Saving Old Growth One Click at a Time

first_imgAddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to FacebookFacebookFacebookShare to TwitterTwitterTwitterShare to EmailEmailEmailShare to RedditRedditRedditShare to MoreAddThisMoreWith one click you can save a section of old growth forest in Sweden. “Ett klick for skogen” in Swedish means, “A click for the forest.” Every time you click, the Web site’s sponsors contribute towards the purchase of old growth forests. To date 70 hectares (172 acres) have been protected. With your help, this number will grow. Global warming is a global problem. Saving a tree in Sweden reduces CO2 and benefits even people living on the other side of the planet. Visit as often as you like — and click — to protect forests and the climate worldwide. (The Conscious Earth)AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to FacebookFacebookFacebookShare to TwitterTwitterTwitterShare to EmailEmailEmailShare to RedditRedditRedditShare to MoreAddThisMorelast_img read more

Couple Sneak in to Save Pets From Japan Exclusion Zone

first_imgAddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to FacebookFacebookFacebookShare to TwitterTwitterTwitterShare to EmailEmailEmailShare to RedditRedditRedditShare to MoreAddThisMoreThe Japan Animal Rescue Shelter has undertaken several clandestine and dangerous trips into the exclusion zone to rescue 200 dogs and cats from the now off-limits towns around the power plant.“It’s like a mission,” explains Sugano Hoso, who runs the shelter with her husband. “And as a human being — since people have been evacuated from there, why do these dogs have to be left there?”(READ – or listen to — the story at NPR News)AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to FacebookFacebookFacebookShare to TwitterTwitterTwitterShare to EmailEmailEmailShare to RedditRedditRedditShare to MoreAddThisMorelast_img

Frat House Writes Name of 12-yo Girl w/ Cancer in Christmas Lights –Watch

first_imgAddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to FacebookFacebookFacebookShare to TwitterTwitterTwitterShare to EmailEmailEmailShare to RedditRedditRedditShare to MoreAddThisMoreA 12-year-old cancer patient has become the sweetheart of a California fraternity.Lexi Brown posted a sign in her hospital room window asking for a pizza delivery. The Sigma Alpha Epsilon (SAE) fraternity house was directly across the street and the brothers decided to serve up more than just pizza.GET OUR NEW GOOD NEWS APP—>  Download FREE for Android and iOSThe University of California–Los Angeles chapter showed up in her hospital room with red roses and a guitar and serenaded the young girl. They also began visiting to play card games, which helped her pass the time.To remind her of their caring, they wrote it in Christmas bulbs: They spelled her name in lights on the frat house roof, so she sees “Lexi” in bright yellow whenever she looked  out the window at night.“I thought it was really cool,” the girl told WCBS News.CHECK OUT:  Fraternity Works to Create ‘Tiny Home’ Village for Homeless VetsLexi went home from the hospital, but the brothers of SAE promise to keep her name burning brightly all through the holiday season– a seasonal display of the fraternity’s stated goal to “always be gentlemen.”(WATCH the video below from WCBS) – Photo: WCBS videoLight Up Your Friends’ Day, Share This…AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to FacebookFacebookFacebookShare to TwitterTwitterTwitterShare to EmailEmailEmailShare to RedditRedditRedditShare to MoreAddThisMorelast_img read more

Indian Restaurant Installs Sidewalk Fridge to Hold Free Food for the Poor

first_imgAddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to FacebookFacebookFacebookShare to TwitterTwitterTwitterShare to EmailEmailEmailShare to RedditRedditRedditShare to MoreAddThisMoreOne restaurant in India is making a difference for the hungry population of Kerala.The tea café Pappadavada has installed a 24-hour running refrigerator open to those in need of a meal. The restaurant’s Facebook page issued a message to their followers asking them to help stock the fridge with any leftovers they can spare.RELATED: Restaurant Invites Only the Homeless for 5 Nights of Dining in BaltimoreThe owner of the café, Minu Pauline, believes that not only will the installment be able to feed the homeless community in Kerala, but it will also teach citizens not to waste food or meals.The fridge has been fondly dubbed Nanma Maram, meaning Tree of Goodness.LOOK: Restaurant Owner Leaves Note For Dumpster Diver Promising Free MealPappadavada plans to keep the fridge stocked with at least 50 meal packets a day along with the meals that their diners donate.Previously, we have reported on the same community kindness sprouting in Spain, and also in Saudi Arabia.Feed Your Friends Some Good News… Click To ShareAddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to FacebookFacebookFacebookShare to TwitterTwitterTwitterShare to EmailEmailEmailShare to RedditRedditRedditShare to MoreAddThisMorelast_img read more

