Bike racks are scattered throughout campus. Our sustainable community likes to embrace the alternative form of transportation and racks are found near most campus buildings. However, typical bike racks are not necessarily pleasing to the eye. To address this, many places around the country have set up bike rack art sculptures to add an intrigue to the environment. The Dean of the College of Liberal Arts, Ken Fuld, was visiting his son’s west coast campus when he was first introduced to a new kind of bike rack—one which not only functions as a rack, but also acts as a public art sculpture. Dean Fuld brought the idea back to campus and proposed a project to the Committee for Campus Aesthetics. Who knew that this committee even existed? The Sustainability Institute is part of this committee and advocates for public arts to “enhance and enliven the UNH campus”. The website indicates the goals of public art to “enrich student learning about the role of art in our cultural environment, stimulate public discourse about art, and foster a sense of community and institutional identity.” The Committee for Campus Aesthetics commissioned the Wildcat Statue in 2006, and most recently established three modern sculptures in the courtyard of the Paul College of Business and Economics, done by UNH Professor Michael McConnell. The bike rack project is unique in that all the designs are by students. Engaging the student body in such a permanent project gives meaning to students’ work.
Professor Ben Cariens embraced the idea and has integrated the project into his course in the Art Department: “Sculpture Workshop: Metal Fabrication”. Led by Cariens and his assistant, Adam Pearson, nine students in the class developed small model designs and presented to the University Aesthetics Committee. The Committee chose four pieces, surprising Cariens and the class, who were expecting a more modest response. Cariens was expecting the committee to choose two.
To prepare, the class talked to individuals involved in the campus bike culture to understand the needs of the market. Cariens wanted to make sure the designs would not interfere with the practicality of storing bikes. The class found out that many of the current bike racks don’t even fit typical bike sizes. They have a lone bike rack in the alley behind the metal shop to display “what not to do” with the racks. It’s an average campus bike rack, with most of the spaces too small to fit a standard bike wheel.
The class meets for three hours, twice a week, but most students put four to six hours of their own time into the work. This project is much larger than those of the past and may likely run into next semester to complete. Many of the students have not touched metal before and are facing a steep learning curve. However, they have taken up the challenge and are completing the bike racks in addition to personal projects.
Details of placements are still being worked out, but it’s likely the sculptures won’t be placed until Fall 2014. Possible locations include outside the Paul Creative Arts Center, near the Dairy Bar, by Dean Fuld’s office, around Morse Hall, or around Conant Hall’s courtyard. The location depends on multiple factors including the size of the sculpture, where it would fit best aesthetically, and what kind of traffic crosses the location.
One of the sculptures designed as an intertwined net of metal will hang 11 feet high. This, as well as a high-hanging spider web design, is structured as a few units, which may be placed as a group or individually.
Spider web design in a proposed site of Conant Hall’s courtyard.
Another sculpture is a series of connected circles, with smaller circles looping throughout the piece.
The most complicated design is a 15-foot-long handlebar structure. The class usually works only with steel, but this structure is made of aluminum, a metal much more difficult to work with.
Professor Cariens says this is only the beginning, and Dean Fuld visions all bike racks on campus to one day be public art sculptures. For now, students are happy working on projects that will remain on campus long after they graduate.
A student works on a piece of a bike rack in the metal studio.
Photos by Professor Julee Holcombe and Professor Ben Cariens
Written by Ann.
Those who are closest to the growing, or in this case hunting, of food are often the people seeing first and most the effects of climate change.
Deer eat and move to keep warm, as all animals do. Thus, if we’re having an “unusually” warm day, they will instead take a nap in the sun, since they don’t have to expend any energy, why not save it up for later that night when it does get cold.
Not only does colder weather make them move around more, but snow aids in tracking them. Prints are easily visible, spots where they’ve turned up leaves with their noses eating stick out against the white. Not to mention the hunter is quieter when leaves and sticks are blanketed with snow. Everything gets a tad easier, and if someone does get one, dragging out is a lot easier as all the sticks and rocks are smoothed over.
Hunters are affected by any major change that happens to the forest environment. My dad hunts both by the house I grew up in in Spofford, NH, and up in Maine where we have a cabin on Aziscohos Lake. Each of these has come with its own unique changes. Up in Maine, most of the land they hunt on is owned by the paper mills. While they still operated a relatively controlled system of cutting, large patches of where they hunt have been clear-cut. Sometimes, a clearing makes it easier to see, others, it decimates what used to be a great area to hunt in because the food supply is gone. Down in southern NH, warmer temperatures and wetter ground are becoming more frequent barriers.
