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SGA swears in Senate, prepares for elections on Sept. 20

September 15, 2011 Comments off

By Shannon Weaver, Staff Writer

Those appointed last week for the upperclassmen Senate were sworn in by Student Government Association President Emalyn Cork at this week’s SGA meeting. Throughout the meeting, the SGA members discussed the availability of a position on SGA and the Village Composter project.

Campaigns for freshman senate are currently underway.  There are five freshman Senate seats and seven freshman candidates. Elections will be held Tuesday, Sept. 20, from 9 – 10 a.m. in the Maxwell and Goolsby buildings, and from 11-12:15p.m. in the Grace Rollins Dining Hall.

Brittany Starrett, sophomore senator and chair of sustainability, is stepping down from SGA. Anyone who wishes to fill her Senate seat is encouraged to attend the next SGA meeting.

In other news, Allen Clark, manager of Sodexo, has offered to help SGA’s Village composter project.

“[Clark] straight up told me, ‘You can have our composter,’” said Sophomore Senator Ashley Cross.  SGA plans to receive feedback from Village residents before moving the composter.

The SGA meets weekly in the Robinson Dining Room at 5:30 p.m. All students, faculty and staff are welcome to attend.

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Lappé focuses on planet, resources

February 23, 2011 Comments off

By Hailey Silvey, Staff Writer

Frances Lappé gave a presentation in the Susan B. Harris chapel, where she stressed the importance of sustainability efforts. Photo by Nadia Dean

Last Tuesday, Feb. 8, Frances Lappé, an acclaimed author of 17 books visited Young Harris College. Lappé gave a lecture in the Susan B. Harris Chapel at 7:00 p.m. The lecture was entitled, “Life on a Small Planet with Frances Moore Lappé”. The lecture was presented by the YHC Division of Math and Science and the Sustainability Committee.

The title of the lecture was a play off the title of Lappé’s first book, Diet for a Small Planet. This year is the 40th anniversary of Diet for a Small Planet, which published when Lappé was 27. The focus of the lecture was awareness and practical solutions for sustainability.

Lappé began her lecture by saying “it is too late and things are far too bad.” Lappé considers this the theme song of her life. Lappé then asked the audience if they were concerned about the Earth and if they worried about their future on the planet. This led Lappé into her discussion about how people can help the planet easily.

Lappé’s first question about life was “why hunger in a world of plenty?” Lappé said that she worries about humans shrinking the abundance that the Earth has to offer. The example she gave was “it takes 16 pounds of grains to make one pound of wheat. That’s very wasteful.” She also mentioned the statistic that 40 percent of the food in the United States goes to waste.

Lappé said that she also realizes that nobody in the world would create the world by themselves that we are creating as a group.

Lappé said, “no one person on this Earth wakes up in the morning and says I want to make sure a child dies of hunger today.”

Lappé said that people know how to solve the problems that the world faces, but they are too selfish to do so.

Though Lappé was brought here to talk about sustainability, she seemed far more concerned with the effects of people not being concerned with sustainability. The point of her lecture was that if everyone all were to make a small effort, the world would become a better place for all.

YHC catches Recyclemania

February 23, 2011 Comments off

By Annie Hunter, Campus Life Editor

Young Harris College is showing some love for Mother Earth by competing in Recyclemania, an eight-week recycling competition between 630 of the nation’s colleges.  The pre-season trial which will not count towards final scores began two weeks before the formal competition’s official start on Feb. 6.

Recyclemania is a tournament that asks for little effort to receive a high reward.  The winners of the competition’s various categories will receive trophies but most importantly the satisfaction of making global improvements.

“The main focus is to raise awareness, instead of throwing a coke can in the garbage, walk another step and put it in the recycling,” said Rob Campbell, academic service learning,Bonner coordinator and member of the sustainability committee.

The campus will collect the recycled goods properly disposed of into their corresponding containers and transport them to the recycling plant.  At the plant, the recyclables will be weighed and the school will receive a receipt.  These receipts are sent to Recyclemania, who will keep their website, which is http://www.recyclemaniacs.org, up to date on each of the competing school’s progress.

YHC students and faculty can do their part by taking advantage of the recycling bins already provided by the Student Government Association.  SGA has been building up the campus’ recycling program all year and has teamed up with the Sustainability Committee to launch this year’s Recyclemania.

Campbell hopes that the small task of recycling will become habit, integrating recycling and sustainability into YHC’s everyday life.