Detroit Just Hired 8,000 Youths for Summer Jobs

first_img8,127 kids out of 12,000 applicants were hired by the city through the Grow Detroit’s Young Talent program for six weeks of summer employment.CHECK OUT: First Detroit Tiny House Village Lets Tenants Rent to OwnThe young workers will be earning $7.50 to $9.50 per hour and working roughly 20 hours per week starting on Monday.Applicants were required to be between the ages of 17 and 24. Depending on their field of work, they will also be given the opportunity to earn certifications in areas such as medical first responder training, workplace safety, and culinary art.The $10 million price tag of the program was paid for through sponsorships, fundraising, and private donations.“We know first-hand the importance of providing summer jobs for our youth and how that experience can transform their lives and put them on a path to success,” Duggan said in a statement. “I am extremely grateful to the many sponsors and employers who joined with us to make this program possible.”Click To Share The News With Your FriendsAddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to FacebookFacebookFacebookShare to TwitterTwitterTwitterShare to EmailEmailEmailShare to RedditRedditRedditShare to MoreAddThisMore AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to FacebookFacebookFacebookShare to TwitterTwitterTwitterShare to EmailEmailEmailShare to RedditRedditRedditShare to MoreAddThisMoreOver 8,000 Detroit youths will be receiving paychecks this summer for their work with the city.Mayor Mike Duggan, who announced the achievement earlier this week, says that the jobs are more than just a means of making money – they also provide valuable work experience and meaningful employment to thousands of city youngsters.last_img read more

Walkers support suicide victims

first_imgThe Notre Dame chapter of the National Alliance on Mental Illness (NAMI-ND) held the Project Hope Suicide Awareness Walk yesterday to help promote awareness and spread faith and support for loved ones of suicide victims and those suffering from mental illnesses. The two-mile walk started at the Rockne Memorial Gymnasium and concluded at the Grotto where a short prayer service and speeches took place. Money raised from the event will go to the Memorial Epworth Center, Oaklawn Foundation and Portage Manor, three local organizations that fight mental illness. The event had a turnout of 200 people. Several families of suicide victims were present, some wearing t-shirts with pictures of their loved ones to honor their memory. Senior Amanda Bruening, founder of NAMI-ND, participated in past events before coming to Notre Dame.  “Originally, this was something I participated in at the University of Miami after my brother took his life, and it made me realize there was an active thing I could do to make a difference,” she said. “Since that walk was such a main foundation in me getting over my grief, I felt it necessary to have one on our own campus to help others.” Alexandra del Pilar, a junior at Saint Mary’s College, said she believes groups like NAMI-ND  are crucial to college communities. “I think it is very important for college-aged students to have a support group on campus, because here they are alone and do not have that strong support of their family,” she said. Bruening said awareness on college campuses is important because of the young age of many suicide victims. “The age of many suicide victims ranges from 15 [years] to early 20s.  For this reason, I think it’s so important for college campuses and communities to get involved,” Bruening said. Tom Seeberg, father of St. Mary’s College student Lizzie Seeberg, who took her life in 2010, gave a speech about both his own struggles with his daughter’s death and the importance of prayer and hope. “She got up every morning and punched life in the face,” Seeberg said about his daughter. “Her comment when confronting a problem was ‘So, what are we going to do about it?’” Seeberg said mental illnesses could be combated by being better understood. “How do you eat an elephant? One bite at a time. And this stigma of mental illness is the elephant in the room,” Seeberg said. Julie Hersh, author of “Struck by Living” and columnistnfor Psychology Today, spoke about her own battle with mental illness and the waystin which it can be prevented. “To protect ourselves against mental illness, the three most important things ar: sleep, nutritio, and exercise,” Hersh said. “One way we really can protect each other is kindness. When someone is in a suicidal state, you have no idea how much a hand on a shoulder for kind word can do. It creates a pause for them.” Hersh ended her speech with motivation for all to help protect one another from mental illness. “Create a pause that will create a space to save a life,” she said. Contact Shannon O’Brien at [email protected]last_img read more