This is an example of direct climate to food supply connection. If a family is dependent on a hunted animal or animals every year for their meat source, and every day of hunting has been 65 degrees, their food supply may be cut short that year. There is a balance to everything in the environment and messing with any of that will have an effect. Often this rather micro examples help shed light on the macro, the big picture and global problem of climate change. Growing a culture of local food, not necessarily in meat but also in vegetables, will help our society realize there is a very real correlation to environmental changes and the food supply. We might start noticing that crops are smaller and in fewer quantities the year we had a huge flood, or on the flip side, during a drought. There are conditions under which our food is meant to thrive, and those conditions are rapidly changing. Food is quickly becoming the best way to engage the masses on the issues of climate change since it’s something we all need to have.
Hopefully you have gained new perspective and knowledge about what life is like with a hunter. If you don’t already, start to pay attention to where your food comes from, even if it’s organic, is it from 3000 miles away? Not everyone has to or should start to hunt their own meat but if we all start to demand local, organically raised meat we will have a profound effect on the climate and our communities.
Written by Jackie.
“Does your dad kill Bambi?” Please, don’t ask hunters or their family members that. First, people aren’t killing fawns, and second, it just makes people feel bad. Besides, if you eat other types of meat, I don’t see how it’s any different. Because I feel as though the person asking is just doing this to rile me, I usually answer this question by saying no, they hunt Bambi’s dad, who was already dead in the movie anyway, so no harm no foul.
Hunters and hunting culture have a lot of stigmas attached to it. We are not like the Native Americans or many other cultures who primarily hunted for their meat source. We have separated, to the point of almost hiding, where exactly our meat and poultry products come from, and meanwhile other stigmas have been put onto hunters that are not all positive.
I think the question about Bambi can sometimes have the double implications that hunters are not lovers of animals and nature. I would argue the exact opposite. To commit to hunting means you have to really enjoy being quiet, alone in the woods. Hunting season usually means that it’s cold, with the exception of global warming’s effects of late, so you also have to be comfortable spending a day in some potentially freezing temperatures. Hunters are not out to kill all of the deer, either. Hunting permits are regulated so that cannot happen anyway, doe are on a lottery system, and hunting is only for one season, not year round.
One of the touchiest topics around hunting is owning the guns you need to hunt with. Today, saying you’re a gun owner conjures stereotypes of people I have never met, and who are not in my family. I have encountered more than one person who politely tells me they would never be comfortable living with guns in their house, even if for hunting, and that’s fine; but it comes with the territory. The most important thing you can do is be safe, and treat them with the full understanding that they are a deadly weapon. We were taught how to be safe around them and it was an understanding and trust in our family that we would never take them out.
Those are the main stereotypes I’ve encountered in my life when I share that I come from a family of hunters. I can understand them, but clarifying them is also important to me. Looking at what the true community and family traditions around hunting season are can help to dissolve some of them. For instance, this is one of the few areas of my life where I fully accept traditional gender roles. If we are up at the cabin for a hunting weekend, my mom and I spend the day baking Swedish bread for the holiday season. All day is spent making dough, waiting for it to rise by the fire, and baking. We get a relaxing day, and are warm, the men get to go hunting and come home to a warm dinner waiting for them, how’s that for a win-win?
If someone gets a deer, a celebration ensues afterward. It’s tradition to celebrate with a toast of shots of Jagermeister. Jagermeister means “master hunter” in German, and our close family friend is German, and taught my dad a lot about hunting over the years. Hunting isn’t about loving to kill animals, nor is it about a love of rifles and guns. It’s about family tradition and community, and some of the best meat around stored in the freezer.
Written by Jackie.
See part one
In our house, it was normal to have dad relive the story of how each deer was caught over a delicious venison meal. Each kill has it’s own uniqueness to it, whether taking a long time to track, or drag, or has a funny story, reminiscing over the meal did not make us sad or grossed out, but made us happy and more appreciative of what we were eating.
One year it took crossing a brook that had a canoe on either side, my dad and uncle both got into one, picked up the other, rowed both back across, got into the second, and rowed across in order to leave each in it’s place and get across the water to find the deer one of them had shot. How can you not want to share how much work it took you to get the meat you’re having?
Last weekend, my dad got a 5 point buck, he had marched himself rather far into the woods from my parents’ house, and luckily had a young 31-year-old man, in the form of my husband, hunting nearby to meet him and help drag. It took them three hours to get it out, the lack of snow making it more challenging to get over hills, rocks, and through marshy areas.
