Let’s Ride the Waves to Cleaner Beaches

By: Carsen Ott, Alexander Burgos, Pedro Juan Vazquez & Joan Rivera

Whether you are a surfer, swimmer, or just like to tan on the beach, we all enjoy the beaches, oceans, and waves of Puerto Rico.  With the help of Surfrider Foundation and the opportunities they provide, anyone can do their part to keep Puerto Rico’s beaches and the ocean a clean place for everyone to enjoy.  Becoming a member of Surfrider is an easy and fun way to get involved in your community and you’ll feel great about helping the environment.

The first Surfrider Foundation was established in Malibu, California in 1984 by a group of surfers.  They began as a small group by protesting threats towards their Malibu Point surf break.  Today, there are over 50,000 members in 80 different chapters worldwide spanning from Florida to Brazil to Japan.

The Surfrider Foundation chapters are the heart and soul of the Surfrider Foundation.  They act locally to protect their community’s coast.  If you love your oceans, waves and beaches you too can volunteer with your nearest local chapter in Rincón, Puerto Rico.

On an island as precious and small as Puerto Rico, environmental degradation is more than evident.  With mass amounts of tourists and developers interested in coastal property, development has increased at an alarming rate.  However, many have not realized the negative effects of this development and how detrimental to marine life, extreme coastal erosion and water pollution.

“The water quality is especially alarming in Rincón,” says Rincón chapter intern Nathan Clark, “people are swimming and surfing in highly contaminated water.”  To find the source, water testing must be done, which can be quite expensive.  However, with the help of volunteers and member funds, Surfrider can figure out the source of contamination and how to fight it head on.

Surfrider Foundation Rincón chapter as a fun, collective and alternative way to keep Puerto Rico’s environment clean, healthy and preserved for future generations.  After attending one monthly meeting and getting to know the wonderful, progressive, and fun the people and events and activities are, you will understand how important you’re involvement is and how enjoyable it can be saving the environment.

There are so many opportunities to help through Surfrider that other environmental organizations don’t offer.  Inten Clark lists some of these, “Surfrider stages activities such as pot-lucks, paddle-outs, concerts, beach clean-ups, boat rides, and snorkeling and scuba diving to clean the reef.  They are all attended by lots of awesome people who really care about the wellbeing of Puerto Rico’s beautiful surroundings.”

Surfrider Foundation Rincón chapter is a fun, collective and alternative way to keep Puerto Rico’s environment clean, healthy and preserved for future generations.  After attending one monthly meeting and getting to know the wonderful, progressive, and fun the people and events and activities are, you will understand how important you’re involvement is and how enjoyable it can be saving the environment.

Through becoming involved with Surfrider Foundation you will feel great about doing your part to save Puerto Rico’s beautiful island.  You will make fun and environmentally conscious friends, enjoy outdoor activities with people like yourself, do your part to protect one of the most visited places of recreation, the beaches.  You will also stand out from the crowd engaging in new and alternative experiences.

Wess Merten, chairperson of the Rincón chapter explains how important volunteers are to the success of the environmental campaigns that Surfrider are fighting to pass.  “Volunteers are the backbone of everything we do.  Without their help, triumphs like the Salva Tres Palmas campaign – turning Tres Palmas into the first marine reserve on the mainland of Puerto Rico – could never have happened.”

If the following environmental goals sound important and interesting to you, Surfrider Foundation Rincón is the perfect volunteer opportunity!  The strategic goals are as follows:

  1. Stop human interruption of natural beach processes.
  2. Improve coastal water quality.
  3. Ensure healthy coastal ocean ecosystems.
  4. Protect waves.
  5. Secure universal, low-impact beach access.
  6. Motivate a global movement of care for coasts.
  7. Attain our vision through chapter-based activism – focus on community involvement.

With volunteers helping in new and exciting ways by becoming members of Surfrider, it is possible to become a huge part in the push for environmental acknowledgment and appreciation by making beaches be recognized as important ecosystems that bridge the land-sea boundary and promoting the protection of surfing areas and other recreational amenities so that Puerto Rico’s beaches will be healthy and unpolluted for future generations.

