Too Good To Go is too good to be true; UK app allows users to buy leftover food from restaurants for discount rate

Published: Fresh U. August 21, 2016. Viewable here.


   One of the more dreaded aspects of college life, especially as a freshman with a meal plan, is the repetitiveness of one’s dining experiences. But, both as a student and food-eating human, it is often too expensive to eat out – or, in other words, to buy a meal which takes more than two minutes to make and does not come served in a paper bag.

  But a new app, which was made available in the United Kingdom, allows users to buy a restaurant’s leftovers at a cheaper cost in an effort to reduce food waste. Too Good To Go is a free app which was started in Denmark and hopes to go international. The app allows users to choose from certain restaurants and buy their leftover food – which they would have otherwise thrown away – at a discounted price.

  “As of August 2016, Too Good To Go has foundations in six different countries,” their website reads. “In the space of barely six months we’ve helped prevent approximately over 200 tonnes of carbon dioxide emissions and provided thousands of meals that would have otherwise been discarded to those in need.”

  In addition to providing cost-efficient meals to citizens, the app also allows users to donate meals – according to The Huffington Post, over 1,100 meals have been donated.

  The Post also reports that, in the U.S. alone, 40 percent of food products made available are not consumed, although one in six households struggle to put food on the table. Food waste is an issue, both nationally and internationally, that can be combatted with apps such as Too Good To Go.

  If you are traveling for studies or pleasure to the U.K., Austria, Denmark, France, Germany, Norway or Switzerland, you can enjoy the app and stay on budget. Meanwhile, keep an eye out for Too Good To Go, or a similar application – hopefully it will extend to the U.S. before we graduate college.




12 year-old will be a junior at UC Davis this fall

Published: Fresh U. August 21, 2016. Viewable here.


 If you will be a UC Davis Aggie come September and you happen to be enrolled in the school’s renowned engineering department you might have a class with Tanishq Abraham. But this 12 year-old is no one’s little brother, nor is he a freshman – this Aggie junior will be studying biomedical engineering.

   Abraham already earned three associates degrees from American River College, where he made history as the youngest student from ARC to graduate with three degrees at age 11. His degrees, in math and physical science, general science and language studies, allow him to enter UC Davis as a junior – as one of the youngest students to ever attend.

  Along with his 9 year-old sister, Abraham joined Mensa International – a society for those with extraordinarily high IQs – when he was just four years old.

  According to NBC, Abraham hopes to become a doctor, or perhaps even president.

After a swimmer’s heart stopped during a race, her entire high school learned CPR

Published: Fresh U. August 21, 2016. Viewable here.


  In a heartwarming twist to a terrifying incident, every single student at Alvirne High School in New Hampshire was taught CPR after Ashley Dumais, a swimmer on the school’s team, had her heart stop during the middle of a competitive race.

  The swim team was competing at the University of New Hampshire, American Heart Association News reports, when Dumais went into cardiac arrest during the 50-meter freestyle. Luckily, parents attending the meet included an EMT, an intensive care nurse and an anesthesiologist who teamed up to perform CPR while a student of UNH located a nearby automated external defibrillator (AED).

  Dumais is thought to have a long QT syndrome, a genealogical heart condition which disrupts the heartbeat – although she has reportedly been OK since the incident in the pool.

  After missing school, Dumais dropped by a swim meet which was being held on her way back from the hospital; once there, she discovered that each of her teammates had painted her name on their arms.

  Additionally, the school rallied together and raised over $1,000 for medical expenses which was not needed due to insurance coverage. Instead, the money was spent to purchase AEDs for Dumais’ high school, which, beforehand, did not own any.

   And the Dumais family helped organize a CPR training day for over 1,500 people. When organizing the training, the company supplying the medical equipment used for the training donated their services, so the money set aside for the training will be used to purchase another AED.

   According to American Heart Association News, Ashley Dumais will be attending Husson University in the fall and is spending her summer as a lifeguard.

Teens from Standing Rock Sioux tribe running to protest Dakota Access Pipeline

Published: Fresh U. August 18, 2016. Viewable here.


   Large protest over the Dakota Access Pipeline – also known as the Bakken Pipeline – which was also evident in the Keystone XL Pipeline protest, has come from Native American tribal groups, including, in the case of the Bakken Pipeline, from the Yankton Sioux tribe, located in South Dakota.

