Q&A with newly appointed secretary of the DEP, Austin Caperton

1 Mar

By Erin Drummond   Tension lingered in the air as citizens of West Virginia stared at the member of the state’s government, glaring as he answered question after question with the same three words: “I don’t know.” As Austin Caperton entered his second month in as the newly appointed secretary for the Department of Environmental […]

Austin Caperton, Secretary of West Virginia DEP, Leaves Many Discouraged After First Public Forum

1 Mar

Austin Caperton is proud to be the new secretary for the West Virginia Department of Environmental Protection (DEP). Caperton’s first time speaking directly to the public was this past Monday, when the Sierra Student Coalition invited him to speak at the Mountain Lair at West Virginia University. Caperton states the focus of this Agency is […]

Sierra Student Coalition holds forum for DEP

1 Mar

The West Virginia Department of Environmental Protection held a forum sponsored by the Sierra Student Coalition on Monday, February 28th. This forum was put together to help introduce the new secretary, Austin Caperton, and environmental advocate, Ed Maguire, while also giving the people of West Virginia the opportunity to speak up about their concerns. DEP […]

West Virginia DEP Secretary, Austin Caperton, Faces Tough Crowd At First Public Forum

28 Feb

By: Mariah Congedo The Sierra Student Coalition hosted newly appointed, secretary of the Department of Environmental Protection, Austin Caperton on Monday evening. Caperton and his environmental advocate, Ed Maguire were faced with many angered citizens of West Virginia regarding several economic topics. Caperton has only been in office for forty days and says this was […]

Morgantown adopts gun ban, despite pleas from citizens.

26 Feb

By Nick Foutrakis MORGANTOWN, W. Va. — Morgantown City Council barely passed an ordinance prohibiting guns in municipal buildings and on city-owned property. The ordinance was passed after a four to three vote decided on Tuesday, Feb. 21. Councilors Bill Kawecki, Nancy Ganz, Jenny Selin and Marti Shamberger voted in favor of the ordinance while […]

Naxolone: second chance or enabler of addiction?

22 Feb

Last March, the West Virginia legislature passed a law that allows pharmacies to sell naxolone, an opioid overdose reversal medicine, without a prescription. The new policy is targeted to those who have a family member or close friend who they suspect is at risk of overdosing and would like to have the option to intervene […]

Drawing the line on Euthanasia

22 Feb

By Isaac Zivkovic The British Columbia Civil Liberties Union (BCCLA) is currently challenging the constitutionality of physician assisted deaths in Canada. Bill C-14 was voted into effect last June and outlines various safeguards for patients who may wish to request physician assisted death — otherwise conventionally known as euthanasia. Should a person be old enough […]

Medical MASH: CRISPR’s Potential for Cosmetic Enhancement

22 Feb

If you’re a 90’s kid, you probably grew up playing MASH. The game lets you pick your future house, car, spouse, job and any other life decision you might imagine. Medical technology is now approaching the ability to play MASH with our bodies. A gene-editing tool called CRISPR/Cas9 allows scientists to remove, add and edit […]

The Transparency Crisis at the Environmental Protection Agency

22 Feb

“Today, the amount of carbon dioxide in the atmosphere is higher than at any time in the last 650,000 years. #Climate.” is one of a series of tweets published in a rogue act of defiance against the new policies from the Trump administration by the Badlands National Park in South Dakota, Part of the U.S. […]

Human Genome Editing: Too Close to Playing God or One Step Closer to a Disease-Free Society?

22 Feb

If you have perused the health and science sections of any major news source lately, you probably have seen many stories about the new recommendations from the National Academy of Medicine and the National Academy of Sciences regarding human genome editing. As well, if those news articles allow comments sections, you have probably seen many […]