Grab the Green is upon us! For the third time, and for the first time during the fall semester, disposable to go containers will not be sold at the cafeteria.
But why are they not being sold? Why does Food Truth every year work with Sodexo to deprive students of the convenience of using a disposable container?
Many students, in the hustle and bustle of their daily schedules, depend on taking food to go in order to eat. Certainly using a disposable container, rather than remembering to carry around a reusable one, is the easier option. Unfortunately, that convenience has led to over 5,000 disposable containers a week being sold. The large majority of these containers end up in landfills, contributing heavily to the amount of solid waste produced by Stonehill. At 33 cents a container, Stonehill students are spending more than $1,650 a week on single-use plastic. For many, including the organizers of Grab the Green, this is just not acceptable.
Grab the Green started in the spring of 2013 as an experiment. By not selling disposable to go containers for only one week, the organizers hoped to demonstrate that the Stonehill community can thrive without them. While the week was a rousing success, raising considerable awareness about solid waste and successfully promoting the use of green reusable containers, many felt that the school could not permanently eliminate disposable containers.
Now, Grab the Green occurs annually to continue raising that awareness. While the inconvenience of not having disposable containers might annoy some, it is only one week. And that one week could make all the difference in creating a more sustainable Stonehill.
So grab that green. Choose to utilize your green reusable container, even after this week is over. Sodexo will clean it for you, you’ll save money over time, reduce your impact on the environment, and you’ll look wicked cool doing it.
Sean Davenport, Executive Vice President
P.S. If you haven’t seen the video yet, check it out here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=93bWh1YrK1s. You’ll be glad you did.
The dreaded fall lull. You all know what I’m talking about – that lame period between Columbus Day and Thanksgiving. Mother nature can’t get it right, your thermostat can’t get it right, your GPA can’t get it right, social gatherings can’t get it right, and your bedroom at home starts to seem a whole lot better than that untraceable smell coming from some corner of your dorm room.
Maybe the strange smelling dorm room is just me. Otherwise, we’ve all been in this situation. And first years, don’t panic, the fall lull doesn’t last forever. In fact, in many ways, this time of year can be one of the most beneficial of your college career – if you know how to handle it.
Here’s some advice:
Thanksgiving is right around the corner and winter is coming (Game of Thrones fans, you out there?) No but seriously – finals follow Thanksgiving, and before you know it, you’re home for Christmas break and about to enter your second semester. Don’t let Fall’s strange vibes coop you up in your bedroom. Take the next couple weeks to get it all together. Take everything in stride, and the fall could help you in ways you never thought imaginable.
Andrew Curran, Executive Secretary
Lets admit it. At some point we have ALL said “#Stonehillprobz”, hash tag and all. Whether it was getting our order at the hill a few minutes late, losing our bike, the sprinklers (those never get old), or even the turtle crossing sign. #Stonehillprobz has become the best combination of an open-secret and an inside joke on the entire campus. Some of the points brought up on StonehillProbz are pretty hilarious to say the least. And now, in addition to the Twitter sphere, we have the new and well-established “Yik Yak” space which has taken the idea of #StonehillProbz to a new level. We get yaks about everything- from Dunkin Donuts and long lines at the café to professors and early morning classes. Some yaks are definitely better than others and some are pretty legendary. It has given a new opportunity for anyone to talk about anything they want without having to be identified. The more likes and ups you get, the more cool your “yak” becomes. A pretty neat idea if you ask me.
But the problem arises when we get stuck on those yaks. Yak or tweet about the library. Yak or tweet about the lunch lines. Yak or tweet about the “budget cuts”. Yak or tweet about concerts, parties, programs, emails, etc. The list goes on and on. Needless to say, Stonehill is a community that is very observant and that’s definitely a great thing! Any normal college community is going to have a list of things specific just to it. And it’s okay to be humorous when talking about ourselves. But I wonder- where we draw the line? Are our observations and one-liners just limited to making fun of things and registering our complaints via social media? A look at Yik Yak on any given day and we might be forced to think that is very much the case. As students at this college and members of this community, we very much have a right to point out what are some of the issues that affect us. In fact, for a growing and vibrant community, we need to know what is not working and how we can make it better. But, the catch is, we also have a responsibility to be proactive about it. Yes, not everything is going to always be perfect. But, at least we can try. And that’s one of the reasons the Student Government Association exists- to represent the voice of the student body and highlight the issues that affect us. It is easy to complain about something via an anonymous social media platform like Yik Yak, but does that solve the problem?
In a community like Stonehill where we are provided with so many opportunities to voice our opinion, the next step then becomes the actual voicing of our opinions. Student voice is a powerful thing in any academic community, but more so at Stonehill. Lets take the recent yaks and complaints about the library hours for example. What many students might not know is that the library used to always close at 1am and that it was the SGA Senate who advocated for 24-hour study spaces, which resulted in extended hours and areas like Shields and Stanger being open 24 hours as well. When the hours had to be decreased this semester due to various reasons, the Student Government was able to work with the administration to extend the hours on the weekend. This is only one small example (among many others) in which a proactive student voice has made a positive impact on the college campus. SGA alone isn’t the only avenue through which change can take place. Other examples are strewn all around us. From little things like the introduction of the green to-go containers to big changes like amending the Non-Discrimination Policy in 2012, the student voice is an important aspect of making this college, our home, an amazing place. So, perhaps we can make a collective decision as the student body to not only have fun by yaking about our #stonehillprobz but also by standing up and bringing about #StonehillSolutions. Lets make “solutions” as cool a word as “problems”, so that each of us can proactively use our voice to make this wonderful place our home.
Executive Diversity Chair