The Michigan Daily - Tuesday, February 9, 1993 - Page 3
Survey finds students
not recycling garbage
by Marc Olender
Daily Environment Reporter
Custodians and recycling ad-
ministrators agreed it is high time
students cleaned up their messes.
A survey conducted by the
University Recycling Office found
that although the means to recycle
are available, few students are us-
"They're used to their parents
picking up after them, I guess,"
said Erica Spiegel, special projects
coordinator of the Recycling
Spiegel interviewed 25 percent
of Building Services' custodial
staff last Fall to assess how well
the University community was
"The custodians have told us
there's still quite a bit of paper go-
ing into the trash. We're going af-
ter that 'nth percent' to get the re-
cycling out of the trash," Spiegel
The tally for the 1991-92 aca-
demic year showed the University
was recycling only 19.4 percent of
its 7,427 tons of trash.
Spiegel said this volume of
trash would fill the Burton Bell
Tower 12 times.
Fred Clemons, a custodian at
Angell Hall, said he was disap-
pointed with student participation.
"Students just throw newspa-
pers on the floor. Very few of
them use the recycling bins,"
These discarded newspapers
are thrown away by custodial staff
because they have no time to sort
them from the trash, Clemons
Bryant Roberson, Clemons'
co-worker, agreed that students do
not seem to care.
"There's no money coming out
of their pocket," Roberson said,
"They don't seem to see any kind
of effect it's taking on them."
The problem is no better in the
Business School, said Ray
Candiotti, a custodian at the
"We're not supposed to be the
policemen," Candiotti said.
He suggested the recycling of-
fice should work more with stu-
dent groups to get the word out
"Maybe repeat it on a monthly
basis until it penetrates," he said.
But LSA junior Toshito
Tsukamuto said she and her
roommate both recycle.
"My roommate drinks a lot of
Diet Coke, and she keeps this
huge bag of cans," Tsukamuto
She added, though, that her
home in Oxford Housing does not
provide visible recycling areas.
"I can't see it wherever I go -
I'm not sure if they have it,"
Spiegel said students are a
large part of the waste problem on
"There's an over-usage of pa-
per in the computer areas. People
print way more than they should,"
Spiegel also pointed to the
Daily as a contributor to the waste
buildup. "They print probably a
third more than what's needed,"
Spiegel said. "That's what's left in
The recycling survey also rated
the recycling volumes of buildings
across campus, including resi-
dence halls. The results generally
Building Services employee John O'Connor picks up papers left on floors
and benches in the Fishbowl. These are thrown away and not recycled.
showed increases from 1991 to
Vera Baits Residence Hall had
the worst record, with a 10 percent
drop in recycling volume.
"The implementation of recy-
cling at Baits was hampered by the
logistics of Baits more than any-
thing else," said Ray Biggs,
Building Facilities manager.
Vera Baits is spread out over
ten-and-a-half acres, without a
central receiving dock, Biggs said.
This makes collecting recyclables
He added that a project to in-
crease recycling involving student
input was underway.
The numbers in the survey do
not necessarily show a change in
student participation, said Mary
Madrigal, Building Facilities man-
ager at Alice Lloyd. According to
the survey, Alice Lloyd showed a
103 percent increase in recycling
"We've got some (students)
that help us," Madrigal said, "On
some corridors, they're pretty
But Madrigal said many stu-
dents do not properly use the recy-
cling closets in the corridors.
"They throw cans and pop bot-
tles into the newspaper bin. I take
trash out of the bins myself,"
Madrigal attributed most of the
work being done at the residence
hall to employees.
"My employees have been do-
ing a lot of recycling, the staff
does," she said. "But we could re-
cycle more if we had more input
Spiegel said although students
were not recycling as much as
they could, it is not due to a lack
by Nate Hurley
Daily Administration Reporter
Students interested in taking
classes on multicultural awareness
can easily fit it into their schedules
with mini-courses sponsored by
several University offices.
The Program on Intergroup
Relations and Conflict offers one-
credit mini-courses, which are spon-
sored by the Office of Minority
Affairs, the Office of Student Affairs
and the Pilot Program.
"In my experience, students are
looking for classes that deal with
these issues in a relatively small
classroom setting where dialogue
and interactive teaching are empha-
sized," said Ximena Zdfiiga, director
of the Program on Intergroup
Relations and Conflict.
"I think these mini-courses are
also appealing because they carry
one or two credits and it is easier for
students to fit them in their
schedules," she said.
This is the first year the mini-
courses are being funded by the
Office of Student Affairs.
"It was our effort to institutional-
ize the kinds of offerings being of-
fered by the inter-group relations
courses," said Dean of Students
"As we look at our multicultural
programming, we think that is a very
important part of our office," he
Although the Office of Student
Affairs funds the program, the
Office of Minority Affairs is also a
"We support it in terms of the
time and effort that goes into it be-
cause of the importance of these
courses," said John Matlock,
director of minority affairs.
