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I drink green, I see green and I feel green

Most students don’t have the money to afford $15 dollar vodkas much less $35 dollar organic vodkas. Towson student, Katie Barrett is a bartender at Luckies at Power Plant Live and she sells Tru Vodka cocktails.

“Since we get the bottles of vodka for less money because we buy in bulk, we sell call drinks and top shelf drinks for about $7-$10. So if they are interested in trying out something new, they don’t need to buy an entire bottle,” Barrett said.

Barrett said that there was a big Tru Vodka promotion at Luckie’s and the promo girls were giving out free samples. The cocktails were screwdrivers which are Tru Vodka and orange juice. They were put in shot glasses and given to customers free of charge.

“Organic vodka is a new thing so people are unsure of how it’s going to taste. The promotion was a great turn out because it turned out that the customers were giving back great feedback. It tastes just like vodka, I’d say the only difference is that it may taste a little stronger than the average vodka,” Barrett said.

The promo girls were giving out t-shirts and bead necklaces that had Tru Vodka’s name on it. They were trying to put their name out there so that people will start to recognize Tru Vodka as an everyday top shelf vodka.

“I’d warn students to try to not drink Tru Vodka too fast. Since you’re mixing the vodka with juice, it can sneak up on you and you can become very drunk very quickly,” Barrett said.

It’s safe to say that Tru Vodka has gotten approval from the public and that organic vodka may become the new Grey Goose. It’s definitely a bang for your buck.

Healthy Green Eats

As a marathon runner, I’ve met a ton of people that are very healthy. When I run a good 13 miles, I like to eat a cheeseburger…but Christine Allen likes to eat healthier organic foods.

When I asked Christine why she decided to become a marathoner, she told me that she wanted to find a way to stay healthy. It is pretty cool to say “hey, I ran 26.2 miles today, what did you do?” I think that running 26.2 is enough for me to stay healthy rather than always thinking about all the great nutritious things I should be eating. Christine’s favorite grocery store is Wegmans because of their large selection of organic foods makes her an avid customer.

“My favorite thing at Wegmans are their organic apples. It’s nothing like running a few miles and coming home to snack on a crispy, clean apple,” Allen said.

She said that because there aren’t any access chemicals that were used to grow the apples, she felt healthier about it. Not only that, but she said that she felt safer eating things knowing that there weren’t any chemicals involved in the growth of the product. She said that she wants to feel like she’s exercising and eating healthier so that she can live a longer life.

“I drink water, I eat organic foods and I run because life gets better when you feel better about yourself. I love feeling healthy, it makes me feel lighter. After all, if you’re running 20 or more miles you want to feel as light as possible,” Allen said.

Allen said that eating green, organic things is important because not only are the products free of chemicals, but those chemicals aren’t polluting the air. Organic food does more than one thing, it’s healthy for the body and the environment.

Cherry Blossom Marathon

Christine Allen on the right with two friends at the Washington D.C. Cherry Blossom Marathon.

Carrying Green For Less Green

I’ve noticed this trend on campus, where water is the new thirst quencher. I used to see soda and coffee all the time but now it’s water. Not only are students trying to stay healthy but the bottles they are holding are eco-friendly.

Towson University is a big commuter school and Deer Park water company happens to be in Maryland. Not only is it affordable to buy 24-packs but that 24-pack is helping the environment.

Shawna Sogluizzo, a student at Towson is an avid Deer Park drinker.
“I noticed that the bottle changed…maybe last year and on the back of the label it says that it is an Eco-Bottle. Not only is it cheap, I like the taste of Deer Park. It’s refreshing and it doesn’t have that weird after-taste like Nestle Water does,” Sogluizzo said.

Sarah Zuckerman, a student at University of Pennsylvania has a Sigg bottle that she had bought when she was a freshman.

“My mom has always been really eco-friendly and I guess I got that from her. The Sigg bottle is great. I bought a Brita and the bottle which cost me about $50. If I bought packs of water I’d be wasting a lot more. Not only am I helping the environment, I get a cool bottle to carry around,” Zuckerman said.

I am also a Deer Park drinker and I noticed myself that the bottle is light weight. I personally like Deer Park compared to other waters. It’s cheap and it’s from Maryland. I can be proud of carrying my green, recyclable refreshing water around.

Deer Park's Eco-Bottle of water

Vroom vroom, or is it zip zip?

Towson University is one of many universities within the country that is using the new car sharing system called the Zipcar . There are four simple steps to borrowing the Zipcar and they are: join, reserve, unlock and drive. When you go onto their website you can sign up and then the process is simple from there. Not only is the process simple but for Towson students it’s only $35 a year!

