Students who have been at the forefront of an effort to stop the University’s investment in coal made gains last week to attract more attention to their cause.
The UNC Sierra Student Coalition’s Beyond Coal campaign succeeded in adding a referendum to the 2013 student body presidential ballot by passing it through Student Congress.
The referendum, which will be on the Feb. 12 ballot, will gauge student opinion on endowment investment in coal in an effort to encourage administrative response to the subject.
“We wanted to do something that would give us more traction with the administrators,” said sophomore Jasmine Ruddy, the grassroots organizer for Beyond Coal. “That’s why we are using the referendum.”
Beyond Coal’s goal is to receive support for coal divestment — stopping the use of endowment funds for investing in coal-using companies. They are hoping for support from at least 50 percent of the student body with the referendum.