April 6, 2011 Special Meeting
Medical marijuana legislation has been introduced in Charleston. How can we make sure that bill passes?
Special guest speaker and West Virginia native Matt Simon is going to tell us!
He worked as a professional marijuana policy reform advocate on the New Hampshire Compassion campaign from 2007-2010. In 2009, he led grassroots, media relations, and lobbying efforts in support of a medical marijuana bill which passed the New Hampshire House and Senate, but was vetoed by the governor and unfortunately fell two votes short of becoming law.
Simon earned his M.A. in English from West Virginia University in 2002, and he taught composition classes as a graduate teaching assistant and adjunct faculty member at WVU from 1999-2003.
Join us this Wednesday to find out the latest on where the WV bill stands and what we can do to help!
This was written in response to the Daily Athenaeum article, “Ending our dependence on paper will better the environment.”
Last Wednesday, The Daily Athenaeum published an editorial urging West Virginia University to go paperless as a response to the devastating impact paper production has on the environment. While paperless is ideal, it is not realistic. There is however a way to make paper that doesn’t use wood. Paper can be made from a renewable, cheap, and fast growing resource; hemp.
The USDA reported that one acre of hemp produces as much paper as four acres of trees. And unlike trees, hemp can be harvested annually. Hemp paper can also be recycled several times over (wood-based paper can’t).
The North American Industrial Hemp Council reports that hemp paper is pulped using less chemicals than wood. Traditionally, the process of turning wood pulp into paper necessitates the use of whiteners such as chlorine and bleach, which contaminate local water supplies. Wit
Students for Sensible Drug Policy agrees that using electronic means to deliver coursework is a great forward-thinking idea. We all should be willing to work towards that goal, which will no doubt reduce paper waste at West Virginia University. However, a completely paperless university could never exist, and the problem of where our paper comes from keeps coming up. We need to look for more sustainable, and more environmentally friendly sources. It’s time for West Virginia to seriously consider hemp.
Make sure to leave comments on the original article on the Daily Atheneaum’s website! Ending our dependence on paper will better the environment
Student Group Donates Books to Public Library
Morgantown, WV – The West Virginia University (WVU) chapter of Students for Sensible Drug Policy (SSDP) donated over 125 books to the Morgantown Public Library on Monday.
The WVU chapter of SSDP initiated a book drive that collected over 125 books to be donated to the library. Any and all books were welcome in the drive, and the member turnout was great. The types of books donated ranged from old textbooks and other nonfiction to children’s activity books.
“Everyone really rallied for this cause, and we were able to exceed our expectations in the book drive,” said SSDP member Jhesse Jones. “Public libraries are a great resource for the community, and it is important to support them any way you can.”
Ellen Hathaway, librarian at the Morgantown Public Library, said “Donations are important because they help the library generate revenue through the book sale.” The library holds a used book sale every Tuesday from 12:00 PM until 3:00PM. They encourage the public to come browse the selection and support their local library programs. The money they make through the book sale goes to anything the library might be in need of. “We mostly receive donations from private individuals, not organizations,” said Hathaway.
WVU students traditionally are not very involved with the public library, instead choosing to use the University’s libraries. All WVU students are welcome to use the public library, as well.
SSDP has been active in the community before, sponsoring a Relay for Life team last spring and organizing several trash pick-up days, where members of the organization clean up litter around Morgantown. The organization hopes to turn their book drive for the Morgantown Public Library into an annual event.
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