Food and drink blog: Easter eats

Ah, early April. The birds are chirping, the snow is melting, and Easter is just around the corner. Unfortunately, most of us will be spending the holiday holed up in fire-safety-ambiguous apartments dragging ourselves through the last weeks of the semester. (Well, not me—I’m in journalism, so I’ll be done long before then, but I’ll extend my sympathy.) Easter seems to be one of the holidays students forget about. It gets overshadowed by St. Patrick’s Day, and we’re usually too busy to care. Some of us might buy a bunch of discount Easter bunnies the day after, but that’s kind of sad, right? In my first year at university, I remember eating dinner on Easter Sunday at McDonalds. I forgot […]

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Food and Drink blog: Balance your budget—and your diet

Ah, March . . . when there’s too much school year at the end of your money, and you’re starting to think twice about how much you accidentally bulked up in winter. Few things make getting through the end of semester more difficult than fuelling yourself with junk food and sleeping from 3 a.m. to noon every day. Here’s how to make the last bit in your bank account stretch, to help you feel your healthiest—before you find out your shorts don’t fit like they used to. Extend your [shelf] life One of the hardest things about being on your own at university is grocery shopping for one person. It’s hard to estimate how much food you should be buying […]

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Food and Drink: How to balance textbooks and cookbooks

There’s something about being a student that’s several stages removed from being a cook. You’re probably poor, strapped for time, working with a crappy kitchen, and only making single servings. Also, your roommate made pancakes last week and your counters are still covered in gelatinous goop. The temptation to eat cereal or frozen pizza at home, then grab food on campus whenever you can, is strong. Everyone tells you that preparing your food at home is one of the most effective ways of eating healthier and saving money, but there are so many barriers to making your own food that’s just as yummy as your favourite fast food joint. Here are some ways to stop waiting for Christmas to eat […]

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Electoral Board member draws controversy

The Carleton University Students’ Association’s (CUSA) electoral board ruled this week that one of its members, Brandon Wallingford, does not have a conflict of interest after two candidates in the ongoing election said he was biased. Greg Owens, Change vice-president (finance) candidate, and Ruth Lau-MacDonald, an independent vice-president (internal) candidate, brought forward two Facebook posts from 2013 from Wallingford’s profile that stated his support for A Better Carleton (ABC). Although ABC was disbanded two years ago, its candidates formed another slate the following year under the name Your Carleton, the team that won five of the six executive positions in the 2016 election. Two members of the Your Carleton executive are now running under the slate One Carleton in the […]

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U of O implements mandatory meditation sessions for med students

The University of Ottawa (U of O) faculty of medicine recently introduced four mandatory one-hour meditation sessions per year for first and second-year medical students. Students in their last two years have a half-day workshop, in addition to optional meditation sessions offered to students throughout their degrees. Meditation is an ancient practice that is still regularly practiced today. It involves sitting silently for a sustained period of time and avoiding conscious thought to promote relaxation and self-understanding. Heather MacLean, the medical professor who advocated for the mandatory meditation sessions, said meditation is intended to help medical students with self-care, but is also a helpful practice that doctors should recommend to patients. “A lot of patients, especially when dealing with anxiety […]

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