By becoming a member of Surfrider you are eligible to receive great benefits.  These include 1 year’s worth of Surfrider Foundation’s award-winning publication, Making Waves, discounts at a number of retailers and restaurants, membership stickers, and a special Surfrider Foundation t-shirt.  However, above all, you will feel the satisfaction of enjoying outdoors activities with people like yourself.

How You Can Become Involved in The Surfrider Foundation Rincón!

  1. Attend a Monthly Meeting held on the first Thursday of every month at Rincón’s public beach.
  2. Sign up and volunteer for one of the many events or activities held throughout the month.
  3. Sign up to be on Surfrider’s mailing list to receive emails about events.
  4. Become a member.
  5. Make a donation.
  6. Gift a donation.
  7. Visit The Surfrider Foundation Rincón’s website to learn more: http://www.surfrider.org/rincon

A link to our powerpoint presentation: https://engl3268.files.wordpress.com/2009/05/surfrider2.ppt

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Drug and Alcohol Use in College Students is Not a Joke, It’s Reality

Drug and Alcohol Use in College Students is Not a Joke, It’s Reality

By: Jean Carlos Meléndez Degró

         A typical Thursday night in Mayagüez and a first-year student decides to go to Bosque Street to spend some time with his friends. On the way there, they found tons of pubs and his friends decide to have some drinks. This student, not accustomed to go to these places, is easily convinced by one of his friends to drink one beer.

         Since it was the first time he was going to drink, he takes the beer and in no time finishes it, looking for another one instantly. Three beers later, he is drunk and making a fool of himself without knowing anything that he’s doing.

         The next day, he doesn’t remember anything that happened, and because of it he forgets the test that he had on Friday morning.

         Many students in the university are experiencing this same situation. Convinced by his friends to drink or to use drugs, students are leaving university behind and are focusing only in the day of hanging out, without knowing the effects that the use of these substances can leave them in the future.

         Alcohol is a legal substance that is sold in bars and in stores everywhere. Considered a drug because of the dependence it causes, alcohol has become a central part of a student’s life. If it is used excessively, it affects the central nervous system, the kidney, and the liver. People who use alcohol usually are not conscious about what they do and sometimes they become angered, since alcohol is a depressive.

 

          Drugs, on the other hand, are legal or illegal substances that have different effects in your body. Legal drugs such

Drugs are almost everywhere, students should be conscious that these substances are not good for them.

Drugs are almost everywhere, students should be conscious that these substances are not good for them.

as Ritalin, Xanax and Rohypnol and illegal drugs like marijuana, cocaine and ecstasy are becoming of frequent use among students. Most of these substances stimulate your body while others calm your body. Marijuana, for example, makes people feel relaxed and less stressed; ecstasy, on the contrary, makes people feel energetic.

 

            These drugs along with alcohol are being used by students in such a way that their lifestyles and studies are being affected greatly.

         “Most of the students become drug or alcohol users because the time they don’t know about these substances,” says Virgen S. Aponte Avellanet, director of the Better Lifestyles Office in UPRM, pointing that peer pressure, low self esteem, and depression lead students to use drugs or alcohol.

        “I had had students here that didn’t know what happened to them the night before,” adds Aponte, saying that this happens because students are becoming irresponsible when they hang out. Also she mentioned that students are bein

Students usually party or hangout, and when they do so, most of them use alcohol.

Students usually party or hangout, and when they do so, most of them use alcohol.

g raped, assaulted, or even abused by people that are known or unknown to them.

          But what its affected greatly is the student’s development in the university. In a survey made by the Core Institute, an organization that surveys college drinking practices, almost one-third of college students admit to having missed at least one class because of their alcohol or drug use, and nearly one-quarter of students report bombing a test or project because of the aftereffects of drinking or doing drugs.

       “When students use illegal substances or alcohol, they normally get low development in classes, and they can’t concentrate well,” points Aponte. Also, psychologist Norma I. Morales Cruz, who works in the counseling office of the UPRM, adds that “drugs affect the grades and focus in classes.”

