Why would you do this to me?
after being nominated to the Budget and Finance Committee
Written by Jon Taves
Students' Council is the governing body
of the Students' Union consisting oi the
SU executive. Undergraduate Board oi
Governors representative, and the 32
Students' Council meets every second
Tuesday in the Council Chambers in
University Hail at 6 p.m Meetings are
open to all students The next meet¬
ing will be held on Tuesday, September
8, where tree food will be provided for
ail attendees So if you're interested in
student government, come grab a piate
and satisfy your craving for democracy.
THE CHANGING FACE
SU Vice-President (Academic) _eah
True blood presented on recent data
from the Registrar's office regarding
the demographics of the s: jden: body
She explained that nearly half of
new students to the U of A transfer
from other institutions. It was noted
the: many students face external pres¬
sures on their jmversity careers largely
due to financial worries. Trueblood
believes that it's important to keep up
with the diversity of the st jdent body
so that the SU can effectively repre¬
sent a wide array of interests
Council heard a presentation from the
Millennium Villages Project, an organi¬
zation with the mandate of revitalizing
impoverished communities in sub-
Saharan Africa. Their goal is to halve
extreme poverty in the region by 2015
through self-sustaining programs of
agriculture and needed infrastructure.
Council is considering holding a ref¬
erendum to vote on a Dedicated ”ee
Unit of S6.40 per term from U of A
students to go towards the organiza¬
tion A similar program is already in
place atCarleton University.
I STUDY ARTS BECAUSE...
Council also heard a presentation from
the Collective Body of Arts Students.
The presentation outlined C3AS' goal
of fostering a sense of community
within arts, and to be an open forum
where student and departmental con¬
cerns can be addressed
SAVE(D) OUR DEWEY'S
Council ratifiedanagreement between
the Grad Students Association (GSA)
and the SU regarding Deweys that,
as written, is in effect until August
2.012. The SU s lease agreement had
expired and University administration
intended to use the pool hall space
for offices being moved from the Tory
The- GSA offered their old offices
as an alternative for the administra¬
tion in an effort to preserve "a unique
and special social space on campus,
one that brings together all elements
of the campus community." The SU
will continue operation of the venue
as before, including the billiard space.
However, both organizations are seek¬
ing University approval for the west
bar and mezzanine to be included in
the lease as well.
As per the agreement, the GSA will
receive 15 per cent of any net profit
from Dewey's, and the GSA, when
reasonable, may request privileges to
promote the use of the venue "as a
graduate-friendly student space" for
holding special events there.
Trueblood responded to a question
about her recently presented academic
plan. One of its key tenets is a call for
more undergraduate research and more
emphasis on quality teaching. It's the
SU'scontribution to the University's new
guiding document. "Dare to Deliver”
President Kory Mathewson
responded to questions regarding
this year's speaker and debate series.
A number of issues are expected to
be covered by the events, including
the debates surrounding Israel and
Palestine, and Creationism versus
Mathewson also talked about his
planned undergraduate survey He’s
met with University Vice President
(finance & Administration) Phyllis
Clark who explained that the adminis¬
tration is not interested in contributing
questions to the effort.
VP (Operations & Finance) Zach
Fentiman spoke about the changes to
SUBtitles, including the new "Green Zone."
Workers are currently finalizing visual ele¬
ments and adding products such as cloth¬
ing, stationary, reusable water containers
and plantable trees Plans for the renova¬
tions are on schedule.
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U of A PhD student derives preservative,
other health benefits from mango seeds
News Staff _
Working vviih mango kernels has been
a fruitful endeavor for University of
Alberta PhD student Christina Engels
with the Department of Agricultural,
Food, and Nutritional Science. Engels
lias discovered a way to extract a spe¬
cific substance from leftover kernels,
unearthing an inexpensive, all-natural
preservative, and capitalize on a ftxxi
According to Engels, the mango indus¬
try produces juice and dried mangos,
but discards millions of seeds every year.
Engels was determined to find a way to
recycle tliese by-products.
"The basic idea behind this project
is to use the leftover kernel to find a
good application for it.” Engels said.
What she discovered were tannins,
a plant compound that inhibit the
growth of pathogenic bacteria such as
Listeria, a bacterial strain that infected
luncheon meat last summer, killing
21 Canadians. Since the substance is
extracted from a so-called waste prod¬
uct in the age of processed foods and
growing obesity rates. Engels believes
demand will grow for what is an inex¬
pensive. natural product.
"At the moment, there’s a trend
towards more organic and natural
foods. This presents a natural alter¬
native to existing synthetic preserva¬
tives," Engels noted.
The mango preservative can lx- used
on products that are most susceptible
to rot and require very particular stor¬
ing techniques, such as dairy prod¬
ucts. However, this discovery will not
be hitting the dairy section of grocery
stores tomorrow or even next week.
"There will be other food scientists
to work with it, to make sure there is
no negative impact on humans, but it
will be available sometime in the near
future." Engels said.
If this substance passes rigorous
nutritional testing, site said that it could
also be used in the washing water of
fresh-cut lettuce or put directly into
For Engels, the practical uses of man¬
goes continue to add up. She descrilx-d
a process that involves extracting fat
from the mango kernels and using it
to replace the fat from cream in ice
cream. In addition, other research lias
found anti-oxidant activity as well,
which is linked to cancer-reducing
properties. However, these discoveries
also demand further examination.
Though she has been enjoying the
fruits of her labour. Engels said her
work dt>es not end here; this is only a
pit-stop during her quest to learn and
"I’ve been getting so much posi¬
tive feedback. It's really nice that it
affects people outside of my lab,”
Engels noted. "Now 1 want to go
deeper and find out why they have
tliis ability. "
THIS JOB IS THE PITS U of A PhD student Christina Engels has focused her
thesis work on the potential health and financial benefits of discarded mangoes.