At Chestnut Hill College, a Spring semester English class is blogging about their experiences with all things related to food. 

Packing Yet?

If you're like me, you like to consolidate. Here I've listed a few packing tips if you're traveling for the school year. This list is made for the flying Griffins especially! But a lot of these tips can go for the family car trip from surrounding cities in Pennsylvania as well!

SpaceBags are an amazing product. If you are packing clothes and towels and your blankets and whatnot. Saved me a whole extra suitcase to pay for on the Airline commute.

Returning Griffins, We've All Learned Our Lesson

During my first year as a Griffin I learned a lot about what to do and what not to do and what to bring and what not to bring for my dorm room. I've asked other students to help me come up with a list of things to help prepare freshman and even returning students with moving in and getting settled for another great year!

Dorm room:

Incoming freshmen:

I Like Pina Coladas and Getting Caught in the Rain

On Earth Day, my classmate Andrew and I went with Dr. Myer to the new garden at Sugarloaf. We measured the length and width of the garden in order for Dr. Myer to plot the points into a computer to generate a virtual layout of the garden. While we took the measurements, it started pouring rain and we had to work quickly before it got too muddy. I was really glad to have the opportunity to spend time outside on Earth Day, even though Mother Nature attacked us with her tears.

Farmer Markets

Coming from a family of vegans and vegetarians and also being a vegetarian myself, we shop the majority of our foods at farmer markets and co-ops. I personally love the idea of eating fresh fruits and vegetables, considering anything else packaged has been wrapped in plastic material for days, if not months. But after going to the farmer market with my mother, I saw for the first time the fact that the vegetables cost way more than the packaged and less healthy foods.

"The Liberty to Feed the Poor" Response

Today in class we were given an article titled "The Liberty to Feed the Poor" and it addresses the common issue of Good Samaritans all across the US being fined thousands of dollars for giving free food out to the poor. In a country with a staggering amount of hungry people for a "developed nation", but also with a large violent crime and drug problem among this population, what is the right thing to do?

Gender & Food

                 There are a lot of advertisements in our world today. No matter where we go there will be ads that consume our field of vision. And, mostly, we ignore them. Mostly, they do not even register in our minds as being there because we are so used to them. Because of this ignorance marketing companies can usually be pretty stereotypical, if not downright insulting. In my opinion one of the biggest examples of this kind of advertising relates to the food industry. The food industry itself is a very vast network of advertisements.

Seattle's Urban Food Forest

Several months ago, as I mindlessly scrolled through my Facebook news feed, I stumbled upon an article that caught my attention.  It was about Seattle building a food forest and how it would become the largest in the country.  Both of my parents grew up in Seattle and I myself spent the better part of my childhood living in a town about 30 minutes from the city; so my familial and emotional ties to the city were enough to get me interested in the topic.  Fast forward a couple months and I was spending hours researching and writing extensively about this very topic for my English 105 class.