Category Archives: Animal Rights

Virunga: Saving the Congo

Last Thursday, the First Year Council began its series of documentaries with the film Virunga. Covering over 3,000 square miles high in the jungles of the Congo sits Virunga, Africa’s oldest national park, home to the last of the endangered mountain gorillas. The park’s headquarters are situated in Rumangabo, where an orphanage holds the only captive mountain gorillas in the world, which were rescued as babies from poachers who had killed the adult gorillas. These orphaned gorillas are cared for in the hopes that they will one day be ready to return to the wild and join the other gorilla populations. Continue reading Virunga: Saving the Congo

Marching Forward Together

A few weeks ago, Reverend Barber came to speak at the Stone Center. His deep voice resonated throughout the auditorium as spoke of The Third Reconstruction that is beginning to unfold in America. He urged us, young college students, to join the movement, to lead to movement, and invited us to attend The Historic Thousands on Jones Street moral march on February 13th. There, the day before Valentine’s Day, North Carolinians from across the state gathered to march for love and for justice, Forward Together, Not One Step Back. Continue reading Marching Forward Together

To Those Considering Suicide


You are deserving of love and belonging.

You are needed in this world because someone needs you to be exactly who you are. 

You are not weak. You are not dramatic. You are not “crazy.” 

You are not alone.


To those wanting to prevent suicide, consider this: 

Every 40 seconds, someone in the world dies by suicide, and on college campuses last year, there were about 1100 suicides. Upon further analysis, suicide is the 2nd highest killer of young adults – almost 6% of undergrads consider suicide, yet half do not tell anyone of their ideation.  Continue reading To Those Considering Suicide

Famished Polar Bear and the Bigger Picture: Climate Change

Image: Kerstin Langenberger Photography via Facebook
Image: Kerstin Langenberger Photography via Facebook

Over the past few weeks, a picture of a skinny, famished polar bear has circulated social media platforms and even headlined at major news networks such as CNN. The photographer of the striking image, Kerstin Langenberger, posted the photo in August. She took the photo off the coast of Svalbard, a Norwegian archipelago located north of the Arctic Circle. As the photo has circulated, it has offered wildlife experts, climate change scientists, researchers, and ordinary people the chance to voice their opinions. Is climate change to blame for this polar bear’s health? Is the polar bear simply sick, or old? Who or what is to blame here? Why should I care about climate change? Continue reading Famished Polar Bear and the Bigger Picture: Climate Change