  The Dakota Access Pipeline, just seven miles shorter than the proposed Keystone XL Pipeline, has recently been approved by the government for construction and could be functional by the end of 2016. In a number of ways, it seems as if the new pipeline is Keystone XL: round two.

  One form of protest over the pipeline construction has taken off running – teens and other young members of the Standing Rock Sioux Tribe are running – 30 to 70 miles a day – from Fort Yates, North Dakota to Washington, D.C. These young people are running to bring attention to this petition against the project.

  “I’ve lived my whole life by the Missouri River,” the petition reads, from the perspective of 13-year-old Anna, a member of the Standing Rock Sioux Tribe. “It runs by my home in Fort Yates North Dakota and my great grandparents original home was along the Missouri River in Cannon Ball. The river is a crucial part of our lives here on the Standing Rock Reservation.

  “But now a private oil company wants to build a pipeline that would cross the Missouri River less than a mile away from the Standing Rock Reservation and if we don’t stop it, it will poison our river and threaten the health of my community when it leaks.”

  Argus Leader reports that the waters around Cannon Ball, North Dakota are interweaved into Standing Rock Sioux history, and tribal members are concerned, like Anna’s statement reads, about oil spillage destroying historic waters.

  And spill it will – Mother Jones reports that large pipelines have spilt three times more oil than trains between 2004-12. This was a large leading concern in the Keystone XL debate, according to a 2014 article published by The New York Times. The petition goes on to state that “from 2012-2013 alone, there were 300 oil pipeline breaks in the state of North Dakota.”

  The Dakota Access Pipeline will span the diagonal length of North Dakota and end in Patoka, Illinois – roughly 1,172 miles in length. According to the project’s fact website, over 470,000 barrels of oil will be transported per day.

  If interested, a signature can be added to this petition, as well as the aforementioned petition, in efforts to stop the construction of the Dakota Access Pipeline.

Four friends are building a sandbag wall in New York for their “Wall in Trump” project

Published: Fresh U. August 18, 2016. Viewable here.


  Four friends are teaming up to create a wall made from approximately 250,000 pounds of sand. Said wall will be built in front of a Trump-associated building in New York, and the piece will protest the business magnate who popularized the idea of building a wall during his campaign for the presidency.

  The friends, who introduce themselves on their project’s Indiegogo page, will construct the proposed 200-foot long wall on August 30. Three of the friends met in college, and the four – who are all interested in design – state that they “know this U.S. election is too important to idly stand by and watch, and feel compelled to do something about it.”

  “America was built by people of different ethnicities and creeds, who came to this country with a dream,” their Indiegogo site reads. “This has made America great – walls and bigoted statements are the antithesis of this country. Our event will support others in achieving their American dream. We have chosen to donate all proceeds to the NYC-based  “I Have a Dream” Foundation, whose mission is to empower low-income students in achieving higher education.”

  This project, named “Wall In Trump” is selling sandbags for $10 each. When a sandbag is bought, it is inscribed with the buyer’s personal message and name. Wall In Trump is asking for about $60,000 and has only brought in about $8,500.

  Why a wall? The website explains:

  “Our hope is that by building this ridiculously MASSIVE wall, we can use Trump’s words against him to grab the attention of media, Trump supporters, and Mr. Trump himself – in an attempt to fight the hate-speech and lies that pervade his campaign.  We want to start a conversation – to remind people that this election is about much more than Republicans or Democrats. We are deciding on the next role model for the youth our country, on whether or not diversity is seen as something to celebrate or fear.  We need to make the right decision.”

   If interested, donations can be sent in here.

  “Join us in making this the only wall of the Trump campaign,” their video states.

High school cross country team takes shelter dogs on run

Published: Fresh U. August 15, 2o16. Viewable here.


  The sweaty and inelegant sport of cross-country running became much more adorable recently. St. Joseph High School’s Cross Country Team decided to invite along dogs from the Santa Barbara County Animal Shelter on their run.

  Each running student had a leashed dog partner to accompany them.

  “This morning me and the St. Joseph High School Cross Country Team conducted our workout at the County Animal Shelter in Santa Maria,” Cross Country Coach Luis Escobar wrote on his personal Facebook.  “We successfully completed the first ever team Dog Run! Each team member was assigned a dog and we went out for a couple miles around the shelter. I am not sure who was more excited and having the most fun…the dogs or the kids. Either way, it was a great time and I am sure we will do it again sometime soon.”

