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Poverty Awareness Week
EDMOND, OK -- Students at the University of Central Oklahoma use cardboard boxes to build shacks to live in for Poverty Awareness Week.
"I'm just nervous about sleeping outside. It's less than a tent because if it rains you don't have protection," said UCO Freshman, Greg Adams.
The college gives students a limited amount of supplies to construct a shelter they will live in from Sunday to Wednesday. "They gave us wood slats to put underneath and they gave us cardboard and tarps and duct tape," said UCO Sophomore, Bethany Harmon.
The annual event is called Shack-a-Thon.
"We're not necessarily living like they're living and that's not the point, but the point is to let people know these people are here. They're around us. They don't live very far away, and we can do little things like live in shack for a week just to help them," said UCO Senior, Caleb Glennie.
Courtney Conrad says this will be her third year to participate, "This is just something that I love that UCO does. My freshmen year when I heard about this. I said this is something I have to get involved in."
Every year students raise money and donations for a local food pantry, but this year the donations collected will establish a pantry on campus.
"It's going to go to faculty and students and people in our community, and so everything that we're doing for this week is going to directly affect our campus," said Conrad.
Poverty Awareness Week runs from Sept. 30 through Oct. 5.
Non-perishable and hygiene items will be collected throughout the week for Central Pantry. If you would like to donate, you can bring items to the Volunteer and Service Learning Center office located at the Nigh University Center, Room 212, or to the students participating in Shack-a-Thon around Broncho Lake.
Posted: Sunday, September 30 2012, 10:30 PM CDT
IN OKLAHOMA NEWS
Okla. AG sought delay in regional haze hearing
May 18, 2013 18:13 GMT
OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) -- A hearing on a new plan by Tulsa-based utility Public Service Co. of Oklahoma to deal with regional haze is to go forward, despite a request for a delay by Attorney General Scott Pruitt.
Pruitt asked the Oklahoma Department of Environmental Quality to put off the 1 p.m. Monday hearing in Oklahoma City, saying he had concerns about a revised state plan for limiting emissions.
The Oklahoman reports (http://is.gd/oGfxB5 ) PSO gave an earlier estimate that projected the plan would result in an 11 percent rate increase to cover an expected $350 million in costs.
A group of industrial utility users says the plan is more expensive than a federal implementation plan to combat regional haze.
Pruitt says PSO's future power requirements could affect cost estimates.
Information from: The Oklahoman, http://www.newsok.com
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