          Similarly drugs affect the student’s lifestyle. Students involved in drugs and alcohol can develop personality disorders that affect not only their relations with family, but also the relations with friends and roommates.

         One can notice if a student uses drugs or alcohol because of their appearance and behavior. They usually are “in space,” and are easily distracted. Also they go to the university with the first clothes they found, without shaving, and sometimes even with the same clothes they had the day before.

         But alcohol and drugs doesn’t only affect students physically, it also affects them economically. According to the survey of the Core Institute, the average student spends about $900 on alcohol or drugs each year.  This, compared to the money spent in university materials, such as books, are higher, showing that for students, alcohol and drugs are becoming part of their daily life.

         Alcohol and drug use has a solution. Students don’t have to use them to be “in” or “cool.” If a student really wants to help himself or herself to accomplish each and every one of their goals, they cannot forget that goals are first. Using alcohol or drugs reduces the probability of a student accomplishing what they once dreamed for.

          If students don’t become conscious about the problems drugs and alcohol are bringing them most would end dropping university, and all the hard work made throughout the years so they could go to college would go to waste. If they still use drugs when they drop out, some could end dead or with psychological problems, because once a person becomes addicted to a substance, it is hard to break the habit.

          So, the next time you hangout and one of your “friends” offers you drugs or alcohol learn to say no and to have control over yourself. With the power that you possess internally you can change the way your friends think about drug and alcohol and at the same time you can make a whole community change their thoughts regarding these substances.

          If you think that you have drug or alcohol problems, or a friend of yours is dealing with them, don’t forget that in the university there are people waiting for you and your friend, like the Quality of Life Office, to bring help with these problems that are causing many students to lose what they once thought was going to be their future.

Here is the brochure made about the Quality of Life office:

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Atléticos of San Germán: A Team With Tradition

By: Jashira Torres

It is no secret to anyone that every year the citizens of the town of San German eagerly await the arrival of the National Superior Basketball season to attend the Coliseum Arquelio Torres Ramirez to see their team play. In this small village, located at the west of Puerto Rico, basketball is not considered just a sport, but also a way of life, it’s a legacy.
The team of the Atlèticos from San German emerged as a coincidence. At the end of the 20s, the team from the Interamerican University of San German (poly) practiced and played against a high school team, shockingly the game was won by the High School players. Clearly the high School players had more talent than the University, which pulled athletes from all parts of the island. After a press conference, that same high school team challenged another great school, this time from the metropolitan area. The sangermeños were victorious again and thus was formed the great team of the Atlèticos from San German said the former player Armando “Armandito” Torres.

San German’s team had several names before being called “Atlèticos”. The first name they had was “All San Germàn” due to the combination of high school and college players. After that, they were called the San Germàn Tigers, and even became the Athletes of Pharmacy Martìn, in honor of the oldest pharmacy in town expressed Carlos Carrero, former agent of the franchise of athletes. In 1938 the San German Tigers were joined with the Athletes of Pharmacy Martìn, forming what we know today as the team of the San Germàn Atlèticos.
According to the October 2008th edition of Basketball Madness, the San Germàn Atlèticos are the current team with more championships on the island. Taking a total of 14 championships and 11 sub-championships throughout the teams sporting career. That makes San Germàn worthy of the nickname “The Cradle of Basketball” as is popularly known through the world of amateur basketball.
The team of San Germàn has had great players of great fame, as the playmaker Eddie Casiano, Christian Dalmau, Josè ‘Piculin’ Ortiz, Manolo Cintròn, Gerald Lebrón, Arquelio Torres and others. This is what makes this team highly feared by the rest of the league. Other teams usually feel intimidated when they visit the stadium of the Monstruo Anaranjado (also popularly known, in honor of the colors of the uniform of the team), expressed Armandito Torres.
According to the website http://www.atleticos.org, Eddie Casiano is considered one of the best players of all time. He was part of Los nenes de San Germàn (popularly known by having so many young players that didn’t reach the age of 15 years). Casiano contributed greatly to achieving four championships and was a true team player for thirteen years.
San Germàn is not just a small town between the mountains of Puerto Rico, it’s much more than that, expressed the former player of the Athletics Eddie Casiano, who said that this town is known as the “City Founder of Towns” because it was the second city founded by Spain in Puerto Rico. The sport of basketball is a tradition for people in this town, who thoroughly enjoy all the games of the Atlèticos.
One of the best Puerto Rican basketball fans is undoubtedly the fans of the Atlèticos, who not only attend the local games in San German, but also most of the time travel the island to support their team. It’s impressive to see how the fans are interested in knowing what’s going on with the team, how they work as a benefit of athletes, thus demonstrating by that the interest on their team said, Carlos Carrero.
According to an article in the local mini-newspaper Paginas, not only inhabitants of the town of San German attend the games, but also people who live in bordering towns, as are Lajas, Cabo Rojo, Guanica, Sabana Grande and Hormigueros. They form a very large percentage of the Atleticos’s fans. “I currently live in Santa Isabel, but every time I get the chance, I plan a trip to San German. I try to catch a game of the Atlèticos, for me they are a cure for daily stress from the office,” express Josè Fores, a native engineer of San German, who resides in Santa Isabel because of his occupation.

