Spring Break 2016: Where are students going?

By Vanisha Dansinghani

In the midst of a stressful semester, students are struggling to juggle academics, co-op interviews and extracurricular activities and are looking forward to spring break as a way to refresh and recharge. Meanwhile, trying to find motivation to come back and complete the rest of the semester with a bang. While there remain some classic destinations for all students, let’s take a look  where we can expect Northeastern students to spend their Spring Break or should I say in some cases…“Spring Broke.”

Miami, Florida

Miami is collectively the most popular spring break destination for students in America, it is no doubt that a majority of Northeastern’s jetsetters would not miss an opportunity to travel to a city dominated by white sand beaches, elite parties and chic clubs.

Cancun, Mexico

Famous for its EDM festival, Inception fest and tequila tasting tours, Cancun is a classic choice for spring break.

Punta Cana, Dominican Republic

As Punta Cana is the spring break location of my choice, I am looking forward to relaxing with my friends on tropical beaches, sipping martinis (virgin of course), and dancing to tunes at beachside parties by night. Punta Cana is not only a popular spring break destination because of its near-perfect weather, but also because of its all-inclusive resort packages and diverse range of activities including banana boating, snorkeling and swimming with dolphins just to name a few.

Costa Rica

The active and adventure-seeking students opt to travel to Costa Rica to engage in exciting water sports such as surfing, white-water rafting, kayaking and scuba diving. These daring individuals also have the chance to live the life of the monkey by exploring Costa Rica’s lush jungles.

Los Angeles, California

Popular for its star-studded vibes, world-renowned beaches, and occasional celebrity sightings, Los Angeles is the perfect destination for students in search of a balance between an urban adventure and a relaxing time at the beach.


Students looking for a picture-perfect paradise vacation among white sand, crystal-clear water and palm trees find the Bahamas to be their suited spring break destination. Whether it be the lavish Atlantis resort or rowdy party cruise- this is one destination filled with young party-goers.

New York, New York

Someone once said, “there simply isn’t any place like it.” There is never a wrong time to visit New York City. Students on a tight budget may choose to stay close to Boston over spring break, but will spend time in a city where it is impossible to get bored. Being a city that highly demonstrates the freedom of expression, New York invites people of all cultures to engage in the city and enjoy its vast diversity.

San Juan, Puerto Rico

Attracted by the El Yunque Rainforest, beautiful beaches and blue cobblestone streets, but mostly because of its cheap airfare, students chose San Juan as a popular spring break destination this year.

Dinners to try this Week

By Meredith Fisher

A new year means new food! Logistically speaking, it is comforting to make food you know and love but occasionally it comes time to spice up your routine. These recipes will add new dimension to foods you already know and love. Best of all, the recipes are easy to put together and can be prepared without a kitchen- goodbye, dining hall!

Sun-dried Tomato Couscous with Chickpeas and Roasted Kale

Photo:   Meredith Fisher

Photo: Meredith Fisher

This recipe builds off a fluffy couscous base with nutrient-filled greens and a scattering of protein-filled chickpeas. This dish will fulfill your craving for Mediterranean food and you will look like a whiz in the kitchen. The secondary elements of the recipe include pine nuts and sundried tomatoes, which elevate the taste and add complexity. This meal will come together right before your eyes and still look carefully thought-out and elegant.


1   10-ounce box couscous

½ c. pine nuts

3T   olive oil

1    15.5-ounce can chickpeas, rinsed

2    bunches kale, stems trimmed

1    small jar sun dried tomatoes (or package of dried tomatoes, not in oil)

Salt, black pepper, and garlic; season to taste

  1. Cook couscous according to package instructions
  2. Add sundried tomatoes to couscous while water is still being absorbed. If they are out of a jar, they can be put directly into the couscous mixture. If they are dried, soak them in water for a few minutes to soften them. Cut the pieces into small bits
  3. Toast pine nuts in a skillet over low heat until golden, about 3 minutes. Set aside.
  4. Add olive oil to skillet and sauté kale on medium heat for 1 minute.
  5. Add chickpeas, garlic, salt, and pepper to the skillet. Cook until the greens are tender
  6. Incorporate chickpeas and kale over couscous. Top with toasted pine nuts

SHORT CUTS: Buy couscous mixture with pine nuts and spices already incorporated. Use a microwave instead of stove to cook the couscous. Microwave for 2 minutes or until all water is absorbed. Use microwave instead of pan to steam greens for 1 minute.


Zucchini Noodles with Creamy Avocado Sauce

Photo: Meredith Fisher

Photo: Meredith Fisher

I think we can all agree that avocados are one of the greatest foods on Earth and finding a new way to eat them is arguably one of the best discoveries of the week. Making your own pasta sauce may sound daunting, but is much simpler and even more satisfying than you can imagine. This recipe also incorporates zucchini noodles, allowing you to enjoy pasta, without all of the carbs. While some light equipment is required, this dish comes together in a snap.

