Hello, my name is Megan Shovestull and I'm a soon-to-be graduated journalism major at Kent State University. While my focus is mainly writing stories, I've also enjoyed the number of multimedia opportunities I've had during my time at Kent State. This environmental investigations class has offered me a chance to grow a lot as a [...]
A River of Art
The last Cuyahoga river fire occurred on June 22, 1969. This year marked fifty years since that huge turning point and northeast Ohio broke out in celebration of how far the Cuyahoga has come since that fateful day. Many community members and groups decided to share their pride for the Cuyahoga’s accomplishments through a number [...]
Your local watershed
During my time in this environmental investigations class I learned a number of new things such as the growth of wildlife in the river, the river's powerful history and even how our local sewers impact the health and quality of our waterways. One of the things that my not-so-science-brained self learned this semester was that [...]
How the Stokes Brothers Changed the Cuyahoga River Forever
I recently had the chance to talk to India Nicole Burton, a co-director of the Cleveland Public Theatre's recent show about the Cuyahoga River, "Fire on the Water." During our interview she mentioned that the play alluded to the importance of Carl and Louis Stokes in helping with not only the Cuyahoga River, but environmentalism [...]
Analysis: Why we need environmental education
Early environmental learning All my life, I lived near two famous bodies and I still know very little about either of them. I am 22 years old and still trying to educate myself about climate change and other environmental issues I could've learned in middle and high school. The biggest things I really learned early [...]
Can living by a body of water be beneficial?
Imagine the peaceful sound of a river's waters rushing down a hill. The birds are chirping all around the sky. Deer and other forest creatures rustle around the fallen leaves of the nearby forest. Turtles and otters cozy up to the river's edge. These are some of the things you may experience if you choose [...]
Can our creativity connect us to nature?
I think it’s safe to say that art and creative projects have been heavily influenced by nature throughout our human history. Painters like Vincent Van Gogh and Claude Monet gained much of their fame from their nature-inspired paintings. Poetry and songs have used natural elements to express emotion. Film and television shows have used the [...]
Charlie Malone talks River Stanzas
This year, Kent State University's Wick Poetry Center used their Traveling Stanzas to create the "River Stanzas." It was and continues to be a project that celebrates the improvement since the Cuyahoga River's burning that happened 50 years ago and the hopes for the river's future. Charlie Malone, Wick Poetry's program and outreach manager discusses [...]
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