Midnight Kitchen

Just a quick note about a gem that few grad students seem to know about: Midnight Kitchen. Midnight kitchen is a university sponsored program that provides FREE, vegan food at lunch to all students. You just have to show up, and eat. The food is good, although sometimes in need of a bit of salt. But you will get a salad, some sort of soup/stew-y main, a side, and a dessert. You can make donations if you have the change, but it is not required. They start serving at noon, they go until about 1pm. The location varies based on climate; if it’s nice out, they’ll be in the courtyard beside the Redpath Museum. If it’s not so nice, they will either be on the top floor or the basement of SSMU. Make sure to bring a tupperware and utensil!

Bon appetit!

Scar-Butt the Baboon

 So no one tells you when you start field research the plethora of horrors that are awaiting to hamper, or completely usurp, your productivity. Below I will tell two of my favorite incidents that occurred this past summer while I was conducting my field research in Uganda. I hope this will give you, my awesome cyber-audience, a taste of the trials and tribulations that being a grad student is all about.

Incident 1: The elephants. When people think of elephants in their mind’s eye, it is usually as an intelligent, gentle, and altogether harmless creature. Well, they’re not. In the region I work, the elephants raid crops for food and are therefore attacked quite viciously by the villagers, whose entire lives depend on their land. The resulting relationship between humans and elephants has digressed to one of war: when one sees the other, all bets are off. (more…)

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