program sustainability


12 March 2017 


49 Ledenbrooke Road

Dear (Y/N):

The committee of admissions is delighted to inform you of your acceptance to Bangtan University, class of 2021. For more than half a century, the faculty of Bangtan University has recognized and maintained that an Ivy League education should be available to talented women and men from all walks of life. I hope this letter marks the first step of a challenging and rewarding educational journey!

BU was created specifically for nontraditional students and is the best university of its kind in the country, while also being recognized as one of the premiere liberal arts universities in the world. Being a member of the BU campus is about belonging to an exceptional community, one defined by the extraordinary people who teach and study here. To further enrich campus life, we have recently opened the Reflection Library which features state of the art technology, advanced resources for journal citations and archival research, as well as digitally storing thousands of sources and books for the School of Antiquities. In January of this year, the Chemistry Department combined with the School of Environmental Studies to attend the 5th International Green Energy and Ecosystem Expo where several faculty and students were awarded grants for their work on clean water innovations.

In keeping with our commitment to global education opportunities, nearly 800 students traveled abroad this year for academic programs, internships, and research opportunities. Others spent their summer volunteering at local shelters or working on the Bangtan Farm, and supporting local farmers through the Bangtan Sustainable Food Program. Our efforts to expand and improve research opportunities for undergraduate students lead to the School of Film’s merge with the Museum of the Moving Image. Now, our Film School faculty will feature museum staff curators and our students will have free access to the museum’s film library and archive.

BU is truly a place where you will learn and grow as a person and scholar. Having thoroughly reviewed your application, I know that your energy, talents, and dedication will play an enormous role in continuing to make Bangtan University a vibrant and enriching place. I encourage you to visit campus, before the official orientation dates in your welcome pack, for Wings Days May 20-23 to get a taste of student life.

Once again, I offer my warmest congratulations and I look forward to seeing you in the fall as a member of the Bangtan University Class of 2021!


Kim Seokjin

Dean of Bangtan University, Senior Director of Admissions
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hrlubrlu  asked:

I recently learned that my local zoo (Pittsburgh Zoo & PPG Aquarium) forfeited its AZA accreditation over a disagreement about elephant handling...I'm conflicted now, because I take accreditation very seriously, and while I don't think they would drastically change their other care practices from when they were AZA accredited, it still makes me uneasy. Thoughts?

Don’t condemn the facility entirely based on that decision, because it’s a super complex topic and just because the directors made the choice doesn’t mean all the staff agreed with the choice. While losing accreditation forced the facility to drop out of major conservation programs and lose other funding (as well as potentially have to transfer AZA-managed animals back to AZA facilities), it wouldn’t change the quality of their husbandry or the ethos of the facility. 

The disagreement was about whether Pittsburgh would switch from having the choice to work with their elephants without fences or barricades between them and the humans, or if they’d adhere to a new AZA policy that would have required to work with elephants through a barrier at all times. 

The tl;dr of what happened is that elephants have been worked with free-contact for most of the existence of zoos, and a couple decades ago (after a few really nasty elephant keeper deaths) AZA decided to push for a new and radical type of management that only allowed for protected-contact elephant handling and positive reinforcement training methods. Over time, the new methods proved safer and better for animal welfare (and getting AR people to stop yelling) and AZA forced all of their zoos to shift over to stay accredited. (There are a couple major exemptions to this, such as the old ladies at Audubon in NOLA - elephants for whom free contact work was such a fundamental part of their life that it was decided that they’d be grandfathered out of that policy because changing it would be detrimental to their welfare). The policy that required places to go free-contact was outlined in 2012, and facilities had until 2017 to make the change. Most places did it - some folk at Pittsburgh didn’t agree. 

One of the biggest things about AZA most folk don’t know is that the facilities are required to have the final say over the animals in their care - they can lose accreditation if a city or state organization forces them to change their animal care (or move their animals) because they’re no longer in the position of being fully and ultimately responsible for their charges. From what I can tell, the Pittsburgh facility felt that they truly knew what was best for their elephants - and it wasn’t changing to protected-contact management styles. It’s a pretty sensitive topic for the facility as a Pittsburgh elephant keeper who died back in 2002 was part of the reason AZA started looking into alternate management forms. 

From what I remember seeing when it went down, not everyone at the facility supported the choice - it wasn’t a democratic decision. I don’t know if the elephant keepers supported it or not. Either way, the director/CEO decided it was what was going to occur, and staff were simply told it would happen. This is a huge deal - 68 other AZA facilities made the change to protected contact. AZA is fairly elitist about their organization and very strict about regulating member facilities - so the only option was for Pittsburgh to lose their accreditation.

