Dangers of Fracking

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Fractivist Sticker

 

So I have this sticker on my laptop, a take-away from the road trip I took last year with some friends to Washington, D.C. for a big environmental rally in protest of the Keystone XL Pipeline. I was so excited to get to go on this trip; I was really involved in environmental action and volunteering in high school through my school’s ecology club, but haven’t found the same outlets and don’t have the same time to commit now that I’m in college. It felt really good to be a part of such a big movement that I really care about.

Rally

 

I like the sticker, because it often prompts friends and strangers to ask what it means, but I haven’t always done the best job of eloquently explaining hydraulic fracturing (“fracking”) and its dangers and the other complicated issues surrounding it. But never fear! I just found this great website that explains it really well and uses a visual that I think would appeal to a lot of people in the general populace. Especially now that there’s talk of fracking in Iowa, I hope to have a lot more conversations about this issue. Check out the website if you’d like know more!

#1 Party School

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Party SchoolSo at this moment it is 12:41 in the AM after what started off as a pretty chill Sunday evening. And then, please pardon my french, the shit hit the motherfucking fan.

Some of you may know that the University of Iowa is the country’s #1 Party School, or have heard about Vodka Sam. Now, I absolutely love my school and love being a Hawkeye, and usually when people bring this up, I counter with things like:

Yes, lots of people in Iowa City party hard, but that’s a choice you make, and there are so many other great options for alcohol free fun and culture that lots of students take advantage of. 

Yes, many students at Iowa party frequently, but we’re also ranked with a top ten student-run philanthropy (The University of Iowa Dance Marathon) and have been ranked in the top 5 for student volunteer hours. 

Yes, Iowa Fraternity and Sorority Life can get pretty wild, but many in the Greek community, especially the members of our Multicultural Greek Council (look for my picture on their page!) and my siblings in Gamma Rho Lambda, are working to change what it means to be Greek –without alcohol in the mix. 

And so on, and so forth; you get the picture. But tonight, I have to concede that sometimes my peers here in Iowa City really live up to that reputation. I was relaxing at home, watching nature movies on Netflix with my roommate, enjoying a hot cup of coffee (I will drink coffee at pretty much any hour), and generally having a very chill and lovely evening. Then, the roomie warns me that one of her friends is going to be stopping by; he was drunk and needed a place to come sit for a while and hang out. Let’s not mention that I didn’t even think it strange at the time that he would be out and drunk on a Sunday evening…

So this kid showed up, dropped into our comfiest chair, and after chatting for a while fell asleep (or maybe passed out, in hindsight). A little bit later, he woke up and went rushing to the bathroom. I knew he would throw, and was worried that there might be some clean up, but figured it would be minor, and that my roomie would probably take the brunt of the responsibility since it was her friend. Little did I know…

Not long after this, that inebriated young man came stumbling out of our bathroom, apologizing up a storm, and slurring his words more than a little bit. All I really caught was, ”Your toilet flooded…” before I was on my feet and at the bathroom doorway. What I saw inside was horrifying.

He really meant it when he said FLOOD. The floor was covered in at least an inch of water, and more in some places, with some unmentionable bits floating around, not to mention the splashes of his puke all over the shower curtain, side of the tub, wall, and toilet. We live on the fourth floor, our bathroom has no drain, and we only have Swiffer for mopping. I was terrified we were going to end up flooding the whole freakin’ building… Instead, we put on our rain-boots, soaked up the water with just about every towel we own, bleached the crap of everything, and did a quick couple loads of laundry.

Currently, even though it is -1 degree outside, we have some windows open and fans going to get rid of the bleach and vomit smell. Thank God we have two bathrooms, because I may never use that one again.

Moral of the story? PLEASE DRINK RESPONSIBLY. It’s okay to have fun and loosen up sometimes, you don’t need to pass out, black out, fall over, or vomit all over your friend’s apartment to do that. Have someone sober with you to monitor your intake and make sure you get home okay, and to take care of you if you do go a little overboard. Also, please show some courtesy to your hosts. 🙂

Like I said, I wish this weren’t my second post here and first post with real content, but so it goes. Soon I can fill you in on how awesome my roommate is, how sucky our relationship with our other roommate is, Greek life at Iowa, and all sorts of other things!

Goodnight world,

Savannah

First Post

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Helloooooooo world! It’s mighty fine to see you. Thanks for stopping by!

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The above blurry photo is me, and this is my new blog. This isn’t my first venture into the blogging world, but I hope it will be my most successful (one summer I was on a really big healthy living kick and started a blog to record my efforts. I quit writing like I wanted to, and it died).

I’m a Junior this year at the University of Iowa, and I had a really rough time this past semester. With the New Year approaching, and with enough time during the Winter Break to reflect, plan, ponder my existence, yadda yadda, I’ve been thinking that I really want to try to get back into the habit of journaling to help me deal with life and stuff. I’m hoping that if I use the blog format, I’ll be more inclined to keep writing! Plus, I’d love to have a more personal space to share recipes, photos, education-related things, college-related things, queer life-related things, and the like, and have it all compiled in one nicely-organized spot.

And hopefully, someone out there will read it, enjoy it, and maybe get something out of it!

I know this first post has been a ramble, but I hope you’ll come back. I’m setting a small goal for myself to start with at least one post per week focusing on a different topic each time, so there will be plenty of new material coming!

Thanks for reading!

-Savannah