Seasonal Foods and Fashion By: Rylee Jung

Here at Seton, we are very in tune with seasonal foods and fashion trends, but have you ever wondered why certain seasons have the foods and fashion associated with them? The Seton Connection decided to find out. A survey was sent out to the whole student body a few weeks ago that asked what feelings they associated with which season. From this data, we have found that fashion and foods that are associated with a certain season reflect the feelings people feel in that season.

 Winter: a time when people turn inward unless they want to brave the cold, white earth. According to survey results, most people associate winter with being cold, stressful, comforting, and cozy. The cold and stress can definitely be attributed to the end of semester exams that loom in the same realm as the bright lights and peppermint scented air of Christmas. But fear not, the endless hot chocolate recipes and perfectly knit sweaters are here to save the season. Cold weather and the feeling of stress causes people to turn inward which leads us to dress more in layers for optimal comfort. High necklines, leggings, soft boots, gloves, hats, and scarves cover us from head to toe, not letting of that cold air chill us. Colors are usually neutral, earthy cool tones, and deep reds. Along the same lines, winter foods are usually hot, rich, and labeled as “comfort foods”. Thick soups or stews and warm cookies are just some examples of typical comfort foods. Comfort foods are notoriously eaten in times of stress. The cozy warmth of a sweet hot chocolate or savory stew can soothe the fuzzy sock wearing stressed soul.   

Spring follows winter with a burst of sunshine and color. To most, this season involves feeling fresh, bright, and again, stressed. The end of the year beckons hopefully, but final exams still cloud the minds of students everywhere. As the chill of winter fades, so does the pull to eat rich comfort foods. In a blossom of fresh produce, many people opt to eat “cleaner” in the spring; like a spring cleaning for their body. Low carb meals stocked with bright fruits and veggies match perfectly with the fresh feeling of spring. Clothes also tend to match colors with the budding earth through pastels and floral prints. Hemlines and necklines fall back to let in the newfound sunshine.

Summer comes in like a shock heat wave or intense summer storm. Summer feelings are  fun, hot, energetic, happy, and most importantly: free. Everyone feels the stress of school slip off their shoulders. Food reflects the carefree and fun vibe of summer. Cookouts offer sizzling burgers, bright watermelon, and sweet corn. Now that spring has passed, the Earth provides in full. Fresh produce abounds in this season and our summer recipes reflect that. Fruit tarts and grilled vegetables are summer classics. Clothes also reflect the fun and spontaneous feelings of summer. Summer fashion involves thin and flowy material that is as fun as it is useful for creating maximum airflow in the heat of summer. White and solid bright colors spotted with jewelry or muted florals are popular.

 It is no surprise to us that fall is definitely the favorite season for most. The warmth and splendor of summer lingers while the cool promise of winter is present. Fall feelings are relaxing, peaceful, comfy, happy, and a little stressful with the start of school. However, that

does not scare us away from dawning trendy fall fashions and eating and consuming pumpkin spice everything. Fall fashion fades back into neutral colors with a splash of warm orange, yellow, and red to match the Earth’s transformation. Plaid and stripe patterns become particularly popular during this season, along with pairing every outfit with the perfect forest green jacket. Fall foods tend to hold a special place in people’s hearts: pumpkin spice, pumpkin pie, apple cider, apple pie, sticky Halloween candy, and of course, Thanksgiving Dinner. Fall foods tend to be warm as the winter sets in, but still holds the freshness of summer.  

 

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The Science of Hurricanes By: Moira Metz

The 2017 hurricane season reached its peak this September, with an above-average number of thirteen hurricanes having raged through the Atlantic Ocean before end of the month. Most affected was Puerto Rico, which faced Hurricanes Harvey, Irma, and Maria and now faces flooding, destruction, shortage of food, clean water, and medical aid, and lack of power throughout the whole island.

