Wednesday, November 16, 2016


For this week’s Humans of SECS, we’d like you to meet one of our Beyond Coal co-chairs, Mary Jane Oviatt. MJ is a junior majoring in Natural Resources and Environmental Sciences (specializing in Human Dimensions), with a minor in Horticulture. She is also a member of Pi Beta Phi Sorority and the Student Sustainability Committee Food & Waste working group, the film director for the Green Observer, president of the Illini Greens, and a dishwasher at Bevier CafĂ©. MJ has been involved in Beyond Coal since her sophomore year and took over one of the co-chair positions this year.

“You ever see that special about "If humans disappeared today" and by year three New York City resembles a jungle? Some pretty awesome technology figuring that out. But look at the huge underlying message... look at how much man power it takes to hold back the natural forces of this planet. We are actively suffocating this place. We're obsessed with our creations without remembering what already exists. We are so obsessed with living that we have forgotten about the root of our survival--what is a more depressing irony? 

It’s a lot of work to maintain this excessive lifestyle. People are speaking out and it helps… It helps my sanity, at least.” 

Photographs by Maggie Golden

Tuesday, October 25, 2016


This week we'd like to introduce you to our social chair, Matthew Martinez. Matthew is a sophomore studying philosophy and psychology on the pre-law track. He's the one responsible for organizing all of our wonderful social events, and is also a member of our Beyond Coal subcommittee. Matthew has been a part of SECS for one year and is excited for all the time to come!

"I like to think of the Earth as an extension of myself... I know that might sound disingenuous, but I really believe it. The way I see it, my ability to experience anything at all is the culmination of the most outrageous and beautifully harmonious occurrences, and the Earth played a huge role in it all! It facilitated the evolution of life that eventually led to my consciousness. It’s part of the reason I’m able to say and feel any of this. Why aren’t we constantly blown away by that!? It’s so beautiful... Anyways, I just want to give it the reverence it deserves and I think that necessitates being a good steward."

Photographs by Maggie Golden