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Why would you do this to me? 

Scott McKinney 

Engineering Councilor 

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 
faculty councillors 

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. 


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. 


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 


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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How a newspaper's made? 
I got me a soapbox - you 
want I should shows ya?" 

Get the jump on your pals and head on 
down to SUB Stage in the Students' Union 
Building on Tuesday, September 8 and 
Wednesday, September 9 at 5pm. 

We've got all the info you need about 
taking the plunge into the Gateway Car¬ 
nival and starting your career as a 
reporter, photographer, or illustrator! 

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 
fruit juices. 

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 
discover more. 

"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.