These hurricanes begin as named tropical storms formed over the warm waters of the Atlantic. As they grow more violent and destructive, they are established as hurricanes. Hurricane Harvey was a category 4 hurricane and Hurricanes Irma and Maria were both category 5 hurricanes. As for the comparison of these three, all of which took place during the span of one month, “Irma and Maria are pretty similar, size, strength, etc. the one that is different is Harvey,” says WLWT’s News 5 Today meteorologist Randi Rico. “That one was such a historic and devastating rain maker because it parked itself in one spot and spun. There was no driving force in the atmosphere to move it along like most storms do. So with the storm sitting on the edge of the Gulf and Texas it had a seemingly endless supply of waters to feed from and drop on the people of Houston and Beaumont.” Unsurprisingly, Texas is still recovering from the storms.

As for here in Cincinnati, there hasn’t been too much of a difference in our weather. Says Rico, “We had the cool day of rain thanks to Harvey… Irma brought some showers… at this point it will be nothing more than a run of the mill area of low pressure… and some rain. The one time that was not the case was the Hurricane Ike wind storm of 2008. I’d like to think that setup was a once in a lifetime occurrence for most of us.”

But even though we here up north, safe in our landlocked mainland, aren’t affected by these hurricanes, it doesn’t mean shouldn’t be very concerned for our fellow Americans and non-Americans in the Caribbean in the south. The United States was hit pretty bad, but islands like Puerto Rico are devastated. And not enough people have done much about it. Puerto Rico is completely without power, entire parts of the island are flooded, buildings are in ruins and the many citizens of the U.S. territory have been struggling to find clean water and enough food for themselves. Some described the aftermath as “apocalyptic,” and it’s easy to see why. Not to mention that the island had already been facing a horrible economic crisis before 2017’s hurricanes, and now the territory is in deeper debt, begging the U.S. government for aid which has been slow.

Though no single storm or natural disaster can be traced back to it directly, it’s important to understand why these hurricanes are becoming more and more intense over time: climate change. As 97% of the world’s climate scientists confirm, climate change—also called global warming—is a real condition the earth has undergone in which carbon dioxide is pumped the atmosphere at an alarming and ever-increasing rate. This CO2 continuously muddles the atmosphere, creating a “greenhouse” effect and raises the earth’s temperature. Not only does this make summer a little hotter and winter a little less snowy, it causes a chain reaction of events in climate worldwide (U.S Department of Energy). Besides its global warming aspect—the melting of the “North Pole” and extreme drought in California—climate change affects the weather, air quality, food abundance, animal populations, and so much more. It increases the probability of tornadoes, snowstorms, and especially hurricanes, and all of this because humanity isn’t paying attention to how we treat the earth, or it just isn’t caring. According to The New Yorker, in reporting the state of the Caribbean islands after the recent hurricanes, Prime Minister of Dominica Roosevelt Skerrit declared, “Eden is broken…To deny climate change is to procrastinate while the earth sinks…While the big countries talk, the small island nations suffer. We need action and we need it now.”  

 

Works Cited

Meade, Natalie. “‘Eden Is Broken’: A Caribbean Leader Spotlights Climate Change.” The New Yorker, The New Yorker, 24 Sept. 2017, http://www.newyorker.com/news/news-desk/eden-is-broken-a-caribbean-leader-calls-for-action-on-climate-change.

Everything You Need to Know about Halloween: Answers to All Your Questions about Spooky Season By: Moira Metz

It’s that time of year again: time to get spooky, as the kids say—also known as Halloween, originally known as All Hallows’ Eve. October 31st, the beloved day on which children dress up as whatever their imagination can fathom, teenagers get a little liberal with the “trick” part of “trick or treat,” and adults observe the traditions of almost-heart attacks in watching horror movies and of eating up their kids’ candy before they wake up the next morning. What a time to be alive! But from where did all of these widely venerated customs of Halloween originate?

