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BY: Will Housley

Tennessee Tech University's Honors Program welcomes spring with two environmental events this week featuring art, dance, education, fun, and refreshments.

On Thursday, March 17, the Beehive Design Collective will present an interactive visual display entitled "The True Cost of Coal" in the Millard Oakley STEM Center at 6 p.m.

Their presentation will focus on mountaintop removal, a method of extracting coal practiced in the Appalachia.

The group describes their artwork for "The True Cost of Coal" as teeming with intricate images of plants and animals from the most bio-diverse temperate forest on the planet.

Using art as way of educating people of all ages about the connections between turning on a light and the stories of coal mining communities, the group combines visual art with storytelling and invites their audiences to share their experiences.

The event, hosted by the Green Committee of the Associated Scholars Guild, the student organization of the TTU Honors Program, is free and open to the public. For information, contact Josh Donegan, chair of the Green Committee at

The Beehive Design Collective is a touring group of artists and educators who use their floor-to-ceiling, hand-drawn illustrations to engage their audiences in a discussion of environmental issues.

Additionally, on Saturday, March 19, the Associated Scholars Guild's annual Charity Ball will be held at 7 p.m. in the Tech Pride Room.

This year's ball will benefit Save Cummins Falls, an organization working to preserve one of the most popular recreational natural areas in the Upper Cumberland.

The event features a casino theme, dancing, music, and food.

The event is open to all.

For tickets, contact Emily Thompson, chairperson of the ASG Social Committee, at