Author Archives: Genevieve Adamski

Grab Some Butts and Save the Planet

A cigarette butt found on the ground. Photo courtesy of Dalen Dahl.

On Monday, April 17, the Environment and Sustainable Affairs Committee gathered 15 participants to collect cigarette butts around campus as part of  Earth Week. Robby Abrahamian, water resources major and political science major, is chair of the Environment and Sustainable Affairs Committee and organized the litter pick up. Smoking has been attributed to multiple human health issues, but what about ... Read More »

Wisconsin’s Standing Rock: The Back Forty Mine Project

A map of Marinette and Menominee. Image from Google Maps.

Aqulia Resources is in the process of creating an open-pit sulfide mine along the banks of the Menominee River near Marinette. The mining company has spent the last 10 years exploring the site for a mine referred to as the Back Forty Project. According to their website, Aquila Resources has spent over $70 million thus far in the exploration process. ... Read More »

Campus Resource Room: Bro Do You Even Thrift?

Nelson Hall is one of the oldest buildings on campus. Photo courtesy of Dalen Dahl.

One person’s trash could be another person’s treasure with the the  upcoming resource sharing room in Nelson Hall where students can drop off unwanted items and pick up other items for free. The concept of a resource sharing room is similar to the way a thrift store works, except the items in the resource room will be free to students. ... Read More »

Flooding Campus with Environmental Sociology

The beautiful turquoise waters of the Gulf of Mexico. Photo courtesy of Dalen Dahl.

Could a cold morning swim cure depression? Are people who live near lakes happier than those who live in deserts? Two  speakers explored the concept of water and mental health as well as the importance of human interaction with water. On Tuesday, April 4, New York Times bestselling author, Dr. Wallace J. Nichols came to campus to offer a free ... Read More »

Triggered Snowflakes Finally Give Up

College liberal meme. Photo by Flowerchild

After a long-fought battle for equality, social justice activists have decided to throw in the towel. The constant pressure from strangers on social media has successfully stifled the voices of those who do not look like they would appear in a Hitler wet dream. Marvin Luther-King, freshman sociology major, said, “After being called a ‘triggered snowflake’ on Facebook, my mind ... Read More »

Campus Could Have a P.L.A.N to Reduce Waste

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Student Government Association is considering having University of Wisconsin-Stevens Point join the Post Landfill Action Network, also known as PLAN. The Post Landfill Action Network was founded in 2013 by Alex Fried. Fried created the network to provide colleges and universities with educational resources aimed at lowering landfill waste on their campuses. The goal on their website sates that, “Through ... Read More »

CNR Dean Joins the Conservation Hall of Fame

Dean of the CNR, Christine Thomas. Photo courtesy of the College of Natural Resources.

Wisconsin’s Conservation Hall of Fame will be adding a member of the University of Wisconsin-Stevens Point family this April. Christine Thomas, dean of the College of Natural Resources, will be inducted to the Conservation Hall of Fame along with Hugh Iltis and Milly Zantow. Thomas’s induction is attributed to her hard work in natural resources by not only serving as ... Read More »

Basement Brewhaus Gives Composting a Shot

The Brewhaus is a great place to relax, study, and socialize. Photo courtesy of Dalen Dahl.

The Basement Brewhaus in the Dreyfus University Center will now host a compost bin to keep the food waste out of landfills. The baristas noticed waste from coffee grinds and bagels was getting thrown out daily. The staff wanted to prevent the waste from entering a landfill and so they settled on composting as an option. Courtney Cordova, senior wildlife ... Read More »

Local Farmer in Legal Battle Over Stream Reclamation Efforts

Don places old Christmas trees in the stream to change the current. Photo courtesy of Dalen Dahl.

When does conservation need the status quo and when does it need a shake up? With the lawsuit between the Isherwood Farms LLC and the Portage County Drainage Board that question has come into play. Don Isherwood of Isherwood Farms has modified a drainage ditch to create a faster-moving stream channel for trout habitat. Isherwood has placed small pine trees ... Read More »

Pulling Back the Curtain on Campus Coal

The smoke stack on the north end of campus. Photo courtesy of Dalen Dahl.

Last spring the Office of Sustainability announced that the university obtains 100 percent of its electricity from renewable resources. However, electricity is not the only energy needed on campus. Heating is the other requirement and at the moment the University of Wisconsin-Stevens Point’s heat source is not renewable. Cold Wisconsin winters require a lot of energy to warm buildings. This ... Read More »