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Cecilia Ewing – Contributing Writer

  Dayal and Le Bon’s skillful acting keep the budding romance between Hassan and Marguerite from feeling cliché. Photo credit: IMDB.comCooking up a dramatic comedy, “The Hundred-Foot Journey” mixes together predictable ingredients to create something great. The movie is about a boy named Hassan (Manish Dayal) who is a gifted chef, his family and a woman named Madame Mallory (Helen Mirren), the owner of a French restaurant with aspirations to greatness. When Hassan’s family is shaken up and uprooted from their home in India, they find their way to France where Hassan’s father (Om Puri) insists they open a restaurant only a hundred feet across the street from Madame Mallory’s already impressive French eatery, Le Saule Pleureur. Along the way there is a romance forming between Hassan and a female chef named Marguerite (Charlotte Le Bon) who works in Madame Mallory’s restaurant, and an instant rivalry among all those involved in the business of cooking.

The magic of this movie lies in its ability to make the nearly banal storylines something special. Dayal’s portrayal of Hassan is brilliant. His quiet demeanor and love for the world around him are subtle and well-played. His enthusiasm for both food and life are infectious. Not to be outdone, Helen Mirren’s bold but caring performance is masterfully crafted, and the French accent does not detract from the quality at all. Puri as Papa is a genius choice, a delightfully over-caring father who adds humor in all the right places. In addition, the supporting cast does not fade into the background, but the film makes their voices and characters known and cared for.

Le Bon in particular shines. Where her character could come off as relatively flat, or could have been pushed too far into the range of downright mean, Le Bon brings a sweeter innocence to her and her story with Hassan and within Le Saule Pleureur.

The film’s emotional manipulations fall just short of contrivances because of the high quality of acting and directing. The clichéd twists and turns of a dramatic comedy feel less forced and much more authentic when placed in the capable hands of the cast. The chemistry between Mirren and Puri is perfection, which works to the film’s advantage.

Director Lasse Hallström, known for “Chocolat” and “What’s Eating Gilbert Grape”, shoots the food in the film in a way that will make you starving after seeing it. Every shot is dripping with flavor and spice. Word of advice? Don’t head to a fast food place as soon as the movie ends! From French food to Indian food to fancy food you don’t exactly know how to label, Hallström shoots the culinary aspects of the film in a captivating, beautiful way. Where Hassan is a genius at making food, Hallström is equally strong in capturing it.

The film’s only fault lies in its simplistic storyline. From beginning to end, you know who you will root for, who will end up with whom and which restaurants will succeed. The strength of the characters carry this movie. They are compelling and interesting and funny in the right ways. Whether stubborn, motivated, loving or egotistical, they will capture your heart and make you want more. “The Hundred-Foot Journey” is a combination of dull and unlikely ingredients that work together to make a rather magical, and completely delectable dish.

—Cecilia Ewing is a sophomore and co-president of film club.


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By Bhumi Patel – Assistant Student Life and Arts Editor

Up close, Bell’s work becomes a network of interconnected details that aren’t seen from far away. Here, a rubber band wrapped around a nail and the rough edges of the materials can be seen, just some of the surprises in Bell’s work.

Up close, Bell’s work becomes a network of interconnected details that aren’t seen from far away. Here, a rubber band wrapped around a nail and the rough edges of the materials can be seen, just some of the surprises in Bell’s work.

The beginning of fall means farmers’ market stalls on the streets of Madison. Farmers’ market is a 10-minute walk from Drew located in front of the Chatham Bookstore in the corner of Green Valley Road and Main Street.  The stalls are open every Thursday from 1 p.m. to 6 p.m. until Oct. 16.

The market sells fresh produce along with freshly made-on-site kettle corn, breads, fresh lemonade, pickles and for the curious, goat milk soap. Some of the produce from the farmers market comes from Melick’s Town Farm in Oldwich, NJ. The items range from squash to fresh apple cider. A basket of Macintosh Apples cost approximately $6. With six apples per basket, the produce becomes slightly pricier when compared to regular grocery store. The freshness and taste gives you bang for your buck.

Shopping at a farmers’ market is a perfect way to support small family farms. Buying directly from local farms gives them a chance to make a living in today’s competitive food industry. Plus, the freshness is an added bonus.

Drew is all about green living. A farmers’ market helps reduce the amount of pollution and trash by skipping the shipping from another community. Produce at the market is transported shorter distances and grown in ways that reduce the use of harmful chemicals—or in other words organic. A trip to the farmers’ market is the best way to find out where your food comes from.  Farmers may even give you a few insiders’ tips or recipes for the produce. A recipe and fresh food is a deal you do not want to miss.

You may discover something curiously unique while taking a stroll through the market.  Did you know Madison has its very own Secret Garden Soap of Madison? Probably not, since it is a secret. The shop sells soaps, lotions, essential oils, shaving cream bars, lip balms and face scrubs made out of goat milk.