In today’s modern age, cell phone service works when they hunt in Spofford, so we got a phone call telling us where they were coming out of the woods. My uncle and I went to get them, and were asked not to just meet them with the truck but walk into the woods and meet them with water and relieve them of their packs and guns, they had run out of water and were exhausted. Despite 28 years of living with a hunter, I for some reason never quite made the connection that you would not only have to drag out the deer, but also carry your stuff and your rifle. Learn something new every day.
I had never seen a deer dragged through the woods before, only brought home on the truck, so I wanted to go. There’s no question that watching the process was a little sad, it’s a beautiful animal that has lost its life. However, as my dad said, what happened to this buck was no sadder than what a cow or chicken goes through at a slaughterhouse.
Our society by and large is missing this direct connection to food, especially meat. We all need to see where our meat comes from; in many cases, we may not like it at all; but that will be a positive thing, forcing us to look for a more humane, cleaner source to buy meat from. Aside from going to shoot it yourself, Local farms offering CSA meat shares are one of the best ways to ensure you’re getting a cut of meat from a healthy animal.
There are two photos below of the barn, one decorated for my wedding in August, and one with last weekend’s buck. We turned on the lights on the vines and chandelier still hanging from that day for the photo-op. I am likely the only bride to have a combination wedding venue and butcher shop, and to witness a dead animal hanging smack in the middle of where she walked down the aisle. But I am perfectly OK with that!
My parents barn decorated for the wedding day….
Almost three months later, venue-turned-butcher-shop!
Written by Jackie.
Tags: Culture & Sustainability · Food, agriculture, & nutrition
I first sat down to write this post as one blog entry. I quickly realized, though, that this topic has many layers, and focusing on each in shorter entries will be better. Daughter and wife of hunters, lover of venison, I want to share the ways hunting connects people firsthand the effects of climate change, and teaches a deeper appreciation for meat and food. We’ll also explore the stereotypes and stigmas to hunting I’ve experienced, and look at its history and culture as well. Hopefully by the end, readers have a better understanding of what it means to hunt for, and eat, your own meat in New England.
I grew up on the western side of New Hampshire in Spofford. It’s the same town my dad grew up in, and where he found his love of hunting. It started for him when he was around fifteen, and he hunted the same woods he does today by our house, having grown up just down the road. When I was younger, a friend of a friend owned a cabin way up in the Moosehead Lake, Maine area, and they would go up there on an extended trip each year.
At an early age, to me, hunting season meant that dad would go way for two weeks and come back with a full beard, and usually a dead animal or maybe three if the others got one too. When I was in high school, my parents found a spot on Aziscohos Lake, where we built a log cabin. This spot was strategically picked by the hunter of the family to be near the border of both New Hampshire and Maine; allowing them to get a deer permit in both states, often a good strategy.
We butcher the deer ourselves at the house. It’s always been my job to help package and label the meat. Labeling in this case means who got it, what year, and what state; no FDA warnings required. As I am getting older, though, I plan to begin learning more about what cuts come from which part of the deer, and more about the process.
In case you haven’t realized it already, hunting is a huge part of who our family is. My husband’s interest to take up hunting while we were dating was a happy moment for me, knowing he fit in well with my family and would hopefully be keeping me supplied with venison for the rest of my life, was an added bonus to our relationship. In a later post, I’ll delve deeper into the family events and traditions around hunting, from celebrating a kill to eating it for dinner.
Through the next few posts, keep an open mind if you are against hunting or eating meat. The venison I grew up on came from an animal that lived a free and healthy life, and is the most local and organic meat you can get.
Written by Jackie.
Tags: Biodiversity & health · Climate & energy · Culture & Sustainability · Food, agriculture, & nutrition
On Monday, October 21, 2013, Race and Ethnic Studies, The Black Student Union, and The Sustainability Institute’s Task Force for Culture and Sustainability hosted the film Soul Food Junkies. This film was part of the 3rd Annual UNH Month of Food Citizenship, a collaborative community-wide effort on focusing on the myriad of topics related to the food system.
The film focuses on soul food’s connection to African American culture. Byron Hunt, a man raised by two parents from Georgia, directs and narrates the independent film. Byron grew up surrounded by soul food.
The film started out showing various clips of mouth-watering soul food: fried chicken, mashed potatoes, barbeque ribs, cornbread, cheese-smothered eggs, and more. Some people in the audience couldn’t help but express their excitement and bellowed deep “mmm’s”.
