New year, new equipment

As we enter a new year, we enter a new semester of school.  4 West is off to a great start this year with a fleet of new iron (tractors).  In the new year we also enter a new tax year in the business world.  Specifically agriculture businesses look to take advantage of new technology and money saving opportunities that occur when the business buys new equipment be it a tractor, combine, or other implement.  Section 179 of the current tax code allows the business to write-off up $1,000,000 of equipment purchase expenses in the first year.  This allows small businesses that qualify for this deduction to show a smaller net income for that tax year, thus reducing their taxable income.  In 2017 alone, 220,546 tractors were purchased (source AEM) by agricultural businesses.  Considering many new tractors retail for more than $400,000 it is good business sense to take advantage of money saving opportunities such as Section 179 of the tax code.  Good luck to everyone this semester!


More information:

Association of Equipment Manufacturers

Section 179


Scheduling Tutorial

Wednesday evening Ramsey and myself held an informative session on how to register for classes using PASS, Schedule Builder, and degree requirements.  Attendees got to hear stories about scheduling successes and failures and learn more about this stressful aspect of college.  Great questions were asked throughout the event.  If you find yourself struggling to understand the scheduling process, talk to your advisor, an upperclassmen, or your RA.  Thanks Alex for representing four west and to Ramsey for helping put this event on.

It’s aMAIZEing!!!

The new door decorations on your door are representative of the most grown crop in the US, corn.  Corn, or maize (its proper name), is used in the production of millions of products.  Iowa State University has culminated a list of the different things that corn are used in, here.  Corn is actually a type of grass that was domesticated over 7,000 years ago.  People living in Central America were the first to cultivate corn.  The production of corn was unique to the Western Hemisphere until it was brought back to Europe after Christopher Columbus’ voyage in 1492.  Because corn was such a cheap food source, Europeans of power soon began growing the crop to feed the peasants and slaves in their villages.  However, the simple diet of corn quickly lead to problems.  A skin rash called pellagra develop in populations of low income people for centuries.  Originally it was hypothesized that pellagra was a plague, but in the early 1900’s Dr. Joseph Goldberger and Dr. Tom Spies found that pellagra was directly related to nutrition.  They further discovered that pellagra is caused by a deficiency in niacin, a vitamin not found in corn.  It turns out that the natives to Central America were treating their corn with lye (high in niacin) before eating it.  This practice did not get carried over to Europe when corn was brought back.  The widespread effects of pellagra could have been prevented if the low income people of the time had access to more than one food source.

For more information about corn go here.

For more information about pellagra go here.

Learned Laundry

Earlier this year Luke and myself held an informative session about how to operate the washers and dryers in the basement.  Questions that came up included what settings to use, how to tell if your laundry is finished, what do I do if there aren’t any open machines, and many others.  Complimentary bags of TIDE pods and dryer sheets were given to those in attendance.  If you missed out and are still curious about the abilities of the laundry room, please let me know.  I can certainly help you realize what would be considered overfilling a washer.

How to Meal-Plan

Tired of eating at one dining location on campus? Did you know that UW-Platteville has eight different places to use your meal plan on campus? A great way to learn about these venues and how to utilize your meal plan is to use the “How to Meal-Plan” checklist just outside the fourth floor bathroom. Going step-by-step, this checklist walks the user through five simple steps to learn about their meal-plan. It can be intimidating to try new things, however after using this checklist I hope that you are comfortable exploring each of the dining locations on campus. Your stomach will be happy!

Books out for Harambe 

BOOKS OUT FOR HARAMBE!!! This new board is to help share some new books ideas to read in your free time this semester. Some of the books included are The Merciless, To Kill a Mockingbird, The Maximum Ride, The Sisterhood of the Traveling Pants, Eragon, and The Lord of the Rings. Pick out a new book today to relax and get through the rest of the spring semester!

Test Anxiety

Everyone deals with some form of test and academic anxiety. This bulletin board is a resource for you to learn and develop practices to help ease the anxiety of the college academic experience. Reach out to me or other residents to find out what we do to deal with our anxiety in a very busy time of the semester. Remember it relax!

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