San Germàn’s Atlèticos is full of history and tradition, it is really an ideal team for students from Colegio(UPRM) to follow together with the Indios of Mayagüez since they are two teams with excellent track record, said Josè Alexis Blanco, a physical education student at the University of Puerto Rico, Mayagüez Campus.
To attend the games of the Atlèticos is more than a sport, it is already a part of our culture, it comes as something genetic for the sangermeños, explained the Mayor Isidro Negron, smiling. “Un Atlètico no se quita Nuncaaaaaaaa” (An athletic never gives up, that’s the official saying of the Atlèticos), will you?

Bulliyng; Prevention and Consequences

Gruop Members: Shaimir Berrios, Edmee Cortes, Krystal Mertinez

By Shaimir Berrios

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Poster (PSA) Advertisement for bullying prevention

Poster (PSA) Advertisement for bullying prevention

A victims approach to Bullying

Group Members: Shaimir Berrios, Edmee Cortes, Krystal Martinez

By Krystal Martinez

A person that is constantly bullied suffers usually isolates himself from others.

A person that is constantly bullied suffers usually isolates himself from others.

Bullying was one of the main reasons, Carlos used to stay at home some days.

At school he was constantly teased, humiliated and left behind .At first he

used to ignore it all, but after a while it became impossible.

During most of his years at school Carlos was a victim of bullying. At that

time, some of his teachers did nothing to stop the aggressions towards him.

“My teachers ignored the situation or treat it like it was just a child’s game,

something we could fix between ourselves”. However he did not blame

entirely his teachers for his situation, because they were mostly ignorant

about bullying.

Carlos was not a victimized by only one person, he was teased by two and

sometimes more of his classmates. He recognizes that there was a main

aggressor that initiated the attacks and then others followed. About the kind

of aggressions that he received he mentioned that he was constantly

criticized, put on the spot and rejected.

As one of his classmates described him, he was a kind and quiet person who

loved video games and read a lot. “Carlos had a different musical and clothing

style than the majority of the kids, but he had the right to be whoever he

wanted to be”. She thinks that one of the main reasons he was teased was

because he was a shy and out of the conventional person; “These bullies were

cowards that attacked the persons who deserved it the least.”

According to psychologist Axel Santos a characteristics that most bullies

posses is that they had a high amount of leadership. They are like personality

chameleons .They can be sympathetic towards some people and abusive

towards others. This characteristic is what helps them to be in control of

others. They can be an extroverted, charismatic popular person for some

people, but for others they are just aggressors. This makes it even more

difficult for the victims to find help, because it is hard to compete against a

leader.

Santos mentions that bullies often choose as targets people that are weaker

than them. They usually choose passive individuals, which they know they

can control. For example, a person that is vulnerable to criticism and unable

to defend himself will be an easy target.

