Sunday, February 21, 2021 - 9:41pm

This weekend, the South Asian Awareness Network hosted their 19th annual conference “Rising Tides: Pulling Together to Push Boundaries.” While this year’s virtual setting looked different from previous round-table dialogues at the Michigan League, the social justice awareness organization delivered a rather engaging program

Sunday, February 14, 2021 - 7:53pm

I grew up a die-hard Swiftie. So, inevitably, I grew up idealizing the kind of love that was hopelessly romantic and painfully heartbreaking. I’d strut down the stairs of my house imagining the view from a grand balcony, belting the iconic bridge of Taylor Swift’s Love Story with my next door neighbor. I’d long for the day that I would turn Fifteen years old, so to get noticed by senior boys in the high school hallways.

Tuesday, February 2, 2021 - 9:03pm

We’re already moving full steam into the new semester, but I don’t think I’ve fully recovered from the previous one. Part of me wants to forge ahead and never look back at any part of 2020, but things don’t suddenly change when the clock strikes midnight, and the debris from the catastrophic year still lingers everywhere. It lingers in the unease and the discomfort of upending my first year of college. It lingers in my detached concept of home since we got sent back last March. And it lingers in my diminished sense of self caused by the agonizing purgatory that was quarantine.

Monday, April 6, 2020 - 5:29pm

My kitchen island has served as a place where time gets lost in long hours of insightful conversation. Now, when time seems to stand still and daily discussions don’t steer far from the all-consuming, mind-numbing coronavirus pandemic, I often reminisce to one of my last conversations with my college friends. 

Monday, March 23, 2020 - 6:46pm

On Wednesday, March 11, the University of Michigan canceled classes for the remainder of the week and decided to move to an online format for the rest of the semester in light of the coronavirus pandemic. I was sitting at the Michigan Union, rushing to meet a deadline, when I received the email. The atmosphere around me immediately shifted. Textbooks closed, phones rang and chaos was in the air.

Tuesday, March 10, 2020 - 12:59pm

Since Hasan Minhaj’s release of his talk show “Patriot Act With Hasan Minhaj” in 2018, the former Daily Show correspondent was met with high praise for his perfect blend of catharsis and criticism.

Thursday, February 20, 2020 - 12:28pm

As a self-proclaimed coffee enthusiast, I’ve always had an incessant curiosity for coffee shops — the people, the atmosphere and of course, the coffee. The process of examining the menu of roasts, consulting a barista to validate my decision and sipping my selection over good conversation is my definition of heaven.

Thursday, February 6, 2020 - 12:00pm

My parents are immigrants, so in our household, food is the center of everything. That means you don’t refuse food even if you just ate. While I’m not the biggest foodie, my parents would take food preparation very seriously, so I grew to love cooking over the years. I was never a natural, but my mom insisted that I learn all the traditional family recipes. What I once thought of as a tedious chore became the foundation for an appreciation of my culture and the art of food preparation. Grocery shopping is the most important task for the Shah family’s process.