The Index

  • The Rise of Plant-Based Diets

    By Ali Randel  Nora Harris strolls down the aisles at Trader Joe’s, looking for vegan goodies. Her cart resembles a farmer’s basket, coming straight home from a harvest. The leafy greens and colorful variety of veggies will make for the perfect tofu scramble.   Harris is a junior at Kalamazoo College and has been vegan since…

  • Dietary Restriction-Friendly Restaurants in Kalamazoo Area 

    By Ali Randel  KALAMAZOO, Mich. – Jordyn Kravitz’s big blue puppy dog eyes watered with a trace of confusion. The birthday cake brought out in front of her looks perfect with swirls of chocolate frosting coated in sugar sprinkles. Unfortunately, Kravitz has a big decision to make. Will there be cake?  Kravitz, a senior at…

  • Americans With Dietary Restrictions Feel Immune Abroad

     By Ali Randel   Mercedes Duran stares at herself in the mirror. Her face is red and covered with new blemishes she tries not to pick at. Her hair is thinning, slowly falling out of her head.    Duran is a 17-year-old from Barcelona, Spain, studying abroad for a year in Charlotte, Michigan. She attends Charlotte…

  • “A Culinary SOS from Kalamazoo College to Chef Gordon Ramsay!” 

    By Laryn Kuchta That’s not the kind of email you expect at 10 p.m. on a Tuesday. It’s not the kind of email you expect ever.  If you were cc’d on this email – sent by K College senior Shahriar Akhavan Tafti and addressed to who else but GordonInquiries@gordonramsay.com – and you’re anything like me,…

  • The Outdoors is Calling, Are You Going to Pick Up The Phone?  

    By Madeline Moss We’ve all experienced it – strolling through campus, absorbed in our own affairs, only to encounter an obnoxiously large tour group monopolizing the entire sidewalk. With some poor student walking backwards while remarking, “If I am about to crash into something, please let me know!” As they enthusiastically spew out Kalamazoo College…

  • Rome Study Abroad Review 

    By Allie Chafetz  The number one thing people said to me when I told them where I was going to study abroad in Rome was “you’re SO lucky, Italy is beautiful!” They were not wrong. Italy is a beautiful country, and each region is a slightly different experience. If I could recommend anything to anyone…

  • Kalamazoo Students Struggle to Get Needed ADHD Medication 

    By Margaret Peters  Diagnosed at the age of 6, first-year Julia Sitz, now an 18-year-old, is struggling to get her medication for ADHD. The disorder is challenging even with treatment and can be debilitating if prescriptions cannot be filled. Facing shortages of Adderall, Sitz recently switched to taking Concerta, a drug that is less effective…

  • Spend Every Penny While Studying Away In D.C.  

    By Lyrica Gee  The purpose of the Washington, D.C. study away program is to prepare its students for their future careers through readiness programming, internships, and supplementary weekly classes, but in my experience, making the most of your time depends on finding friends who will bring you out of your comfort zone to explore every…

  • Retreats, Beats, and Hidden Eats

    By Audrey Pegouske Venturing out of the safety of campus can be a daunting concept for most college students in terms of expectations and monetary constraints. Your friends may be traveling abroad, traveling back home, leaving you nothing to do with an itch for adventure. With its wisping skyscrapers, decadent desserts, and views reaching far…

  • Kalamazoo’s Very Own: Celestial

    By Jose Lopez Bernal It was only right for the newest local Kalamazoo band to premier their debut album “Velvet Moon” at Kalamazoo’s own Bell’s Brewery.  Celestial, the band spearheaded by the group’s lead writer and vocalist, Brian Ritzer, brought psychedelic rock to Bell’s on January 26th to play their debut album. The band features…