Comet Cupboard for Hungry Students

Submitted by Tristan Dorn

College students often run into financial difficulty. According to study performed by Ohio State University, 70 percent of college students have monetary problems. While this study focused on the impact of loans and monthly expenses as a whole, living on a tight budget can have very real implications on a financially-stretched student’s daily life.

Here at UTD, there is a resource available to students who are in a bind and need a little assistance to help them get to their next pay day or toward a better financial situation. The Comet Cupboard is a food pantry that runs off of the monetary and itemized donations from students, staff, and members of the community. It offers nonperishable food and personal care items to all students free of charge. This service can be used twice a week to help our classmates, peers, or even ourselves make ends’ meet.

The Comet Cupboard is located in MC 1.604, in the basement of the McDermott Library, and it is open to students Monday-Friday from 12pm-6pm during the regular academic session.

 

To make a donation, Comet Cupboard has drop off locations throughout campus:

Multicultural Center, Student Services Building SSB 2.400

Office of Stem & Research, Founders Building FO 3.118 (Drop Box outside of office)

Information Resources, ROC (Main hallway of second floor)

Comet Cupboard, McDermott Library MC 1.604 (Drop box outside of Comet Cupboard)

Comet Cupboard Office MC 1.302 (SSC Suite)

Submitted by Tristan Dorn

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The New “Great Pea Souper”

Submitted by Tristan Dorn

Are you concerned about air pollution? Many Texas natives are familiar with the concept of an “ozone level” which tracks the amount of ground level ozone. We are familiar with spending recess inside during our days in grade school because it was an “ozone day.” According to Ozoneaware.org, ozone at ground level is a type of pollutant that results from heat and emissions, and it can cause difficulty breathing or exacerbate respiratory symptoms. This familiar circumstance is not the only component of air pollution. Additionally, the battle against consequences of pollution is not a new war.

In fact, on December 4, 1952, London became covered in deadly smog, known as a “pea souper,” for 4 days. The air was so dense that visibility was significantly reduced and the sun was almost completely blocked out by the dense, dark air. People couldn’t see their feet when they walked and public transportation was forced to halt due to the dangerous conditions. During this time an estimate of 4,000 to 12,000 people died as a result of air pollution and respiratory symptoms caused by the smog. This prompted the passing of the Clean Air Act of 1956 by the Parliament in London, which created restrictions and guidelines regarding coal use and pollutant emissions within the city.

However, managing air pollution continues to be a mainstay issue among many political circles. On January 23, 2017, London released its first “very high” pollution warning throughout the city. Despite the efforts of the Clean Air act established more than 60 years ago. According to CNN, many countries, such as China, Russia, and India also continue to struggle with pollution. A study performed by the Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development estimates that “outdoor air pollution could cost the world a whopping $2.6 trillion a year, or 1% of the global GDP, by 2060.”

While these economic costs are staggering, the estimate of pollution leading to as many at 9 million premature deaths by that time, really hits home. Another article published by CNN predicted that current estimates attribute 3 million premature deaths each year due to exposure to air pollution, with levels increasing to 6.6 million premature deaths yearly by 2050. The article clearly explains that outdoor pollution does not only include industrial pollution and traffic emissions, but it also includes residential causes, such as heating and cooking sources.

The levels of air pollution around the world are contributing to the growing development of a whole new global “Pea Souper.” Although the emissions are not always visible as smog or cloudy puffs of smoke released through tall chimneys, the effects of air pollution are real and tangible, even if the source often is not.

 

Resource:

http://ozoneaware.org/what/

http://www.history.com/this-day-in-history/smog-kills-thousands-in-england

http://www.history.com/news/the-killer-fog-that-blanketed-london-60-years-ago

http://money.cnn.com/2017/01/24/news/economy/london-air-pollution-alert/index.html

http://money.cnn.com/2016/06/10/news/economy/economic-cost-air-pollution/index.html

Medical District Express Route

Hi Comets!

Today is the first day of the Medical District Express Route, piloted by Parking and Transportation and the Office of the Provost. This Comet Cruiser route will make stops at UT Southwestern, Parkland Hospital, Callier Center Dallas, the Center for Brain Health, and the Center for Vital Longevity. For more information, visit:

http://www.utdallas.edu/services/transit/cruiser/

This route operates Monday through Friday. As of now it’s only a pilot route, so the number of riders this semester will determine whether this service will continue in future semesters.