Zipcar parked in front of Richmond and Newell HallsI always walk by the two hybrid Zipcars that are parked in front of Richmond and Newell Halls and I always see them available. I think that this brilliant idea isn’t really being utilized by the students and I asked a couple of freshmen why.

Sarah Kaewsowatana said that she knew that the cars were there but she was afraid that it would be such a hassle.

“I know it’s really convenient because it’s right there and it’s pretty cheap, but I don’t really trust that kind of a program. Really it’s only $35…well what’s the catch? I don’t buy it,” Kaewsowatana said.

Another freshmen, Alexa Demski wasn’t even aware of such a program at our campus.

“I love the idea, I’m surprised I never heard of it. It’s great because it’s hard for us [freshmen] to have cars on campus. I wish someone had told me about it,” Demski said.

It’s obvious that the students aren’t aware of the smart idea of sharing cars, so why isn’t Towson making a bigger effort to make it known?

It’s smart and it’s savvy. It’s environmentally healthy to be sharing cars especially hybrid cars. There’s less gas in the air, less money for gas and it’s a free parking spot. Why wouldn’t you want to take advantage of such a smart idea?

Green Stylin’

I was walking around campus the other day and I ran into senior Meredith Hansen sporting a shirt that said “I love boys that recycle” and I stopped her because I was interested in where she got the shirt.

“Well, Old Navy was having a sale on graphic t-shirts that were 100% organic and I saw this shirt and I thought it was cute,” Hansen said.

The point is that not only are the shirts organic, but they are presentable. They’re cute and they are promoting a more greener outlook. You may not realize it but you are a walking advertisement to go green. Okay, so maybe the I love boys part may be a little silly but the recycle sign is on the shirt. It is a cute way to tell people that they should be recycling.

Ryan Mazza was sporting a “Think Green” shirt with a tree on it. Granted most people don’t think that they’re going shopping to have green advertisements all over their t-shirts, but people like Mazza put it in thought. Think Green
“I have maybe three shirts that have something about going green or they might be organic. I don’t buy them because they say that. I buy them because they look cool and because they’re really comfortable,”Mazza said.

Students may not recycle all the time or try to attempt to always help the environment, but if they keep shopping and buying organic things it is one step closer to a better environment.

Environmentally Correct

After hearing about the win at University of Maryland , I thought that it would be a good idea to ask around at UMD for students reactions on the $5,000 win.

Katy McIntyre, an active member of UMD’s Student Government Association talked about how most of the SGA was involved in the contest.

“As leaders of the campus, we always want to set the right example for our peers. We sat out on the mall and we constantly talked about how students should join. It looks like they listened because out of 20,000 people we made about 15% of the contest. That is an incredible amount and it is definitely something to be proud of,” McIntyre said.

As McIntyre explained about how students would petition outside of the Student Union and try to get as many students aware of how they can make the college campus a better and environmentally healthier place.

Paul White, a senior at UMD talked about how he was eating at the union and he stepped outside and was surrounded by posters and his peers advocating for better energy habits. He was one of the participants in the Climate Culture contest for the greenest college in America.

“As a student, especially one living on campus, it’s never a priority to think about the environment. Before I was stopped, I never really recycled even though the cans were in front of me, I never would have participated in a contest, and in general I just didn’t care,” White said.

Since then, White has become a green activist in one of UMD’s clubs and he hopes that because they won this year, that next year there will be a bigger outcome.

“I hope that more students will be aware. It’s teamwork to save our world,” White said.

UMBC Magazine

College campuses have made an effort to recycle, plant trees, and go for the green look. At UMBC their efforts to go green have gone up and beyond. UMBC magazine uses recycled paper in every edition. The editor in chief Richard Byrne said,

“Because we are a new magazine, we made the decision to use recycled paper right from the start, we like the look and feel of the magazine and feel that we’ve suffered no downgrade in the aesthetics or design of the magazine by making this choice.”

Byrne said that he wanted to follow UMBC’s green project and wanted to put forth an effort to change and help the environment. After deciding not to use gloss paper, he realized that the feel and look of the paper felt right. The purpose was to try and distinguish their magazine compared to local universities.

“I wanted to show that we are a Maryland school that is really making an effort. We wanted to set an example and try to inform others on how using recycled paper is the best thing to do,” Byrne said.

Going green is a great idea however costs for a magazine are already high with ads, using gloss paper, having sponsors, etc. Due to the use of recycled paper, UMBC’s magazine cost has gone up.

“It was already factored into our initial budget. It adds a bit to the printing cost (I don’t have the numbers at my fingertips), but it is worth it,” Byrne said.

The UMBC magazine just started to publish again after it took a hiatus in the early 90’s and since then their modern approach has gotten great feedback from their readership.