As expected, over 4,000 people came to Ithaca College during Alumni Weekend, but only about 800 of those people were alumni. Parent's Weekend, the 125th Anniversary, President Collado's inauguration and Alumni Weekend all happened at the same time, so the campus was crazier than it normally would be on any other Alumni Weekend.
Mike Hanlon is the treasurer for the Environmentalists. He joined the club because he is passionate about sustainability. Although he can't participate with SWIFT very often, he does find the program to be important. Hanlon said that giving food that would have gone to waste to disadvantaged people is a great way to combat the problem of food waste,
According to Katie White, the Environmentalists took over SWIFT in the spring of 2016. All of SWIFT's members left to study abroad, so they asked the Environmentalists to take over. White said that SWIFT is important because Ithaca College has a lot of food waste and it has the resources to donate that food. She acknowledged that food waste is an international problem and said that people should do what they can to help their communities.
Sophie Johnson has been involved with the Environmentalists for two and a half years. She also volunteers for SWIFT (Stop Wasting Ithaca's Food Today) once a week. Johnson participates with SWIFT because it helps people in a sustainable way, She said that it's fulfilling because she's helping the environment and she knows that she's helping people.
The Rescue Mission is a charitable organizations with chapters in Syracuse, Auburn, Binghamton and Ithaca. The organization's goal is to end hunger and homelessness in these Upstate New York communities. Ithaca's chapter provides emergency and permanent shelter to the homeless and a food pantry for the hungry. For more information visit their website.
The Environmentalists is a student activist club at Ithaca College. The club was founded in 1988 and its goal is to promote sustainability. In addition to SWIFT, the Environmentalists take on other causes and sustainability activities, like trash clean-ups. The club meets on Mondays at 7 p.m. in Friends 207. For more information, visit their Facebook page.
The African Latino Society event wasn’t advertised. It wasn’t on the event list; the only advertising was student-made fliers and Tweets send out by atendees. Still, dozens of alumni came to the event.
Alumni from the African Latino Society are concerned about the future of the club. When many of them were students, there were very few clubs for students of color. There are many more clubs for people of color than there used to be, so there isn’t as much participation for African Latino Society.
African Latino Society is holding an event to welcome back alumni. Food and music are available in the African Latino Society room in West Tower.