  Stacy Silva, the shelter’s community outreach coordinator who helped make the “Dog Run” a reality told Buzzfeed that some of the dogs taken along had never been on a run or even on a leash before.

  “I think the biggest thing is the interest it has garnered in other communities and raising awareness and making a difference in the lives of shelter dogs,” Silva told Buzzfeed.

  The Santa Barbara County Animal Shelter has pets up for adoption and their Facebook page can be found here.

  This kind act is a big reminder to adopt pets who need both a loving home and exercise.

Tougaloo becomes first HBCU to study modern day slavery

Published: Fresh U. August 15, 2016. Viewable here.


  Tougaloo college has announced their plan to use a $550,000 grant they were awarded to establish an Institute for the Study of Modern Day Slavery. A Historically Black College/University, Tougaloo College in Mississippi will become the first HBCU to delve into the topic of modern slavery.

  “This is taking classroom knowledge and skills into activity,” Mississippi Public Broadcasting reported that Tougaloo Professor Steve Rozman, who is also the Co-Director of the Institute, says, “working as the historians against slavery. Their motto is ‘using history to make slavery history’ and we’re tied in with that. Our goal is to promote an awareness and help with activity to ferret that out.”

   The College announced that the Institute will focus on such topics as human trafficking and child labor.

  In terms of labor trafficking, the Polaris Project, a leading organization in efforts to end human trafficking, reported that the International Labor Organization approximates some 14.2 million people exploited in forced labor. Additionally, they reported that the National Human Trafficking Resource Center has received over 4,000 reports of labor trafficking since 2007.

  “Tougaloo College has a strong legacy of leading social change and social justice,” MPB reported that Tougaloo College President Beverly Wade Hogan said. “We have always looked at ways that we can use our laboratories here to help strengthen democracy and help to bring about the quality of social change that would impact individuals and societies in positive ways.”

University of Rochester graduate hikes over 6,600 miles in about a year

Published: Fresh U. August 12, 2016. Viewable here.


  29-year-old Tyler Socash will soon return to his alma mater, the University of Rochester, to talk to incoming freshmen about the importance of pursuing one’s passion. Presumably, he will also speak about his year-long, three part, 6,600 mile hike.

  Socash started his journey hiking the Pacific Crest Trail, which spans from Canada to Mexico and is approximately 2,633 miles in length. The second part of his hike continued in New Zealand where he hiked Te Araroa, adding an additional 1,864 miles to his log. And, recently, he ended his hike, after taking a short stop in the Adirondack mountains, hiking the 2,185 mile Appalachian Trail.

  “It’s been a dream come true, almost with a storybook ending,” Socash told Democrat and Chronicle. “Seeing the beauty and wild side of America has been the highlight of my adventure. I completed what I set out to do, and it feels unbelievable. It’s freeing and promising.”

  Socash completed the three part hike over the span of 13 months, but took a month-long break in between each of leg of the journey.

 His hike is displayed through Instagram photos on his personal account: @tylerhikes. Socash also documented his entire journey on his blog, viewable here.

  ‘I don’t think I got here by chance,” Socash wrote on a blog post uploaded after completing the second leg of his hike. “Every vacation I’ve ever made for myself has involved hiking.  That’s 10 years of hiking!  It may sound obsessive, but I’m doing what I love.  I made the jump.  I saved money for six years!  I lived in squalor with five other amazing dudes back in Rochester.  I never bought that tangerine Subaru CrossTrek.  Thank goodness thru-hiking happens to be a relatively inexpensive way to have a long holiday!

  “Thank you all for your support.  It can get a bit lonely being so far from home.  Your messages and well-wishes really matter.  Sharing my appreciation for the natural world with you… I hope that matters.  Not everyone can just walk away from life’s responsibilities right now, but if these posts do anything at all, I hope they inspire readers at work/home to value nature.  Not as something to exploit, but rather to cherish.”

Federal charges dropped for teen who possessed a single gram of marijuana

Published: Fresh U. August 12, 2016. Viewable here.


 Devontre Thomas, a 19-year-old who was caught with a single gram of marijuana at a small boarding school in Oregon at a federal-run boarding school will not have to face a federal court if he stays out of trouble and maintains 60 days of employment.

