Thursday, December 12


A sizable portion of the student population is lactase non-persistent. People without noticeable symptoms may not even consider themselves lactose intolerant, though. (visualhunt.com)

The Quad: ‘Lactose intolerance’ is scamming us all

If you regularly pay 50 cents for soy or almond milk at Kerckhoff Coffee House to avoid the discomfort of consuming dairy products, you are not alone. Read more...

Photo: A sizable portion of the student population is lactase non-persistent. People without noticeable symptoms may not even consider themselves lactose intolerant, though. (visualhunt.com)

A sizable portion of the student population is lactase non-persistent. People without noticeable symptoms may not even consider themselves lactose intolerant, though. (visualhunt.com)

Icebreakers can be a social lubricant that eases members into group situations. (Creative Commons photo by Christopher.Michel via Flickr)

In defense of icebreakers

I never thought I’d say this, but I’ve come to appreciate icebreakers. Back as a first-year student, I dragged my feet doing icebreakers with my RA in the lounge. Read more...

Photo: Icebreakers can be a social lubricant that eases members into group situations. (Creative Commons photo by Christopher.Michel via Flickr)

Icebreakers can be a social lubricant that eases members into group situations. (Creative Commons photo by Christopher.Michel via Flickr)

WeChat, an instant messaging app, has recently bolstered its marketing efforts in North America, with brand ambassadorship as one of the methods. (Creative Commons photo by Premkumar Masilamani via Picasa)

Don’t drink the brand ambassador Kool-Aid

Become a brand ambassador – it’s a great way to gain experience doing nothing, and annoy people on campus. During the fall quarter of my first year, when I should have been studying for my imminent Chemistry 14A final, I was carousing around Westwood with a bunch of actors in grey shirts promoting WeChat, the direct messaging application most popular in China. Read more...

Photo: WeChat, an instant messaging app, has recently bolstered its marketing efforts in North America, with brand ambassadorship as one of the methods. (Creative Commons photo by Premkumar Masilamani via Picasa)

WeChat, an instant messaging app, has recently bolstered its marketing efforts in North America, with brand ambassadorship as one of the methods. (Creative Commons photo by Premkumar Masilamani via Picasa)


Nootropic supplements, compounds belonging to the same family as caffeine, have shown some memory and cognitive-enhancing effects. Research is still limited and mostly unregulated by the Food and Drug Administration. (Creative Commons photo by DAEllis via Flickr)

Rethinking study drugs: nootropics, the cognitive-enhancing compounds

As we go into the final stretch of the quarter, many of us are dying for an extra boost as we start to study for finals. Read more...

Photo: Nootropic supplements, compounds belonging to the same family as caffeine, have shown some memory and cognitive-enhancing effects. Research is still limited and mostly unregulated by the Food and Drug Administration. (Creative Commons photo by DAEllis via Flickr)

Nootropic supplements, compounds belonging to the same family as caffeine, have shown some memory and cognitive-enhancing effects. Research is still limited and mostly unregulated by the Food and Drug Administration. (Creative Commons photo by DAEllis via Flickr)