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Thursday, July 31, 2008

Binghamton Receives Highest “Green” Rating

Binghamton University has received top recognition by The Princeton Review in its first-ever “Green Rating” of colleges. One of only 11 colleges recognized by this rating, Binghamton University is the only SUNY institution named to the honor roll.

image For a long time Binghamton University has been making efforts to combat pollution and global warming through on-campus initiatives, and now has been formally recognized for its efforts. In all offices across campus there has been a major push to conserve energy, recycle, and “work green.” Binghamton University President Lois B. DeFleur says, “Our entire campus works very hard on our environmental efforts and this achievement truly reflects our commitment to sustainability.”

The “2009 Green Rating Honor Roll” salutes six public and five private institutions that each received Green Rating scores of 99 (the highest score). Along with Binghamton University, the honor roll includes Arizona State University at the Tempe campus; Bates College (Lewiston, ME); College of the Atlantic (Bar Harbor, ME); Emory University (Atlanta, GA); Georgia Institute of Technology (Atlanta, GA); Harvard College (Cambridge, MA); University of New Hampshire (Durham, NH); University of Oregon (Eugene, OR); University of Washington (Seattle, WA); and Yale University (New Haven, CT). 

Wednesday, July 23, 2008

Empire State Games come to Binghamton!

image  The 2008 Empire State Games have returned to Binghamton University’s campus.

More than 5,000 athletes of all ages will competing in athletic events on campus and in the local community over the next 5 days. Some of the top athletes in the United States will be competing in events such as basketball, track and field, wrestling, baseball, and soccer.

The purpose of the games are to:
              1. Encourage wholesome athletic competition among the residents of New York State, particularly the youth;
              2. Foster incentive for the improvement of amateur athletics in New York State;
              3. Develop public recognition of the dedicated amateur athlete.

So if you are in the Binghamton area this weekend make sure you come out and support some great athletes!

Tuesday, July 15, 2008

What the heck is a Bearcat?

image There is often confusion over whether or not “Baxter the bearcat”, Binghamton’s beloved mascot is a friendly sports fan or a wilderness terror??

When strangers ask me what a bearcat is I usually come back with an elaborate story about a predator of the forest that feeds on weak prey and roams the nature preserve on Binghamton’s campus. The reality is according to local zoologist Mike Janis, “In all honesty, they’re nothing like your mascot, their head is cat-like, the walk is bear-like, and they smell like Fritos.” However, Binghamton’s president Lois B. DeFleur has a different view, “the bearcat is a symbol of strength and power.” I guess the point is that whatever your opinion is on Baxter the bearcat, he will always be found roaming the stands and sidelines supporting Binghamton University athletics!


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