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by Hannah Spencer, WVU Sierra Student Coalition | 2012

Lots of goings on in the WVU SSC Chapter. Make your plans to join one of our activities!

With the beginning of a new semester, we have seen an increase in new faces at recent meetings (held weekly at 7 PM on Tuesdays in the Blackwater Room
of the Mountainlair). We are always excited to have new people join in on the fun!
 
This semester promises to be grand, complete with three major events set up by our members. Two events, an Earth Week Symposium and a Sustainable Fashion Show, will take place around Earth Week.
 
The other event is our annual Sierra Swing held at 123 Pleasant Street and features various local bands. The SSC receives a percentage of the earnings for the night, and I hear it is always a good time. Stop by and visit for a while! Although the date has not yet been confirmed, you may contact me later in March for more details, or watch WVU’s Daily Athenaeum for an announcement.
 
The two Earth Week events mentioned are new projects. The Earth Week Symposium will span Earth Week and will feature documentaries on April 17 and 18 with a friendly discussion about the topic after each film. We wanted to educate students about environmental topics such as Mountaintop Removal Mining as well as show them how to express concerns to our elected officials. With this in mind, we will be holding a town hall forum in the Mountainlair on campus to show students different ways to approach activism. I have been in contact with various environmental groups around Appalachia and have asked if anyone would like to speak to students about Mountaintop Removal Mining’s effects on health, wildlife, and the environment. If anyone has any suggestions or would like to show off his or her expertise on the subject, shoot me an email at hspencer22@gmail.com.  I am always open for new ideas.
 
Brianna Horton will be heading the planning for the Sustainable Fashion Show, which will feature garments and accessories that incorporate recycled materials. We are collaborating with the students in Fashion Design and are hoping this event will be a huge success. The idea behind this event is to spread awareness about various ways to recycle and to point out the abundance of litter around the Morgantown area.
 
The date and location have not yet been determined but, again, you may contact me later or check the Daily Athenaeum for an announcement nearer Earth Week. If anyone has ideas or would like to contribute articles of homemade clothing or jewelry, feel free to contact Brianna at bhorton3@mix.wvu.edu  .
 
SSC member Emily Eddy  
SSC member Emily Eddy helps with water monitoring during the Friends of Deckers Creek Clean Creek Project work day.
 
Last but not least, I would like to include some updates from our colleagues at Friends of Deckers Creek. We have been working closely with this nonprofit organization since December and it has been a blast! The SSC first got involved by volunteering during one of their water monitoring days to test conditions of 13 sites along the Deckers Creek watershed for the Clean Creek Project. We plan to continue this volunteer work by helping to monitor chemical parameters, measure water flow, and collect water samples at all 13 sites. Along with water monitoring, Friends of Deckers Creek is also holding an Adopt-a-Highway Cleanup Day on  Sunday, March 25, from 1 to 4 PM. If you would like to learn more about the efforts of this organization, contact Pamela Engelmann at Pamela@deckerscreek.org . The SSC will attend this event and would love to see other Sierrans there as well.
 
Well, that’s all folks. Remember to e-mail me or check the Daily Athenaeum for the specific dates of the Fashion Show and the Sierra Swing. Spread the word about these events; we would love to see all of your smiling faces!

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