Wednesday, October 15, 2008

Eco-themed Halloween costume ideas

If anyone is still looking for a good costume idea for Halloween, here are some that Umbra suggested in her weekly advice column on  (Some of you may have already seen this, but I thought it was amusing and that it might be of interest.) :    

Al Gore bitten by polar bear. Find Al Gore mask (eBay?) or pomade hair and add cardboard armature to chin area. Attach stuffed polar animal by mouth to humorous body area of your choosing.

CFL bulb. Wear shiny white body suit and electrify hair in some way (Bride of Frank wig?). Build CFL filament around yourself, using white foam tubes, stuffed white fabric/socks, or white balloons.

Prius owner. Dress in clean, tasteful clothing and walk around with contented air, holding Prius key casually at chin level (paint small matchbox black and write "Prius" in shiny letters or, if you have actual Prius, write "Prius" on key). Stuff pockets to overflowing with money saved on gas.

Landfill. Don dun clothing with the following attached by tape or thread: lots of garbage, toy bulldozer, seagulls, trash pickers, or, for international credit, houses.

Glacier in 2050. Carry glass of water.

The nation's highways. Wear black, put yellow stripes down your middle. Add local humor with toy vehicles, signs, and figurines referencing specific transportation dilemma.

 Here's the link, if you want to



Minutes – 14 October, 2008

As requested, here are the minutes . . . posted on the coblog!  I guess people can ask questions about them here if they have them.  

Event announcements . . . mark your calendars!  

  1. This Thursday, October 16 (TOMORROW) @ City Hall (1101 Poyntz Avenue) 6-8pm 
    Open house to discuss bicycling in Manhattan!  We all want Manhattan to be more bicycle friendly, so this is your chance to have your voice heard and your presence noted.  Go, go, go. 

  2. Friday, October 17 from 9-2 in the quad on campus 
    Farm Club (Harvesters of Environmental Sustainability) will be holding a Farmer's Market.  And apparently they WILL be selling sweet potatoes, thank goodness.  

  3. Saturday, October 18 – also with the Farm Club, another farm help day and camp out!  
    Starting at around 10am and throughout the whole day and night, come help and camp out and have a lot of fun!  

  4. So we've got a spot in the Homecoming Parade, and we decided at the meeting that we're going to go for it!  . . . Which means we have to make a float now!  We threw around a couple of ideas at the meeting – including an Earth made out of recycled materials, or a field with wind turbines on it.  Sound awesome?  I thought so.  Come to the meeting next Tuesday (October 21) a little early and help work on the float.  We'll be there starting at 6pm and just stay through the meeting.  

  5. November 19 – VegPledge!  Think about signing it – see Laura's email from October 11 for more information.  
    Here's the petition and also check out the Facebook event.  

Some other announcements:  

  1. SEA is in need of a Fundraiser!  Lani has opted to step down from that position due to busy-ness with school and other responsibilities.  
    Here's the description of the position:  "The Fundraiser chair will coordinate fundraising activities and research new and creative recycled fundraising merchandise to sell at any of the social functions or Union tabling."  There are the usual crafts (recycled notebooks, hemp bracelets, bottle cap magnets, etc.)  The fundraiser also usually plans a craft party each semester.  

    This is a great opportunity to be more involved in the club.  This position also allows you to be as creative as you want to be.  Think about it, if anyone is interested, come to next week's meeting or send Zack ( an email. We'll probably hold nominations and elections soon.  

  2. The Udall Scholarship is available for college sophomores and juniors (or any students who have at least another year of school) 
    Around 85 scholarships are awarded each year to students interested in environmental or Native American health.  If anyone wants more info, talk to Ben (  

  3. Use the coblog!  See Andrew's email from this morning if you're having any trouble with it.  

Until next week,