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This afternoon we’ll welcome the chair of the Geography Dept. to our class for what I hope will be a lively discussion about the world your generation is inheriting. Very soon, it will be yours to protect or ? Well that’s today’s conversation.

Click on this link to meet Dr. Scott Anderson, our guest today.

Be sure you have read your McKibben piece from Harpers Magazine. KES


Time-management can be a difficult skill to master during your freshmen year, or at any other time.  A woman that I know (we’ll just call her Jane) shared her secret to success with me and I want to share it with you.


Jane has already graduated from college, but when she was in school she had very high grades, and almost always had time to spare. How did she do that!? She treated her education like a job. Every morning she woke up, showered, and “went to work” by 8:30. On some days, that might mean that she went to class.  If she didn’t have class, though, she still utilized that precious time by doing her homework.  She would work every day until 5pm.  Most of the time, she had her homework done before she had to “clock out” at the end of the day.  This left the rest of the evening open for whatever else she wanted to do: clubs, sports, gym, hanging out with friends, dinner, movies, leisurely reading.


I think that the key to her success was consistency.  She had a specific schedule that did not change drastically every day.  Everything that needed to be done had a time for her to do it.  Furthermore, she prioritized.  Jane knew that her homework had to come before most of the other things that she was involved with.  To do well, you don’t necessarily need to work from 8:30 until 5 every day.  But you should maintain a schedule that works, and try to work before you play.

It is unbelievable that some people still debate over the issue of global warming. It is real, we are seeing the effects of it everyday, and everywhere. It is scary to think of what is happening to our environment. We created this problem, and I believe that we have to find a solution. My mom is a huge environmentalist, and some of her influence has rubbed off on me. I used to question her when she would put all of her purchases in one shopping bag while in the mall, sometimes she would even put stuff into her purse. At this, I would roll my eyes in embarresment. Now that I’m older, I find my Mom’s thinking pure genius. Why do we have to put all of our purchases into different bags? It is creating so much extra waste, while adding even more things that we have to carry? I don’t get why people are so wasteful!

In high school I took classes in ecology, even wrote a research paper on global warming but some points in the article “The Debate Is Over” by Bill McKibben, I still found shocking. Wallace Broecker stated that ” Climate is an angry beast and we are poking it with sticks.” Global warming is caused because we as humans are given off too much CO2 into the atmosphere with our luxurious life styles. However, I have a hard time understand why people are not jumping into this issue with full force because this is our environment, and if we destroy it, we do not get another one. Life already has started to change with the unpredictable weather patterns and storms, that if we do not make drastic movements immediately, it will get worse. I personally am scared of the effects of what will happen if we continue to live this way, global warming is here and everyone needs to take a part in this issue because it will eventually affect you.

Meghan Bathke

I have decided that I need to come up with a better system of time management because the one I have now is not working and it does not help that I am a big procrastinator as well. As i was reading the assignment out of the red binder it gave examples of procrastination and I think I have used them all. Moreover, yesterday I had to study for a music exam I had today and I had excuse after excuse as to why studying could wait and I know that I did not do as well as I could have on that test.

Meghan Bathke

The fact that Global Warming has become an issue shouldn’t be a huge shock to anyone. However, what will happen to our planet because of it, should scare everyone enough to want to do something about it. The predictions made by the scientists were so surprising to me. It’s scary to think of the rage of the storms that will come, the spread of the disease, the lose of food and/or the raise in food prices, or where those whose homes get destroyed will go for refuge. I think that people don’t really realize the consequences of our actions. They don’t understand that we were putting our planet in serious danger. This word needs to ge spread somehow. Through news reports, radio shows, commercials, or the newspaper. I think it would be very beneficial to put these terrifying reports out there so that people will attempt to make a change.

I want to encourage those of you who are interesting in becoming more involved in ENGLISH at Cortland to attend this meeting at 4:00 today in 127 OLD MAIN. The Club is active and sponsored by a wonderful professor/advisor, Dr. Denise Knight.

It would be a good way to get to know other students who share many of your interests and to continue to work on finding and/or continuing to track your own turtle! I hope to see you there. If you have any questions, do get in touch.


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