Students for the Bernard Field Station hosted a teach-in on Harvey Mudd's green on Tuesday, March 3 to show student and faculty support for the Bernard Field Station (BFS) while informing students about its value and the issues surrounding it.
Harvey Mudd bought a 11.4 acre parcel of the 86 acre BFS. They plan to build a 1.2 acre "green" parking lot on the coastal sage scrub habitat. Claremont students and faculty use the field station for research in biology and environmental science.
"The idea of the teach-in is to inform students about how bad of an idea it is to build on the BFS. It is also to show support for our cause at Harvey Mudd," said Asa Kamer (PZ '11) of Students for the BFS. The group invited professors to speak on the issue, then brainstormed practical alternatives to building on the BFS.
"This event taught many students the intricacies of the situation and the importance of the field station as it is now. It is vitally important to this cause that the student body of the 5C's remain vocal and involved," Kamer said. He encouraged concerned students to write to Maria Klawe, president of Harvey Mudd, and attend Students for the BFS meetings at 9:30 p.m. in the Grove House on Mondays, as well as future teach-ins and other events.
Friends of the Bernard Field Station is also taking action to save the BFS. They are hosting the first annual "ART and the BFS" Competition. Up to four $50 prizes will be awarded to any 5C student working in any medium. Work should relate to the organisms or habitat at the BFS. Artists must submit their work by April 3. Friends of the BFS will award the winners on April 11, 2009. For more information, contact Dr. Susan Schenk at Sschenk@jsd.claremont.edu.