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2A - Wednesday, February 11, 2009

In Other Ivory Towers Campus Characters Explained
Why blue hasn't gone green

Before You Were Here Photos of the Week

For the past 15 years,
Roaring Spring Paper Prod-
uct Company has provided
most of the blue books on
campus. Three years ago,
the company introduced
a new product: the green
book - a more environmen-
tal friendly version of the
blue book.
Despite campus's taste for
green products, Women's
Studies lecturer Michelle
McClellan said that most
students in her class still opt
for the blue option.
"It's probably about
one-third green books and
two-thirds blue books at
this point," she said. "If
anything, I prefer .green
If green books, which are
made from 30 percent recy-

cled paper, are better for the
environment then why don't
more students use them?
One reason could be
cost. The green books cost
70 cents, which is slightly
more than their blue broth-
er, which cost 65 cents at the
Michigan Union bookstore.
"I like the idea of green
books, and I'm willing to
pay the extra five cents or
whatever for it," LSA junior
David Keegan said.
LSA senior Miesha Mera-
ti said that given the choice,
and "given that green books
are more recycled - I'd
rather buy green books."
Jim Lucey, general man-
ager for Roaring Spring
Paper Product Company,
said the move towards
"greener" products came

from consumers.
"There's a pretty big
demand for recycled prod-
ucts," he said.
Some professors nowurge
their students to use green
books, but don't require it.
"My Philosophy of Global
Justice class recommend-
ed we use green books,"
LSA sophomore Mary Van
Houten said.
Lucey said there are no
current plans to phase out
production of blue books
in favor of green books. He
said such a decision would
depend on whether con-
sumers bought green books
at a greater rate than blue
Right now, that's just not
the case, he said.

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Stacks of blue and green books on display at Michigan Book and Supply. Green
books are made from 30 percent recycled paper.


Bench burned Subject hits head MPowered Art installation
WHERE:'Angell Hall on door Career Fair exploring Earth
WHEN: Monday at about 9:30
a.m. WHERE: Moshe-Jordan R . WHAT: A career fair open to WHAT: An exhibit featuring
WHAT: A bench in Angell dence Ha osber- Resi- students of all majors inter- video, poetry and music are
Hall was charred by an WHEN: Monday at about 5:15 ested in entrepreneurship, used to allow participants to
unknown person, University p.m. featuring entrepreneurs from reflect on their relationship
Police reported. The bench had WHAT: A caller requested a around the state. with Earth.
a 1 -by-2 inch burn on it. The ride to the University Hospital WHO: MPowered Entrepre- WHO: Arts on Earth
Emergency Room for a subject WHEN: Today from 11 a.m. WHERE: Connector Hall-
6at 4 p.m. and Peb. 9 at 8 a.m.. who hit his head on a door,y
Univerity oi reortd. to 4 p.m. way Gallery, Duderstadt
Uiversity Police reported. WHERE: Pierpont Commons Center
Tha bnir tvcnrnt do ha

spill cleaned up
WHERE: Medical Science
Unit I
WHEN: Monday at about 12:05
WHAT: Occupational Safety
and Environmental Health
cleaned up a broken mercury
thermometer, University Police
reported. The thermometer was
housed in a drawer in the build-
ing. There were no injuries. ,

e suject was escorte to t

and the Duderstadt Center

Blood drive
Card and cookie

Cops in Leicestershire,
Rngland showed up at a
cowboy-themed anniver-
sary party, thinkingcthe guests
were carrying real guns, BBC
News reported. The couple
told the police that the guests
had toygutns and were shocked
they received a firearms tip.
The water in all of the
hot tubs in the Oasis
Hot Tub Gardens is
completely filtered out every
eight minutes.
This Valentine's Day,
singles in Chicago can
now use a dating service
called "Nerds at Heart," the
Chicago Sun-Times reported.
The new service allows people
to bond over science fiction
and games.

Gate arm broken u

at carport
WHERE: Hill Carport
WHEN: Monday at about 11:15
WHAT: An unknown person
drove their vehicle through
the gate arm, University Police
reported. The cost for repairs
for the arm is estimated at
about $125.

WHAT: Valentine's Day card
making and cookie decorat-
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anyone can participate.
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Arts and Programs
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a.m. to1:30 p.m.
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Michigan League

WHAT: The Face-off Blood
Challenge between the Uni-
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to 6 p.m..
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Local CFA firefighter David Tree shares his water with an injured Australian Koala at Mirboo North after wildfires swept
through the region on Monday, Feb. 9, 2009. The death toll stood at 181 on Monday.
Australia wildfire death
toll expected to pass 200

As a few fires still
burn, recovery
teams start work
- The high death toll from hun-
dreds of wildfires across southeast-
ern Australia has forced authorities
to re-examine an accepted survival
strategy when blazes threaten: Get
out early or hunker down and fight.
Many people waited too long and
perished as they tried to escape the
weekend infernos.
"People need to understand that
a late departure is the most deadly,"
fire chief Paul Rees said.
Recovery teams moving into
burned out towns in Victoria state
found charred bodies on roadsides
and in wrecked cars - grim signs
of futile attempts to flee the raging
wildfires fed by 60 mph (100 kph)
winds, record heat and drought.
The number of deaths was expect-
ed to surpass 200, and a few fires
were still burning.
"The clear evidence is that the
most dangerous place to be is on
the road," Rees, Victoria's country
fire authority chief, told reporters
The scale of the disaster has
shocked a nation that endures dead-
ly firestorms every few years.

Authorities defended their prep-
arations and actions during the fires
that swept southeastern Australia
on Saturday, saying the extreme
weather conditions made catastro-
phe almost inevitable.
But they agreed that the "stay
and defend" policy, under which
homeowners remain to protect
their properties from fire, needed
to be reviewed.
"It is the application of that pol-
icy and a lack of an alternative that
we need to work on," Rees said.
Evacuation is not mandatory
in high-risk areas, and Australia's
wildfire services largely comprise
volunteers who lack the resources
to protect every home.
In Victoria, there is no formal
alert system to warn of approaching
wildfires, though the Country Fire
Authority distributes advice and
updates on its Web site and through
radio broadcasts.
One expert suggested Australia's
shifting demographics could be
partly to blame for the scale of the
erative Research Center told Austra-
lian Broadcasting Corp. Television
that many urbanites who moved to
city outskirts have no experience
with wildfires and rely wholly on the
fire service for help. But families who
have lived in the area for generations

are prepared to battle blazes them-
selves, Adams said.
Victoria state Premier John
Brumby said he asked Prime Minis-
ter Kevin Rudd to consider setting
up a national emergency fire warn-
ingsystem months ago.
But officials agree that in the
worst conditions, the direction
and intensity of fires can change
so quickly that sirens, e-mails and
other warning systems are not
The wildfires outside Melbourne,
Australia's second largest city,
destroyed more than 750 homes,
left 5,000 people homeless, and
burned 1,100 square miles (2,850
square kilometers) of land, the fire
authority said.
While the official death toll stood
at 181 Tuesday evening, Brumby
said there were an additional 50
bodies that the coroner had not
identified and were not included in
the official tally.
"This is going to be a significant
number. It will exceed 200 deaths,"
he said.
One elderly resident of Heales-
ville, who asked not to be identified
by name, said he escapedbefore the
blaze engulfed his home but he lost
two friends.
"It was too fast," said the white-
bearded man, tears streaming down
his cheek and his chin quivering.


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