Stop Beefin’ with Vegans

At the beginning of our second quarter of English class with Professor Leither, he said he wanted us to think about sustainability and its implications, because it was going to be our main focus for the next eleven weeks of school. I thought of my own attempts to be sustainable: throwing my water bottles in the blue recycling bin, taking reasonably quick showers to save water, turning off lights that I wasn’t using to save energy. Until watching the documentary film Cowspiracy did my classmates and I truly understand the efforts that sustainability requires. While saving energy and water were worthwhile attempts, they did not get at the heart of the issue of sustainability. As we learned in the film, animal agriculture, a practice extremely prevalent in our economy as well as our homes, is the greatest contributor to global warming and rival of sustainability efforts throughout the world. Continue reading Stop Beefin’ with Vegans

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How Attainable is Sustainable?

In 2010 the movie Inception blew hundreds of thousands of people’s minds, making them rethink  how dreams and the mind works. There was one specific piece of the movie which frustrated many which is the end when the audience is shown that the topspin is still spinning.

For those that haven’t seen the movie or need a refresher, the movie is about a man named Cobb, who is able to consciously go into dreams and with new technology can go into other people’s dreams as well. He has a topspin which he spins so he knows whether he is dreaming or awake. If it’s spinning he’s dreaming, if it stops he’s awake.

At the end of the movie it is revealed that the topspin is still spinning which suggests that he is still asleep. However, this leaves this feeling of betrayal or being lied to because the whole movie had already been resolved. Cobb had done what he needed to do and he had returned to his wife and kids and the movie was supposed to end happily with all loose ends tied nicely, like a cute little present. But, instead, the audience is left with questions about whether or not it was all real or if it was just a dream.

Think about that feeling of being lied to. Could marketing and ‘interesting’ food names be influencing you to make the wrong food choices? Continue reading How Attainable is Sustainable?

Water We Eating?

By Nicole Dominguez, Bobbi Kimble, Kelsey Leon, Greta Kate Larson, Diana Mendoza

Picture this: You’re a student at Santa Clara University. It’s a typical Tuesday at noon. Although this school is in California and

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Students heading into Benson

California has the reputation of being a sunny state, it is lightly sprinkling outside as you exit the classroom that you were just in. You internally groan, mentally complaining about how you’re sick of the rain and reprimanding yourself for wearing a pair of shoes with a big hole in the right shoe’s heel. Your annoyance is interrupted by a loud grumbling in your stomach. As a result, you head straight to Benson, the school’s dining hall, passing by the sea of other students rushing to and from classes, trying to seek the indoors in order to escape the gloomy sky.

Once you get inside Benson, you try to figure out what kind of food you want. You’re pretty hungry, so a salad isn’t going to fill you up. The Bistro Special looks rather unappetizing and you don’t want a sandwich because it doesn’t seem hearty enough. Poke looks good, but you want something warm since you just escaped the rain. You were planning on having Mexican food for dinner, so for right now, that’s not an option. Finally, you walk over to Tailgaters, the burger place. A burger sounds like a really great idea. You order one and soon enough, the food is in your hands as you find a place to sit down with your other friends.

Well, if you were going to get a burger, you might as well have taken a pretty decently sized chunk of that rain falling out of the sky and drank it.

Wait, what? How is that possible? It’s just a burger, right? Well, that burger you just ordered takes a lot more water to create than you’d think. Continue reading Water We Eating?

Claradise, the land of unrivaled and unsustainable beauty

1When I first stepped foot on the campus as a freshman this year, it was like I was in another world. The sight was still shocking, even though I am a California native and have only lived half an hour away up north. The one thing that a student notices when they first come here to visit or to start school is the pretty scenery: the luscious green grass, the numerous palm trees, and the incredibly beautiful plants throughout the campus. Although it is a known fact that Santa Clara University has a visually appealing campus, it was still such a shock to me. People all over the Bay Area are suffering through a severe drought, and are cutting back on their water usage in an attempt to curb the massive effects. The result was dead grass, and a lush, healthy green lawn was subsequently frowned upon. Water has become so valuable in California these past few years, and seeing water wasted on unnecessary objects or events is not sustainable. Seeing Santa Clara University’s perfect grass raised suspicion, but this suspicion was seemingly negated by SCU’s rank of 11 in the greenest universities (The 39). Seeing the ranking still did not quell my curiosity on whether or not the university actually values their commitment to sustainability they made in 2004 (University, Santa Clara). Continue reading Claradise, the land of unrivaled and unsustainable beauty