Residence Hall Collections

by Cassandra Bremis on April 22, 2014

Res Hall Collections

April flowers bring May cleaning? It is that time of year when you are getting ready to pack up your residence hall room. Every year we all look at our stuff and decide on what we are going to keep and what we are going to dump. If you are anything like me, you are probably staring at the pile of items you are going to trash wondering what you are going to do with them. Have no fear, there is a solution! Outreach Education and the BSU Center for Sustainability want your belongings!

The BSU Peer Educators and other volunteers will be collecting the following items to donate to a local non-profit organization:

  • Books
  • Clothing/Bed linens
  • Clothes
  • Small Furniture
  • Non-perishable, unopened food items
  • Unopened Household and Bath Supplies
  • Small electronics in working order
  • Household/Kitchen items

NOTE: All items must be in good condition and clean

If you want to volunteer to collect items, contact Ann Doyle

Residence Hall Collections are scheduled to begin May 7 and continue to May 14. Drop your usable goods off East Hall and another location to be determined at the times listed below. We still need volunteers to staff the tables!

East Hall Lobby

Wednesday, May 7—Friday, May 9: 10am-4pm

Monday, May 12— Tuesday, May 13: 10am-4pm

Wednesday, May 14: 10am-1pm



Electronic Cigarettes Under Fire

by kaudette on April 14, 2014

Electronic cigarettes, also known as e-cigarettes, are currently marketed as safe alternatives to smoking regular cigarettes. However, federal agencies and medical professionals have a differing opinion about why e-cigarettes are not the “healthy” alternative.

E-cigarettes are battery-powered devices, filled with liquid nicotine (dissolved in a solution of water and propylene glycol). The battery heats up the nicotine solution and converts it into a vapor that the person inhales.

E Cigarette

According to the FDA, e-cigarettes have not been fully studied and consumers currently don’t know:

  • the potential risks of e-cigarettes when used as intended,
  • how much nicotine or other potentially harmful chemicals are being inhaled during use,
  • or if there are any benefits associated with using these products


Consider these findings:

1. Nicotine content— Nicotine, the addictive substance found in regular cigarettes, is also present in electronic cigarettes. The liquid nicotine levels are not yet regulated and can vary greatly from brand to brand. Whether the nicotine is coming from a regular cigarette or electronic one, it is still addictive. Cravings and withdrawal symptoms such as: depression, irritability, and anxiety can still occur.  The chemical properties of the liquid nicotine found in e-cigarettes have been found to be harmful and potentially lethal to humans.

2. Long-term effects— The concern with long-term effects, both for the user and others exposed to the vapor, is that all are truly unknown. E-cigarettes have not been studied or deemed safe by the FDA and may contain chemicals and toxins harmful to humans.

3. Reported adverse effects— The FDA has gathered a list of adverse effects from voluntary reports of concerned consumers and health professionals for electronic cigarette use. These adverse effects include: pneumonia, congestive heart failure, disorientation, seizures, and hypertension. Whether e-cigarettes were a direct cause for these reported adverse events is still unknown.


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