That’s what she said…

As a Norwich community, we contribute to an immense amount of waste on this campus.

We waste food. On an average day, the chow hall throws away nearly 10 large garbage cans full of food. We grab our trays, fill them with whatever we think we can eat at that meal, and then scoot of our chaotic chow hall as quickly as possible. Then we leave unbitten bagels, half-eaten salads, and pounds of pasta to be scraped off into a bucket. Fortunately, Norwich composts that waste.

We waste paper. Students sit in the computer labs and print dozens of copies a month. Half of which finds its home scattered next that same printer. Many grab this very newspaper from their mailbox, don’t even bother to open it, and leave it resting on the computer tables near the mail room. (Don’t worry, we’re going to do what we can to minimize that waste).

We waste water. Many still leave the water gushing out of the faucets while they brush their teeth, just as they did when they were five-years-old. Students crank on the shower and then go to the sink to brush their teeth, thinking that those three minutes are necessary to warm up the water. Let’s be real, if it’s not warm within 20 seconds, warm water just isn’t in the cards for you that day.

We waste time. Some students waste hours of their days sitting in front of computer screens playing video games. Others waste their weekend’s away, hung-over from the night before.

We waste our breath. Hundreds of students voice their opinions and stand up for what they believe in, then they watch it fall to the wayside. We spend hours in student-run meetings, days chatting with each other about ways to make this campus a better place, and then if and when we get a chance to share our thoughts, they are often wasted to predetermined minds.

Stop being so wasteful, Norwich. This is 2013. Take only what you will eat. Print only what you need. Turn off the water. Get off your butt and do something. And by all means, start trusting one another enough to actually listen when we “communicate.” How long is it going to take for us to understand that waste is bad, and communication and trust are necessary to make anything work around here?
– Audrey Seaman, The Guidon editor

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