Author: Benjamin Gonzalez

What’s the beef? Ending food antagonism

Nowadays, terms such as ‘vegan’ and ‘vegetarian’ carry loads of connotations along with them. It’s become a common joke, but the stereotype of the ‘preachy vegan’ often pops up in popular culture. While I find these jokes pretty entertaining, even as a vegetarian myself, I can’t help but wonder why we often pit meat eaters and non-meat eaters against each other. Part of this characterization of non-meat eaters is due to methodology of the People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals (PETA). The organization is often portrayed as the epitome of the fanatic animal rights activist stereotype — their...

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TU faculty: Students must have input

This past Friday, I had the opportunity to attend the University Curriculum Council (UCC) meeting regarding the addition of a ‘common time’ to the weekly class schedule. This proposed open period would last from 11:20 a.m.–12:30 p.m. on Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays, and would provide more time for faculty to meet with each other and with students. Added side benefits include a guaranteed period in which students can eat lunch or meet with student organizations. While I was originally excited by the prospect of an open period for students to pursue extracurricular activities, I quickly began to realize the...

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