By Jenny Stern

Jenny Stern

Opinion Columnist

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Jenny Stern enjoys writing about animals and the environment. Her career goals include becoming a whale trainer and biology teacher. When she isn’t writing, she is volunteering at the local nature center and teaching swim lessons.
Stern: Gov. Brownback ignores the plight Kansas' prairie-chickens

Stern: Gov. Brownback ignores the plight Kansas’ prairie-chickens

What comes first: the chicken or the economy? Kansas is facing a crucial decision regarding the Lesser prairie-chicken. The Lesser prairie-chicken is currently listed as a ‘Proposed Threatened’ species with a habitat restricted to five states: Colorado, New Mexico, Texas, Oklahoma and Kansas. According to the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, “The Lesser prairie-chicken (Tympanuchus […]

New research projects can help broaden interests

New research projects can help broaden interests

Involvement in research shouldn’t always be based on your current interests. Research allows one to explore new avenues and content areas. Research efforts add to the collective knowledge pool. To most effectively contribute while simultaneously enjoying yourself, research should match your interest but that’s not to say that interest cannot be expanded. Enjoy the transition […]

Stern: Sharks in Australia tagged to tweet when close to shore

Stern: Sharks in Australia tagged to tweet when close to shore

Twitter has finally hit the ocean. Twitter’s newest users? The sharks of Australia. As NPR reports, “Government researchers have tagged 338 sharks with acoustic transmitters that monitor where the animals are. When a tagged shark is about half a mile away from a beach, it triggers a computer alert, which tweets out a message on […]

Stern: Slugs provide life lessons

Stern: Slugs provide life lessons

I didn’t choose the slug life, the slug life chose me. Although these aren’t Tupac’s exact words, slugs can provide tips to living a happy, healthy life. 1) Take life slowly. According to hypertextbook.com, “snails and slugs travel at speeds that vary from slow (0.013 m/s) to very slow (0.0028 m/s).” Although you do not […]

Stern: Study shows animals remember treatment, deserve kindness

Stern: Study shows animals remember treatment, deserve kindness

Take thy beak from out my heart, and take thy form from off my door!’ / Quoth the raven, ‘Nevermore.’ Edgar Allen Poe may have written about a raven rather than a crow in his eerie poem “The Raven”, but both birds have proven their ability to send a chill down your spine. Recently, John […]

Stern: Hope is vital to environmental movement

Stern: Hope is vital to environmental movement

In my Alternative Breaks class, Dr. Shane Lopez gave a talk about hope in preparation for our service trips. He defined hope as “believing the future will be better than the present” and having the belief that we “have some role in making it so.” As he articulated, hope is not limited by a single […]

Stern: Cicadas assist with healthy ecosystems

Stern: Cicadas assist with healthy ecosystems

Have you been bugged by the buzz? Fall isn’t just the season for sweaters and scarves – it’s also the time for annual cicadas to fill the air with their song. As the seasons begin to change and we say farewell to these noisy insects, let’s take a moment to understand why cicadas are so […]

Stern: Passenger pigeon extinction shows destructive human impact

Stern: Passenger pigeon extinction shows destructive human impact

When was the last time you were worried about the University squirrel population going extinct? Or when have you ever worried about a world without cattle? Abundance often prompts mankind to make irresponsible decisions. The passenger pigeon went extinct in 1914. Species are vulnerable to extinction if they have a restricted geographic range, narrow habitat […]

Stern: Space exploration raises questions about animal testing

Stern: Space exploration raises questions about animal testing

Is sending cats to space the purr-fect plan to test the cosmos for humans? Iran has recently announced that they are planning on sending a Persian cat to space. Iran joined the space race in January 2013 by sending a monkey to space, but not without backlash. Most of the criticism was rooted in the […]

Stern: Advertising can promote environmental causes

Stern: Advertising can promote environmental causes

illions of companies and businesses spend large amounts of money promoting products with the goal to increase revenue. For example, Coke spent $2.6 billion on advertising worldwide in 2006, the most recent year for which figures were available on their website. So what does advertising have to do with environmentalism? Dr. Wallace J. Nichols proposes […]

Stern: Conservation of bees necessary for everyday life

Stern: Conservation of bees necessary for everyday life

Fruits, vegetables, nuts and seeds disappear from your diet. Prices of dairy products skyrocket. Blue jeans, towels, mattresses and shoelaces are distant memories. If any of these statements sound unpleasant, then you should care about the future of bees. Honeybee populations are steadily declining mainly due to Colony Collapse Disorder (CCD). The USDA states that […]

Stern: Recycling may not be so green

Recycling is bad for the environment? This statement sounds like a paradox, however some economic and environmental downfalls accompany this sustainable practice. I assumed arguments against recycling were just urban myths or excuses to absolve guilt for not participating in this relatively easy-to-implement practice. I was wrong. There are so many articles on the Internet […]

Stern: The art of courtship is bizarre, human or not

Stern: The art of courtship is bizarre, human or not

Whether it is through an elaborate nest or a creative mating dance, animals are masters of courtship. Although their methods may seem strange and irrelevant in day-to-day life, there may just be a jewel of wisdom in the stomp of a Prairie Chicken. Let’s look at our friend the moose. A male moose will roll […]

Stern: University could benefit from 'green walls'

Stern: University could benefit from ‘green walls’

I think it is about time that the University surpasses the “Ivy” league. When someone describes a building covered in plants, most people automatically think of ivy. However, what they may not know is that there is a much better alternative to common ivy. Innovative “green walls” are making a sustainable effects without the potential […]

Stern: Animal Sanctuaries give wild animals a safe place to live

Stern: Animal Sanctuaries give wild animals a safe place to live

Before my spring break, finding homes for stray tigers was not on my list of pressing issues in the United States. After my Alternative Spring Break at the International Exotic Animal Sanctuary (IEAS) and In-Sync Exotics, my eyes have been opened to how much animal sanctuaries do for our society and the need for them […]