Receiving the critical reception equivalent of a shrug, “Vice” only seems to have squirmed into the awards scene because it forced Christian Bale to take up unhealthy eating habits (again). The audacity of his transformation into one of recent history’s biggest villains (former VP Dick Cheney) seems to have blinded Academy voters to the fact that “Vice” is ultimately limp. Expect Bale to win.

Lady Gaga will not win Best Actress in a Leading Role, seeing as how she will already be leaving the event with Best Song; the other nominees in this category, however, all stand an equal chance of winning. Yalitza Aparicio, the star of “Roma”, has made history by becoming the first indigenous woman to be nominated for Best Actress. She deserves to win. Her work in that film is miraculous.

Mahershala Ali will win his second Supporting Actor award for his work in “Green Book”, which doesn’t contain a quarter of the nuance he brought to his role in “Moonlight” but is enjoyable enough to render Oscar voters unanimous in their decision. Regina King is absolutely going to win Supporting Actress for the ferocity, warmth, and palpable tenderness she brought to “If Beale Street Could Talk”. Expect “If Beale Street Could Talk” to also win Best Original Score for Nicholas Britell’s heartstopping, overwhelmingly tender music.

You can be damned sure Adam McKay won’t win Best Director, as “Vice” is far too clumsy for its creator to run away with this sort of honor. Polish filmmaker Pawel Pawlikowski is the surprise nominee, as many expected “Cold War” to only receive recognition in the Foreign Language Film category. It’s always exciting to see the Academy shine a light on some of the most exciting directors around. Same goes for Yorgos Lanthimos, who with ‘The Favourite’ has established himself as one of the most imaginative and prolific creators around. But the winner is bound to be Alfonso Cuaron, which will mark the fifth time a Hispanic filmmaker has won in the last ten years (Cuaron for “Gravity”, Guillermo Del Toro for “The Shape of Water”, and Alejandro G. Inarritu for “Birdman” and “The Revenant”).

The dark horse for the Adapted Screenplay category is the Coen Bros. Netflix film “The Ballad of Buster Scruggs”, which would make it the third time they’ve won the award. But fate is leaning towards Spike Lee winning his first Oscar after five nominations and 30-plus years of filmmaking; the scathing anti-Trump sentiments in “BlackKklansmen” film don’t hurt its chances, either. Best Original Screenplay is a roll of the dice. It would be kickass if “The Favourite” won for its deadpan, hilarious, deeply disturbing writing, but as of now it seems like the hopefulness and good cheer of “Green Book” will carry the day.

Seeing as how no war-films are nominated in either of the Sound-work categories this year, it’s anybody’s game to win. It would be lovely to see the great “Black Panther” leave the event with a handful of awards, but Editing will more likely go to “A Quiet Place” for its remarkable, tense control of noise (and lack thereof). Mixing is anybody’s guess, as “A Star is Born” and “Bohemian Rhapsody” both feature giant concert set-pieces, “First Man” sports head-rattling chaos in its lift-off scenes, and “Roma” envelopes your entire living room in the heartbeat of 1970s Mexico City.

Best Animated Feature will definitely go to “Spider-Man: Into the Spiderverse”, which ended up being a better superhero film than the long-anticipated “Incredibles 2”.

As for the rest: “Roma” basically has a down-payment on Best Cinematography (hats will be devoured if it loses); “The Favourite” will snatch up Makeup & Hairstyling, Costume Design, and Production Design; “First Man” will win Visual Effects (unless Academy voters watched “Ready Player One” on mind-altering drugs and decided it actually looked good); Documentary Feature is a triple-threat between “RBG”, “Minding the Gap”, and “Free Solo”; the unfortunate decision will be made to give Film Editing to the sloppily composed “Vice”; and, as always, the Short Subject categories are a melee (these are the ones even experts can’t predict).

Nothing is set in stone with regards to predictions about anything, which is why they’re fun. The best recommendation to give is that you find your movie buddies, print out some online ballots, and watch the awards together and see who emerges as the winner. It’s rare anybody marks their ballots with 100% accuracy. And it isn’t unheard of for actors, filmmakers, or crew to stick their feet in their mouths in the weeks leading up to the ceremony with bad tweets, tone-deaf comments, or other shenanigans, effectively torching their chances. So stay warm in a movie-theater, catch up on nominees, and keep on the lookout for drama, because it’s awards season.