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The Future is in Our Hands

Last Thursday, we conducted our Honors Biotechnology and Art class outside in the sculpture garden in UCLA’s north campus. I truly enjoyed being outdoors surrounded by plants and animals instead of being in our dark, gray classroom. Even though we weren’t surrounded by “true” nature, it was still somewhat nature in my opinion- plants growing around us, birds flying in the sky, and squirrels running up and down the trees.

The Endangered Alpha Predator

1986, 1998, 2010, 2022...are all years of the Tiger in the Chinese Zodiac. The Tiger is the third of all zodiac animals. He is third because of the Heavenly Gate Race story. It is told that the Jade Emperor wanted to select twelve animals for them to be his guards. He sent an immortal being to the man’s world to spread this message. They stated that the earlier the animal crosses the Heavenly Gate, the better their rank would be.

Staple Foods: Rice and Beans

Staple foods are those foods that consume a large part of people’s daily diets. They can be stored easily and can be eaten throughout the year. Staple do not require special facilities, like refrigerators, to be stored. Thus, any food that needs to be stored in a refrigerator is not a staple food. Staple foods are eaten worldwide. Specific staple, however, is usually eaten more in some cultures and countries than others. Two examples of staple food are rice and beans.

Eco Materialism Workshops

Last Thursday, I attended the symposium, where Linda Weintraub discussed her new book What’s Next? Eco Materialism & Contemporary Art. I had never heard of this subject before, and so it was very interesting for me to learn about it and see Ms. Weintraub’s comments and opinions regarding this subject. She discussed her story with the land she had bought in uptown New York and how that influenced her so much. She explained how the land was “so beautiful” and then thought about how she could contribute back to the land.

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