Animals remember kindness and cruelty

Study shows animals remember treatment, deserve kindness
Jenny Stern

Stern’s article is in regards to animals remembering kindness as well as cruelty. She explains a study conducted at the University of Washington that was called “Neuroecology of American Crow Recognition of People” by John Marzluff. It was a study where he used masks to test the birds recognition of face separately from clothing. They discovered that crows do, in fact, know people by their face and when they feel threatened, they act upon it. Stern also brings up a scorned crow we have on campus named Edgar and she has seen Edgar recognize people and be “happy” to see them.

As I talked about earlier, I am a huge animal lover so I believe no matter what the animal, you should respect it. I am a firm believer that animals have feelings and emotions and they know who has threatened them and who is nice to them. I am happy to hear they did a study on this, especially with birds. I find this very interesting. I hope people read about this study and think before they act in animal cruelty.


Internet provides limitless information, but little control
By: Wil Kenney

Kenney talks about how he is so sick of the internet and explains how it’s taking over our lives. Everyone was enthralled with the internet in the beginning but now it is nothing but a place to waste time. Anyone and everyone is easily entertained in front of a computer or a phone. Kenney says, “I think that the Internet is eating away at our culture and certainly my sanity.” He can’t believe everyone is so “addicted” to the internet and are unable to live their lives without.

I would agree with Kenney that some people cannot live without their phones or internet and I am one of those people. I have no idea what I would do without it now. It has become so easy to me, whether it’s getting ahold of people or whatever. I also disagree with Kenney because there is a lot of good in the internet as well, whether is connecting with friends from far away places or researching a topic for your paper. But I also agree that it is slightly taking over our lives, I know that first hand.

What’s your story?

Common interview question poorly evaluates qualification
By: Preston Bukaty

Interview questions can be so repetitive and unnecessary but according to Bukaty, “what’s your story” is by far the worst of them all. Bukaty raises the question how can you learn someone’s story in just five minutes. That is much more of a conversation starter than a question that could get them the job. A resume is basically ones’ “story.”

I would agree with Bukaty saying that “what’s your story” is really one’s resume. I would definitely agree that a better assessment to see if someone is fit for the job is to  have a conversation and share ideas not just have one person rambling about how their life is in shambles because college is hard and they have no money.

Technology saves the day

Technology sustains friendships abroad
GJ Melia

How do you maintain a friendship when you’re thousands of miles away or even in different countries? Melia shows two way he has experienced the people closest to him being in other countries while he is here at KU. He talks about his experiences of worrying about losing friendships due to long distances but he finally found his way to connect with them. They send pictures via iMessage, facetime, and email. Technology has revamped that worry feeling with them just being a button away.

I have also experienced having family or friends out of the country where I can’t just run over to their place to talk. This can be nerve-racking but I quickly found “free texting apps” and iMessage as well. There is even FaceTime which is fun for them to show you around if they have internet available. But technology is an amazing thing that we can see someone’s face that is on the whole other side of the world.

Why take math classes for Coms major?

Hands-on learning takes priority over irrelevant classes
By: Molly Smith

School is a huge part of everyone’s lives that is in school. Why is it that half of our schooling has nothing to do with our major? Shadowing a profession would be ten times more educational than taking 6 hours of math classes for a speech pathology major. It may have to do with money. We are always fined whether it be parking tickets, textbooks, fraternity/sorority functions, whatever it may be, we are always paying money. Employers don’t just want good grades, they want experience and well roundedness. So why is it that we have to spend almost have of the time each semester toward classes that have nothing to do with our future careers?

I have always wondered why I needed to take math for my communications major. I am also getting a minor in business, doesn’t that count as enough math. I have never understood why except that the college wants more money. Why wouldn’t we lighten the load each semester, get a job (hopefully something to do with our major) and spend the wasted time, working. That would help us gain experience rather than useless knowledge.

Should KU provide free printing for students?

University should provide free printing to students
By: Eddie Simon

As students of KU, we are offered the top of the line research. KU spent $256,168,351 ONLY in research expenditures. That is a lot of money to be spent on solely research. With all of that money, should KU students have free printing? It only costs us 8 cents to print per black and white page and we are given 8 dollars of printing each semester. While that is a nice offer, why shouldn’t we have free printing? In the scheme of things, it would be a small cost for KU to do this for students.

