It's football vs. forest at Va. Tech

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#1)  It's football vs. forest at Va. Tech

Postby edfrank » Fri Jun 01, 2012 11:22 pm

It's football vs. forest in Va. Tech sports facility controversy
By Lindy Royce-Bartlett, CNN
updated 4:54 PM EDT, Fri June 1, 2012

http://www.cnn.com/2012/05/31/us/virginia-forest-football/index.html?hpt=us_c1

               
                       
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Blacksburg,Va. (CNN) -- When it comes to recruiting, Virginia Tech's athletics department is taking an "if we build it, they will come" approach, with plans to construct a new $20 million indoor practice facility for its football and other sports teams near Lane Stadium on the university campus.  There's only one problem: A densely wooded area chock full of old-growth trees, some older than the United States itself, is in the way.

-Virginia Tech wants to build a new, $20 million indoor sports facility
-Many old-growth trees near Lane Stadium would have to come down
-A professor is leading efforts to block construction at the planned site
-Two suggested alternate locations aren't popular choices, either

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#2)  Re: It's football vs. forest at Va. Tech

Postby dbhguru » Sat Jun 02, 2012 7:11 am

Ed,

  In the inflated, self-important world of college and professional sports, the trees have little chance. A number of us have signed on to that cause, lending our support, but winning is a long shot. The professor commands my respect and deserves our support.

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#3)  Re: It's football vs. forest at Va. Tech

Postby Ashe County » Mon Jul 01, 2013 2:42 pm

the trees may have won this time.  alternate sites are being considered!
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#4)  Re: It's football vs. forest at Va. Tech

Postby edfrank » Mon Jul 01, 2013 3:06 pm

Excellent news!  Lets see if it happens now.
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#5)  Re: It's football vs. forest at Va. Tech

Postby Joe » Tue Jul 02, 2013 7:11 am

Ashe County wrote:the trees may have won this time.  alternate sites are being considered!


it's always amazing to me that when any project is proposed- such considerations are not given right from the beginning- is it stupidity or insensitivity?

personally, I have an extremely negative view of professional and college sports- it just feeds the Neanderthal love of violence in so many people- no insult to Neanderthals intended.... at least their violence was to remain alive in a world of wooly mamouths, wooly rhinos and cave bears....

hey, somewhat related--- just read that in California, one school is finally going to be allowed to teach yoga to students who are interested.... imagine--- sports are worshiped in every school in the nation but it took years of court battles in California to teach yoga!

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#6)  Re: It's football vs. forest at Va. Tech

Postby jamesrobertsmith » Tue Jul 02, 2013 7:52 am

Football will win. They will level that forest.
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#7)  Re: It's football vs. forest at Va. Tech

Postby Ashe County » Sun Jul 07, 2013 4:59 pm

the students mobilized against it James.  people were holding signs, talking thru megaphones, you get the picture.  the faculty voted against it.  the university board announced that the woods would not be cut.  with enough citizen protest, policies can change.

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#8)  Re: It's football vs. forest at Va. Tech

Postby dbhguru » Sun Jul 07, 2013 8:07 pm

Hooray for the students and faculty. It is easy to be very negative and write of citizen activism, but it has been activism that changed what no other method could do.

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#9)  Re: It's football vs. forest at Va. Tech

Postby edfrank » Mon Jul 08, 2013 8:06 pm

I found this interesting:

               
                       
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#10)  Re: It's football vs. forest at Va. Tech

Postby jamesrobertsmith » Mon Jul 08, 2013 10:38 pm

Ashe County wrote:the students mobilized against it James.  people were holding signs, talking thru megaphones, you get the picture.  the faculty voted against it.  the university board announced that the woods would not be cut.  with enough citizen protest, policies can change.


WOO HOO! Great to hear!
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