By April SorrowUniversity of GeorgiaThe Collegiate 4-H Club of the University of Georgia was recognized as the National Collegiate 4-H Club of the Year at the organization’s annual conference held last month in Minneapolis, Minn. “Georgia 4-H is known as the best in the nation and collegiate 4-H being named club of the year is a huge award that continues this legacy,” said Allen Nasworthy, chapter president and 2008 Southern region vice president. “Our chapter deserved to win because we really do a lot. Our hands are in everything.” Each competing club was judged on community involvement, diversity among membership, 4-H enrichment and fundraising and on ways the club fits into the larger campus structure as well as the merits of its members. “We were really honored to be selected among so many great collegiate clubs across the nation,” said 4-H sponsor Lauren Ledbetter. One activity the UGA club sponsors each year is the Weekend in the Classic City. This recruitment event brings over 90 high school 4-H’ers to Athens for a crash course in college. The group offers workshops on financial aid, time management and extracurricular activities. It provides campus tours and opportunities for personal development. The 50-member group is actively involved in UGA’s homecoming activities, Relay for Life activities that benefit the American Cancer Society and is a member of the UGA Go Green Alliance, which is a group of campus organizations interested in preserving and promoting environmental well-being and sustainability. United, the group is able to collaborate and coordinate efforts. “We have a strong base, and when you have this many people it’s really easy to get things done and be a productive organization,” Nasworthy said. “The members love coming to our meetings because we make them so fun and engaging.” Club meetings have hosted speakers for topics like study abroad and student leadership opportunities. Some representatives from agribusiness even come to recruit members as employees.“We bring a leadership component some other clubs may not offer,” Ledbetter said. “We bring in speakers for every meeting to talk to students on special topics.” The UGA club sent six delegates to the national conference, where they interacted with collegiate 4-H’ers from across the country. The conference focused on 4-H club development, leadership, service and career building. Three UGA members presented workshops at the conference. While in Minneapolis, conference delegates participated in a national service project that partnered with the Feed My Starving Children Organization and packaged over 14,000 meals for children living in poverty in Haiti and Africa. The UGA club will host the national convention in 2011. The theme will be “Always the Real Thing. Always Atlanta,” said Heather Williams, the conference chair for that year. Tentative plans include tours of the Georgia Aquarium, the Georgia Dome, Rock Eagle 4-H Center and UGA. She would like to partner with Hands-On Atlanta for the national service project. The conference will be hosted in partnership with other collegiate 4-H clubs around the state. For more information on collegiate 4-H, go to the Web site www.georgia4h.org/collegiate. (April Sorrow is a news editor with the University of Georgia College of Agricultural and Environmental Sciences.)
NAFCU witness Ed Templeton told the Senate Banking Committee today that credit unions are straining under the growth in regulatory burden and told the committee’s chairman of the major disconnect between the views of regulators and the regulated on this score. Risk-based capital is a case in point.Templeton, testifying in the committee’s second hearing this week on regulatory relief, was asked by committee Chairman Richard Shelby, R-Ala., whether NCUA had done sufficient analysis on the cost vs. benefit. Templeton said it did not.“The current proposal is a significant improvement,” Templeton said. However, he said if the current proposal were applied retrospectively to the financial downturn, he said 95 percent of the credit unions that would have been problematic came through the crisis soundly. “I think that’s a good indication that it’s not necessary.”Shelby, in this week’s hearings, has acknowledged the growing regulatory burden for credit unions and community banks, and he said he looks forward to working with committee Ranking Member Sherrod Brown, D-Ohio, on legislation to ease that burden. continue reading » ShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblr
TRANSNAMIB’S Windhoek workshops are currently rebuilding coaches for the Desert Express landcruise that is scheduled to be launched in April. Also available for private hire, the Desert Express will depart from Windhoek on a 21h round trip to Swakopmund on Sundays, Tuesdays and Fridays. With passengers eating and sleeping on the train, stops will be made for excursions into the Namib desert and to the Spitzkoppe mountains, timed to coincide with ’the most beautiful times of the day’ at sunrise and sunset.Air-conditioned throughout and fitted with large windows for experiencing the wide open spaces of the desert, the Desert Express will have four Spitzkoppe class sleeping cars, each with six en-suite three-berth compartments. Passengers will be able to contact on-board staff by telephone, and meals prepared in the bistro/bar coach will be available to passengers in their compartments.Sleeping car passengers will also have their own lounge and restaurant car, with Namibian, regional and international cuisine prepared on board and served in the 29-seat Welwitschia restaurant. Wildlife videos and background music will set the mood of the 29-seat lounge, furnished with a chess table inlaid with various types of desert sand.Starview class passengers will be accommodated in a coach with 35 reclining seats and a glass-panelled roof for viewing the night sky. Two showers, video entertainment and recorded music will be provided, and the bistro/bar coach will be open to Starview class passengers round the clock. o