Everything is hand-made by Tracee Palmer and her goats down the street on Park Ave. Palmer said, “I have three goats in my backyard a street down from your Drew.” With interesting scents such as jasmine, Madison rose and Butt Naked, the soap is very locally made. You can buy Palmer’s products at J&M across Whole Foods.

The farmers’ market is a community hub—a place to get familiar with your local farmers, meet friends, or just see what your town has to offer. Skip taking Madison Avenue Direct to Stop & Shop and walk to town with your friends to experience the small-town life.


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Bhumi Patel – Assistant Student Life & Arts Editor


Some college students like to live the carefree life on a tight budget. Sacrificing things you want things you need, such as food, is not unheard of. But there will be no need to sacrifice with proper budgeting and money saving tricks.

Keeping track of your finances will help you see where your money is going. Having your expenses written down will also help with limiting spending in places where it’s not needed. It is surprising to see how much you spend on things that are unnecessary. Tracking finances can be made simple by using free tools offered online. Websites such as finaid.org or mint.com will help you manage your expenses.

Indulging in movies or bowling is always a relaxing way to end a hectic week. However, the expenses can add up, and can end up being  costly. Drew’s UPB hosts movie and bingo nights, along with a variety of other fun activities. Skip paying for movie tickets, and take advantage of events set up by UPB. This is a great way to save money and meet your fellow Drewids.

Watch out for the Freshman Fifteen!  Gaining weight during college is common during all four years at college. In order to save money and watch weight, do not go for the most expensive meal plan. You may not eat at the Commons as much as you think you will. Choosing a plan that allows for the most meals can be pricey. Doing so may also force you to eat more, so you do not waste a meal for the day. Choose the meal plan that will best suit your eating habits.

Furthermore, try selling the items you no longer use instead of storing them away. Selling used items on websites such as Poshmark or eBay is a quick way to make easy cash. Another quick way to make cash  is to sell your textbooks as soon as possible. You can use the money you made by selling your textbooks to buy books for upcoming classes. In a sense, you are recycling your money.

If you want to dorm, think about looking into becoming an RA. You can potentially save significant amount of money on your room and board by being an RA. Plus, the experience will always be a bonus.

Being smart and responsible about your finances will lessen a major burden on your shoulders, allowing you to enjoy the ultimate college experience!

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By The Drew Acorn staff


Freshman 15 Tip #1:

There’s a shortcut to Madison! It’s behind Sitterly House, the home of the English Department, you can cut through the parking lot and field behind the lot. By the time you reach the sidewalk from the field you’re half way to Stop and Shop.

Freshman 15 Tip #2:

You’re allowed to shamelessly eat at the Commons by yourself. Sure, it’s fun to eat with friends, but for some strange reason every year eating alone seems to be some weird worry for underclassmen. This isn’t high school, so your likability is not measured in the number of people sitting around you chowing down on Taco Tuesday.

Freshman 15 Tip #3:

Coffee is your friend; in the weeks to come you will develop a love for and obsession with coffee. It will peak during your midterms and become insatiable during finals. Resistance is futile; there is nothing you can do but accept that this is your fate.

Freshman 15 Tip #4;

Join a club or three. Drew has a ton of different clubs that cover a variety of interests and activities, from cultural and academic clubs to the Drew Acorn itself! So when the activity fair rolls around on Thursday make sure to attend and get information on a variety of clubs. Don’t be embarrassed to put yourself on 50 different email lists – most of us did! And even if you don’t join a club, you can still attend their events. If you’re interested in leadership, you may get a chance to be on the executive board of a club.

Freshman 15 Tip #5;

Actually read the “Drew Today” emails that are sent out daily and include all the upcoming events and news students need to know. It is a great way to stay in touch with what is happening on campus and to pick out the events that interest you.

Freshman 15 Tip #6:

Explore the library! There are a lot more places to study than just the ones you see when you walk in the door, such as the beautiful Kean Reading Room or the private study spaces that can be reserved for small groups. Drew students should make sure to walk throughout the entire building, because there are a lot of resources to be discovered if you just look.

Freshman 15 Tip #7;

Make sure to figure out where your classes are before they begin. The room numbers and buildings may be straightforward but then on the first day of class you may end up roaming the DoYo trying to figure out what floor the class is even on. So save yourself some stress and check locations before Tuesday.

Freshman 15 Tip #8:

Enjoy your time at Drew. Be open to new experiences and meeting new people. Also while it may seem like a cliché it really will be over before you know it so have fun and make a lot of memories. Also beware of “first week cliques”! You’ve met your floor, you’ve all become best friends, and now you all eat your meals together, party together, and walk to events together. While it’s true many of the friendships stay strong through the years, don’t forget that in your college career you’re going to meet many different people and it’s cool to balance different types of company.

