Update: Take Back the Tap

After a meeting with Chef Peter, exciting updates are on the horizon for the Take Back the Tap campaign. Unless specifically requested, bottled water will no longer be offered at catering events, including staff and faculty meetings. Because these events often present an opportunity to get bottled water for free, many people who usually do not buy it may be inclined. Pitchers of filtered water will be offered instead, kicking the plastic habit and promoting tap water.

Bottled water has also been pulled from Java Joint this week in a trial run of discontinuing its sale from our friendly neighborhood coffee shop. Demand, not a contract, is the only obstacle standing in the way of Beloit becoming a bottled-water-free campus. How students respond to the effort this week may mark the beginning of the end for bottled water in Pearson’s. Come show your support and sign the TBTT pledge posted in Java Joint!



Just a reminder – anyone interested in helping out with the campaign is welcome to contact Hana Skoblow at skoblowh@beloit.edu. The more allies, the merrier.


ECO CHALLENGE OF THE WEEK!!!! Minimize your electronic usage (facebook, cellphones, unplug chargers, turn off lights, use the hibernate function on your computer, use a computer that is a campus computer rather than your own, etc.) Come to next week’s meeting and share with us some of the changes that you made!


***9 PM PLANNING MEETINGS ON SUNDAY!*** Everyone is invited to come! Our doors our open!

  • Wright Reading Club – Volunteer’s needed to read with first graders at the Wright Elementary School on Tuesdays and Thursdays 2:40-4:15. Contact parsonsk@beloit.edu if you are interested!
  • Belfast Off Campus Spending – Funding is VERY low right now, about $4500 – so be wary of this low budget if you have and Off Campus plans in mind
  • OEC Funding Proposal – Ethnic Studies Conference – $30 – $50
  • OEC Funding Proposal – Book Across the Bay – $30 – $50
  • Real Food Road Trip – Friday 4pm in OEC meet ‘n greet the ladies! Sat @2pm in Science center 250 Corporation Food Break Down + Justice in the Food System presentation followed by Strategic Campaign Planning! Look here for more info!
  • Take Back the Tap – Contact Hannah for more details…
  • The Diva Tampaign – SUBMIT YOUR ADVERTISEMENTS – New deadline 2/15
  • Close your windows says John Winkelmann, we don’t want our heaters to freeze!
  • Summer Internship Opportunity – Community Garden Partnership with Community Action. Stay in Beloit for the summer and help with a community garden on Porter Avenue in the Merrill Neighborhood. Email contact for more info: mgosselar@community-action.org

OET Election Results

  • Fun FacilitatorSteven
  • Leaders:
    • Leader-ish of Leader-ishsBrian
    • Activism LeaderSierra
    • Outdoor Leader –  Jon
  • SecretariesClarakate
  • Financial Access LiaisonJon
  • Equipment Manager Tommy and/or India


  • Divas and Desserts – GOGA (Girl on Girl Action) is putting on a Diva Cup workshop in the Intercultural Center this Sunday @ 8pm. Go and learn about the benefits of the Diva Cup…AND yes, there will be a real live Diva Cup raffled off! Spread the wealth!
  • The Tampaign – Remember to submit an advertisement or cool piece of art to promote the DIVA to Elizabeth Makarewicz by 2/2!
  • Real Food Road Trip – Workshops here on campus to learn about slower and real-er food! They will be here from February 3rd-6th to tell us as much as we can possible hear about the food movement.
  • Elections – NEXT WEEK 2/2 (think about running for a position! secretary? treasurer? snack maker? light shutter-offer?)
  • Book Across the Bay – Ski Trip on the 19th of February at 6pm. Book it across a big bay in northern Wisconsin (Ashland) for a 10k race!
  • Spring Break Camping Trip – Start brain stormin’! (Smokies, Shenandoah Section of AT, Monongahela National Forest in West Virginia, Hoosier National Forest in Indiana, Badlands?)
  • Farmer Panel – Slow Food Club is putting together a panel of local-ish farmers. Stay tuned!
  • Inter-Disarmament – All day workshop on Sunday (1/30) from 1pm-5pm – Learn about non-violent  communication – $5
  • XC Skiing tomorrow at Turtle Creek – 8am, come to OEC!
  • Slow Food Campus Wide Mexican Dinner – Sunday 5-7 at OEC – BYO plates and utensils! Come support Slow Food Club!

Welcome back everyone to the OET…I mean the OEC!


  • Lincoln Maclean will be presenting at next week’s OEC meeting (Wed. 26th)! He is an former Beloit student and will be telling us all about Camp Manitowish in Boulder Junction, Wisconsin. Come to learn more!
  • OEC Elections will take place on (Wed. March 2nd)!

