2A - Wednesday, November 19, 2008
TOPPING IT OFF'
Hitting the slopes? Grab a tray
Some daring students still do it
today, but "Traying" - the act of
stealing a cafeteria tray to use as a
sled - was a popular University pas-
time in the winter in the 1970s.
University alum Jim Weintraub
said he used to steal trays from Mary
Markley Residence Hall and use them
to slide down hills in Nichols Arbore-
tum. Around Thanksgiving in 1974,
he broke his left thumb from crashing
into a tree and had to geta cast.
"I was a sophomore taking organic
chemistry," Weintraub said. " For the
final, I couldn't write with my left
hand and had to do it with my right. I
couldn't finish the exam in time."
Weintraub said Sunday night was
the most popular night for traying.
Around 20 or 30 students could be
found taking a study break to go tray-
ing in the Arb at any given time.
Weintraub said he hung up his tray
after the accident.
"After I busted my thumb, I was
done," he said.
Though sledding is permitted in
designated areas of the Arboretum,
traying was a hazard to the plants.
April Pickrel, administration and
visitor services coordinator for the
Arboretum, said the biggest problem
was when students sled after dark
because they were more likely to run
into trees and shrubs.
"There were times when Arbore-
tum staff came in the next morning
and found broken trays beneath trees,
and you just know someone had to go
home hurt," Pickrel said.
University Housing spokesman
Peter Logan said traying was a big
problem in the 1970s and 1980s when
the dining halls didn't have staff to
monitor the dining hall doors.
"After a good snow, a lot of trays
would disappear," Logan said. "Some
of the managers would have to pull
the trays from the racks so they would
have enough for the next meal."
While the scarcity of trays was an
issue, the injuries students received
from traying was a bigger problem.
"Students gotpretty banged up and
some got head injuries," Logan said.
"We really tried hard to discourage
students from taking trays because it
really wasn't safe."
Tommie Jones, assistant manager
of the Hill Dining Center, who has
worked in five of the University's din-
ing halls in last six years, said he has
never caught a student stealing a tray,
but his co-workers have.
The thieves never received a pun-
ishment worse than a verbal warning,
which Jones said wasn't bad consid-
ering "they're stealing school prop-
Jones said he doesn't think traying
will resurface as a student activity
"I think students have long passed
that kind of thing," he said.
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