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Earth Week at ESF: Kites, Quilts, and Cleanups


SYRACUSE, N.Y. - Earth Week '98 at the SUNY College of Environmental Science and Forestry (ESF) features a full schedule of events ranging from workshops on in-line skating and kite flying to discussions of global economy and population control.

Also on the list of activities are a quilting session to benefit the needy, clean-up projects in Oakwood Cemetery and the Euclid neighborhood, and an international dinner.

Highlighting the annual observance of Earth Week will be presentations by Kevin Danaher, editor of Corporations Are Gonna Get Your Mama: Globalization and the Downsizing of the American Dream, and Carl Djerassi, a chemist who invented the birth control pill.

Following is a schedule of Earth Week events:

Saturday, April 18

Overnight: Habitat for Humanity "Sleep-Out," Syracuse University Quad. The event is aimed at raising awareness about the homeless population in Syracuse. All are invited.

Sunday, April 19

11 a.m.: Meals on Wheels walk-a-thon. The walk will raise money to help support the program's effort to provide meals to those unable to leave their homes. Volunteers are needed to walk, work at water stations, and serve as crossing guards. Those wishing to participate should meet at Manley Field House at 11 a.m.

Monday, April 20

10 a.m. to 3 p.m.: Earth Week Kick-Off, ESF Quad. The theme is the enjoyment and appreciation of outdoor activities and nature. Local businesses have been invited to present workshops. There will be demonstrations on hiking, camping, bicycling, in-line skating, kite flying, and rock climbing. There will also be presentations by ESF student organizations and a display of sculptures made from recycled materials. Proceeds from a T-shirt sale will benefit the Melinda Grey Ardia Environmental Education Fund.

11:30 a.m.: Opening ceremony with ESF President Ross Whaley, at the quad.

6 p.m.: Nature Conservancy presentation, Moon Library Conference Room. Representatives from The Nature Conservancy in Rochester will discuss projects under way throughout New York state, including work at Sandy Pond, the Rome Sand Plains, Chaumont Barrens, and Rainbow Shores Bog in Pulaski. There will be a slide show followed by a question-and-answer period.

7 p.m.: Quilting, Hendricks Chapel, SU campus. Students from ESF and SU will work on a Students Offering Service project to recycle old fabric into quilts to donate to the needy.

Tuesday, April 21

11:30 a.m.: "Is Earth Day as Important as It Was in 1970?" a presentation by Dr. Ross S. Whaley, College president, Moon Library Conference Room. Whaley will reflect on the changing context within which environmental and resource personnel will work during the next decade.

7 p.m.: Presentation on wolves in the Adirondacks, Alumni Lounge, Marshall Hall. This panel discussion, sponsored by The Wildlife Society, will explore the issue of reintroducing the gray wolf into New York's Adirondack Mountains. Participants are ESF Professor Emeritus Robert Chambers, an expert on the gray wolf; Richard W. Sage Jr., associate director of the Adirondack Ecological Center at ESF's Newcomb campus; and Steve Kendrot of the Defenders of Wildlife, who has researched public opinion on the issue.

Wednesday, April 22

1 p.m.: "100 Years of Antarctic Ecology," Moon Library Conference Room. Dr. Dietland Müller-Schwarze, an animal behaviorist in ESF's Faculty of Environmental and Forest Biology, will present a slide-illustrated lecture covering exploration, exploitation, research, and international agreements.

5:30 to 7 p.m.: International dinner, Alumni Lounge. Food from around the world will be featured.

7 p.m.: "Corporations Are Gonna Get Your Mama," Marshall Auditorium, Marshall Hall. Kevin Danaher, co-founder of Global Exchange, will discuss the global economy, encompassing trade practices, individual wealth, and industrialization. Danaher is the editor of the anthology, Corporations Are Gonna Get Your Mama: Globalization and the Downsizing of the American Dream.

Thursday, April 23

9:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.: Kids Day at ESF. Forty-four fifth-graders from Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. School in Syracuse will visit the ESF campus to learn about the natural sciences and career opportunities within the environmental field. At various sites on campus, ESF students will demonstrate composting, plant propagation, landscape architecture, forestry, wildlife, and taxidermy.

6:30 p.m.: Coffee Haus, Alumni Lounge. Copies of Ecologue, the student-produced arts magazine will be available.

Friday, April 24

2 p.m.: "Green Bowl," Alumni Lounge. This event is an interactive, competitive quiz that will pit teams of ESF students against each other as they answer questions about the environment.

4 p.m.: Presentation by world-famous chemist Dr. Carl Djerassi, Marshall Auditorium. Djerassi is a Stanford University chemistry professor known as the father of the birth control pill. He will discuss his latest book, a novel called Menachem's Seed.

9 p.m.: Concert, Alumni Lounge. Local bands will be highlighted.

Saturday, April 25

9 a.m. to noon: Oakwood Cemetery cleanup. Students Offering Service will work at Oakwood Cemetery, adjacent to the ESF campus. Signs will be posted regarding meeting place.

11 a.m.: "Green-Up," Euclid Avenue neighborhood. ESF students will participate in a cleanup of Euclid and surrounding streets. A picnic will follow in Thorndon Park. Those participating should meet at 11 a.m. in the Rose Garden on Ostrom Avenue.