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A Push for Wind Turbines

Most of our sources for power are fossil fuels, like oil and natural gas. But those are finite resources that are going to run out sooner rather than later, and the use and recovery of them causes environmental harm. Soon it will be time to start looking into other sources of power, new sources of electricity. One of the best methods is to use natural, renewable energy sources. The most famous one is solar power, in which the heat and energy that comes from the sun’s rays is harvested and converted into electricity. However, there is also another method that can help supplement our demand for energy: wind power and wind turbines.

wind turbine
“Soon it will be time to start looking into other sources of power, new sources of electricity. One of the best methods is to use natural, renewable energy sources.” Photo from: http://s3.amazonaws.com/digitaltrends-uploads-prod/2016/03/Wind-turbines.jpg

The use of wind power and wind turbines has been on the rise in recent years and for good reason. One study shows that if used effectively, wind turbines can generate far more power than we currently use (1). Wind turbines have a lot of potential to generate the power that we need and use in our day to day lives. For example, one of the largest wind turbines out there generates enough electricity to power 600 U.S. homes (2).

However, there are a few drawbacks to the use of wind turbines. If there is no wind, there is no electricity being generated, but this problem can be solved by using other renewable energy sources in tandem with wind power. This is not a problem with a single, one size fits all solution.

The wind turbines could also be dangerous to flying animals like birds and bats. Another complaint is that wind turbines are noisy and ugly, though these problems are superficial and a small price to pay for clean, renewable energy (in fact, you have to wonder why they are even a concern at all).

All in all, the benefits outweigh the costs and we can work towards lessening or even removing whatever drawbacks may come with wind power.

  1. https://www.insidescience.org/news/studies-show-wind-powers-massive-potential
  2. http://www.nationalgeographic.com/environment/global-warming/wind-power/

We All Love Radford

There are so many things that a Highlander can say they love about Radford. But to be honest, there are more things to complain about.

Now, I can handle bad food. But there is nothing worse than good food with a bad effect. I swear, every time I eat Dalton Dining, I have to run to the bathroom on the way out. But sometimes, I must brave the aftershock just to get the grilled chicken. The food also doesn’t cost a thousand dollars either, so that’s a plus.

There is a hill called the COBE Kyle Hill that will literally be the death of every college student. There have been multiple occasions in which I basically run out of air in my lungs by the time I make it to the top. Not to mention walking up that hill while it’s cold outside and then walking into that hot building is the absolute worst. The heat flashes I get are unreal.

The protesters on campus are known by every student. So, if you attend Radford University, you know which protesters I am talking about. They act like they are the best people on earth and that they have never sinned. This campus is one of the most diverse campuses in Virginia, and they decide to bash us?

But the internet is by far one of the biggest complaints made by the students. Radford is located in the mountains, but that is no excuse. The school website says that the whole campus has Wi-Fi. But if I have to keep logging in when I change buildings, then it’s useless. Also, I have stopped doing my homework on the Wi-Fi, because it randomly stops working and I lose all of my work.

Since we live in the mountains, I think that we can all say that we hate the random temperature changes. I can handle the occasional temperature spike, but something I can’t handle is cold wind. Radford wind is like someone is stabbing you with ice-soaked knives. By the time I get to class, I am basically crying my eyes out.

But when it all comes down to it, we all love Radford.

 

Anxiety

Fluttering, falling, fading,

Once green leaves stained yellow with groundless fears,

Buffeted and shaken by rains that once

Wouldn’t have even been noticed.

One by one the leaves die of terror,

And the branches are left bare.

But instead of doing anything,

The tree lets it happen.

The more the leaves fall,

The less strength there is to hold on to the ones left.

The wind tries to help,

Tickling branches in ways the tree once loved.

But without leaves, the wind feels harsh and exhausting.

tree

“One by one the leaves die of terror, And the branches are left bare.” Photo from: www.staticflickr.com

 

 

Branches snicker, snap, and groan

At the innocent wind.

The bare bony fingers reach towards the sky,

Scraping against the blue in desperation.

But the sky never says anything,

And only the rain that was already coming

Responds to the cries.

Soon there is nothing

To protect from the coming ice,

And all that remains

Is to do

Nothing.

The Recent Blackout

There was a blackout Saturday night in Radford on lightside. The power went in and out for a few minutes until it finally went out all together around 1 am. I was in the middle of making food and suddenly everything turned off and went completely black.  I was confused at first because there wasn’t a storm or anything outside so it was out of nowhere. I figured it would come back on fairly quickly because that’s what had been happening earlier in the night. I waited 10 minutes or so and it never did come back on like I had expected.

I was home alone that night because my roommates had taken a trip to JMU for the weekend so I started to get a little bit scared in a pitch black apartment in a pitch black town all alone. I was going to try and go to a friend’s apartment but when I walked outside it was literally black I couldn’t see anything.

What did you do during the blackout? Graphic from Glogster
What did you do during the blackout? Graphic from Glogster

I ended up using my flashlight on my phone and locating my way to my bed to go to sleep because I figured it was the only thing I could do at that point with absolutely no light and no source of power. I kept checking outside to see if anyone else had gotten power back but all I could see was darkness. I believe the problem was coming from the wind that night. It was so strong all around Radford that I didn’t even want to be outside walking around at all that night because it was freezing and uncomfortable. The wind would make my eyes water and my hair would go crazy so I can’t even imagine what it did to the power lines.

Fortunately the power came back on early in the morning and I could charge my phone and everything was back to normal again. The blackout was definitely unexpected especially because everybody was out at parties or drinking that night.  At least most people were probably in big groups already so if anyone had to walk home they didn’t have to do it alone in the pitch black at 1 in the morning.

I Am Here

Do not be afraid my love,

Just close your eyes and drift away.

I’ll see you in my dreams tonight,

With loving eyes and whispered fright.

 

Please do not run,

From your fears and sorrows.

Don’t think of all the bad tomorrows.

I’ll help you quiet the chaos of your mind,

And guide you through when you are blind.

 

You will learn, one day my dear,

That you’re never alone, for I am here.

In every breath and every wind,

Through sun and trees and back again.

 

I’ll never leave you, you must know.

If sadness or madness ever grow.

I’m by your side,

Through thick and thin.

I will love you,

‘Til the very end.

hugs
“I’ll help you quiet the chaos of your mind, And guide you through when you are blind.”