Halloween most likely began in ancient Celtic regions of Britain around 2,000 years ago as the festival of Samhain (pronounced SAH-win or SOW-in). Samhain marked the end of the harvest season and the beginning of winter, or the “darker half” of the year, as if it were an ancient Celtic New Year’s Eve. It would be celebrated from October 31st to November 1st. Samhain was believed to be a time when doorways to the “otherworld” opened, allowing spirits and supernatural beings to pass through into our world. This was essentially a “festival of the dead,” similar to Mexico’s Dia De Los Muertos—“Day of the Dead”—which celebrated from October 31st to November 2nd. Samhain is most likely where Halloween’s associations with ghosts, demons, and other beings of the supernatural originated.

But when was our beloved creepy, candy, costume-devoted holiday first come to be what we now know as Halloween? According to the Smithsonian, it was actually 1700’s Irish Christians who started the tradition of All Hallow’s Eve, whereas pagan Celts started Samhain many centuries earlier. All Hallow’s Eve, or All Saint’s Eve, was a celebration of the night before All Saint’s Day, November 1st. This was a time in the liturgical year that Christians had devoted to honoring those who have passed on to eternal life, especially saints. Over the years, the name of this night of spirits was compressed from All Hallow’s Eve into Halloween. (Smithsonian).

Now that you’ve had that little history lesson, it’s time to face the hard questions: Who in their right mind decided to let kids go asking strangers for candy? Why do we stick a knife into a technical fruit and carve a face out of it? Why do kids dress as cool things but teenagers and adults come in like “I’m me but with cat whiskers and cat ears, cute right?” The Seton Connection has answers for these questions as well. (That last part did have us stumped, though.)

The carving of jack-o’-lanterns—or, as vegetarians call it, carving the turkey on Halloweensgiving—comes from the All Hallow’s Eve tradition of carving turnips. That’s right, turnips. Ireland didn’t have pumpkins, people. Frightening faces would be carved into turnips, a burning ember placed inside of them, and set out to scare off evil spirits that might come during this time when spirits were believed to visit our world. (Now, imagine having a creepy red-glowing ember in a jack o’lantern rather than a cutesy electric candle. Talk about creepy. And we at The Seton Connection encourage you to look up a picture of a turnip-o’-lantern next time you feel the need to get that spooky horror movie thrill. It has the same effect.) It wasn’t until this tradition was brought to North America by Irish immigrants that pumpkins were used instead, simply due to the higher availability of pumpkins rather than turnips. (Wikipedia).

Dressing up on Halloween as a favorite character, monster, just something fun is one of the most popular forms of celebrating the holiday. Even some adults dress up on Halloween, whether it be all-out—a full-fledged It costume, creepy Pennywise makeup, voice, etc., falls under this category—or simple—“Three-Hole-Punch Jim” from The Office, we’re looking at you. Though we haven’t been able to fathom the psychology behind people who don’t even try to spice up their Halloween costumes, we have found where the tradition came from. During the Middle-Ages, it’s said that children and even sometimes poor adults would dress up as angels, saints, or even the occasional demons, and they would then beg for food or money in exchange for songs or prayers, which were usually said on behalf of the dead. This begging is how trick-or-treating came about. This tradition was nicknamed “souling,” the would-be trick-or-treaters called “soulers”—creepy names to fit the creepy holiday. Other sources say that dressing up as spirits would trick actual supernatural beings passing over into the world of the living into thinking that the soulers were spirits as well, and would not harm them. (History.com)

Now that you know all about how these quirky Halloween customs came about, we at The Seton Connection hope you have enough knowledge about the spooky holiday to exchange for candy at your next Halloween party or on your “souling” route. Remember kids: dress up as wildly as your inner Halloween-loving child wants, please do not carve a creepy turnip jack-o’-lantern for all our sakes’, and look up cool Halloween facts in your spare time (we guarantee it will be worth it).

Works Cited

History.com Staff. “History of Halloween.” History.com, A&E Television Networks, 2009, http://www.history.com/topics/halloween/history-of-halloween.

“Samhain.” Wikipedia, Wikimedia Foundation, 29 Oct. 2017, en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Samhain.