One person’s trash…

Realizing how much we have (clothing, food, transportation, technology) is very humbling.  40.6 million Americans live at or below the poverty line which is a household income of $9,175 a year.  People living in poverty don’t have much money to cover their daily needs and must purchase “new” items through resell stores, bent and dent shops, and at pantries.  In recent years UWP administration has taken steps to ease the burden on persons with lower incomes with the introduction of Pioneer Provisions, a food pantry, and Pioneer Restore, a resale store.  Learning what these resources can and can not do for those in poverty will make you quickly realize the struggles these families must work through to carry out their daily lives.  You never know, your neighbor could be affected by the constraints of a low income.  Take a few minutes to learn how the university is converting “waste” products into viable options at low prices at the Pioneer Restore.  The bulletin board titled “One person’s trash is another person’s treasure” has valuable information how you can get involved.

Additional information:

Restore

Provisions

Poverty

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Poverty Thanksgiving

On a Friday evening in November, Tyler and Ramsey put together a very thought provoking and engaging presentation.  The underlying message throughout was the fact that many people around the world live on very limited resources.  Those attending experienced first-hand what the unequal distribution of resources feels like.  Food and water, vital resources for life, were the examples used.  A dinner of chicken, beans, rice, and cookies was prepared.  One person was selected to represent 15% of the world’s population that does not have any food insecurities.  This person enjoyed all of the items prepared for the meal.  Three people represented 25% of the population that makes ends meet, but do not have any excess resources.  These people were served rice and beans, with a glass of water.  Five people represented 60% of the population that struggles everyday to feed themselves and their families.  This group was fed a handful of rice and half a glass of water.  One person did move from the lower level to the middle level because a new factory opened in their area and they started a new job, raising their income level.  There was a great discussion about how each person felt depending on which level they were in.  I know that I have a new appreciation for how lucky I am to not be food insecure and how different my life would be if I was.  I challenge each of you to think about how many opportunities you have, that others may not just because of who you are and the environment you live in.  This holiday season is great time to realize that others may not be as lucky as we are and a time to find a way that leads to positive change for people unlike ourselves.

Visit the following websites to learn more:

Feeding America

Outreach International

Photo credit: Ramsey Beckmann

What’s in a name?

Ever wondered how a place got it’s name?  Platteville is named from the Platte River which runs through Grant County.  The word “Platte” is derived from a French word that means shallow or flat.  Many towns and prominent locations across Wisconsin have names with roots in French and Native American languages.  The new bulletin board on four west explores Wisconsin’s heritage across the state.  Half of the board gives examples of Native American influence in the state and the other half does the same for French influence.  Stop by the board to prepare for November’s celebration of Native American heritage month!

United We Stand: Peterson Farm Bros

Homecoming week started off with the United We Stand lecture on Sunday evening.  United We Stand is an initiative sponsored by the Department of Residence Life and Campus Programming and Relations.  The basis of this initiative is to bring attention to the diversity of our fellow Pioneers and how we can stand against discrimination and bias.  The first lecturer of the year was Greg Peterson, one of three brothers that are YouTube stars with millions of views on their channel Peterson Farm Bros.  Greg recounted how quickly their first music parody “I’m Farming and I Grow it” racked up views.  The intent of the video was to show the livelihood of farmers in a format that the public would be interested in and entertained by.  Greg emphasized the point that you can never predict how your messages will spread across the Internet, so be aware of the opportunities and pitfalls of speaking up online.  If you would like more information about Greg and his brothers Nathan and Kendall hit their website Peterson Farm Bros.  Look for the United We Stand series to continue in the spring semester on February 11 and March 11.

Photo credit: Walter Wrobles

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Sex, hygiene and relationships answered

Last night, May 3, three resident assistants put on a presentation to explain the importance of healthy relationships, good hygiene, and proper sexual practices. Connor, Megan did a great job explaining to the audience what it means to be effective in all of those things. Connor talk a lot about how every relationship is different and should be respected by others in terms of how significant others choose to treat eachother. Everyone is entitled to there own opinions of public affection and people shouldn’t be put down for what they like. From 4W, Lukas and I were in attendance and enjoyed the ice cream and discussion. Residents, be watchful for other fun programs that will pop up until the end of the semester arrives!

DiverSEAty!

As we return from what was hopefully a great winter break, I would like to like to remind us to respect each other’s diverse interests. I challenge everyone to take part and try one of your neighbors hobbies this spring. Who knows? Maybe you will really enjoy it! We may be different, but like these fish, we are much more alike. Be courteous to others because we are all students and young men at the University of Wisconsin-Platteville!

It will be a great opportunity to show my residents what UW-Platteville has offered to them based on their religious beliefs. I decided to take one of my residents to the Catholic Newman community since he is also catholic. It was a awesome chance to discover and get to know more about catholic religious beliefs and other important facts about church other than ignoring it and knowing nothing about it. 

Relay for Life Pieing event

I want to thank everyone for coming out and supporting Relay for Life Grant Co. We raised over $200, be aware of other events for relay for life coming up.

FYI: There will be a Bouncy Ball drop in the center stair well of pickard tomorrow at 8 pm. I am inviting all to attend because lets be honest who doesn’t want  to drop a ball down the middle stair well and not get in trouble for it. The bouncy balls are $1 and they are yours to keep.

Call in Call out

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On this bulletin board it discusses how to be a social justice warrior and the 2 way to deal with the issues that apply. I use how to breath as an example to how use the Social Justice Warrior and why you have to use both calling in and calling out to really drive your point across of why this is bad. This bulletin board also explains why the social justice is an issue in to day society.

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