SMEAC Free Store offers used items

first_imgThe members of Saint Mary’s Environmental Action Coalition (SMEAC) strive to be positive role models on campus by promoting the well being of the environment and enacting change, Monica Aguirre, co-president of SMEAC, said. “A lot of the time, we are geared toward reaching out to the campus,” Aguirre said. The club hosts several programs and events at the College that are geared to draw awareness to environmental issues. One such program is the SMEAC Free Store, which is designed to allow students to reuse unwanted items instead of throwing them away. “We are helping the community, but we are trying to get the campus to help the community more,” said Katherine Kohler, the Free Store coordinator. The store is located in the basement of Le Mans Hall and offers a variety of items including furniture and decorative items such as vases and holiday décor. “Saint Mary’s needs to learn about recycling and reusing items because I think that sometimes in our population that idea is lost,” Aguirre said. “If you take something from the Free Store, the owner might see it and that should be OK. Just getting that mentality that it doesn’t have to be new.” The Free Store, which will now be open 24 hours, hosted its grand opening Sunday from 3 p.m. to 5 p.m. “Instead of having to go out and buy bookshelves and other stuff, you can come here and get it for free, which will save money and save the environment,” said Ellen Huelsmann, vice president of SMEAC. The Free Store accepts almost all items that are in good condition, Kohler said. According to Aguirre, the club is planning other activities as well. A tie-dying event is currently in the works; students will be invited to bring an old shirt, tie-dye it and keep it. Another event SMEAC sponsors is Weigh Your Waste, an annual event that measures the amount of food students, faculty and staff dispose of during a single lunch period, will be held again this year. “That [Weigh Your Waste] has the potential to have the most impact because when you see that we we’ve wasted in one lunch period 150 pounds a day, which could be equivalent to over 500 pounds a day, this is fact,” Aguirre said. Other events include Race to Recycling, a competition in which two people sort through trashcans and determine what can and cannot be recycled. In addition, Aguirre said SMEAC is planning on making this year’s Earth Week bigger and better. The club meets weekly to plan activities and discuss how to get students involved. “It’s only an hour commitment, but what the campus gets back from everybody getting involved is a lot because we’re changing the ideas on campus,” Kohler said. “If you care about it, do something.”last_img read more

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Red Force batting fails again  to finish on 161 for 7 on day one

first_imgBASSETERRE, St Kitts, (CMC )– Beleaguered Trinidad and Tobago Red Force struggled with the bat on the opening day of their sixth round contest against Leeward Islands Hurricanes here Thursday.Lying fifth in the six-team standings with just one win this season, Red Force failed to overcome their woes and finished the day on 161 for seven, following a delayed start at Warner Park which saw play start 1-½ hours late.Isaiah Rajah, in his first four-day appearance in two years, top-scored with 41 while Joshua DaSilva stroked 37 and veteran right-hander Jason Mohammed, 30.Fast bowler Jeremiah Louis spearheaded the attack with three for 32 while new-ball partner Sheno Berridge supported with two for 50.Bidding to turn their disastrous season around, Red Force suffered an early blow when they lost Jeremy Solozano for six with the score on seven in the sixth over of the day, steering Louis to gully where Montcin Hodge took a low catch.Left-hander Rajah then helped repair the damage, first by adding 33 for the second wicket with captain Yannick Ottley (12) and then by putting on a further 51 in a third wicket stand with Mohammed.All told, the 26-year-old Rajah faced 102 balls and struck four fours and a six before he was third out, caught low down by wicketkeeper Jahmar Hamilton diving to his left, off Berridge in the third over after tea.Ottley had earlier perished at the hands of seamer Nino Henry before the interval, slapping a rank long hop to cover.Mohammed faced 78 deliveries, counting two fours and sixes but failed to build on the start when he was bowled by Louis, offering no shot and losing his off stump.DaSilva then attempted to shepherd the middle order until he was the day’s final victim, drawn into a false stroke by Louis and taken behind by Hamilton.last_img read more

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