Sullivan-Martin ticket wins election

first_imgAt the conclusion of a one-ticket race, Saint Mary’s students elected juniors Kat Sullivan and Maddy Martin on Thursday to serve as the 2013-14 student body president and vice president. Sullivan, a communications studies major whose mother was student body president of Saint Mary’s in 1976, said she is looking forward to stepping into the role April 1. “It was really exciting and I was glad that other students were just as [excited as] we were,” Sullivan said. “They realized the importance of voting, regardless of the fact that we were running unopposed. It is very important that students’ voices are heard.” The Student Government Association (SGA) sent an email Thursday to students opening up the election. Attached was a link to OrgSync, the College’s new communication system, where students were able to select the Sullivan-Martin ticket or chose to abstain. Current student body president Maureen Parsons said 262 students voted in this year’s election, and 91 percent of the voters were in favor of the Sullivan-Martin ticket. Martin, a biology and Spanish double major, said she is particularly excited about the level of voting participation from the student body. “Obviously it wasn’t a huge surprise, but it was still really awesome that we had enough participation from the student body,” she said. “Even though we were the only ticket running, I had great feedback from other students saying that Kat and I were going to be great leaders next year. It really gives me a lot of confidence going in to next year knowing that the student body supports us.” In the upcoming weeks, Sullivan said she and Martin will work on applications for other SGA positions. They plan to release the applications for these positions Friday to give students ample time to consider applying. “We would also like to have an Activities Night geared towards SGA so students can see what exactly SGA is and how they can get involved,” Sullivan said. “This will be important as we start to work towards transparency and better communication between SGA and the student body.” Martin, who currently serves as the vice president of finance for SGA, said she wants to alert the student body to the opportunities SGA offers. Outgoing leaders will assist the new team in learning the ropes of their jobs. “We will have a grace period starting April 1 where the new members essentially ‘shadow’ old members,” Martin said. “It provides some comfort going in because students have the opportunity to ask questions; they aren’t just thrown into the system.” Choosing the right students as fellow leaders for the College is the pair’s first priority once they take office in April, Sullivan said. “I would also like to sit down with all the newly elected leaders on campus once big board and class board elections are finalized,” Sullivan said. “I would like to hit the ground running and delegate tasks from the beginning of our term as student body president and vice president. That’s why it will be important to choose leaders as soon as we can so we can establish what roles people will take with events and initiatives over the next year.” Student Activities Board (SAB), Student Diversity Board (SDB), Residence Hall Association (RHA) and class board elections will be held March 7, Martin said. “I am so excited to continue expanding SGA,” Martin said. “We have a really great backbone set in place, and now it comes time to add on. We can now begin to perfect and modify the structure.” Sullivan, like Martin, said she is looking forward to working alongside her fellow Belles to get the student body more involved in SGA. “I am really excited to be working with Maddy,” Sullivan said. “I think that we will make a good team because we have different academic and extracurricular backgrounds. Through our current involvement on SGA, we have seen different aspects of Saint Mary’s that need to be improved. “Together, we can change the dynamic of the student body.”last_img read more

Saint Mary’s welcomes prospective first years

first_imgAccepted members of Saint Mary’s class of 2018 were invited to the College Sunday for Meet Me at the Avenue, a program for students to meet each other and learn more about the campus community.Vice president for enrollment management Mona Bowe said Meet Me at the Avenue is important for prospective students because it is often a young woman’s first visit to campus and the first opportunity for students to meet one another.“Students get to talk to other students and meet their future classmates,” Bowe said.“There are still many months to make decisions about college so [Meet Me at the Avenue] allows students to answer questions they have.”The day began with a ceremony to welcome accepted students to campus, Bowe said. Saint Mary’s president Carol Ann Mooney welcomed students, as well as Sister Veronique Wiedower, vice president for Mission. Incoming student body president McKenna Schuster welcomed the young women on behalf of Student Government Association and the larger student body.Bowe said the prospective students heard from many departments on campus throughout the day, including Information Technology, Sodexho Dining Services and Student Accounts, to discuss the next steps of the acceptance process.This year, the admissions office received the largest number of applications in the recorded history of Saint Mary’s, Bowe said. The office received about 1660 applications, but Saint Mary’s plans to keep the class size at about 430 women.Current students served as greeters, panelists and tour guides in each of the buildings on campus, Bowe said.“We always get comments from visitors about how friendly our students are,” Bowe said. “We want to thank the community for their help.”Junior Rachel Wall served as a student liaison for the Rome study abroad program at the event. She spoke with students interested in the program about her own study abroad experience in Rome and how it shaped her overall Saint Mary’s experience.“The College offers such a unique experience to its students that it would be a shame for anyone to pass it up,” Wall said.Wall said she hoped to get the prospective students and their parents excited about the opportunities that Saint Mary’s and the Rome program have to offer.The day provided an opportunity for current students to interact with prospective students during the academic open house, Wall said. Students and professors from their respective departments discussed what common classroom and study abroad experiences are like at Saint Mary’s.“Meet Me at the Avenue is important to Saint Mary’s because it occurs at a pivotal point in a high school senior’s year,” Wall said. “Saint Mary’s has the opportunity to seal the deal in the minds of the student’s visiting campus.“For many prospective students, today marks the day they can finally see themselves at Saint Mary’s.”Wall said the event served as a pleasant reminder of her own decision to come to Saint Mary’s.“Being involved with Meet Me at the Avenue has made me realize how quickly my time at Saint Mary’s has flown by,” Wall said. “Not too long ago, I was in the shoes of the seniors visiting campus today. … I’m hopeful that all of these young women will find a special place in their heart for Saint Mary’s College.”Tags: Meet Me at the Avenuelast_img read more