It’s the small things, according to junior biology major and Blairsville resident Will Harris, which make all the difference.  While Harris does not expect every student, staff and faculty member to share his same passion for the environment, he does hope that they will take the lesson encouraged by the Recyclemania program to heart.

“One person can’t change the world by themselves but if each single person does something then that’s enough to change it,” said Harris. “We have to get people over the fear of ‘I can’t do it.’”

Students looking to join their efforts can do so by simply putting their recyclables in the recycling bins outside of every residence hall. The planet will thank you.

Sustainability Day adds herbs, blackout

November 20, 2010 Comments off

By Ember Zimmerman, Staff Writer

The hall lights in Goolsby Lecture Hall were turned off in observance of Sustainability Awareness Day. Photo by Ember Zimmerman

With the slogan “Love purple, live green,” the sustainability committee was sure to get out the word about their campus-wide Sustainability Awareness Day, which happened this past Friday.

Sustainability Awareness Day was an effort to make the campus a more environmentally-aware place. Sustainability Awareness Day was organized by the Sustainability Committee, which includes members such as Rob Campbell, who is the director of the Bonner Leaders program on campus.

Throughout the day there were several activities for students to participate in such as a campus-wide blackout, a ribbon cutting for a new herb garden and tables for students to make pledges to be more environmentally conscious in the future.

Starting at 8 a.m. Friday to 8 a.m. on Saturday, students across campus worked to conserve energy, by unplugging unused electronics, using light only when necessary and taking shorter showers throughout the day.

The blackout was probably the most noticeable part of Sustainability Awareness Day, since student residence halls and lecture halls used only a minimal amount of electricity. This left several classrooms and lecture halls in the dark, literally.

One of the participating professors, Dr. Jennifer Pemberton, assistant professor of sociology, said, “everyone needs to think about sustainability. If we don’t, we’re going to run out of natural resources and make the world an unsafe place for future generations in many ways—not just pollution, but war over scarce resources.”

Dr. Pemberton feels strongly about the issue of environmentalism and will be teaching a class in the spring semester on environmental sociology, which will feature social sources of environmental degradation and ways that students can help this global problem.

Another YHC professor who participated in the event was Dr. Isabelle Therriault, assistant professor of foreign language, forwent the use of her classroom computer entirely. Instead, Therriault planned pronunciation games and worksheets for students to work on in the dim light from the windows of Goolsby Lecture Hall.

“I’m glad they’re doing it,” Therriault said.

Dr. Therriault said she recycles at home and mentioned feeling upset that there weren’t more places to recycle in Towns County or on campus.

“It hurts my heart. It really does. I really hate to throw away things that can be recycled.”

Along with the blackout, the Sustainability Committee set up in front of Goolsby Lecture Hall and outside of Grace-Rollins Dining Hall. At these tables, sustainability members gave away sustainability bags at the tables. These bags were free for students, since students pay a “green fee” as part of their tuition; however, the cost was $1 for anyone else.  As a bonus, students who signed a pledge at one of the tables to make a personal effort to lead a more environmentally-aware life, received free white boards.

In addition, At 12 p.m., in front of Grace-Rollins Dining Hall, there was a ribbon-cutting ceremony to honor YHC’s new herb garden. Some of the herbs from the garden were used in the day’s lunch, which was made largely from local produce. Since the dining hall was working to conserve electricity, the hall featured a live acoustic guitar performance, due to the lack of electricity necessary for the usual radio selections.

Overall, many students and professors participated in the day’s events, allowing YHC students and staff to take part in becoming more environmentally conscious.

YHC gets lesson in sustainability

October 30, 2010 Comments off

By Ember Zimmerman, Staff Writer

On campus is an organization dedicated to making Young Harris College life more sustainable. This organization is simply called the Sustainability Committee. The Sustainability Committee’s mission is to actively assist in making the college, students and faculty more environmentally conscious. Currently, there are three subcommittees dedicated to making YHC more sustainable. Each of these three subcommittees is led by a member of the YHC faculty or staff.

Leading the college in educating faculty and students on lessons of sustainability is Dr. Jim Bishop. In addition to teaching students about sustainability in his classes, Bishop also encourages other faculty to include such lessons in their own curriculum. His English 1102 classes are all based on a theme of bioregionalism this semester, putting him in a good position for such lessons to be taught.

