On Friday, Oct. 27, the Save the Bees Living Learning House hosted a unique combination of honey tasting, bee costumes and live music for the first event, the Bee-B-Q. Attendees were treated to a delicious barbecue provided by Dining Services and entertaining performances provided by talented K students.
The live entertainment was kicked off by a two song set from local group WEIRD Muzic (Shon Powell ‘18, Austin Vance ‘18 and Twin Evans ‘18). A full debut album from the group will be available in 2018. House member Logan Beck ‘20 followed up with an acoustic guitar performance, followed by a performance by Austin Sheer ‘18. Sustainability Intern and Just Food Collective representative Emiline Chipman ‘18 also presented on sustainability efforts within Kalamazoo.
Beyond the clear and relatable title, what is the house all about? House member Gabriel Stanley ‘20 say that “the Save the Bees house came about as a response to the declining pollinator populations globally. We realized it was a shared interest and forming a house seemed the best way to act on it.” In addition to activities and initiatives organized through the house, a student group — The Ministry of Bee Lovin’ — has also been active on campus. Stanley explained that “The Ministry of Bee Lovin’ is a student organization so they have meetings, whereas a Living Learning House focuses on putting on events throughout the year. There’s a lot of overlap between our goals and members.”
What can K students expect from the Save the Bees house in the future? Stanley says that in the spring, the house would “like to work with facilities management to set up more pollinator gardens and [we] would encourage people to come out to help.” In the meantime, Stanley suggested that “A lot of what people can do to help the Bees is to write to local politicians. Whether it’s a senator or representative, it’s a good way to have noticeable change occur.”