For just under ten dollars on Amazon you can be the proud owner of a hand-held vegetable spiralizer, turning all of your favorite vegetables into shredded toppings or spaghetti noodles. 


12 ounces zucchini (about 3 zucchinis)

2 ripe avocados

1/2 c. Basil Leaves

2 Tablespoons of lemon juice

1/3 c. olive oil

1 c. cherry tomatoes, halved

salt and black pepper; to taste

  1. Prepare sauce by mashing avocado and adding lemon juice, olive oil, and basil. Throw into the food processor for a quick whirl or simply mix by hand.
  2. Spiralize zucchini
  3. Place zucchini in pan over medium heat ensuring that there is enough moisture for the noodles to soften. Cook until softened, about 3 minutes. The noodles can also be cooked in the microwave for about 2 minutes.
  4. Add halved cherry tomatoes to pan, cook on medium heat until warm
  5. Cover noodles with sauce and serve.

SHORT CUT: Use normal pasta rather than zucchini noodles.* For a healthier option, use noodles made from a bean or lentil base, such as Tolerant Black Bean Fettuccine.

February: Free Events in Boston

By: Dana Rocha

Looking for something to do but are on a budget? Check out some of these free events during the month of February.


Photo: The Leaflet

Mass College of Art Design Present Spring 2016 Exhibition: SELECTIONS

SELECTIONS features work by MassArt professors who want to showcase their work often in experimental directions or media. The exhibition will include photography, video, sculpture, painting, work on paper, and site-specific installations. The exhibition is being held until March 5th.

Where: Bakalar & Paine Galleries at MassArt

621 Huntington Ave, South Building  Boston, MA 02115

When: Mon – Sat from 12 PM to 6 PM and Wednesday from 12 PM to 8 PM (closed on Sundays).


Emerson College Spring Bright Lights Film Series

The Bright Lights screening and talk series is being held by the Department of Visual and Media Arts at Emerson College, who’s mission is to showcase visual media to Emerson College affiliates and the Greater-Boston community. Local and international artists, faculty, and alumni will be featured in the series.

Where: Paramount Theater

559 Washington Street, 4th floor  Boston, MA 02111

When: Every Tuesday and Thursday from 7:00 PM- 10:00 PM

From February 4 – April 14


SoWa First Fridays

Starting in February- over 60 artists, 40 boutiques, numerous galleries, and restaurants will be open to the public every first Friday of the month.

Where: 450 Harrison Ave Boston, MA  02118

When: February 5th from 5:00PM – 9:00 PM


MIT Social Swing Dance and Lesson

Are you are interested in learning how to swing dance? If so, MIT is offering a dance social where you can learn how to dance to a wide variety of music from tradition swing to blues and even hip-hop.

Where: Massachusetts Institute of Technology

 77 Massachusetts Avenue Cambridge, MA 02139

* For room location check out

When: February 10 from 7:30 PM – 11:30 PM


Snowball Fight on the Common!

Represent Northeastern in a snowball fight against other Boston area colleges.

Where: Boston Common

Beacon St and Charles Street Boston, MA 02108

When: February 13th from 1:00 PM – 3:00 PM


Chinese New Year Parade

Welcome the Year of the Monkey by attending the Chinese New Year Parade in Chinatown featuring lion dances, music and fireworks.

Where: Chinatown Boston

When: February 14th from 11 AM – 3 PM


Free Concert at the New England Conservatory

The Rivers Symphony Orchestra will be performing work by Beethoven, Bach and Haydn in the famous Jordan Hall, just steps away from campus!

Where: New England Conservatory – Jordan Hall

30 Gainsborough Street Boston, MA 02115

When:  February 28th from 7:00 PM – 9:00 PM


The Row is Expanding into Footwear

By: Ziqi Gu


Exciting news has been announced by Mary-Kate and Ashley Olsen that they are finally going to launch shoes for The Row this May.

Mary-Kate Olsen told Footwear News, “Footwear was the natural next category for The Row. We want to provide our customers with all the essentials. We hope The Row shoe collection will do that.”

During The Row’s pre-fall presentation on Friday in New York, Mary-Kate and Ashley introduced their first footwear collection. The new collection comprises of seven different styles in various colors, fabrics and prints. The collection includes mules with an acrylic block heel and a chocolate-hue loafer. The shoes will be priced between $850 and $1,350, and will be sold at The Row’s existing retailers and at the brand’s retail stores.


Also, when checking out the newly posted pictures on The Row’s Instagram, the first glimpse at their shoes collection brings surprise. It is easily noticed that their new footwear collection is consistent with their modern and contemporary style. The shoes are simple, chic, and classic, working alongside many basic pieces within their collection.

Before working on footwear projects, the stylish duo gained experience in this field from working on various projects within the footwear industry. Ashley Olsen states, “We have worked with Christian Louboutin, Manolo Blahnik, Barbara Shaum and Enzo Bonafè, among a few others. We wanted to approach footwear organically and have a better understanding of the market before launching an in-house shoe collection.” All in all, the addition of a footwear line to The Row is exciting to the fashion industry.