Micro-Meals of the Week

Micro-Meals of the Week 

With Michelle Thompson

Bringing you ways to eat like an adult, without having to actually cook like one.

Whether you’re living in the dorms for the first time and are already sick of Port Sky food, don’t have a stove top or oven in your apartment, or you’re just plain lazy… it’s always helpful to have a list of recipes that require nothing but the power of heat-producing, radio wave-agitated water molecules (aka a microwave) in your back pocket. ?? I, Michelle Thompson, am going to help you with that list.

This week’s recipe: Microwaveable Pasta

Throw out those nasty microwaveable noodle meals drowning in sodium and sadness. Believe it or not, you can actually boil regular pasta– well, some kinds– without a big pot or stovetop! Just follow these simple steps.

  1. Fill a microwave-safe bowl ¾ of the way with water
  2. Dump in your choice of small pasta (ravioli, penne, tortellini, rotini)
  3. Microwave for 3-4 minutes
  4. Drain water with a pasta strainer if you have it, or just put a paper plate over the bowl and dump out the water (be careful not to burn yourself!)
  5. Throw some parmesan cheese on those suckers and you’re ready to enjoy!!
  6. If you really want to get fancy, nuke some frozen meatballs and pasta sauce for a minute or so and you’ve got yourself a classic Italian meal for one.
  7. That’s right, just one single serving for one single person.
  8. Who cares that your roommate already has a whole squad of friends but didn’t invite you out with them for the third night in a row when you have pasta this good, right!?…

Yikes. Anyway, tune in next time for another micro-meal recipe and enjoy the rest of your week!!

PSU Altoona Students Spend Earth Day 2017 ‘Marching For Science’

No amount of rain could stifle Earth Day enthusiasm as 10 of our own Penn State Altoona students—along with several PSUA faculty members, thousands of other science advocates, environmentalists, and the King of Science himself (Bill Nye) — took to the streets of D.C. for the “March for Science” on Saturday, April 22nd.

After multiple early morning teach-ins at the National Mall, several speakers and a musical performance near the Washington monument to hype up the crowd, the group of Altoona student activists were ready to make history. The march lasted only two hours, but made some serious waves, being joined by thousands of satellite marches held simultaneously throughout the United States and around the world.

In the wake of the multitude of comments and actions from the Trump administration regarding climate change, environment-related regulations, and science program funding, outrage and concern has increasingly swept the scientific and environmental communities. From calling climate change “a hoax made by and for the Chinese,” to vowing to repeal the Paris Climate Agreement, to budget proposals mentioning double-digit budget cuts to organizations like the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) and the National Institutes of Health (NIH), President Trump has not established himself as much of an ally to environmentalism. Those who have, however, took it upon themselves to fight for what they felt needed advocacy, bringing some pretty clever signs and costumes with them to help make their point.

YouTube’s ‘Restricted Mode’ Causes Outrage from the LGBTQ Community

Alleged ‘Discriminatory’ Feature Sends Creators Scrambling to Smooth Things Over

For some time now, the Internet’s most popular video-sharing website, ‘YouTube,’ has offered a feature called ‘Restricted Mode,’ which allows users to set the website to a viewing mode that limits which content can and cannot be seen. The feature was initially created to facilitate a “kid friendly” version of the site that did not include “mature” or explicit content.

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Protest and Patriotism: Perpetually at Odds

Image: Mobilus in Mobili via Wikipedia

If you own some kind of communication device, interact with other human beings, or are at the very least alive, you’re probably well aware that there has been a bit more outrage from American citizens lately, beyond the usual public unrest over a TV show finale or Beyoncé’s equally plot-twist-saturated home life.

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