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MONDAY: TUESDAY:
The Extremist Arbor Anecdotes

WEDNESDAY:
Before You Were Here

THURSDAY:
Campus Characters

What's the deal with all those
smokestacks near the Hill?
It's not as shocking as you might think

High above campus, brick chim-
neys belch steam day and night.
Although they might look like part
of Willy Wonka's Chocolate Factory,
the smokestacks are part of the Uni-
versity's Central Power Plant. The
plant produces more than half of the
energy used on campus.
Initially, it produced enough ener-
gy to serve all of campus and some
hospital buildings. However, the
University's growth has necessitated
the import of electricity.
The plant, located on East Huron
Street, provides steam, electric-
ity, compressed air and hot water
to almost 100 buildings on Central
Campus. It has provided energy to
the University since it was built in
1924.
I(t produces about 250,000,000
kilowatt hours of power each year.

It has been recognized as one of the
most efficient plants in the country
for its unusual fusion of energy and
heating.
After using steam to produce elec-
tricity, the plant pumps the steam
around campus to heat buildings.
In 1924, a 250-foot-long tunnel
was built to carry heat to the Univer-
sity. The plant was also expanded by
598,000 cubic feet.
Although technology has advanced
since the plant opened, the plant cur-
rently requires four maintenance
workers at all times - one more than
the plant needed when it opened.
The University has worked to
reduce plant emissions. Last year,
the Environmental Protection Agen-
cy awarded the plant for its effort to
reduce greenhouse gases.
The EPA gave the University's

power plant an efficiency rating of
86 percent. The average steam power
plant only runs at 40 percent effi-
ciency. By using about 18 percent less
fuel than other plants, the plant saves
enough natural gas to heat about
17,000 homes per year.
During the summer months, the
University maintains the same elec-
trical production.
The University needs less steam
for heating, though, because of the
higher temperatures.
For this reason, the University
uses steam-powered air conditioning
in many of its buildings. Although
steam-powered air conditioning typi-
cally costs more than other types of
air conditioning, it saves money over-
all because it uses steam that has
already been produced.
ELISE WOZNICKI

Smoke billows from the University's Central Power
Plant. The plant helps heat campus and produces more
than half of the University's electricity.

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CRIME NOTES
Hospital patient Wednesday, DPS reported.
violates parole Snoring man

CAMPUS EVENTS & NOTES

WHERE: University Hospital
WHEN: Thursday at about
7:30 p.m.
WHAT: A University staff
umember called police to
report that a male patient at
t&e University Hospital had
acell phone in violation of
his parole agreement, the
Department of Public Safety
reported. He was on parole
for a drug conviction.
Wallet, phone
stolen at CCRB
WHERE: Central Campus
Becreation Building
WHEN: Thursday at about
9:p.n.
WHAT:Astudent'swallet
and phone were stolenafter
they were left unattended on

annoys students
WHERE: Weill Hall
WHEN: Thursday at about
4 a.m.
WHAT: A man was sleeping
and snoring loudly on a couch
in the lobby. Students trying
to study reported the incident
to DPS. The man has a his-
tory of sleeping in University
buildings.
'U' employee
gets annoying
phone calls
WHERE: University Hospital
WHEN: Thursday at about
3:30 p.m.
WHAT:A female staff member
received harassing calls on her
cell phone, DPS reported.

Dance company
performance
WHAT: A dance show, cho-
reographed by Stephen Petro-
nio, called "Bloom"
WHO: University Musical
Society
WHEN: Today at 8p.m.
WHERE: Power Center
Play about
identity mix-ups
WHAT: A play called "She
Stoops to Conquer"
WHO: Department of Theatre
and Drama
WHEN: Today at 8 p.m.
WHERE: Mendelssohn The-
atre, the Michigan League
Talk by former
NFL commish
WHAT: A talk by former
NFL commissioner Paul

Tagliabue
WHO: Ross School of Busi-
ness
WHEN: 1:30 p.m. today
WHERE: Rackham Audito-
rium
Chinese New
Year party
WHAT: A celebration of the
Chinese New Year, including
food and games
WHO: Taiwan Student Asso-
ciation
WHEN: 7 to10 p.m. today
WHERE: Bagnoud Building,
1300 Beal Ave.
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f A photograph on yester-
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School Prof. Gerard Doherty
was miscredited yesterday. It
was taken by Ben Simon.
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Auditors analyzing govern-
ment spending in Iraqtold a
U.S. House committee yes-
terday that $10 billion has been
wastefully used or poorly moni-
tored in the war in Iraq, The
Associated Press reported.
Former NBA star Tim
Hardaway told a radio host
Wednesday that he dislikes
gay people. "Well, you know, I
hate gay people," Hardaway said.
"It shouldn't be in the world, in
the United States - I don't like it"
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for taking part in a tradition of
filling an archway with snow
to try and force the school to
cancel classes, The Associated
Press reported. More than 300
student assembled to pack the
path with snow.

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