The film quickly turned away from the glamour and started connecting the African American dishes back to slavery. The point was raised that slaves were often given sup-par food like leftover pieces of meat and assorted grain. Nevertheless, they made something with what they had. The narrator states, “We turned survival food into a delicacy”. The film shows a white woman with a thick southern accent giving credit to African Americans for creating southern cooking. She makes the point that slaves raised white children and fed them soul food, in turn teaching them how to cook. And so a culture around soul food was born.
Like many cultures, food is an event in African American communities. It’s a time for celebration. The narrator recalls being taught from a young age to never deny food from others. Accepting food was accepting hospitality.
The narrator moves from different places of food celebration. Among them a tailgating party, a community cook-off, and a small diner, Peaches restaurant in Jackson, Mississippi. The film introduces us to the owner, Ms. Peaches, an 86-year-old woman with a strong heart. She opened the restaurant in 1961, when she used to deliver sandwiches to protesters at civil rights rallies. Ms. Peaches states, “Having the ability to cook gave me power”. In a time of civil turmoil, Ms. Peaches was able to serve and support her community through providing them food.
The film moves into a more serious state and introduces us to Elijah Muhammad, the former leader of the Nation of Islam. He condemned traditional soul foods like pork and cornbread as a “slave diet”. He saw their consumption as reinforcing the south’s history of slavery. What started out as innovation among slaves in preparing their foods turned into the culture of southern cooking. Muhammad refused to accept the food as part of his African-American culture.
Food is deeply personal to people. Nation of Islam followers changed their diets to comply with Muhammad’s opinions. Some individuals in African American communities recognized the health implications of their diets and started cutting back. Awareness of diet-related diseases is spreading, but perhaps not fast enough. What happens when communities don’t have access to healthy food? The film explores the concept of a food desert. A food desert is an area where it is hard to access affordable, healthy food. Food deserts exist all over our country, often in areas of low socioeconomic status. The film explores African American communities who lack such basic resources. Food activist Sonia Sanchez is featured in the film, calling this disparity “a class-based apartheid in the food system”. This bold statement may lead to further inquiry. Oppressed communities, often of racial minorities, lack the right to affordable, fresh food. This injustice is overlooked in our society because the affected communities too often have no voice. These populations are marginalized and ignored as fast food marts swap out grocery stores in their communities. This reality is disgraceful and must be combated. Big changes start with small actions, and inspiring work is being done to change such environments into healthier communities.
The film takes us to St. Phillip’s Academy in Newark, New Jersey where young students, primarily African Americans, are learning about fresh foods in their school garden. The audience is then introduced to Will Allen, a former professional basketball player-turned urban gardener. He operates a farm and community center, Growing Power, in the inner city of Milwaukee, Wisconsin (http://www.growingpower.org). Such initiative show hope in combating food injustice.
The narrator and his family want to make the point that the African American community does not have to give up soul food. Soul food can be prepared differently, with fresh foods and healthier cooking methods. Hunt wants to change African American culture’s concept of soul food. It doesn’t necessarily need to be unhealthy. Soul food is more than a meal; it nourishes the body and mind. As long as it’s prepared with love, it’s from the soul. This film champions that idea and is critical to begin to understand and address the strong-rooted history which soul food holds.
Keep the conversation going and learn more here: http://www.pbs.org/independentlens/soul-food-junkies/.
Written by Ann.
Tags: Culture & Sustainability · Uncategorized
5 students were arrested in Durham on Thursday night after the Red Sox won the World Series, 3 were arrested at Plymouth state, and a student was injured by a thrown rock in Keene (WMUR).
I was a sophomore at Simmons College in Boston when we beat the curse in 2004. We were some of the first to run down the street to celebrate a night I will never forget. We had the advantage of being very close to the park and would get there early enough that the scene was mostly jumping up and down, high-fiving and hugging everyone we saw. The way a celebration should be.
Our rule, as a group of 19-year-old girls, was that as soon as 50 guys, (and yes, it’s always guys) are on top of a cab, a cop car, really any vehicle, it’s time to go home. The only thing that can follow this display of testosterone is mounted police, and a SWAT team with tear gas.
Celebration is a wonderful thing, but our culture has turned celebrating even a win into a scene that begins to take on some of the characteristics Arab Spring. Things are lit on fire, cars flipped over, and serious damage is done.