Freshman 15 Tip #9;

Campus life extends online at this university: many professors, staff and administrators use social media and will be communicating with social media, so keep your online presence clean. So red cup pics or cringe-worthy user names need to be gone, deleted or changed. On the flip side, know you can have funny Twitter conversations with administrators and most clubs have really thriving Facebook groups to communicate on!

Freshman 15 Tip #10:

Do not take art for an easy A! This is the Graphics Editor speaking.  I repeat: do not take art for an easy A!

Freshman 15 Tip #11:

Don’t be intimidated by how serious and official everything looks. Things are generally relaxed and close-knit at Drew. As a brand new student it may not feel like that but it is.

Freshman 15 Tip #12:

Aim for a deep understanding of your academic subjects rather than psyching yourself out over getting A’s.  If you can successfully apply material and coursework, you can use it in your Drew and post-Drew life.  Obsessing about grades only causes procrastination when you strive to make all of your work perfect and do endless research instead of simply beginning to write.

Freshman 15 Tip #13:

An Awesome Reading Spot on Campus:

Drewids who need to escape to a quiet place to read a book or get some studying done should head to the Sitterly porch. The English Department would love to see people actually reading on their porch. It’s a quiet place facing the woods on an off-the-beaten-path part of campus. What better place to curl up with a good book or notes before a big test?


Freshman 15 Tip #14:

Free Books in Sitterly (and elsewhere):

Any students interested in adding to their book collection should head over to the lounge in Sitterly. There’s always a pile of free books for students to take. Students looking for interesting books on classic literature should head over and check out what books are currently available for the taking. Gilbert House, the home of the History Department, also sometimes offers free books. In addition, Java City has an unofficial library – take a book, any book, as long as you bring it back.


Freshman 15 Tip #15:

Giralda Farms and Loantaka Park. Less than a mile from Drew is a great jogging/walking path around Giralda Farms. And at Loantaka Park there are forest trails and even a large lake for recreational fishing. It’s a two minute drive or a 20-minute walk, and it’s a beautiful place to explore or relax.


BONUS Freshman 15 Tip #16:

Keep a scheduled planner to stay on track with academics and your social life. Drew professors are very big on office hours, and there are a lot of events every day that will soon fill up your planner, in addition to keeping track of assignments and exams. Using a planner will make your hectic schedule so much less stressful. Plus, you’ll be less likely to show up late or to forget something.


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By Taylor Tracy - Student Life and Arts Editor

In the midst of roommate drama, studying for stressful classes and nightly meals in the Commons, it’s easy to forget that, yes, there is indeed a world outside the Forest. There’s  a variety of awesome and often cheap places to go on a free evening or weekend in the Madison area, New Jersey and even New York City. Taking the Madison Avenue Direct Shuttle and local 873 bus costs less than five dollars and a round trip to Manhattan and back is just $22. There are lots of possibilities for excursions off-campus, both close to home and farther away:


1.Drewids who are bored on a rainy weekend can head over to the Livingston Mall, just a half hour bus ride away. Catch the 873 local bus on Madison Avenue in front of Mead Hall to ride over to the cozy two-story shopping center. With a music store, a bookstore, several clothing stores and a large food court, the Livingston Mall is a great place to spend an afternoon off-campus with friends.

2. Those with a sweet tooth can head into downtown Madison for ice cream or cupcakes. Grab an ice cream cone or shake at McCool’s Ice Cream & Frozen Yogurt, or a cupcake from Crowley Cupcakes in town. Just a short walk from campus, these two dessert spots are great for grabbing a treat with fellow Drewids in the afternoon or in between classes!

3. Head to Plaza Lanes for a night of bowling with friends. Just two miles down Madison Avenue, take the Madison Avenue Direct or 873 local bus to the local bowling alley to try for some spares and strikes. Even better, Plaza Lanes offers an “All-You-Can Bowl” specials several nights a week—shoe rental included! Running from 9:30 p.m. to midnight on Thursdays, Fridays and Saturdays and 8-11 p.m. on Sundays, catch this bargain at just $12 on Friday and Saturday and $10 on Thursday and Sunday.

4. Downtown Madison is pretty small and quiet, but Morristown is just down Madison Avenue. With several coffee shops and reasonable places to eat on a special occasion, take the local 873 bus to Morristown for a fun night out with friends. You can also walk around to check out hip stores and boutiques or try a restaurant.

5. Drewids interested in learning more about local history can take a walk to the Museum of Early Trades and Crafts. Housed inside the old Madison Library Building at the corner of Madison Avenue and Green Village Road, this small but interesting museum features a special exhibit about local history as well as permanent exhibits on trades once practiced here in Madison by local farmers and craftsmen. Currently, the special exhibit is “The American Revolution in New Jersey: Where the Battlefront Meets the Homefront,” on display until Feb 13, 2015. Admission is three dollars for students.

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