By Jenny Stern

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 […]

Stern: University can benefit from goats on campus

Stern: University can benefit from goats on campus

We’ve all seen it. The video begins with Taylor Swift singing “I Knew You Were Trouble,” and next thing you know, a goat is screaming along with the music. Goats have received attention recently for their featured vocals in some of today’s popular hits; however, few realize the potential of goats to be revolutionary. I […]

Stern: Students affect campus squirrels' lifestyles

Stern: Students affect campus squirrels’ lifestyles

Dogs aren’t supposed to eat chocolate. Cats aren’t supposed to drink milk. Squirrels aren’t supposed to eat… corndogs? It doesn’t take an expert to figure out that human junk food is not part of a squirrel’s natural diet. As reported by The Washington Post, although squirrels are technically granivores (animals that eat grains and nuts), […]

Stern: Whale community a place to find inspiration on land

Stern: Whale community a place to find inspiration on land

If you are looking for a new role model, I suggest turning your attention to the ocean. I’ll be honest; I love whales a little more than the average person. I was in fifth grade at the Shedd Aquarium when I decided I was going to devote my life in pursuit of becoming a Beluga […]

Stern: Vegetarians beware, animal by-products lurk in gelatin

Stern: Vegetarians beware, animal by-products lurk in gelatin

You’d be surprised what is in your favorite candies. At least once in elementary school, some kid brings up that glue is made from horse hooves. While that is no longer true, there is a variety of food made from animal skin. The majority of people are surprised when I explain why I cannot eat […]