Current projects

  • The Garden in the OEC backyard – This semester we will begin seeding and planting. Other potential opportunities: herbs, plant sales, etc.
  • The Tampaign – A competition for who can design the best Diva Cup advertisement. Do it up and show your Diva passion! 🙂 If you don’t know what a Diva Cup is,  check it out here! The deadline for the poster advertisement will be Wednesday, February 2nd.
  • Take Back the Tap – A campaign to promote tap water on campuses across the United States. Last semester, Clara Baker led an awareness campaign on campus about the benefits of tap water/detriments of bottled water. This semester Hannah Skoblow will be taking up the campaign by trying to eliminate bottled water from Beloit Campus. Contact Hannah if you are interested in participating and helping out!
  • The Revolving Loan Fund – This fund is an account that Beloit faculty, staff, and students can apply for to introduce environmentally friendly modifications on Beloit Campus. If you have any ideas contact Sierra Anseeuw for more information about the application!
  • Composting on campus! Contact Steven Jackson for more information.
    • Composting Locations: Peace house, OEC, Spanish House, Music/Art House, and one is in storage
    • To do:
      • Form a small committee to focus in on the Composting Project and deal with the following issues.
      • There is an extra compost bin and we need to develop an action plan for this extra bin.
      • Action plan as to when/where to compost.
  • Climbing – Thomas Davis will be planning trips to Madison to go climbing in an indoor facility during the winter. For details on dates and times, stay tuned. In the spring, climbing trips to Devil’s Lake will be planned. Get pumped! Stay tuned!
  • OEC Spring Break Trip – Be thinking about where you’d like to go! The OEC has a lot of really great equipment to use for these trips, so bring your ideas to upcoming meetings.
  • Beloit Boating Club – Contact Carrie Hatcher for information about a spring break sailing trip in the Florida Keys!

Other things to think about:

  • Soap making?
  • Simple lifestyle changes to try and be more sustainable on a day to day basis

Food jobs

Hi all,

Winter break is a great time to start looking for things to do in the summer. Or if you are like me, an alum/senior, it’s also a good time to start looking for jobs!! Eeek. With this in mind, I have done a little web browsing and I found this helpful website for people interested in working on food related issues.


Check, ch-check, ch-check, ch-check it out.

HaPpY Holidays,

It’s a busy time of year and consumption is on overdrive! Here are just a few small, simple tips about how you could reduce your impact this season!
Wrapping paper: consider using the Sunday comics (colorful) or coloring weekday comics. Other ideas: old maps, magazines, posters, brown bags, etc.!
*Push for proper recycling of any eligible wrapping paper/ gift packaging!
Certified Fair Trade coffee, teas and chocolates make great gifts!
-Womanly items: Tis the season for divas everywhere! Consider limiting your environmental impact by asking for a Diva cup or other alternative menstrual products as  a gift, or give one to a special woman in your life!
Gifting plants: Head to a local nursery or garden store and plant something in a used pot or give a beautiful already grown plant! Indoor potted herb starters are great and delicious.
-Shopping– remember canvas or reusable bags- to the mall or the grocery store. Carpool with friends or fam when possible.
Electronics: Buy gifts that don’t require batteries!
-Recycled DIY: make candles out of old melted down candles, journal out of an old book.
Laura Rocek offers, “a couple alternative kind of gifts I was thinking about- food, kind of a classic, but can include the recipe to share the skill, and on a similar note, how bout give someone homemade gift (knit, pottery, jewelery, etc) and teach the person skill if they don’t know how, plus giving a pair needles or whatever to encourage that kind of activity.”
Amelia Tarpey has some great ideas, too, “Get gifts at second hand stores! Or buy gifts at Go Green type stores- I got my sister a razor made out of recycled yogurt cups and my parents a “toilet tummy” to help save water when you flush. Or another idea is getting energy efficient light bulbs as gifts 🙂 And buy local!!”
Wbatever you buy, I hope you have a fun, safe break and hopefully it isn’t too cold to enjoy the outdoors where ever you may be!
(ps if you have any more ideas, please send them to me and I’ll put them up! bakerc@beloit.edu)
  1. IMPORTANT!!! – No OEC meeting next Wednesday. Instead, head on ova to Wilson Theater at 7:30 to watch Blue Gold.
  2. Sunday 14th @ 2pm. ~ Garden Clean-up to put the OEC garden to bed. Come help!
  3. Taylor Bixby is amazing.
  4. December 3-5 ~ Winter Backpacking at Kettle Moraine. Contact Tim Lawrence for more details. 10 spots! Let him know if you’re interested!
  5. Over the past few days, this really cool dude named Lawrence Biemiller, a writer for The Chronicle for Higher Education, has been roaming around Beloit trying to learn as much about the community as possible. He is on a cross country trip to learn all about college towns in the US and what makes them unique. You should all check out his blog updates. He will be writing a post about the co-op on campus. YAY! Check it out here.

Parker Gassett’s Symposium Presentation – “Rediscovering our Oceans” – Go see his symposium presentation on Wednesday the 17th  at the Science Center in room 150 at 3:45!!!