2016 Stand Up awardees speak at ‘The Village at Penn State’
The 2016 Stand Up honorees, Jaden Rankin-Wahlers, Alanna Kaiser and Nathan Larkin, spoke at ‘The Village at Penn State: State College Retirement Communities’ on Friday, October 21, 2016. The students presented on climate change divestment at Penn State and the Lion's Pantry.
Alanna and Nathan, founding members of Fossil Free PSU, presented together on their work surrounding Penn State’s divestment in fossil fuels. As freshman, Nathan and Alanna had aspirations of getting Penn State to completely divest from these companies, but realized it wasn’t going to be an easy process and would take longer than initially thought. With this in mind, they continue to work toward that goal by speaking with faculty and administration they have found gains in bringing awareness to campus about climate change and utilizing more efficient forms of energy. The community at the Village engaged in conversation with Alanna and Nathan and asked thought-provoking question, which included a discussion on nuclear energy. Each of the students responded noting that the jury is still out on that topic, but they see both the benefits but also the obvious dangers in investing in Nuclear energy and its research.
Jaden then presented on the Lion’s Pantry, an on campus food bank that anyone with a student ID may utilize with no questions asked. The Lion’s Pantry was created to address the issue of student hunger at Penn State and to provide sustenance to those students experiencing food insecurity. At the conclusion of the presentation the community members were visibly moved by the work of the those involved with the pantry. Many members expressed their interest in helping by holding a food drive for the pantry when the food volume is low.
**The week following this presentation, a Lion’s Pantry endowment was selected as the Penn State 2017 Senior Class Gift. This gift will ensure long-term support for the pantry.