Krista Massell, director of safety and compliance at YHC, works to promote ‘greener’ practices among offices and departments on campus, such as Sodexo, which is in charge of supplying food on campus.

Finally, Rob Campbell, coordinator for academic service learning and Bonner Leaders, leads the sub-committee in charge of communicating with the Young Harris community. He works with the Bonner leaders, Roots and Shoots, SGA and other student organizations to coordinate ‘green’ events. He also works with the mayor of Young Harris on occasion to coordinate sustainability projects not only with the college, but also with the city of Young Harris.

These three subcommittee leaders are also working with other members of the sustainability committee. These additional 13 are a mix of faculty and students trying to improve quality of ‘green’ life on campus, and they’re not the first group to do this.

For years there have been committees on campus dedicated to improving the campus life’s environmental contributions, beginning with Common Ground in 1989. Common Ground was a student group who began recycling paper, plastic and aluminum on campus. Eventually, groups like this evolved into the Sustainability Committee.

The Sustainability Committee has planned a Sustainability Awareness Day, to be held in November. Some of the events for the day are still being planned, but the committee is going to hand out bags filled with sustainability-related goodies. The Sustainability Committee will not be the only ones handing out the bags, as other affiliated student organizations will be aiding them with this and other events on Sustainability Awareness Day.

SGA discusses clocks, blackout

October 30, 2010 Comments off

By Carmen Brown, Staff Writer

At 5: 30 p.m. on Wed. Oct. 27, SGA had their weekly meeting. The agenda for this week’s meeting included an update for the campus-wide blackout, a set time for all clocks on campus, student checks and the status on the hammocks that SGA ordered earlier in the semester.

As discussed at last week’s meeting, the campus-wide blackout will be held on Fri. Nov. 19 from 8 a.m. to 8 a.m. the following day. The campus-wide blackout is scheduled as a part of Sustainability Awareness Day. This day focuses on raising awareness on the benefits of green energy and how people can reduce the amount of energy they consume.

As a part of Sustainability Awareness Day, SGA and the sustainability committee at Young Harris College have organized the campus-wide blackout. To encourage students to participate in the event, sustainability members will be coming door-to-door to hand out prizes to students taking part in the event. Some of the prizes include t-shirts, reusable coffee mugs and pens.

In addition to solidifying the plans for the campus-wide blackout, SGA also discussed the possibility to have all the clocks on campus set to the same time. This topic was brought up due to the reoccurring confusion surrounding each clock’s time. This inconsistency has caused confusion for students and professors about class times.

Adding to campus confusion is the fact that there are no clocks in the cafeteria. SGA argued that having clocks in the cafeteria would be helpful to have during times when students and faculty are eating in the cafeteria and have a class to go to soon after they finish their meal. Though the topic was discussed, no final decisions have been made about the issue; however, SGA is putting research together. So far, SGA is thinking about hanging up analog clocks in the cafeteria.

Among other topics, SGA mentioned that students will be able to bring their checks to the Student Development Office next semester. From there, students could have their checks deposited directly into their bank account and available for use on their debit card. More information about student check options will be coming soon.

Earlier in the semester, SGA decided to purchase hammocks for student use. Though the hammocks have been ordered, they are currently not on campus as the company is out of the color requested.

SGA meets weekly in the dining hall at 5:30 p.m. All students are welcome to attend.

SGA: lights out to save

October 25, 2010 1 comment

By Carmen Brown, Staff Writer

On Wed. Oct. 20, SGA held their weekly meeting in the dining hall. Among the topics of discussion were the results and future plans for TellMeTuesday. Also on the agenda, were plans for a campus-wide blackout to preserve electricity.

Through a campus-wide blackout, the sustainability committee will be able to engage the student body in its green efforts. Conserving electricity is a big problem that goes unnoticed by most students, so the sustainability committee on campus would like to put together a campus wide blackout in the efforts promote awareness and preserve energy. According to the Energy Information Administration, the average United States residence uses 11,040 kilowatt-hours of electricity per month. By conserving electricity, students can make this campus ‘greener.’ This event is currently scheduled to take place on Nov. 19 from 8 a.m. to 8a.m. on Nov. 20. Those who participate would turn off all lights and refrain from using electricity. As incentive for participating, sustainability members will come door to door and give prizes to the participants in the event.

Among other news, TellMeTuesday, which is an opportunity for student feedback, continues to be a success. It will be held every other Tuesday. The next opportunity to participate in TellMeTuesday will be on Tues. Nov. 2.