by David Tanner (’18)


During lunch this past Thursday, April 5th, the Honors College met, divided by grade, and discussed a selection from Tom’s River, this year’s Honors College reading. Tom’s River is an account of the pollution of the titular New Jersey township through dumping of toxic materials, which caused a cancer cluster there. Students had previously written lists of questions based on the reading, and were divided into groups to discuss the issues and then present their specific topic to all assembled. The program kicked off with a pizza lunch, which lead into the heated debate and discussion over the complex moral and legal issues involved in preserving public safety. Some groups reached a consensus, while others had differences of opinion; all, however, had a thoughtful and enjoyable session. Thank you to the Honors College advisors for facilitating and participating in the discussion.


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