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This is Geography

Hello Residents of 6 West, I hope you are having a great last week of classes.  I know you all are busy but I wanted to give you all a snapshot of what you missed last night.  Last night was the last meeting for the series This is Geography for the semester.  The series This is Geography is a lecture once a month by a Geography professor about geography.  If you are interested in attending, let me know and we can go next semester.!

Last night Geography Professor, Dr. Underwood was the presenter.  He went on to talk about how glaciers affected how landscaped were formed, including forming lakes and rivers.  He pointed out that here in southwestern Wisconsin, there were no glaciers to come through.  Dr. Underwood then talked about how they take samples from the soil to figure out what type of landscape was there long ago.  For example, if there was corn pollen in the soil, that would mean there was a high population of people in that area for that time period.

The other interesting fact that was learned was about grass.  Have you ever been on a slip in slide and be going so fast that you overshoot the end of the slide and cut yourself on the grass?  That is because grass has these little microscopic rocks attached to them that can cut the skin.

Once again if you have any interest in going next semester please let me know and we can make a wing event out of it.  Also make sure you are studying hard and have a great end to the semester!

  • Austin

Basketball Game

Hello Residents of 6 west!  I hope you all had a great weekend.  Just to let you all know some of us went to the men’s  basketball game this past Friday for their first game of the year and they won! Thank you for coming everyone who came.  If you didn’t come don’t worry, there will be many for games through the rest of this semester and the next!
– Austin 

Stop the Hate

Good evening Residents of 6 West.  This past Tuesday night I went to Stop the Hate.  You’ve heard me talk about it before, but Stop the Hate is a group on Campus that wants to eliminate hate and bias incidents here on campus.  During this session we talked about hate music and symbols.  The reason why we should all know what these sound and look like.  This way we are able to spot them if we hear or see them.  For example, did you know a spider web could be a hate group symbol?  This also goes for when you want to get a tattoo.  You should do your research before you decide to get a tattoo.

If you all have any questions or concerns about hate music or symbols please let me know.  Also if you see any hate symbols or hear any hate music, please let an RA know right away.

  • Austin

Geography Presentation

Hello Residents of 6 West.  I hope all of you had a great week 10!  This past week a couple residents and I went to a geography presentation this past week.  This session was lectured by Dr. Todd Stradford and it was regarding Japan’s hurricanes; especially the hurricane of March 11, 2011.  Below is a little summery from of the lecture in case you weren’t able to make it.

First Dr. Stradford talked about the reason why Japan has so many hurricanes.  The reason why is because Japan sits right in line with four tectonic plates.  Which, on average, can move up to nine cm per year.  Since there is so much movement, this creates many earthquakes.  When you add water and earthquakes, it results in powerful hurricanes.  These powerful hurricanes cause catastrophic damage to Japan.  For example 5,000 people died in September 1959 due to a powerful hurricane.  Dr. Stradford showed an image of a huge rock/hillside which showed how far up the rock/hill the water was.  The water level was around 15 m high.  The main hurricane that Dr. Stradford talked about happened on March 11, 2011.  It started with an earthquake so powerful that it reached a 9.1 magnitude on the Richter scale.  Out at sea the waves were only 1 to 3 meters, so some people were not worried about it.  Especially because they had 3 walls that were built at 10 meters high to protect against hurricanes.  The waves became so high that they were way over the three walls and one of them was completely destroyed.  Compared to the hurricane of 1959 that was 15 m up on the rock/hillside; the 2011 hurricane was over the rock/hillside completely.  But there were significantly less casualties.

If you are interested there is still one more lecture in December.  I plan on taking as many people that wants to come.  If you are interested please let me know!

  • Austin

Sail boats 

Hello Residents of 6 West.  I hope you all are having a great 9th week of classes.  There are just over 6 weeks left in the semester! Last night I put up some new door decs outside your doors.  What they are is one of the oldest ways to travel on the water, a sail boat.  A sail boat if you are unfamiliar, only travels by the wind pushing it’s sail.  There is no gas or engine therefore it is very environmentally friendly.  I hope you all enjoy them!

– Austin Hayes 

Stop the Hate

Hello Residents of 6 West,

Last Wednesday I was at the Stop the Hate session.  If you are unfamiliar about what Stop the Hate is, it is a meeting once or twice a month that discusses fighting bais and hate crime on college campuses.  I highly recommend going to these event because they are a great source of information.  

This week we learned a bunch if things.  We learned that most hate crimes are not committed in the deep South, hate crimes are not only a black/white issue, hate crimes against gay men and lesbians are generally non violent, and hate crimes laws are not uniform among the states.  Four states, Wyoming, Georgia, South Carolina, and Arkansas do not have any hate crime laws.  

We also learned that hate crime are statistically more likely to be commited by teenage boys, victims of hate crimes usually are more likely to need hospitalization or medical care as a result of the crime and most hate crimes are motivated by race.  

If you see or you feel like you have been a target of hate or bias please let Dakota and myself know right away so we can’t start our protical. 

– Austin Hayes 

Senior Night for Volleyball

Hello Residents of 6 West,  thank you to some of you who came out to the volleyball game last night for Senior Night.  I know that the past couple of weeks have been really rough with homework and test; but I hope that you were able to relax and take some stress out watching the game!  For though who did not go, the Platteville Volleyball team lost to Oshkosh 3 sets to none.  If you missed out don’t worry, we’ll be able to go to more sporting events throughout the semester for fun, and to help us de-stress  from class!

Stop the Hate & Volleyball

Hello Residents of 6 West!  This Wednesday there are two great events going on.  The first is called Stop the Hate.  Stop the Hate’s mission is to end hate and bias on our campus and is a great event to go to.  The event starts at 6, so I will be meeting people in the 6th floor lobby (right outside the kitchen by the chairs) to walk people over and attend the event.  The other great event that is happening is Volleyball which starts right after stop the hate.  So after Stop the Hate I will walk over anyone who wants to go to the volleyball game.  If you just want to go to the volleyball game please meet us outside the PAC at 6:55 by the sculpture.  I hope that you all are able to attend!

  • Austin

Walking to Class

Hello Resident of 6 West, happy have way point!  We are officially halfway done with the semester.  Just to let you all know if you are interested, every Monday some residents and I walk into campus together instead of riding the bus.  This is a great way to get the blood pumping, especially for those early Monday classes.  If you ever want to walk with me to campus, just wait in the floor lobby (outside the kitchen where the chairs are).  Again way to make it to the half way point of the semester!

  • Austin