Losing AZA accreditation came at a high cost - they lost a $5000 grant from the AZA for a new playground and suddenly no longer qualified for participation in a sea turtle rescue program that had operated out of the zoo since 2009, since US Fish and Wildlife will only send turtles to AZA accredited facilities. They also lost the ability to participate in more than 100 species sustainability programs unless they reapplied to the highly political organization looking to be a non-member partner (I’m not sure if this has since occurred - my google fu isn’t helping). 

There are some pretty major philosophical differences regarding protected- vs free-contact handling for elephants, so it’s not necessarily a case where you can condemn a facility for refusing to switch. After all, some AZA facilities are still allowed to use it in special cases (but will be required to switch when those elephants pass way). Protected contact is much safer for human caretakers, but also limits what interactions staff are able to have with elephants - and this is a big part of the debate, as the relationship between highly emotionally intelligent animals and their keepers is definitely a defining aspect of their enrichment and welfare. AZA made their choice to keep staff safe and standardize caretaking to increase positive training, but that does not necessarily mean that their ruling is a one-size-fits-all solution. There’s no good answer as to who, if anyone, is in the wrong with what happened. 

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Today we’re announcing a new program to celebrate individuals who are serving as positive agents of change in their own communities and schools. Each month, Tumblr and our partners in media and civil society will profile these Champions here on Action (@action), and share their story.

In recognition of Earth Day, our first Champion of Change is Ana Humphrey, an inspiring 10th grader from Alexandria, VA. Here’s Ana’s story in her own words:

What started as an initiative to make science active and increase environmental awareness has grown to become a force of 200 students putting science into action to improve the local environment. The students we teach take what they learn in the classroom and apply it to real life, improving their own community. My peers and club members have become teachers and mentors. As the club president, I have learned how to lead other students and channel knowledge and passion into projects with real-world implications. Given the tools and opportunity, students of all ages can become drivers of change in their community.

For me, science has always been a verb. Science has been the art of discovering how the world around me works and of getting my hands dirty. Science has been the lens through which I study challenges and the tool I use to create solutions.

However, at many schools, science is taught as a noun. Learning science means copying from a textbook and listening to lectures. Early on, my hands-on experiences with science at school was limited to lessons from a traveling science teacher that rotated through all of the grade levels at two different schools.

That changed when I entered my 7th-grade life science class. We worked with the organization Earth Force, who challenged us to solve real environmental issues in our community. Through that experience, my peers and I completed a project where we planned and executed the restoration of a wetland with the help of the National Parks Service and other local environmental organizations. As the class leader, I saw first hand how project-based learning could inspire students to become involved both in their own education and in their community. We learned the content at a deeper level and become a force for change. I wanted other students in my community to have the same opportunities that my classmates and I had been given.

I decided that the best way to give other students in Alexandria, Virginia, the same opportunity was to develop and teach hands-on science lessons. Under the name Watershed Warriors, I wrote a grant for the local Green Ideas Challenge, a grant competition held by Act for Alexandria, and was awarded $2,000. Through this funding, Watershed Warriors teaches 5th-grade science through hands-on activities related to the environment and helps students review for the Virginia 5th-grade standardized science test. Over a two-day classroom event in the spring, the students complete a hands-on lab identifying wetland plants and start a wetland garden of their own at their school. Over the spring, the students take care of the plants and continue to make observations. At the end of school year, the students take a field trip to a local wetland and transplant their plants, aiding in restoration efforts and applying their knowledge in the field.

As I transitioned to high school, I faced challenges with time commitments and course load. I realized that the best way to sustain the program was to continue it as a school club. Inspiring my peers to join me not only increased the capacity of Watershed Warriors, but it reinforced my belief that as young people, we care out our environment and want to work to protect it.

Another $1,200 grant has allowed us to expand. We now teach at three different elementary schools and incorporate an additional two lessons per school throughout the year. In this school year alone, we will reach nearly 180 students, over half of which live in under resourced communities.

What started as an initiative to make science active and increase environmental awareness has grown to become a force of 200 students putting science into action to improve the local environment. The students we teach take what they learn in the classroom and apply it to real life, improving their own community. My peers and club members have become teachers and mentors. As the club president, I have learned how to lead other students and channel knowledge and passion into projects with real-world implications. Given the tools and opportunity, students of all ages can become drivers of change in their community.

Something has to change

Being in this keto program has been a great experience, but I think it’s time to come off of it and go and do another program that will sustain me. This isn’t my first go at keto, I made it to my goal weight but after that it increased my bindging tendicies to the max because I was in a low carb and stupidly low calorie program for a long time. I feel like the universe is trying to tell me something expecially since I keep having these binging urges that rear it’s ugly face. I’m not a failure, I’m just changing tactics for my mental and physical state. I don’t want to keep throwing money at this program and doing so badly about a week in.

