The Dark Days Will Pass

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**Disclaimer- do not read if you are already in a bad mood**

As the days get colder and gloominess spreads through campus, it’s hard to feel happy. Finals are near and stress is at an all-time high. But this year, finals are not the only thing bringing me down. Next month, on January 1st, will mark the one year anniversary of my friend’s death.

I remember when I found out about Najam’s death on the first day of 2016. Initially, I didn’t know the cause and assumed a car accident. I remember feeling numb and confused because when you’re young, you don’t realize that there will be times when you can lose a friend too soon.

I remember reaching out to mutual friends and all of us exchanging uplifting messages about how we need to “stick together” and “get through this.”

But that all changed when we found out how he actually…

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India unveils the largest solar power plant in the world

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India has revealed their newest solar power plant in Kamuthi, Tamil Nadu. It will reportedly cover an area of around 4 square miles and host a capacity of 648 megawatts which is almost 100 megawatts more power than the previous largest plant in Southern California.

It only took an astounding 8 months to build the plant which at full capacity is estimated to power over 150,000 homes. The project features an astounding 2.5 million individual solar panels and cost around 680 million dollars to build.

With this massive project India is on track to become the world’s third largest solar market behind only the US and China. However their plans don’t stop there as India hopes to power 60 million homes with solar power by 2022. Even more impressive is their aim to produce a staggering 40% of their power from non fossil fuels by 2030.

It definitely seems that…

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Bringing In the Holidays Right

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Thanksgivings is over and now is the time we all prepare for Christmas. What better way is there to bring in the New Year, than to bring it in with a buzz? Here are my top six Christmas inspired drinks to help you make your Christmas merry.

1)Santa’s Sleigh Cocktail:

For all of the eggnog lovers this is the drink for you.

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White sugar crystals, preferably coarse

2 cups store-bought eggnog, chilled

1/2 cup brandy

1/2 cup amaretto liqueur

1 teaspoon ground nutmeg

2 scoops vanilla ice cream

4 cinnamon sticks

Read more at: http://www.foodnetwork.com/recipes/sandra-lee/santas-sleigh-cocktail-recipe.html?oc=linkback

2) Candy Cane Cocktail:

Instead of decorating your tree with candy canes, decorate your drink with them. If you are a fan of mint, this is your drink.

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1 shot vanilla rum

1 shot white chocolate liqueur (recommended: Godiva)

1 shot peppermint schnapps

Candy cane, garnish

Read more at: http://www.foodnetwork.com/recipes/sandra-lee/candy-cane-cocktail-recipe.html?oc=linkback

3) Rudolph’s Cranberry Antlers Cocktail:

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Put an End to the Trend

As Told By Ginger

Drinking and Driving Isn’t Cute

Being in college, one of the sweetest escapes is going out on the weekend. Nothing beats starting early by participating in Thirsty Thursday with a group of friends. Some of the best memories made in college are on the weekends- but did you know that every 51 minutes in America, someone is killed in a drunk driving crash?

I often hear people sharing stories from their weekends, full of fun and feeling carefree. However, about 8 out of 10 of those stories end with “Yeah dude, I was so drunk I have no idea how I drove home,” followed with laughter from multiple parties and fist bumps and others agreeing because they can relate. I’m sorry, I didn’t realize that drunk driving was “cute” or a laughing matter? Far too often I hear stories like this and each and every time the story is followed…

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Rethinking Mexico: Grutas Tolantongo

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One of the greatest experiences I’ve ever had happened this summer. All the places I visited in Mexico were beautiful. But one of my favorite places was in Hidalgo, Mexico

It’s kind of a funny story how I ended up going to one of the places on my bucket list. I was with my aunt and her friend and he suggested the trip on the spot. We weren’t sure if we should go but I figured I may not have another opportunity and agreed.

This is the picture that comes up when you search the place on Google:

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How could I say no?

We packed our bags and left at midnight. What we thought was a 3 hour drive turned into a 6-7 hour one and we were travelling in a tiny truck.

We stayed at one of the hotels which was really cheap (~$40/night) but considered expensive in Mexico…

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Steak N Shake

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image.jpegSteak n Shake is one of Americas greatest treasures. I mean just look above. You may think, “Why is she talking about a burger joint, those are everywhere” but it’s not just any joint ITS FREAKING STEAK N SHAKE.

There are many reason why Steak N Shake reigns in my top favorite burger places. For one, the prices are perfect prices for broke college students like myself. They have a full menu with 24 items all FOR UNDER $4. You can get a double cheese burger and fries for just $4, among many other things. The milkshakes are reasonable priced too. A simple milkshake is only two dollars and some change. This is awesome because at other restaurants that’s how much a regular soft drink costs.

Another reason why Steak N Shake is the GOAT is for the food and experience. Every bun is buttered and crispy on the edges…

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Louisville was a shooting star this season

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By Beau Kilpatrick—

Louisville’s loss on Saturday against the University of Kentucky was a fitting end to a hopeful season that ended in self-destruction. The No. 11 Cardinals fell 38-41 against their in-state rival U of K.ul_final_uk

The Cardinals showed an unbelievable amount of potential through the first half of the season. Their average margin of victory through the first four games was by 41.5 points, including a 43-point win over Florida State. Their first loss came at the hands of the now no.4 Clemson Tigers. However, that game was fought to the end and Louisville fell one yard shy. They won their next five games, three blowouts against NC State, Boston College and Wake Forest. They also struggled in two closer games against Duke and Virginia.

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The crack in Louisville’s armor was exposed when they lost to Houston, a game where they were heavy favorites. The Cards were ranked…

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