Last year Stonehill's Activism Club worked diligently on a campaign to get the College to phase out unnecessary budget spending on bottled water and recently, the group organized an event which celebrated the successful completion of that campaign while educating the community on global water issues.
Deemed "Waterfest 2011," the event featured games, performances, and demonstrations by multiple students groups on campus, which all collaborated with the Activism Club. The event drew over 150 members of the Stonehill Community.
"The purpose of the event was to generate awareness about global water issues from multiple angles. It's not something people think about because it's not something that confronts them every day, but in all corners of the world the issue of not having access to fresh, clean water is becoming more prevalent and it's something we need to be thinking about," said Activism Club President Carolyn Berninger '13.
Student groups that collaborated with the Activism Club for the event included the Africa Service Project, The Moore Center for Gender Equity, the PreDental Society, the Stonehill College Democrats, Students in Free Enterprise (SIFE), Students for Environmental Action (SEA), and the Honors Principles of Environmental Science class.
Think Outside the Bottle reusable water bottles were handed out to students, faculty, staff that visited the event's nine stations. Participants then decorated the bottles and filled them with tap water at a water bar, which included lemons, limes, and other fruits and flavors to dress up a glass of water.
The Activism Club ran a Tap Water Challenge which allowed students to test their taste, choosing between three brand name waters and tap water. The challenge saw just 11 out of nearly 100 students correctly identify tap water.
"There really is no difference. I actually think tap water tastes better than bottled in most cases. I couldn't figure out which was tap in the challenge," said Kristen Kelly '13.
"I saw new and unexpected faces at this event, and as people were leaving they were telling me interesting facts about water and were excited to share their new knowledge," said Domenique Ciavattone '13, secretary of the Activism Club.
"People were opening their minds and learning while having fun. That was all we had hoped for!"
For more on Stonehill's decision to phase out unnecessary spending on bottled water, visit here.
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