Well I bought a printer before I came to school only so I would have easy access and not have to go to the library each time I needed to print, which is a lot. But I don’t see why KU wouldn’t have free printing because it sounds like a good idea that would be beneficial to students who don’t have their own printer or are paying their way through college, each page printed would really add up. With the amount of money KU has coming in, I don’t know why they would not propose free printing or at least give it a try just one semester. The only weakness for KU would be people taking advantage of this privilege or standing in long lines at the library. 

Generation Y

Title: Older generations place blame on youth
By: Wil Kenney

Why is there such a rival between our generation and the next? This is human difference not a generational one. We won’t have an social security by the time we’re “that” generation so I don’t know what the issue is. If we have been raised wrong then it’s not our fault, it’s our parents generations fault. Why are we the ones that are shamed? All we can do is ask everyone to get a long for awhile and see what happens in the future.

I have started to realize that we are ‘that’ generation that is doomed. We have seen nothing but bad economy, terrorist attacks, and government shutdowns. When I put it that way, it really sounds like we’re doomed. But all of us in college are wondering what we are going to do when we graduate college. Are we going to get a job? Are we going to live with our parents and save money to start a life? None of us know. What a scary thought and it’s not even our fault. 

How do animal lovers feel about Zoos?

Title: Chinese zoos pose ethical dilemma for animal lovers
University Daily Kansan
By: Scott Rainen

Nanjing Hongshan Forest Zoo is an average sized zoo in China. They had all the animals you would want to look at giraffes, elephants, bears, and tigers. The monkeys stuck their hands through the bars to be shaken, as the elephants looked colder than me. There is something wrong about paying to visit animals in cages that have been taken from their natural habitat. There has to be a sort of mental complex inside of someone’s head that is an animal lover visiting the Zoo. If the animal lover abstains from looking at animals in zoos, does that make them not an animal lover? This is a lot more confusing in China than here. With China’s massive population space is valued more. They don’t have room for natural habitats like the United States. Could the Chinese argue that they need their animals cages or else Chinese people would not have places to live?

When I saw this headline, I immediately thought of myself. I am a huge animal lover. Ever since I was little I have loved animals, almost more than humans. And I also loved going to the Zoo. But as I have gotten older I have realized maybe contributing to Zoo’s, isn’t such a good thing. I have had mixed emotions for the past couple years about Zoos. I wonder if people don’t go will the animals not get fed? I know some zoos have saved the animals from tragic situations which I am all for in that situation, but what about the animals they have taken from their natural habitat and caged up? How do you guys feel?

Opposing FDA ban on trans fats

Opposing the FDA’s proposed ban on trans fats
University Daily Kansan
November 17, 2013

The FDA has brought up that Partially Hydrogenated Oils which is in trans fat, is banned and is not safe for our bodies. PHO’s are in microwaveable popcorn, frozen food, and margarine. Scientific research shows that trans fat can cause risk of heart attack. In 2006, there was a decrease in consumption of trans fat to less than .5 grams per serving. This brought the consumption of trans fats down increasingly lower than before. This had an affect on fast food restaurants, they changed their recipes. When people hear there will be a “decrease in trans fat,” people automatically assume food will be healthier but what they don’t understand is that this will be replaced with butter or oils containing more saturated fat. Banning trans fat may be even riskier to our health, but people choose what they want to eat.

When I first began reading this article, I started wondering why she was opposing this because it sounded a lot healthier to me. Until she started talking about what was replacing it, I wasn’t concerned about the banning of trans fat. She is right, people do choose what they want to eat, but everyone needs to be aware of what is replaced in their foods instead of the trans fat it contained.

Flu Vaccine

Flu vaccination myths are harmful to public health
Monica Saha
Nov. 4, 2013

This article is about the myths that are attached to getting the flu vaccine. The first myth is that the flu vaccine can give you the flu. This isn’t true. People have said this because the easiest way for people to explain how the vaccination works is that “they give you a form of the flu to make you immune.” Although the virus they give you is inactive. The next myth is that you don’t have to get the flu shot every year. You do have to get it every year, each year it changes. Another myth is I can just take antibiotics to get rid of the flu if I get it. That’s not true… The flu is a virus. Antibiotics cure bacteria.

I am one of those people who gets the flu shot every year. I have to because I have asthma and it weakens my immune system, making me more prone to getting the flu, so I have always been advised to receive the vaccine. So I do not understand people who think these myths can be true. It’s obvious that they wouldn’t shoot a virus in your body, chancing that you can get the flu in the process that makes no sense.