Several people in these offices
volunteer time to teach the mini-
"They are very committed to
teaching students about their area of
expertise," Zfliiga said.
Although the Program on
Intergroup Relations and Conflict
has only been around since 1988,
mini-courses have been offered at
the University for some time.
"The Pilot Program has for years
had a one-credit mini-course called a
theme experience - 10-15 years,
possibly even longer," said Peg
Talburtt, director of the Pilot
The four mini-courses offered by
the program this term count for one
100-level Pilot Program credit.
These mini-courses are:
Latinos in the U.S.A.: A
Dialogue on the Meaning of
Exploring the White
Experience in a Multicultural World;
African American - Asian
American Relations; and,
Who Are Contemporary
Three mini-courses were offered
this fall, and two - or more, de-
pending on funding - are scheduled
for next fall, Zirtiga said.
Todd Sevig, a senior counselor at
Counseling Services and a program
associate at Intergroup Relations, is
teaching "Exploring the White
Experience in a Multicultural
"I think it's hard for white people
to know where they fit in terms of
multiculturalism," he said. "It's been
sort of a missing piece, in terms of
Dale Patterson, an LSA senior
enrolled in Sevig's class, said he has
been looking at these mini-courses
for a while.
"Being a biology major, I haven't
had the opportunity to take full-
length classes ... and I needed one
more credit to graduate," he said.
"I think the thing that surprised
me most was that I expected more of
a white crowd; it was racially di-
verse. It surprised me at first, but
then I was glad," Patterson added.
Sevig said the class is made up of
about half white students, and half
"I think it's helpful also for peo-
ple of color to get an idea of the
complexity of being white," Sevig
Zufliga, who teaches "Latinos in
the USA," said many people in her
class are often unaware of the di-
verse types of Latinos. She added
that it is interesting to see people
with multiple backgrounds.
"The first assignment is to ask
students to write a five-to-eight-page
paper - a short ethnic autobiogra-
phy, to interview their parents and
relatives," she said, explaining that
the biography helps serve as a start-
ing point for students in exploring
their ethnic backgrounds.
LSA senior Cliff Samaniego took
a mini-course in multicultural
awareness two years ago and now he
is involved in the program.
"I took it out of choice. I'm an
Asian American and I had an inter-
est in relations between multicultural
people. I thought it would broaden
my horizons," he said.
Alison Fornes, who now facili-
tates a class on white women and
women of color, said she became
acquainted with the program by
taking a mini-course on
"Everyone can definitely benefit.
Students who haven't yet been able
to talk about issues on a real per-
sonal level should take the class,"
Rape reported at
A 21-year-old woman was
allegedly raped early Sunday
morning at a birthday party in the
1300 block of Wilmot Street,
according to Ann Arbor Police
Department (AAPD) reports.
The woman told police that she
had been washing her face in the
bathroom of the house when a man
walked in, locked the door behind
him and assaulted her. The man then
fled from the scene.
AAPD Sgt. Mark Hoornstra said
police are unsure if the survivor is a
student, although the party occurred
in an area where many students live.
Police are still searching for the
suspect, who is described as 18 to 21
years old, 5-foot-10, weighing about
185 lbs., with short, very dark brown
Spill found to be
University Department of Public
Safety (DPS) officers responded to a
report of a possible radioactive
chemical spill Friday afternoon on
the fifth floor of the Kresge II
University News and Information
Services Director Joseph Owsley
said staff were making a routine
check of the laboratories when they
discovered that an unknown chemi-
cal had been spilled. At first they
suspected it might be tritium, a
slightly radioactive chemical and
used scintillation fluid to test the
The chemical reacted to the test
by emitting sparkles when placed in
the fluid, much as a radioactive
chemical would, Owsley said.
However, the sparkling was not a
prolonged reaction, which would
have indicated the presence of a ra-
dioactive chemical, he added.
Owsley said the Radiation Safety
Services team speculated that the
chemical may have been an ingredi-
ent in the laboratory's floor wax.
"It was not a harmful amount of
whatever it was," he said.
Computer thieves allegedly
struck the Electrical Engineering and
Computer Science Building over the
weekend, taking an Apple
Macintosh computer, its monitor and
a laser printer, according to
DPS reports. The thieves smashed a
window to gain entry to room 1246
sometime between Friday evening
and Saturday morning.
There are no suspects at this time
and investigations are continuing.
Safe stolen from
Thieves broke into Olga's
Kitchen restaurant at 205 S. State St.
late Friday night or early Saturday
morning, according to AAPD re-
An unknown suspect or suspects
pried open the south side door of the
restaurant and stole a 400-pound
safe containing approximately
Hoornstra said he believes that
more than one person was involved
in the theft of the safe.
"It would have taken a weight
lifter to pick up that safe by him-
self," Hoornstra added.
A wheeled dolly was found near
the scene of the crime, leading po-
lice to speculate that it might have
been used to remove the safe.
-by Will McCahill
Daily Crime Reporter
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