January 20, 2003
The Colleges and University Housing Services (CUHS) is encouraging students to save energy by holding an Energy Savers contest among the colleges during winter quarter. The competition includes all 10 colleges, with students divided into two divisions--one for dorms and another for apartments.
By looking at energy use figures for the previous three quarters, CUHS has calculated a baseline average energy use per student in each division at each college. The college that achieves the largest percentage reduction in their division this quarter from the baseline amount wins first place. A ranking update will be provided to the colleges in early February, and winners will be announced March 7.
There will be first, second, and third place winners in each division; first place winners will receive $300, second place $200, and third place $100. Students will be encouraged to use the money for a celebratory event.
Professor of sociology Paul Lubeck was part of a recent panel discussion
on the oppression of women in Nigeria hosted by the World Affairs Council
of Northern California.
The event was held one night before the screening of the PBS Frontline documentary "Things Fall Apart," a look at women's role in Nigeria. Lubeck appeared with Frontline/World co-producers Alexis Bloom and Cassandra Herrman, and Frontline editor Stephen Talbot.
Bloom and Herrman were filming the documentary during the recent violence
in Nigeria that erupted over the Miss World competition. Lubeck, whose
career has been devoted to the study of Islam in Africa, discussed that
violence in the broader context of Nigeria's struggle to become democratic
after years of military rule and the suppression of religious and ethnic
Nigeria, the most populous country in Africa and a major exporter of
oil, is made up of 250 ethnicities following both the Christian and Muslim
American Indian issues will be explored from various perspectives during
"The Cultural Heritage of California American Indians," a lecture
series presented by Merrill College.
The series begins January 28 with a panel discussion about American
Indian heritage and their quest for justice and recognition from the federal
government. Other lectures will include performance artist Abel Silvas
on February 4; Pomo basketweaver Susan Billy, February 11; and artist
Frank LaPeña, February 25.
All events are on Tuesdays, from 7 to 8:30 p.m. in the Baobab Lounge
at Merrill College. The presentations are free and open to the campus
community. Additional information is available on the Merrill
College web site.
The University of California is on target to increase graduate enrollment
and is even ahead of schedule in boosting graduate science and engineering
education, UC Senior Vice President and Provost C. Judson King reported
January 16 in a press release issued by the Office of the President.
In addition, UC is managing to increase graduate student financial support,
both in expenditures per student and in total expenditures, King told
the UC Board of Regents in a progress report on graduate student enrollment.
Bicyclists have been locking their bikes to light posts, handrails, ramps,
stairs, and transit shelters. This creates hazards for pedestrians and
can prevent access by those with disabilities, thus violating the Americans
with Disabilities Act (ADA).
The campus is now enforcing the current UCSC code, which states that bicycles "...shall not be parked, stood, or locked against any light post, stair railing, ramp, or any portion thereof, nor shall they block in any way curb cuts, ramps, or paths of accessible travel. Bicycles shall be parked in bicycle racks provided; those parked elsewhere may be impounded."
Beginning Tuesday, January 21, any illegally parked bicycle may be impounded.
The bicycle owner will be responsible for all costs associated with this
action, including the citation, an impound fee, and the cost of removing
the bicycle from where it is locked.
Currents provides regular updates on construction projects that have an impact on campus transportation and parking. Construction update story