In some cases there is one bully that becomes the leader. He usually posses a

group of followers that may not be as aggressive as him, but because of peer

pressure they may also become aggressors. As a result people that are easily

influenced will go against their beliefs just to fit in.

A person that is against the bullying of a peer can take three different

attitudes; he either defends the victim by going against everyone else, stays

neutral, or to avoid being excluded attacks the victim too, even when he

disagrees on doing so.

Axel Santos mentions that most bullying victims do not have lots of friends.

The consequences of being abused during various years are terrible.

According to the site.org a person that has been or is being bullied suffers

from high levels of anxiety. As Carlos states “It takes courage to wake up in

the morning to assist to a place when you will be ridiculed for every single

thing that you do”.

In a bullying victim, levels of self esteem become lower with the aggressions.

As result the victim isolates himself. This conduct contributes to a cycle that

will keep lowering his self esteem each time.

Bullying thrives on silence according to need2know.com; people who are

being bullied often feel there is nothing to be gained by speaking out against

someone who bullies others, therefore allowing it to continue. People who

get bullied often think they’ve done something wrong, but it’s the person

doing the bullying who has the problem.

Many people may think that bullying is always a direct act but this is not

always true. Ignoring someone opinions and comments is another type of

mistreat. It is a silent way of telling the victim that it doesn’t belong to the

group. Carlos pointed that he was hardly invited to an event. He mentioned

that when he was in a group of people talking and he decided to comment

something, there will be a silence followed by a sudden change of subject.

Bullying is a serious matter and it can imply severe consequences. Many

victims can end up developing illnesses like eating disorders, depression and

even commit suicide. Some people get over it through the years, but others

carry those insecurities during a long period.

Carlos is now a 21 year old successful college student, but even now the

effects of being bullied during so many years had not disappeared. “I felt

excluded when people talk about how they had a great time during high

school, when they tell anecdotes I just don’t say anything because I don’t

want to be seen with pity because of the incidents I was part of”.

Carlos is not bullied or excluded anymore, his quiet personality has helped

him to study better and get focused on his goals. From his experience he

thinks that in university is not as common to be bullied because there is more

people and you do not see the same people as often, however he recognizes

that the effects of being previously bullied can affect how you relate with

others in the future.

Bullying: More than physical abuse

Group Members: Shaimir Berrios, Edmee Cortes, Krystal Martinez

By Edmee Cortes Valle

It seems impossible to film a high school movie without a bullying

scene.  That classic scene in which a mean-looking kid grabs the nerdy kid by

his shirt.  This type of scene reflects a common misconception about

bullying: that it is equivalent to physical abuse.  Bullying is not limited to

physical abuse given that people can also be bullied psychologically.

At his webpage, psychology researcher Dr. Dan Olweus states that a

person being bullied is constantly exposed to the “negative actions” of

others.  Olweus explains that a negative action takes place “when a person

intentionally inflicts injury or discomfort upon another person”.

Interestingly, Olweus notes that bullying behaviors can be “both overt and

covert”.  “Covert behaviors” being those that involve psychological

harassment and manipulation.

On the article, Psychological Bullying: Peer Victimization at School, at

Work, and at Home, Laurie Pawlik-Kienlen affirms thatpsychological

bullying has nasty consequences”.  Pawlik-Kienlen cites Dr. Sara Goldstein of

Montclair State University as asserting that “psychological bullying is just as

harmful as physical bullying in the schoolyard”.  Pawlik-Kienlen lists ignoring

peers, spreading lies or rumors, name calling, and teasing hurtfully as some

examples of psychological bullying.

School personnel may not be aware that bullying also involves

psychological abuse.  When asked to define bullying, William Marrero,

Principal of Olga Mas Ramírez Community School, stated that “bullying is

when a student physically hurts or intimidates another student”.While

questioned about his school’s policies to identify bullies or their victims,

Marrero affirmedthat bullying in his school is not a problem.  “We have had

few fights in which the same student is involved,” added Marrero.

