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Hundreds protest for environmental action in USC, U.S.

first_imgMore than 200 USC students attended the rally in front of Tommy Trojan, carrying signs that read, “Don’t Be A Fossil Fool,” “We Took Hot Girl Summer Too Far” and “Did You Buy The Planet Dinner Before You Fucked It?”  At the rally, Folt spoke briefly about the importance of environmental action before the crowd erupted into a rhythmic chant of “Ca-rol, Ca-rol, Ca-rol” as she made her way back into the audience.   Folt announced Tuesday that USC will reintroduce and improve upon a previously discontinued public transit subsidy program, something multiple attendees cited as a step toward building a more sustainable campus.  “I think the youth have a moral authority that is persuasive to a broader audience,” Moser said. “This very conscious embrace of hope and joy and music is … welcoming in a way that environmental activism wasn’t for a long time.” SCA professor Margaret Moser, who described herself as an environmental activist of 20 years, said she wished the protesters had made more specific requests, like turning off the fountains on campus and adding additional bike racks. Nevertheless, she said, the event made her excited for the future of environmental activism on campus. In a speech at the beginning of the rally, ESA Co-President Nathaniel Hyman spoke about the steps individuals can take to change a political system he said does not accurately represent its constituents’ needs. While voting and striking is important, he said, that it is not enough to enact change.   Standing on the base of a lamppost a few feet from Tommy Trojan, speakers discussed the importance of political involvement and individual action in the face of climate change. Although the speakers’ megaphone didn’t carry sound much farther than the first few rows of people, audience members cheered enthusiastically under the hot afternoon sun.  Some came dressed in their best tailgating attire, others had their children with them, and a few even brought chairs to sit on. As ’70s classics like Earth, Wind & Fire’s “September” and the Bee Gees’ “Stayin’ Alive” blasted through a small set of speakers and groups of protesters began to form, organizers realized that this rally — held in solidarity with the millions of young people striking for the climate worldwide — was going to be big. “The tables are stacked against us at the institutional level,” Hyman told the crowd. “Find a campaign that supports our message and join them … We have to be forcing ourselves into every room where decisions are made.” center_img Historically, USC has lagged behind other institutions in terms of its sustainability efforts. In its 2030 Sustainability Strategy, prepared in 2016, the Academic Senate found that USC’s last recorded sustainability score of 36% was 24% lower than the median of its peer institutions. After USC released the August update to its 2020 Sustainability Plan, student leaders cited unclear messaging and lack of initiative as roadblocks to the plan’s success. Shaw-Wakeman said she hopes the strike signaled the need for a new era in sustainability on USC’s campus. Friday morning’s inauguration was “zero waste,” and Folt has listed sustainability as one of her priorities as president.  “I feel in a way I’ve spent my entire professional life just dreaming that I’d ever see crowds of people like this,” Folt told the protesters. “I wish we hadn’t failed to get it done well before this, but if everybody starts working, the time is right now.” “Last year, when we had a similar kind of event, there were about 30 people here,” said School of Cinematic Arts professor Jeremy Kagan, who spoke at the rally. “Obviously our student body is taking it seriously, and we all have to take it seriously because it’s the world we live in.” Organized by the Environmental Student Assembly, Undergraduate Student Government and Environmental Core, the event was not the first environmental action to take place on USC’s campus. But it was, by far, the most attended. Student leaders Isabella Caltabiano, Andrew Binder, Nathaniel Hyman and Tianna Shaw-Wakerman held a climate strike on campus Friday, inviting guest speakers and audience members to voice their concerns and hopes. (Andrea Diaz | Daily Trojan) Senior Tianna Shaw-Wakeman, the event’s lead organizer, said in an interview that the protest’s main focus was to push for global action from local and federal governments. She said the strike’s two primary goals are reducing greenhouse gas emissions worldwide and ensuring equity and justice for marginalized communities as the transition to clean energy takes place. last_img read more

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Orange holds Clarkson in check after allowing 2 goals in opening period

first_img Facebook Twitter Google+ Published on October 6, 2015 at 11:30 pm Contact Chris: [email protected] Clarkson’s Rhyen McGill took the puck following a missed shot from Syracuse’s Melissa Piacentini and started skating furiously toward SU goalie Jenn Gilligan. Gilligan deflected McGill’s shot on the right side of the net. With no Clarkson players nearby, Gilligan looked safe from a rebound.But one came from Syracuse’s Megan Quinn, who accidentally tipped the puck toward her own goal. The Orange, now down 1-0 midway through the first period in its season opener, had begun the 2015-16 campaign in the worst way possible.“It’s not the way we want to start the season,” Gilligan said. “I think Quinn felt worse about it than I did.”Two minutes later, Clarkson’s Shannon MacAulay scored on a power-play goal. For a brief moment, the flood gates that led to a 9-1 Clarkson win last year inched open again on Tuesday night. But Syracuse held them shut, only allowing one more goal.“It would have been easy to lay back and fold a little bit,” SU head coach Paul Flanagan said. “But I thought our kids came back hard.”AdvertisementThis is placeholder textThe Orange defense not only held up for the remainder of the first period, but also improved as the game went on. Though the end result was a 3-1 loss to No. 5 Clarkson (3-0), Syracuse (0-1) was in a position to compete in the third period.Syracuse’s prevented Clarkson from scoring in the second period after the two-goal first. Larissa Martyniuk, along with Quinn and freshman Allie Munroe, were instrumental in breaking up Clarkson passes in transition. Gilligan had 34 saves, with 16 coming in the third period.Syracuse’s defense flashed its potential during a third-period penalty kill, stopping seven shots while shorthanded, with four saves from Gilligan and four blocks from defenders.“I can’t even think about it,” Gilligan said about the sequence. “Once it’s done, you’re gasping for air. The team did a great job, and obviously, Clarkson has one heck of a power play.”But with just over two minutes left to play and the Orange trailing by one, Martyniuk was called for tripping. Clarkson’s Cayley Mercer scored just 24 seconds into the power play, preventing any chance of a Syracuse comeback.But for the Orange, especially with its defensive miscues at the start, a 3-1 loss may not be as bad as the scoreboard lead on.“It’s not great to lose to them, but we kept with them and dominated them in the second,” Martyniuk said. “We took it to them in the third and gave them a little run. It’s not horrible.” Commentslast_img read more

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