Notre Dame crafts new scholarship for socioeconomically disadvantaged students

first_imgUnder-represented, socioeconomically disadvantaged students at Notre Dame will have the chance to be awarded a new scholarship, the Hank Aaron Chasing the Dream Scholarship, the University announced Friday.As part of the Fighting Irish Initiative for student aid, members of the Notre Dame family made the generous gift in honor of Aaron, a baseball icon who overcame racism in his career, according to a statement from the University. “The Fighting Irish Initiative reflects our steadfast commitment to ensure that the talented students admitted to Notre Dame can attend and find a supportive home here,” University President Fr. John Jenkins said in the statement. “Hank Aaron embodies the determination of all those who seek to fulfill their dreams, and we are grateful for the work he and his wife, Billye, have done — and are doing — to help so many young people pursue fulfilling lives.”According to the statement, the Fighting Irish Initiative goes toward the total cost of attendance for low-income students at the University, covering tuition and fees, room and board, books, transportation and personal expenses, such as warm winter clothing, laptops and tickets to cultural and athletic events on campus.“The Hank Aaron Chasing the Dream Scholarship will make it possible for us to enhance the support and services that we offer to our undergraduates through the Fighting Irish Initiative,” vice president for student affairs Erin Hoffmann Harding said in the statement. “I am extremely grateful for Hank and Billye Aaron’s leadership in helping our students achieve their dreams of a Notre Dame education.” Tags: fighting irish initiative, Hank Aaron, Hank Aaron Chasing the Dream Scholarshiplast_img read more

Study Abroad Fair presents wide-ranging international opportunities

first_imgOn Wednesday night, hundreds of students gathered in the ballroom at the Morris Inn to explore different study abroad programs offered by Notre Dame International and discuss these opportunities with representatives.  The fair was particularly crucial for freshmen and sophomores interested in participating in study abroad.  Students looking to study abroad for a full semester during the 2018-2019 school year face an application deadline in mid-November, while those seeking out programs for Summer 2018 can wait until February.One new opportunity available this year is at the National University of Ireland in Galway, on Ireland’s west coast. This program presents an alternative to the Dublin program, one of the most popular destinations among Notre Dame students. Zachary Yim | The Observer A student speaks with a program representative at the Study Abroad Fair. The event, held in the Morris Inn Ballroom on Wednesday evening, aims to introduce students to various different study abroad programs.Additionally, new academic directors were named for two of Notre Dame’s Global Gateways over the summer, according to the Notre Dame International website.  Heather Hyde Minor was hired to fill the position at the University’s hub in Rome, while JoAnn DellaNeva was named to position in London’s program.Silvia Dall’Olio, executive director of Rome’s Global Gateway, is currently overseeing the student activities and services section of the program.  For her, intercultural learning is a particularly necessary part of study abroad programs.“We are building a living and learning community, in which what happens in the classroom, in the residences and in the city is all interconnected,” she said.Many students look to perfect their language skills through immersion abroad.  Several full-semester programs only have courses in the native tongue of the country.“They get you to comprehend the applications of the language, and get you to think in the language, which is important to become fluent,” sophomore Liam Schmitt, who hopes to study in Beijing during the spring of his junior year, said.Hong Zhu, associate director of study abroad, is overseeing programs in Beijing, Shanghai and Hong Kong that offer courses in the native tongue.“Language is so much associated with the culture itself, and when you are in China especially, you understand the culture while you learn the language at the same time,” Zhu said.Not only did the fair introduce students to study abroad programs, but it also publicized opportunities for international internships, research and service through various University centers and institutes.Many of these opportunities are available through the Flatley Center for Undergraduate Scholarly Engagement (CUSE), but other international institutes offer similar programs based in specific regions.Study Abroad director Kathleen Opel emphasized the advantages these opportunities can offer.“[They] build your portfolio as a person, your global citizenship and your ability to relate to people from different places,” she said.Tags: Morris Inn, Notre Dame International, study abroadlast_img read more