  Thomas attended Chemawa Indian School, which he recently graduated from. Although recreational marijuana is legal in the state for those 21 and older, the substance is not federally legal, meaning that because Thomas’ school is federally-run, possession of the drug, in addition to his age, is a crime.

   The federal charges seem even more severe when the fact that Thomas was not in possession of the single gram – the gram was found on another student who stated, with Thomas’ later confirming confession, that Thomas had bought it from him for $20 and thus the substance was en route – is taken into account.

  The Willamette Week reported that federal charges, which might have possibly resulted in up to a year of prison time, a $1,000 fine and denial of such factors as government aid and public housing for his entire life, have been dropped under the aforementioned conditions.

  This case is also significant because it highlights the racial disparity in regards to drug crime prosecution and sentencing in the state. Thomas is Native American. His friend, Rayvaughn Skidmore, gave Thomas a strong character reference to The Guardian, as well as stating his concerns with legal practices in the state.

   Skidmore, who is also Native American, told The Guardian he felt that Native Americans were being unfairly targeted by the government. The ACLU also published evidence stating that African Americans in Oregon are twice as likely to be charged for marijuana-related crimes as caucasians.

  The night before the charges against Thomas were dropped, three Oregon congressmen wrote an open letter to Billy Williams, the U.S. Attorney who had filed federal charges over the single gram.

  “We write today deeply concerned about the drug prosecution priorities of the US Attorney’s Office for the District of Oregon and to request a full list of all marijuana possession crimes pursued by your office since 2014,” the letter states. “With heroin, methamphetamines, and opioids causing widespread harm to people across the state, your office has substantial drug enforcement priorities, other than the prosecution of simple marijuana possession crimes.

  “President Obama has stated that “we have bigger fish to fry” than prosecuting state legal marijuana cases. We agree with this approach. There are opportunity costs in choosing to prosecute low level marijuana crimes rather than targeting criminal activity linked to violence. In particular, we have concerns with any approach that fails to take into account the devastating effects that marijuana possession convictions have on future employment and education prospects for those who are convicted, especially for a substance that has been decriminalized in Oregon since 1973. Fighting dangerous drug crimes and reducing the prevalence of these drugs and their effects should be the priority of your office.”

UH student body vice president posts ‘forget #BlackLivesMatter’ on Facebook

Published: Fresh U. August 4, 2016. Viewable here.


As many millennials took to social media platforms to voice their concerns or thoughts over the recent Black Lives Matter protests in Dallas and tragic aftermath, one student’s post elicited a school-wide backlash.

  Rohini Sethi, the student body vice president at the University of Houston wrote on Facebook a post which angered many of her classmates.

  “Forget #BlackLivesMatter; more like #AllLivesMatter,” Sethi posted on her personal Facebook.

  Although Sethi deleted her post quickly afterwards, word spread, due to screenshots of the post, throughout the University of Houston student body. Shane Smith, the student body president of UH, suspended Sethi after pressure from student body to do so and published a public letter in response to the controversy on Twitter.

  “Her post and subsequent actions were very divisive,” Smith told The Post. “It caused some in our student body to become very upset with her. They lost faith in her ability to represent them because they felt that she did not understand or respect the struggles in their lives.”

  Sethi took to Facebook again to say she disagreed with her suspension but that she “has also apologized.”

  Kadidja Koné, UH president of the black student union, talked to The Post about her thoughts on Sethi’s posting.

  “I would never want her to have to experience the fear I have every day that my brother could die during a traffic stop, but it is something that as a representative of me that I expect her to understand. For her to say on her social media ‘forget black lives matter,’ it’s almost as if to say if all of us were to die tomorrow, she wouldn’t care.”

  The UH official Twitter account also took to social media to explain that Sethi’s suspension was not their decision, and was a direct result of the UH Student Government’s actions.

  The Associate Justice of the Supreme Court of the UH student body Matthew Wiltshire took to Facebook to announce his resignation.

  “Nobody has a right to destroy another for their sincerely held beliefs,” Wiltshire wrote. “You can debate. You can argue. You can even be an ass. What you can’t do is grind someone down so far their life changes.

  “No matter what the Rohini decides to do – whether she chooses to hold her ground or retracts – I expect the UH community to support Rohini and her statements whether you agree with them or not. I expect that support to be public. I will be keeping two lists. One of them says ‘People with integrity.’ The other says ‘cowards.’ Choose wisely.”