Celebrate Earth Day by attending today’s many sustainability events. First, a Lecture Slam will take place during Common Hour from 11:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. in the Nichols Dining Room of Cowan in the Campus Center. Students and faculty will be sharing short commentaries on what makes them passionate about sustainability and social justice. Take your lunch to Nichols and hear what inspiring ideas they have to share.
Later, meet Mary Berry during a reception from 4:15 to 5:15 p.m. in the Evans-Lively Room. Berry is the executive director of the Berry Center at St. Catharine College in Newcastle, Ky. Established in 2011, the Berry Center serves as a repository for the study of small farm agriculture in Kentucky. During her visit, Berry will also speak at the President’s Sustainability Convo at 7:30 p.m. in the Vahlkamp Theatre. Her topic, “Institutionalization of Agrarian Thought,” will address her interest in preserving not just farms, topsoil and fertility but farm people and the invaluable knowledge that they hold and impart to others. Berry, the daughter of author and environmental activist Wendell Berry, will also discuss innovations in agriculture and the marketing of agricultural products in Kentucky that will enable small farmers to thrive in the 21st century.
Can’t make time for other activities? The Why so GREEN? Photo petition is an easy way to get involved. Centre Environmental Association will be taking photos of students each day this week from 11:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. in the Campus Center lobby, asking them to pose with a statement of what campus sustainability means to them. These photos will be shown on Centre Social Media and will be displayed for all students to see on the projector in Cowan.
Tickets and t-shirt sales continue all week for the twenty aprils concert on Friday, April 25. Partnering with Good News International, twenty aprils is a student-led benefit concert to celebrate the power and endurance of Rwandans following the genocide — twenty years after. From ticket sales and gifts, its goal is to raise no less than $10,000 by Friday to help support survivors.
Tickets and shirts may be purchased for $10 each (or $15 for a package) in the Campus Center, Monday and Wednesday from 5 – 7 p.m., and Tuesday and Thursday from 11 a.m. – 1 p.m. The concert, at 9 p.m. on West Walnut Street, will feature music by dj auzey, with hundreds of pounds of powder paint and food by Captain Franks Hotdog Emporium (15% of sales to benefit cause).
by Cindy Long