Worms!

Clyde Thomas, the director of Plant Services here on campus, has worms. Lots of them. In fact, he’s got about 80 pounds of the creepy-crawlers right now, and his goal is to amass 3,000 pounds of these garbage-eating creatures.

The new vermicomposting program will serve two main purposes: First, food waste from Bon Appetit, the food service company at George Fox, will go into compost bins where the worms live. They feed on the leftover food, digest it and leave behind nutrient-rich castings (worm manure). Second, the castings will help fertilize the athletic fields, which will reduce the amount of synthetic chemicals, which will in turn reduce the university’s carbon footprint.

The worms get to feast, waste gets reduced and the fields get fertilized naturally. Win-win-win.

Thomas enlisted the help of George Fox students to help with the worm herding. About 20 compost bins will be placed around campus, each with about three pounds of worms. Every three months, worm populations can double. As the compost colony grows, Thomas will place them in larger bins until he reaches his desired 3,000 pounds, which should take about 18 months.

Thomas empties a bucket of compost and worms to separate them into smaller containers for students to place in bins located around campus.

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Gungor In-Studio Interview

Mike and I got the opportunity this week to sit down with the band Gungor for an interview and acoustic performance. They were on campus to lead worship in chapel and also play a concert that night in Bauman. Before setting up for the interview, I went down to a packed Bauman auditorium to film them play a worship set. They played one of their new popular songs “Beautiful Things” and got a great response from the student body. It was a powerful experience. How cool is it that on a normal Wednesday afternoon, you as a member of the George Fox community get to be engaged in worship led by a Dove Award winning artist? Mike went to lunch with the band while I went down to the studio to setup for the recording session. When Gungor arrived at the studio, it became obvious that they a band that loves to jam. Within seconds they had their instruments out and were tuning up and messing around with licks on the guitar. A few minutes later we were setup for the interview thanks to my trusty video production assistants Natalie and Megan.

After the interview, we did a quick sound check and the band decided to play “Dry Bones”. They said it was their first time playing the song with this acoustic arrangement.

Next they grabbed a banjo and did an awesome version of “You Have Me”, another song off their new album.

Special thanks to Gungor for agreeing to the interview and special thanks to Mike, Natalie, and Megan for helping to make it happen without a hitch!