What really helped me was the Advocare 24 day challenge. I ate pretty much whole food meals with a little bit of supplements thrown my way. I wasn’t deprived because I had all the food groups expect processed carbs, and I don’t think I had the urge to binge. I’m going to do my own version without the supplements because I don’t think they really work and my multivitamin is doing the trick for me anyway. So I’m doing some researching and getting my ducks in a row. Next week will be crock pot week and a good meal prep but the week after next is when I start my program. Well I could start earlier but I want my lobster roll and Ice cream from my favourite place before they close down for the season. This is not the end, but a new beginning! I’m going to finish these last three days out on this keto program before I make the plunge. I feel that this will be better and not have me binge so damn much! And able to have energy to kill it at the gym maynnn.

Congratulations to David Benjamin of The Living, whose Young Architect’s Program installation at MoMA PS1 received a Holcim Award for sustainability. 

[Installation view of The Living’s Hy-Fi, the winning project of The Museum of Modern Art and MoMA PS1’s 2014 Young Architects Program. June 27-September 7, 2014. Photograph by Kris Graves]

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“Farming is the dedication of your life to the stewardship of plants from seed to harvest, for better or for worse, in good weather or bad, through pest and disease, at all hours,” says Nikki Seibert (@wings_of_tin). “All of this back-breaking and often heart-wrenching work is done to provide food for family, friends and neighbors.”

Nikki spends almost every day working with local farms in Charleston, South Carolina, where she runs a sustainable agriculture program for organic farmers.

“I’m a ‘farmer of farmers’,” she jokes. “A childhood filled with outdoor adventures, hardworking parents, and countless hours spent building, growing and fixing things created the trifecta for me to end up in a career in agriculture.”

Nikki uses Instagram to showcase her favorite colorful crops and the green, flourishing landscapes of the farmlands she visits.

“I hope my pictures show how important it is to support the people and places that make your community unique,” she says. “Also, how much I love playing in the dirt.”

C: I recently turned 24 and feel so behind and lost right now. I graduated in May and moved to a new state for a fresh start in August and I’m starting to think I messed up. I just want to go to grad school and get my professional degree and start living. But all I’ve been doing is working. Idk how I’m going to go to grad school in a med program and work to sustain a living since I have no help from family. I wish I could live somewhere rent free while I go to grad school. I feel so stuck and lost.

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Ask from a follower who requested anon:

There’s a piece of advice that’s often given to fat people who would like to venture into fitness, and that is the “oh, just do a little bit every day,” what counts is non-zero effort, yay, you did something, and for some reason there’s always been something that didn’t ring right with this for me. I can’t put my finger on what it is, though. It somehow feels like a cop-out, a way to skirt around all the difficult issues, kind of like a #NotAllMen of exercise advice  – like you’re being told, “well, why don’t you just do what little you are able to, and eventually you will get better, what’s the big deal, no problematic can of worms to open or sort through here, neeeeext. So, anyway, I was wondering for your perspective on fat fitness and your journey getting where you are.

I’m not exactly sure what’s bothering you about this approach (do you think it’s patronizing?) but I think this is great advice, actually. One of the most harmful misconceptions about exercise and/or healthy lifestyle plans is that it has to be GO BIG OR GO HOME. You have to EAT KALE, NOTHING BUT KALE. RUN TEN MILES. LIFT WEIGHTS TILL YOU PUKE, ALMOST PASS OUT, NEVER EAT CARBS AGAIN.

It’s attitudes like that which make people FAIL at lifestyle changes.

The single most important thing about your plan - whatever plan you choose - is that it has to be SUSTAINABLE. If you go all-out whole-hog, you can’t sustain it. You stop, feel awful, regain any weight you lost plus more. This is the cycle. 

Start small. Make one change, sustain it for a few weeks. It could be just to drink more water, or walk for a half an hour every other day. It could be even less. It should be sustainable for whatever fitness level you are at. If you are at a fitness level that your sustainable activity is to walk to the mailbox and back every day then that is what you should do. But if you are able to sustain it, eventually what is sustainable will change. You will be able to sustain more.

You have to do what you are able to do in a way that encourages you to continue. If what you’re doing is so painful and draining that you can hardly bear to force yourself to do it, you’re doing it wrong. If your exercise program makes you feel like you’re about to vomit and pass out, it’s not your exercise program. Sustainability is WAY more important than intensity. Anybody can browbeat themselves into going super intense for a week. But can you keep that up for six months? Probably not.

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