DoGooder and Upstate NY liberal arts undergrad, Nora Grenfell, explores environmental initiatives in education. This week, she discusses how schools are embracing outdoor orientation programs.
What’s the first image that comes to mind when you think of college? For most current students and alumni, it’s probably cramming in the library until the early hours of the morning, or cheering at a sports game, or even the façade of your first dorm. What about scaling the tallest peak in the Adirondack mountain range, or tending livestock at a farm in Vermont? According to a recent article in the Boston Globe , these types of experiences are becoming more and more common in higher education.
The Rev. James Cooper went first, walking with a long, white ribbon of remembrance into the rain and tying it to the wrought iron fence outside St. Paul’s Chapel. Ten years ago nearly every inch of that fence was covered with Teddy bears, banners, framed pictures and cards. Now it would sport only ribbons, with handwritten messages of sadness and hope.
“It gives people an outward way of expressing what’s inside, to physically write something and tie it there,” said Cooper, the rector of Trinity Wall Street whose own message was both a prayer of remembrance for the dead and a thanksgiving for the volunteers, many of whom dedicated themselves for months to the comfort of recovery workers inside the chapel.
“I think we can remember the evil, and the horror comes to mind, but that’s actually the aberration of the human spirit,” Cooper said. “The human spirit is about those who tied ribbons of love and remembrance and came and served and worked. That’s the essence of humanity.”
The church ordered 30,000 of the white ribbons, imprinted with the words “Remember to Love.”
On Tuesday, Nobel laureate Kenzaburo Oe urged Japan’s new prime minister to cease plans to restart nuclear power plants and instead abandon nuclear energy.
“The new prime minister seems to think that nuclear power plants are necessary for Japan’s economy, and how to resume their operation is one of his key political agendas,” Oe said. “We must make a big decision to abolish all nuclear plants.”