Bullying may or may not be a problem at this particular school, but it

should be noticed that it was demarcated by physical actions.  Dolcey R.

Rodríguez, a teacher in the same school in Mayagüez and a member of its

discipline committee, acknowledged that he never considered actions, such

as spreading false rumors, bullying.  “Our procedures permit us to intervene

with students that resort to physical violence, but not to deal with things like

gossip at a disciplinary level,” noted Rodríguez.

Pawlik-Kienlen mentions in her article that “whole school interventions”

are effective when trying to stop psychological bullying.  By “whole school”

Pawlik-Kienlen means that teachers, principals, counselors, nurses, etc. need

to be involved if a positive change is to occur.  But how can school personnel

intervene when they are not conscious of the existence of psychological

bullying.

Bullies and victims may also be unaware that they are bullying or being

bullied.  Who hasn’t called a fat boy, Porky, or a

thin girl, Skinny?  Who hasn’t

laughed when someone comes up with a funny

nickname?  As innocent as

name-calling and teasing seem, they are

considered forms of psychological

bullying.

In the article, Name-Calling and Teasing: Information for Parents and

Educators, Beth M. Levy clarifies that name-calling and teasing are common

social interactions.  Although common, Levy cautions that when used

harmfully such actions “may discourage school attendance for many

children and erode their feelings of self-confidence”.  Levy notes that

students that name-call and tease rarely consider themselves bullies, but that

their victims do feel hurt by their “playful” comments.  It is troublesome that

people immersed in the culture of psychological bullying may be unknowing

participants.

Changing the culture of psychological bullying may require the

establishment of programs and policies that help bullies acknowledge that

they are wrong.  During an interview with Erick Rivera, a UPR student

identified by former classmates as a bully, he never admitted being a bully.

“No, I have never hit someone and if I did it was in self-defense,” alleged

Rivera.  After exposing to him actions that could be considered

psychological bullying, he did accept having practiced some.

Rivera exposed that he gathered with friends to make fun of other

students.  “We really did not have a motive, we were just bored,” admitted

Rivera.  He also described how he and his friends used to target students that

he considered “weaker”.  “If nobody defended them, we would harass the

same guy for over a week,” declared Rivera.  Rivera contented that he never

really considered what he was doing harmful.

Students, like Rivera, may be bullying others “innocently”, but they are

still affecting many.  Dr. Olweus explains that the negative effects of

experiencing bullying can last long into the future of victims.  Dr. Olweus

exposes that effects like depression, low self-esteem, health problems, poor

grades and suicidal thoughts could affect victims.  Furthermore, he maintains

that such conditions need to be diagnosed and treated or the effects could be

even worse.

It is clear that school systems need to take action and create

consciousness about the existence of psychological bullying.  Only after this

type of bullying is accepted as a real problem will schools establish effective

policies and procedures to deal with it.  Schools that don’t, risk developing

environments dominated by fear and disrespect.  Environments in which

students feel so insecure they are unable to learn.

Probably even some movie directors will recognize the existence of

psychological bullying.  Such recognition will surely revolutionize high

school movies.  Just imagine, a scene in which the mean-looking kid tells the

other kid that the nerdy kid is a dweeb.

Say Green! Poster

By: Yolián Amaro Rivera

Let's hear the ECO...

Let's hear the ECO...

How to become greener persons

By: Yolián Amaro Rivera

How to become greener persons

Eco-friendly. Environmental. Tree Hugger. There are many definitions for being an environmentally responsible person. But not everybody understands or just don’t put in practice what being green is.

Marinés Montes, the Campus Verde Students president, said that some common daily habits of people that are seriously affecting the environment include not recycling, the use of pesticides, dry cleaning and the abuse of electricity. These actions can harm not only the planet, but also your health.

Here are some tips you can follow in order to become a greener person and change the environment for the better!

