Sustainability is about ecology, economy and equity.- Ralph Bicknese

Four Cool Things About Finals Week

finalsThe days leading up to the end of finals will be unpleasant ones for many of us. They will be saturated with stress and a general feeling of impending doom, as if we were trying to get out of the way of falling meteors by studying. At times, we will feel like we are in the middle of one of those torture chamber mechanisms, with spikes on both walls slowly closing in. Staying positive may seem like an impossibility. But if that part of your brain that is in constant search of a light at the end of the tunnel shuts off, there are a few things you can think about in the effort to turn it back on. Continue reading

SPU and the Green University

SPU.01Universities are getting more and more green these days, providing examples of sustainable communities for all kinds of institutions to strive for. The evolution of the university is one that can be seen plenty in the features of SPU, which has received such recognition in the past and acheived much in its own green pursuits. Continue reading

Dealing with Stress

Student in a library surrounded by piles of booksSchool stress has made its annual return, and you may already be feeling stretched thin with the daunting tasks outlined on syllabi adding up to form one big intimidating mound of academic labor. If you’re a freshman, not only do you have the new weight of college education hanging over you, it’s likely that you’re also experiencing a massive adjustment to your living situation. It’s so easy to feel buried, and each hour that passes without feeling like you’ve made it one inch upwards can cause exponential amounts of stress. While such challenges seems to be unavoidable in college, I think we can all utilize certain strategies when trying to cope with it. A lot of it will probably come down to what works best for you. Here are a few methods that I find useful: Continue reading

Staying Green in the Face of Increased Obligations

iStock_000009013281XSmallThose involved with SPU will know what I’m referring to with “increased obligations.” School started today, on a date so late in September it began to seem like it wasn’t ever going to happen; as such, I found myself buying basic school supplies like pencils and a notebook twenty minutes before my first class. I might as well have had “PROCRASTINATOR” stamped on my forehead as I waited in line. As hard as it can be to remember the little things that make up a green lifestyle during the summer, it becomes even more difficult when we’re thrown into another level of busy, one that is always brought on by the arrival of textbooks, syllabi, essays, and classrooms to be in at certain times. Continue reading