“I ordered a venti and they only gave me a grande.” “My phone is almost dead and I forgot my charger.” “Netflix won’t buffer so I can’t watch the next episode of Parks and Rec #firstworldproblems.” All of these seem like major inconveniences. How could I possibly survive without my daily coffee fix, my phone, or finding out what happens between Ben and Leslie? Obviously none of these scenarios are preferred, but if they are the worst things that happen to a person, they can hardly be considered “problems.” Continue reading First World Problems (Or Lack Thereof)// Joe Plata
It’s true. I slept with my professor. My relationship with Nicholas Leither began on September 15th, 2015. I had just moved into my dorm early, four days before move-in day, with my roommate Gary Schlatter to prepare for a camping trip. The camping trip was through a school-sponsored program called, “Into the Wild,” which takes Santa Clara University students on outdoor activities ranging from surfing and skiing, to hiking and camping.
Authors: Samuel Hodgman, Brian Murphy, Ryan Willett, Matthieu Lange, John Chapman, Pranav Swaminathan (not pictured).
We shall escape the absurdity of growing a whole chicken in order to eat the breast or wing, by growing these parts separately under a suitable medium… The new foods will from the outset be practically indistinguishable from the natural products, and any changes will be so gradual as to escape observation.
It may seem like we live on a planet, but we really live on a gigantic farm. This farm, throughout the centuries, has been broken up by cities, forests, and the oceans. More than 40% of the world’s landmass is used to keep its people fed—even though some people get fed a little more and a little better than others. The overriding majority of the land, more than 30%, is used to house and feed the variety of animals that we eat in our everyday lives. The top three animals being pigs, chicken, and cattle (Facts on Animal Farming and the Environment). There may be no other single human activity that has had a bigger impact on our planet than the raising of livestock. Animal agriculture is responsible for 18% of all greenhouse gas emissions on the planet—5% more than all forms of transportation combined. If the entire population chose not to eat meat, then there would surely be an immediate and measurable positive impact on our lives and on the Earth. Continue reading Don’t Be a Chicken
Authors: Sean Driscoll, Daniel Alling, Christina Kraus, Katherine Wickstrom, Annie Martin, Connor Lucier
So much information is constantly being thrown at you. Most of the time you retain something that strikes you or something that you perceive as being important. Throw in complex discussions and you have your mind on high-speed. College is often the place where young adults are posed difficult and vague questions, which they fathom over. Finding themselves in a new and informative environment, college students are introduced to a wide variety of opportunities to pursue and experiment with. Pursuing these opportunities usually allows students to further develop their young minds and discover their true identities. This is a critical step for humans on the path to innovation, advancement, and evolution of knowledge and culture. Continue reading The Beef with Beef
Authors: Joe Plata, Samantha Pérez, Graysonclaire Palmer, Brianna Hillman, Anna Buss
“What would you like on your sandwich, Miss?” I could see the roast beef winking at me through the transparent glass at the California Deli located in our college cafeteria. It was where I went every day during my lunch break to custom make my favorite sandwich: roast beef with provolone and lettuce, panini pressed. However, today I was having trouble telling the guy the order which had automatically fallen so easily from my lips nearly every day for the past five weeks. “Miss?” He inquired again. “Um, no meat please, thank you,” I answered him. Yes, ladies and gentlemen, you heard correctly. I, Samantha Pérez, was passing up a chance to eat meat. I wanted to ignore my conscience and order my beloved, daily sandwich, but all I could think about when I looked at the tempting slices of meat stacked one on top of another was the number of gallons it took to produce each slice in the midst of one of the worst droughts in the history of California. I knew I wouldn’t be able to eat that sandwich without recalling the amount of forests that have been destroyed to satisfy all of our cravings for meat, or the vast dead zones existing within our oceans thanks to animal agriculture. I wanted to eat it, but I just could not stomach it after all the dismaying information I had been accosted by in our Critical Thinking and Writing class that day. Continue reading Tell Your Boyfriend if He Says He’s Got Beef That I’m a Vegetarian and I’m Making a Positive Impact on the Environment