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MONDAY:
In Other Ivory Towers

WEDNESDAY: THURSDAY:
Campus Clubs Before You Were Here

FRIDAY:
Photos of the Week

Where 12 tons of laundry go each week

As the director of the Uni-
versity's Laundry Services,
Rolando Croocks does more
than sort scrubs and bleach
linens.
He saves marriages, or so
he says, referencing an inci-
dent when he found a wed-
ding band that was left in a
pair of scrubs. But beyond
that, Croocks does clean a lot
of clothes.
The University Laundry,
located on North Campus,
processes about 12 tons of
laundry a week. The dirty
bundles come in from all over
campus - the University Hos-
pital, the Residence Halls, the
Michigan Union, the Michi-
gan League and any other
department that happens to
need laundry service.
The first official University
laundry building opened in
1891 on Central Campus and

cost about $54,000 to con-
struct. The location didn't last
long, however, and the laun-
dry moved all around Ann
Arbor until finding a home on
North Campus in 1970, where
it has stayed ever since.
Croocks'sprimaryoperation
is processing linen for all Uni-
versity Hospital in-patients,
including the hospital's vari-
ous satellite locations.
It is also one of two remain-
ing institutional laundry
services in southeastern
Michigan.
"The trend is now out-
sourcing or co-ops," Croocks
said. "But we remain com-
petitive because we're pro-
gressive, innovative and lean
in our approach to keep costs
competitive."
In2007, University Laundry
was voted Support Services
Department of the year. The

department's innovation is
evident in its machine-folding
of fitted linens and updated
systemoftransportingbags of
soiled laundry, which Croocks
said used to be something like
an archaic ski-lift.
The laundry employs about
170 people, according to the
Bentley Historical Library,
and is seen as one of the most
modern laundry systems in
the country.
Croocks expressed grati-
tude for the people working at
University Laundry.
"I'm very proud," Crooks
said. "It takes a special group
of people to work in laun-
dry ... I want to create an
atmosphere where people
feel appreciated, especially
because off-site workers don't
get to see the final product of
their labors."
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parts of campus.

CRIME NOTES

CAMPUS EVENTS & NOTES

Martha Cook
window broken
WHERE: Martha Cook
WHEN: Sunday at about 11:15
a.m.
WHAT: An unknown person
struck a glass window on the
ground floor of the building,
leaving a large crack, University
Police reported. The damage is
valued at around $250.

Slow car crash
WHERE: Parking lot near 1100
Baits
WHEN: Sunday at about 3:15
p.m.
WHAT: A man reported that
he witnessed a vehicle back
into his car ioa parking lot at
a speed of 5-6 miles per hour,
University Police reported.
There were minor damages to
the car.

Pedestrian hit Sick student sent

Economic
crisis exhibit
WHAT: A new exhibit fea-
turing rarely seen historical
documents and archival
materials President Gerald
Ford inherited in 1974.
WHO: The Gerald R. Ford
Foundation
WHEN: Today from 9 a.m.
to 5 p.m.
WHERE: Gerald Ford
Library, 1000 Beal Avenue
Rare fossil
WHAT: A new exhibit dis-
plays an extremely rare fossil
representative of what human
primate ancestors looked like
47 million years ago.
WHO: University of Michigan
Exhibit Museum of Natural
History
WHEN: Today from 9 a.m.
to 5 p.m.
WHERE: Exhibit Museum
of Natural History, 1109 Ged-
des Avenue

BioArtography
WHAT: BioArt exhibit
featuringspecially stained
microscopic images of organ
growth, function and disease.
WHO: Arts on Earth
WHEN: Today from 12 to 6
p.m.
WHERE: Duderstadt Center
Translation
discussion
WHAT: Brown bag discus-
sion from Comparative Liter-
ature and American Culture
associate professor Christi
Merrill.
WHO: Comparative Litera-
ture
WHEN: Today from 12 to 1
p.m.
WHERE: Institute for the
Humanities
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A first grade student was
suspended after bringing a
Cub Scouts camping uten-
sil that can be used as a knife,
fork and spoon to school, the
New York Times reported.
The student now faces 45
days in the district's reform
school.
The University decid-
ed not to make North
Quad Leadership in
Energy and Environmen-
tal Design certified because
it was too expensive.
>>FOR MORE, SEE OPINION PAGE 4
Amotorist from the Unit-
ed Kingdom could face
fines of up to £2,500 for
inconsiderate driving after
he deliberately drove through
a puddle and splashed chil-
dren at a bus stop, the BBC
reported. Police received
complaints after a video of
the incident was uploaded on
YouTube.

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by a car
WHERE: 1200 Murfin Ave.
WHEN: Sunday at about 12:40
p.m.
WHAT: A pedestrian was hit by
a car and sustained minor inju-
ries while crossing Murfin, Ave.,
University Police reported. The
victim wasn't in the crosswalk at
the time of the incident.

to hospital
WHERE: Mary Markley Hall
WHEN: Sunday at about 3:45
p.m.
WHAT: A student called to
request an ambulance on
behalf of another student who
was experiencing non-alcohol
related illness, University
Police reported.

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