Americans need to find a way to celebrate with one another that isn’t destructive. Wonderful celebrations and happy events should not be a night that every police officer has to gear up for. It doesn’t help the dynamics and relationships between police and the public, especially the younger public, and it doesn’t help us build a community. Instead, it stints a younger generation into another reason for the older generations to consider teens and twenty something’s immature menaces to society. Sure, young people should be boisterous and loud at times, but flipping cars and being destructive is not the answer.
What really upsets me is that we are putting all of this rioting energy only into sporting events. I’ve wondered about what kinds of change could occur if a World Series celebration was singing and dancing in the streets like many other cultures do, and riots, while not inherently good, happened over real issues. We have a Congress that’s ignoring climate change, not to mention the majority of it’s constituents, a wealth distribution that’s vastly out of proportion, a food system build on big agriculture and chemicals, yet a riot in America happens over a baseball game.
Imagine if Thursday night’s scene was because New England had just watched the news and realized Monsanto is poisoning our food supply. It’s time to change the way we celebrate happy events and time to realize that if we’re going to take to the streets, it should be because society has finally woken up.
Written by Jackie.
Recently I took some time off to visit Portland, Oregon. I heard some pretty awesome things about sustainability in the city, so I was excited to see just how well it stacked up to its reputation.
In many ways, Portland does not fail to deliver on the sustainability front. I was able to easily get from the airport to the city center via their light rail system. From the city center I had the option to take buses, street cars, and light rail in and around the Greater Portland area. All of the transport options were clean, on time, and offered instructions and stop information in England and Spanish. For five dollars a day, getting around Portland was a steal compared to the MBTA.
Portland is a bustling city with a fair amount of traffic, but biking just seems easy there. Most streets have bike lanes and many of the highways that cross the city have raised bike lanes. There are a number of bike/walk only paths that take one through beautiful parts of the city (Waterfront Bike Trail and Forest Park).
What greatly aids the relaxed vibe around Portland is the driving culture. Oregonians are incredibly nice drivers! Coming from Boston, I found it shocking for drivers to let pedestrians cross when they had a “Don’t Walk” signal. It is no wonder many people choose not to drive around the city; it takes longer to get around and you spend much of your time letting others pass or walk in front of you.
Portland’s sustainability credentials do not end with transportation. Most restaurant menus, even budget restaurants, had lots of local food. There wasn’t a plastic bag in sight and you had to look hard to find large, chain stores. Could it be a sustainable utopia?
Alas, no, Portland, like any city, is not perfect. Portland has a very large homeless population. If we use the question “what sustains us?” to frame our discussion of the city’s sustainability, there is a large group that is unable to sustain themselves and thrive. Portland continues to attempt to provide services for homeless people, but the underlying issues of income inequality and lack of jobs means the city has some serious work to do.
What are your thoughts on Portland? Have you ever been? Interested in visiting?
Written by Colleen.
Tags: Climate & energy · Culture & Sustainability
As UNH Wildcats, it seems quite fitting that our plan to reduce campus greenhouse gas emissions is named WildCAP. UNH’s Climate Action Plan (CAP or WildCAP) is a direct result of our Climate Education Initiative (CEI), in which the university has committed to a sustainable energy future via greenhouse gas emissions reduction policies, practices, research and education. The Office of Sustainability Programs (OSP) was originally created in 1998 to house the CEI, and after going through several transformations since then, it is now known as the UNH Sustainability Institute (UNHSI). Sustainability is a core value of our community here at UNH, which is why we adopted the CEI 10 years ago.
In 2006, the Energy Task Force (ETF), a campus-wide working group of faculty and staff, was created under the CEI in order to advise the campus administration on issues relating to climate and energy. After UNH became the first land grant university in New England to sign the American College & University Presidents’ Climate Commitment in February 2007, the ETF spearheaded UNH’s efforts to reduce greenhouse gas emissions and develop a plan to move toward carbon neutrality. The heart of that plan is WildCAP. The ETF’s duties include developing immediate and future actions to reduce campus energy costs, greenhouse gas emissions, and waste, as well as increasing awareness of and behaviors around energy use. However, the culmination of these efforts is WildCAP.
