Global Alert! — November 1, 2009

November 1, 2009 – Global Alert.mp3

A proposed $5-per-student-per-semester “green fee” to pay for environmentally friendly initiatives at Indiana University of Pennsylvania has been the subject of a cover story in the campus newspaper The Penn and an action item on the agenda of the IUP Student Government Association.

“Global Alert” producer Jessica Potter gathered student reaction to the proposal during a series of interviews at Stapleton Library on Oct. 30. And producer Garritt Fleming interviewed live in the studio Rachel DeStefano, a member of the SGA, an SGA representative on the board of the Student Cooperative Association and a self-described student environmental activist.

“Global Alert” is a student-reported and -produced radio program that airs on WIUP-FM (90.1) every other Sunday morning during academic semesters at Indiana University of Pennsylvania. The program is sponsored by the IUP chapter of the Society of Professional Journalists.

The program focuses on global issues that have a community impact in Indiana County, Pennsylvania. The organizing principle of “Global Alert” is “think global and act local.”

Fall 2009 programs have focused on:

  • Sept. 27, Oct. 11: political and environmental controversy surrounding the White’s Woods recreational forest in White Township
  • Nov. 1: a proposed $5-per-student-per-semestter “green fee” proposed for the IUP campus by a student environmental group
  • Nov. 15:  the natural-gas-drilling boom associated with the Marcellus shale formation underlying Indiana County
  • Dec. 6: changing war policy on U.S. involvement in Afghanistan, featuring IUP political science professor Gawdat Bahgat, Ph.D.

To contact “Global Alert,” email IUP faculty adviser David O. Loomis, Ph.D., at or phone the IUP Journalism Department at 724-357-4411.

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