Archive of Darcy Blake

Darcy has written 7 article(s) for InMenlo.


Menlo College student Katrina Ford

December 27, 2012 is a day Menlo College student Katrina Ford remembers with sadness. It was the day her sister, Brianna, was killed in a car accident in Oakland. Of the five people in the car, her sister was the only one to die. The driver, who was fleeing from the police when he ran into them, is in jail.

Brianna was a student leader and role model at Clark Atlanta University in Atlanta. She was president of the Living Green Club, and brought the concept of sustainability to their campus. She introduced recycling to the college community, planted a garden, collected plastic water bottles from the dorms, and brought awareness to the local elementary schools by teaching them the importance of going green.

Katrina took a leave of absence from Menlo College last spring to deal with her grief. While she was away from college, she realized that she could deal with her loss better if she could honor her sister and keep her legacy alive. Her sister was her number one fan and encouraged her in everything she did so Katrina decided to take up her sister’s passion, the cause of sustainability.

When she returned to Menlo College in the fall, she got to work. The campus had an electric charging station for electric cars, and Zip cars to help students avoid owning cars, but there wasn’t a program to monitor plastic bottle usage and recycling. To initiate her cause, Katrina spoke at the President’s Council meeting on the importance of sustainability.

Her first goal was to ban the use of plastic bottles on campus. Her next project was to organize a group of students to refurbish a squadron of recycling bins. The fitness center has recently installed a new water system so that people can easily fill their own bottles on campus. In the next couple of months, her group will show the documentary, Tapped, on campus that shows why plastic bottles are detrimental to health and the environment. For Earth Day, the group intends to have a “Going Green” fair to support their cause.

In addition to her sustainability efforts and her work for the Black Student Union on campus, Katrina also volunteers as a tutor at the Boy’s and Girl’s Club in East Palo Alto. “One day, I’d really like to help underprivileged students with an after-school program where mentors can enrich their lives by directing them to resources for college, jobs, and everyday life,” said Katrina, who is an entrepreneur major.

Her community-based volunteer work is paving the way for her to realize her dream and to pay tribute to her sister with a meaningful gift for the College — and the environment.

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Menlo College celebrates “Aloha Aku, Aloha Mai” with its 23rd annual Hawai’ian luau on April 5

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Menlo College presents its 23rd annual authentic lu`au on Saturday, April 5, 2014. The event will include Hawaiian food, music, and dance featuring 30 Menlo College students and staff. Hawaiian music will be performed by Na Hoku Hanohano award winner, Hoku Zuttermeister. “This year, the lu’au will be simple island style with the students putting […]

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Pascaline Ujeneza’s courage brings her from Rwanda to Menlo College

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Courage — the ability and willingness to confront fear, pain, danger, uncertainty, or intimidation — is a word often used to describe the character of a leader. Pascaline Ujeneza’s story is about her courage and strength, and what it has taken for her to get where she is today. A Management Information Systems (MIS) major […]

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Mixed media art show opens at Menlo College

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The works of 49 Menlo College students — blue tape art, black-and-white collages, and color paintings — are on display in the college’s Administration building. “It’s really nice to see the different talents that our students have and the way they expressed themselves through their art projects,” said Yasmin Lambie-Simpson, Dean of Student Affairs. “I wanted to […]

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Char Pribuss talks about Paintbrush Diplomacy at Menlo College art show reception

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Char Pribuss, art collector and co-founder of  Paintbrush Diplomacy, was guest speaker last week at a reception for Menlo College’s first art show of the year, featuring a collection of art created by children. The exhibit, on display in the College’s Administration building, includes works from 40 young artists from all over the world. Char […]

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Artists invited to paint “Landscapes of Menlo”

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The Menlo College Art Committee announces a call for entries for its upcoming “Landscapes of Menlo” show, which will be on exhibit October 15 – December 14, in the campus Administration Building. Visual artists of Menlo College and the surrounding community are invited to respond to 85 years of Menlo with any art form capturing the “landscapes” […]

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Menlo College Investment Club places 4th out of 164 teams in commodity trading competition

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A team of five students in the Menlo College Investment Club traded gold and oil futures in a fast-paced electronic trading competition for a month on a professional platform to climb their way to 4th place in the nation in the Chicago Mercantile Exchange’s 2012 Commodity Trading Competition. Students Michael Brown, Eric Dawson, Marc LeBoeuf […]

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