WildCAP is a report that contains a step-by-step process for UNH to achieve carbon neutrality. Basically, target levels of greenhouse gas emissions are set, dates for reaching these levels are chosen, and finally, specific projects and policies are chosen to reach the targets. The Energy Task Force wrote the first version of WildCAP in 2009. The overarching goal of the plan is a 50% reduction in UNH’s greenhouse gas emissions from the 1990 baseline by the year 2020, followed by an 80% reduction from the same baseline by 2050. In order to achieve this goal, various energy efficiency projects were laid out in the Climate Action Plan, including a compressed natural gas (CNG) public transportation fleet, improved energy management of campus computers, and real time energy monitoring in residence halls. However, the most prominent project to come out of WildCAP is perhaps the EcoLine landfill gas-to-energy project. EcoLine uses enriched, purified methane gas, which is pumped from Waste Management’s landfill in Rochester, NH to Durham, to heat the UNH campus. Amazingly, UNH receives about 85% of its energy from the EcoLine project and we are the first college in the country to use the landfill gas as our primary fuel source.
As a result of the ETF’s efforts and the actions laid out in WildCAP, UNH is well on it’s way to reaching the desired 50% reduction in greenhouse gas emissions by 2020, as can be seen in the graph below. However, now it’s time for a new WildCAP to keep the downward trend going.
Currently, the ETF is in the midst of updating WildCAP for the first time since the original version in 2009. With brand new ideas on how to address behavior around energy use, as well as further improve energy efficiency, the new and improved version of WildCAP is looking quite promising. The focus of the 2013 update is to look at other modes of emissions reductions, particularly matters that aren’t in the ETF’s direct control, like commuting and air travel. The new WildCAP will encourage UNH students, faculty, and staff to incorporate saving energy and reducing waste into their everyday lives. The goal is to create an overall behavior of sustainability here at UNH. Hopefully, all you WildCATS out there are ready for the brand new WildCAP headed your way.
Peter Wilkinson, ’15, Energy Task Force Ambassador
Written by Peter.
Tags: Climate & energy · Uncategorized
Moving through our daily schedules, we often overlook the history of our environment. As a public university, our campus has hosted many government events, but did you know that we housed military trainees in the last year of World War I? Hundreds of young men who had been drafted arrived on campus in late spring of 1918 to uphold their patriotic duty. The men arrived at UNH to learn a skilled trade. Instead of becoming a front-line soldier, they would train to become an engineer, electrician, carpenter, cook, blacksmith, machinist or topographer. These men occupied campus for eight months before the war ended in November of 1918.
UNH was among many universities throughout the nation where military camps were erected. Most officers lived in dorms or fraternity houses, including the now closed Alpha Tau Omega building on Main Street, however, the University did not have enough housing to accommodate all the men. Two military barracks were built on what is now the hill leading up to the MUB and campus bookstore, west of Quad Way. Although the structures were built to be temporary housing units for these drafted young men, the University kept the buildings as dorms for nearly 50 years, until they were demolished in 1971. After their demolition, students worked to have the area recognized as “East-West Park”. A plaque still sits on a rock identifying this designation, but the area does not resemble a park. Today, sidewalks and concrete steps blanket the area, sub-dividing what was intended to be green space and forgetting the small plaque on the boulder. This speaks to the issue of respecting conservation designations of the past. Admittedly, the walkways make the Memorial Union Building very accessible, but is this what the area was intended to develop into? The area does not resemble a park at all.
Recognizing the area’s history, a group of undergraduates conducted an archaeological dig in the summer of 2012 to search for military artifacts. They found pieces of the building, broken glass, concrete, and pieces of a sewer pipe. You can read the full article of the undergraduate archaeological dig here: http://scholars.unh.edu/cgi/viewcontent.cgi?article=1145&context=honors. I found it very interesting to learn of the activities the young men participated in during their time on campus. They offered their services to the community through building chicken coops for local farms, fixing automobiles, and even building University buildings, which still stand today. Under the leadership of Professor Eric Huddleston, the military carpentry students constructed the “commons building”, which today is Huddleston Hall. Students also constructed the entrance to Thompson Hall. These efforts were done using war funds. This created a good image for the military and made the community feel less like an occupied space. The community valued the work of the military students and kept their patriotism alive though a renewed focus on national pride. The legacy left by this brief stint in our University’s history should not be forgotten. Next time you walk through “East-West Park”, acknowledge why that area was created and what it used to hold. Acknowledge the structure of Huddleston Hall and the meaning it holds from its construction. We must not forget UNH’s cultural heritage and how our environment has developed into what it is today.
Ann Steeves, ’14, Culture and Sustainability Task Force Manager
The same area today. The yellow markings indicate where the undergraduate researchers conducted archaeological digs
“Bonfire Hill” with the East-West military barracks, used as UNH dorms until their demolition in 1971
Written by Ann.
Tags: Culture & Sustainability