Electronics can also be green…

Technology has become a very essential part of our daily lives. By modifying some of our common habits with the use of electrical devices we may enormously help the planet. Here are some “green-techy tips”:

–  Something that many people don’t actually know is that by disconnecting their electrical devices (even if they are not being used) they’re saving electricity. For making this easier, Campus Verde website suggests using a multi-plug where you can connect all the electric devices and turn it off without having to disconnect any cable.

–  Use reusable batteries instead of the conventional ones; this reduces the waste of batteries and the toxic chemicals they produce which may end up in natural resources such as water bodies.

–  Buy electrical equipment with high energetic efficiency. This can also keep green in your pocket and it will help fight against global warming.

–  According to ecowebsite.com laptops consume less energy than PC’s. So if you’re considering buying a computer think about the impact it may have on the planet.

–  Turn off the computer if you don’t use it like for an hour.

It’s a green road!

In the economical crisis we are facing these days many people have been looking for ways to save money. Many

Hybrid and small cars are the most eco-friendly ones

Hybrid and small cars are the most eco-friendly ones

of these alternatives have to do with the car usage. Besides saving money this alternatives can also save the Earth!

–  The best choice is to not use the car too much. Walk, ride a bike or use public transport. It saves you gasoline and reduces the gases emissions.

–  If you need a car, here’s a suggestion: buy it small or hybrid. They are the most eco-friendly ones.

–  A green tip in earthshare.org indicates that idling can use a lot of gas. Generally, it’s more efficient to turn the car off and restart when you are ready to go.

–  Be a responsible driver. Rapid acceleration and hard braking are inefficient and wastes gasoline.

–  Tired of traveling alone? Carpooling is the solution! This is a fantastic idea when you have to travel long distances, like for example from your hometown to Mayagüez.

–  Breathe fresh air. Use the car air conditioning only when necessary.

Eco-home

–  Save water. Turn off the water while you brush your teeth.

–  Pay your bills by phone or internet and forget about all the papers. You’ll save money, gasoline and time.

–  Avoid plastic or Styrofoam® plates. Instead use ceramic plates, which don’t generate waste. Stay away from any

Plant a tree!

Plant a tree!

disposable product!

–  Change your incandescent light bulbs by LED’s. Those light bulbs save a lot of energy which saves you money and the environment.

–  Plant a tree! It will make your home fresher in a natural way.

–  Buy a solar water heater. Campus Verde’s website points out that you will recuperate your inversion in approximately three years.

Eating green is living green

–  According to earthshare.org, by buying organic and locally produced foods you’ll be supporting the local economy and at the same time will be helping the planet. Organic food does not contain toxic chemicals which have been associated to illness and genetic defects.

–  A green tip given by Campus Verde is to avoid individual packaged products because it generates more wastes.  You should also avoid canned products because some types of cans are more difficult to recycle.

–  Avoid eating in fast foods. Earthshare.org says that packing a lunch can help you do much more than saving a few extra dollars. So the next time you wonder whether to bring a meal or run out to a fast food, consider that your decision affects more your health than just your wallet.

Dress green for Mother Nature

–  By wearing clothes made of organic cotton produced with no pesticides, you prevent air and water pollution.

–  To reduce chemical use and energy avoid clothes that require dry cleaning. Wash your clothes in cool water and hung it out to dry.

Greener is cleaner

–  Avoid antibacterial products. According to Campus Verde’s website it is expensive and it creates resistance in some bacteria which is not necessary.

–  Do not use Chlorine or expensive cleaning products. Instead use natural detergents like white vinegar, lime, soda, borax, etc. You can also look for some recipes to make them yourself.

Green products

Green products

There are many things that can be done to help the planet. Most of them don’t require much effort or sacrifice. Aribet De Jesús, the Campus Verde Students’ secretary, says that being green doesn’t costs lots of money. “Doing something green can be as simple as disconnecting your cell phone charger when is not in use or turning off the water while you’re brushing your teeth,” she added. By doing these simple things you’ll be saving energy and protecting the natural resources for future generations.

You can also be green at campus by joining Campus Verde and help spread environmental consciousness to other students.

“With knowledge comes responsibility…the responsibility to act.

