Intro and Notes on Meadowlands

Personal Intro

Sean Connery

My name is Sean Miliner and I am currently a Senior as a Sports Management major. I got my name from Sean Connery, who played OO7. My dad was a big fan of his and really liked the name. I am from Dayton, OH and have played football for OWU the past 4 years. Love to play sports and hope to one day work for a professional sports organization.

Past Projects

From looking at the past projects, I’ve seen a lot of great ideas for sustainable projects on campus. What interests me most are the ideas about different ways to use natural energy like wind and solar to power buildings on the academic side of campus. Both are very interesting ideas and could possibly be of great use if put into affect. Other ideas I had for sustainability projects are better ways to recycle around campus or to monitor the amount of food that is not being eaten. I never know what is done with the extra food that had been coked and they shut down the food hall.

Notes from Meadowlands

I was surprised when I first started reading this book on how much detail the author put into describing the landscapes and his journey through the Meadowlands. Though I did enjoy the great thoroughness of his descriptions that made me feel as if I was looking at it face to face, I did feel at moments that he could have left out some of the stuff that he did. When tying to find a canoe for example, he describes going to Campmor, a giant outdoor activity supply store, and buying a canoe. But also listing out all the other stuff that he just couldn’t pass up on buying. Reading through the list, all the supplies he got seemed to be necessary but I just felt that it didn’t need to be stated.

What also caught my attention was when they were canoeing in the river, as they came across the New Jersey turnpike, people were so surprised when they saw that someone was actually in the river canoeing. People were yelling “Canoe! Canoe!” like it was something that they had never seen before. Also the fact that there were many projects that were attempted to be done in the Meadowlands, but were never done. Most felt that anything was better than what was already there. Henry Berliner for example, wanted to start an airport in the middle of the Meadowlands that had a hotel and restaurant in it. His dream was never done and is remembered as the biggest scheme that never got off the ground.

The Meadowlands has a rich history that Sullivan talks about in different parts of the book. He talked about for example how a local Indian tribe was the first people to give name to the Meadowlands. and how they used the land for fishing and hunting. Also how before anyone ever stood on top of Snake Hill, the Meadowlands were a giant glacial lake that began receding in 800 B.C. and still seems to be receding today. There are a lot of great little facts mentioned in the book about the Meadowlands that tells of its history and how it has affected the Meadowlands today.

The Trouble with Wilderness

Niagara Falls

This article emphasizes the fact that there aren’t any wilderness areas that haven’t been affected by human involvement. What we consider wilderness has been altered by human cultures that have cultivated land. The article talks about the thoughts that are typically associated with what we consider “wilderness”, like barren or wasteland. Compares the terminology of how the wilderness is described in the Bible and how people who had visited the wilderness describe them today. John Muir in 1869 declared that he had never heard of or read of something that describes of the beauty that he had seen in person. Many others after would express the same thoughts as well and would see wilderness areas like Niagara Falls and Yosemite Park become tourist destinations.

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One Response to Intro and Notes on Meadowlands

  1. John Krygier says:

    It’s good your dad wasn’t a huge fan of Whoopi Goldberg.

    Projects: possibly composting and food waste – that is a big issue now that we have lost the contractor who took all the heavy, wet food waste we have to get rid of from campus. A few other students are also interested in pursuing this – so could be a group project.

    Good comments on the readings. Try to turn some of your insights into questions we could discuss in class. For example, what’s up with all the description of seemingly random stuff? Why, as a professional writer, include that? But also the other insights you have – they all can be posed as questions, what’s the “moral of the story” so to speak.

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