Junior, One of 13 DePauw Students to Attend UN Climate Summit, Will Blog for Indianapolis Star
December 7, 2009
December 6, 2009, Greencastle, Ind. — "DePauw University student Andrew Maddocks just couldn't watch this week's United Nations climate summit from the sidelines," begins a story in the Indianapolis Star. "As a conflict studies major and managing editor of the school's newspaper, he had to be there."
Maddocks is one of 13 DePauw students who will travel to Copenhagen, Denmark, for the climate change conference known as COP15. More than 180 heads will send leaders to the event; President Barack Obama will represent the United States. The students' trip is made possible by a contribution from Pamela Lorman Peternell '68 and her husband, Ben.
"It's one of the most significant (environmental) meetings happening in my life," says Maddocks, who hails from Barrington, Rhode Island. "Hopefully, it will lead to agreement on greenhouse gases and emissions ... I think these are the biggest issues to affect my life and will define our generation."
Scott Thien writes, Maddocks, whose trip is sponsored by the Greencastle, Ind., college, will write about his experience daily in a blog for IndyStar.com.
"Traditional news media capture the mechanics," Maddocks says, "but not the emotion and color of storytelling, the behind-the-scenes nature of the event. That's what I plan to do."
The Star adds, "Maddocks, 21, has been active in environmental policy at DePauw, where he helped start a chapter of Focus the Nation, which coordinates U.S. teach-ins on climate change. The Maryland native also is a founder of the DePauw Environmental Policy Project, a group of 10 to 15 students who focus on environmental public policy, examine legislative bills centered on related issues and offer testimony for study committees. Last summer, Maddocks was a college fellow at the Poynter Institute and staff writer at the Salt Lake Tribune in Utah. He also has been a reporter and news editor for the twice-weekly DePauw newspaper. Maddocks also is a member of Phi Gamma Delta fraternity and plays viola for DePauw University Symphony Orchestra."
Read more on the students' trip to Copenhagen in The DePauw.Back