Trees highlighted with multicolored red and orange leaves, fields filled with luscious red apples and pumpkins with intricate carvings. The quintessential images of fall resurrect themselves today, the first day of the new season. Although today may not seem different from any other sunny Los Angeles day — it’s incredibly hot and the chances of seeing leaves fall is unlikely anyways — the student body has collectively embraced fall by quite literally “falling” ourselves, in health and wellness. What I’ve found, though, is that a plant-based diet supports a healthy immune system.The cold bug is rapidly spreading. While the spread of sickness needs to be treated, students’ shared colds can be advantageous to one, in some cases at least. Say you’re in a library and bitterly realize you left your headphones at home. Don’t you worry — your study playlist on Spotify will be copiously replaced by the plethora of sniffles and sneezes coming from the sickly students around you. When you have snifflers surrounding you on all sides, who needs headphones! And I mean come on, if you don’t have a cold yet are you even stressing about school enough? Diminishing your health can serve as a social aid. Don’t know what to talk about? Start the conversation zealously complaining about your cold and everyone will join in! So, why is there a trend in weakened immune systems? Well, I don’t know, maybe because we attend a University with intrinsically motivated students who devote their waking and sleeping hours to academia, applying for internships and saving the world (in one way or another). But particularly during this fifth week of the semester, the stress caused by midterms and the overall buildup of courses hasn’t boded well with overly involved overachievers. An easy way out of the cold-rut could involve prioritizing sleep over everything and failing your midterms. I propose a solution of moderation. While prioritizing sleep is one of the important components of regaining back your vitality, what you consume need not be neglected. Now, I am no nutritionist, but speaking from personal experience and hours upon hours of research, following a plant-based diet will help you bounce back in record time. Here are the cold quelling foods necessary for health restoration: Fruits and Veggies — Hello Vitamin C!Pretty much all fruits and vegetables contain vitamin C, an essential antioxidant for boosting immunity. Fruits and vegetables with high amounts of vitamin C like oranges, mangoes, grapefruit and brussel sprouts. A cup of chopped red bell peppers surprisingly contains “nearly three times more vitamin C than an orange — 190 mg” according to Health.com. Green bell peppers contain a little less vitamin C, but a cup still delivers 200 percent of your recommended daily intake of vitamin C. If you’re on a meal plan, you’re in luck, because the salad bars are always stacked with a multitude of fruits and vegetables. On campus, go produce crazy at the weekly Farmers Market, purchase fresh fruit at Seeds, try vegan friendly salads at Lemonade or the palatable kale salad (usually contains red peppers!) at the Dean’s List Cafe. Off campus, Ralph’s conveniently offers relatively affordable produce. Liquids — Stay Hydrated!Emptying your body of toxins is easy when you’re sipping on juices, smoothies, tea, citrus juices, soups, boba, fruit-infused water, water and warm lemon juice. While you may rely on coffee to caffeinate, it’s best to avoid this dehydrating drink. You’ll need all the rest you can get, anyways, and that won’t be easy to accomplish when you attempt to sleep with your eyes open. Nekter Juice Bar and the food trucks Amazebowls and Nature’s Brew offer refreshing juices, smoothies, and acai bowls (save for Nature’s Brew). Opt in for kale if this leafy green isn’t already in your drink. Packed with 80.4 mg of vitamin C, twice your recommended daily intake of vitamin A, and seven times the recommended amount of vitamin K, in just one cup kale is sure to save you from your sniffles. Stop by any coffee shop — Starbucks, Coffee Bean and Tea Leaf and Ground Zero to name a few for green tea (packed with antioxidants), or any other hot, dairy-free drink! Also, The Dean’s List Cafe offers a refreshing thai tea made vegan when ordered with almond or soy milk. Anything Spicy — Break A Sweat!My refrigerator is always loaded with kimchee, spicy chili sauce, red pepper paste, and daikon. Growing up in a semi-Korean household, I learned to relish the uncomfortable experience that comes from sweating from ridiculously spicy food that tantalizes your throat. There are tons of spicy foods available on and off campus at places like Gogi Korean Grill — add spicy cucumber and hot sauce to your order — Chipotle — an animal friendly bowl/burrito topped with pico de gallo and salsa — and Seeds — packaged cucumber avocado rolls with ginger and wasabi. Garlic, onion, jalapeno peppers, ginger are great garnishes for any dish. Sriracha, tapatio and any other hot sauce, and spices, such as coriander and cumin, can easily be implemented into your meal. You can top pretty much anything with sriracha and luckily, the dining halls provide this staple sauce. With adequate sleep and nutrition, getting better should be a breeze. You won’t even need to rely on OTC pills, which tend to have negative side effects and may have been tested on animals. Remember that it’s okay to take a break from your responsibilities, and enjoy indulging in what makes you happy. Take a few to meditate, socialize, read a book, listen to music (or sniffles), practice a sport, art form or whatever it is that you’re passionate about!And who knows, maybe after you conquer your cold, you’ll realize that it isn’t so hard to maintain a plant-based diet. Tessa Nesis is a sophomore majoring in NGOs and social change. Her column, “The Sentient Bean,” runs on Thursdays.