Hydrofracking is a topic I've discussed in a precious blog, but it's a highly debated topic in New York State right now. Last Wednesday was the first of four rallies and public comment hearings to discuss the DEC's SGEIS document. It took place in Dansville, and several students from Alfred University's Green Alfred Club and I drove up to hear what others had to say about the topic.
Yesterday was the last open house for the fall semester, and I thought it went really well. Both of our open houses this semester did. Yesterday we had quite a few more people come than our first one back in October, so I'm glad to see that we have so many people interested in our school. If any of you visited our school during either open house this semester or any other time, I hope all of your questions were answered and you got to see everything you wanted.
Well, fall has officially set in here at Alfred State (although today seemed more like winter), and it has come with all of the necessary events and traditions of the season. The Dining Hall is serving cider, people are wearing scarves, and haunted houses have begun. The next thing everyone is looking forward to is Halloween!
As promised earlier, I did attend another New Horizons Forum last night. This one happened to be on a topic that I, and many other New Yorkers, have become very interested in lately: The Marcellus Shale Layer and its role in Hydrofracking. If you aren't aware of what Hydrofracking is, here's a definition that I found:
Wednesday night was another one of Alfred State's "New Horizons Forum"s (http://www.alfredstate.edu/life-on-campus/new-horizons-forum). At this week's meeting Dr. Choichiro Yatani, ASC Psychology Professor, was invited to discuss his involvement in our country's governmental system. In 1986 Yatani was a student in this country here on a visa, and after returning from a trip, he was held without explanation for 44 days in a NYC federal prison.
After the recent flooding that occurred around the state, many students and organizations here at Alfred pulled together to help the victims of this disaster. Dorms have put together programs to raise funds for the victims, as well as gathered clothing and supplies. In my dorm, we have already started two events, one is a jar war to collect money and the other is a clothing and canned food drive. Later this week the RA's are putting on a "Pie your RA" program to raise more funds for the relief.
This is my first ever blog, and I thought this could be a good chance to go through what a day as an Alfred State student can look like for any potential students. First of all, I'm currently a Sophomore in the Architectural Technology program, and I am also a tour guide, student caller, and e-ambassador. So if any of you come for a tour, maybe I'll see you then!