Now you know.” -Ecowebsite.com

“Discovering our Island Hole by Hole”

By: Chloris Y. Juarbe

All around the world this sport is played by millions, but in this tiny island that we live in many are now interested in playing what we call Golf.  The story of this sport is very interesting.  No one really knows who invented it, but it has existed for more than 500 years.  James II of Scotland sated in a Parliament in 1457, that Golf should be banned from being practiced because it was interfering with archery practice which was necessary for the loyal defenders of the Scottish realm. It is impressive how the sport has evolved since it started, it is thought that it was begun by bored Sheppard who hit round stones into rabbit’s holes with their wooden crocks. It was later played in the 14th century by sportsmen in Holland, Belgium, France, and Scotland. The earliest club formed out of Scotland was the Royal Blackheath club of England, this group came to existence in 1766.  Now to this day we have new associations that are famous worldwide, such as the Professional Golf Association (PGA), which has millions of people all over the world playing different qualifier tournaments to try to be a part of this prestigious organization.

Golfing in Puerto Rico came to be a daily appreciated sport from a sport that was barely played nor mentioned. “Puerto Rico has its old golf courses which were mainly made for touristic purposes and for those few rich people who were accustomed to playing golf” Says Julio Gonzales from the Puerto Rico Golf Association (PRGA). The PRGA is a golf association here in Puerto Rico made to promote, and foment the practice and play of this sport. It is categorized by age and gender, and is characterized by promoting a safe and fun, competitive environment for new comers to the golf program.  Julio Gonzales also stated that many of the players that are a part of this program are teenagers and young adults, children from the ages of 6-12 make up the majority of the program. This was made to show the talent that we have here in the island and to promote a healthy competitive participation in the sport. I myself got to be a part of the PRGA and played in various tournaments for about two years where I qualified for the Puerto Rico National Team which participates in tournaments all around the world. I can truly say it was an amazing experience worth every minute of practice and dedication to the program. Julio also tells us about how golf wasn’t of much interest here in Puerto Rico considering how we know about the famous puertorican golfer Chi Chi Rodriguez. It is clear though that the sport has definitely evolved in the island to be what it is now, a sport practiced by a large portion of the puertorican population. Julio informed me that most of these golf courses in Puerto Rico were of championship caliber and designed by golf luminaries such as; our own Chi Chi Rodriguez which designed “El Legado Golf Course”, Robert Trent Jones, his son Reese Jones, Greg Norman, George and Tom Fazio, Arthur Hills, and the very famous PGA “Pro” Jack Nicklaus.

I had the opportunity to meet up with my brother, Krystian Juarbe, to ask him some questions about the touristic view of golf.  He was also a recent golf player at the PRGA and a former assistant at the San Juan airport, working for Tourism of Puerto Rico.  I asked him about how frequently he was asked by tourists about golfing and courses in the island and an estimate of times in which he had the taxis take the tourists to golfing resorts in the island.  He informed me that most of the Americans that come visit the island have a very noticeable interest in golfing in Puerto Rico, and that at most time asked for recommendations on golf courses and resort tariffs.

A sport barely mentioned, and now has become the talk of the day and one of the reasons that many Puertoricans are proud to be from their island.  I invite you to experience the Magic, and be part of the evolution of golfing in the island. There are 23 golf courses to choose from. Play your way through from one extent of the island to the other. Aguirre, Berwind, Caguas, Club Deportivo, Coamo springs, Coco Beach, Costa Caribe, Dorado Beach, Dorado del Mar, Conquistador, Legado, Fort Buchanan, Las Bambuas, Palmas Del Mar, Plantation Course at Dorado, Punta Borinquen at Aguadilla, and Wynham Rio Mar “River” and “Ocean” courses are some of the Courses that make up our golfing Puerto Rico.  These and 3 other golf courses under construction are what makes the island “Porta del Sol” Puerto Rico. It is the smallest island with the most golf courses in proportion to its size. With all the contributions of great people, Puerto Rico has been dubbed “The Golf Capital of the Caribbean”.

Interviewees: Julio Gonzales and Krystian Juarbe

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