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Beyond Cosmic

(04/19/12 7:26am)

The city of Durham has a vibrant Hispanic community—Latinos make up 14 percent of its population. Immigrants from countries like Mexico, El Salvador and Guatemala have made the Bull City their home and brought along their native cuisines. As a Hispanic, I enjoy exploring the many layers of our cultural entity, food notwithstanding. Latin American cuisine, after all, is more than tacos and burritos. A visit to these humble restaurants—where I can order in Spanish and enjoy cheap, quick, hearty food—always brings me closer to home. Ten minutes from East Campus, off N. Roxboro Street, there are four restaurants within walking distance that serve different types of Hispanic cuisine.

Away from meddling eyes

(12/09/11 11:00am)

Shortly after sundown Aug. 8, 2011, I took off on an El Al flight from New York to Tel Aviv. I was one of 17 students travelling to Israel with the Anti-Defamation League, which organizes a yearly trip to introduce American students to some of the challenges in modern Israel. I longed to see the land with my own eyes and talk to policy makers and constituents in order to form my own opinions on key issues surrounding Israel. The country had been in the national news almost every day prior to my departure, as the Palestinians were preparing to submit a bid for independence to the United Nations. After learning about the region’s history, I realized this proposal would be detrimental to the peace process, as many U.N. members would make their determinations not with a goal of lasting regional peace, but rather to leverage their own national interests.