“Lagniappe” is a concept from my Southern Louisiana childhood — it translates roughly as “a little something extra,” and refers to things a merchant might toss in with a purchase (think a baker’s dozen). This week, I thought I’d give you a little lagniappe on some of our previous Greener Consumption themes. So if you’re looking for new reuse projects, green items for the kids or more indoor gardening ideas, we’ve got ‘em.
Article: Our commencement advice to grads
In his recent Class Day speech at Princeton University, Steve Carell closed with his version of the “wear sunscreen” list of helpful hints for grads. (Except, of course, the original “wear sunscreen” advice was not given by Kurt Vonnegut during a commencement address at MIT, as the Internets insisted on telling us for years — it was actually a column in the Chicago Tribune by a writer named Mary Schmich.) Anyway, you can read Carell’s list at the end of the transcript of his speech here. (Our favorites:”Only use a ‘That’s what she said’ joke if you absolutely cannot resist.” And: “When out to eat, tip on the entire check. Do not subtract the tax first.”) In the meantime, here is our version of advice for graduating seniors. We can only dream of the day when this list becomes an online sensation falsely attributed to Kurt Vonnegut.
Article: The best commencement speech of 2012
Commencement season is wrapping up and everyone’s coming out with their “Best Commencement Speeches of 2012″ lists — all with the usual suspects, of course: Barack Obama, Michelle Obama, Mitt Romney, Michael Bloomberg, Brian Williams, Katie Couric, Oprah Winfrey…yeah, yeah, yeah, a few jokes, some heartfelt platitudes, lots of security. Yawn. But our hands-down absolute favorite of 2012 — and one you won’t find on most of these lists — is comedian Eugene Mirman speaking at his old alma mater Hampshire College, that flaming-liberal-hipster college that let’s you make up your own major. He chose to major in comedy. This speech proves it actually worked. And how can you not adore a keynote commencement address that includes the phrase “fuck that”?
Article: Back to (old) school
It’s back to school time. That means many college students are already on campus and many student newspapers are already in full publishing swing, including the University of Richmond’s “Collegian,” which just last week published a little gem of an opinion piece entitled “A Letter to Women,” in which the author promotes the old she-dresses-like-a-slut-so-she-deserves-it philosophy and condemns women for enjoying sex.
Regular readers of this blog will know that few things make us happier than FAILblog. We don’t think that teen guys wiping out during skateboard tricks are remotely funny, but a “chocolate chip muffin” with only one chocolate chip? Comedy genius. That all said, we hate to think of ourselves as suckers, which is why…
Freshman composition, world civilization, college algebra… and, now, intro to sustainability? Yep, the core curriculum at San Francisco State University will look something like that in a couple of years, as the university has approved the addition of three units of environmentally-themed coursework to its general education requirements.
As recently as the ’90s, Em was horrified to hear her college roommate say that she was at school to get three letters: MRS. It was said kind of tongue-in-cheek… but not completely. The ironic thing was that back then, having a college degree actually meant that a woman was less likely to get married…and…
Article: Learn how to do awesome things
Popular Science has a photo gallery of “30 Awesome College Labs” that will have you questioning the meaning of your life as you stare at your beige cubicle walls. Pictured above is Missouri University of Science and Technology’s experimental mine where students “learn how to implode buildings, design fireworks displays, blast smooth slices of stone…
If you’ve spent any time looking at the marketing for educational institutions lately, you’ve likely noticed that many schools are working hard to build reputations as “green colleges.” In addition to building green, cutting energy use, and landscaping with water consumption in mind, many colleges and universities are implementing sustainability policies for their food services. Some are composting food wastes. Others are buying locally and organically. A few are even growing their own food.
At West Virginia’s Marshall University, moving towards a greener cafeteria involves… taking away the trays.
Though doing porn to “pay for college” is an oft cited cliche, there are, in fact, many girls in the adult industry who are working their way through school–and taking their classes seriously, too. Lorelei Lee is one of those girls: the ten year veteran of the adult biz recently moved to New York City…
Got a child looking at colleges? Or, are you looking for yourself? More and more, sustainability efforts may be one of the criteria you and others use to choose a “good” school. For several years, the Sustainable Endowments Institute has made the search for that information a little easier with the publication of its College Sustainability Report Card. The 2009 edition was released last week, and colleges and universities around the country are bragging (or not) about their “grades.”
photo by methTICALman
Ah, college. The beer pong, the all-nighters, the walks of shame, the pillow over your head so you can’t hear your roommate’s drunken hook-up…
Well, Tufts University has gone and ruined the last of these fond memories. A new campus policy is meant to deal with an issue that was previously managed via ear plugs and/or drinking so much that you’d sleep through an earthquake: roommate sex.
Article: What's in your fridge?
The blogosphere’s been taking a peek behind the chilly mini-doors of “What’s in my dorm fridge,” a Flickr photo pool devoted to “photos of the insides of those little refrigerators college students have in their rooms.” It makes me nostalgic for my college days where the mini-fridge consisted primarily of ingredients for a liquid meal,…