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Kalamazoo College Awarded Green Generation Consumer of the Year by Consumers Energy

By Olivia Nalugya, Contributor

On the 25th of September, Environmental Studies Concentration Director and Professor Binney Girdler, Associate Vice President of Facilities Management Paul Manstrom, and Sustainability Interns Emma Dolce ‘14 and Katie Ray ’14 accepted an award on behalf of Kalamazoo College for its ardent utilization of eco-friendly energy from Consumers Energy – Michigan’s largest utility company.

Green Generation Energy is renew- able energy powered by wind turbines in Michigan and K is one of its top ten consumers. According to Manstrom, the College has been using this kind of energy for about five years now and buys about “7020 kilowatts a year in green generated power”.

K started using Green Generation Energy in 2008, owing to the student’s petitioning of the administration to adopt measures that would reduce the College’s emissions via a sustainability campaign that was dubbed “8 in ‘08”. “They wanted the college to commit to buying 8 percent of its electricity in renewable energy,” Manstrom explained.

Despite the financial cost, the College administration thought it was a request worth honoring. Manstrom admits that there are other relatively inexpensive ways of buying wind-powered energy, but “there is no guarantee where that energy is being produced”.

In 2007, President Wilson-Oyelar- an was one of the over 280 American college and university presidents that signed the President’s Climate Commitment, which is geared towards reducing the global emission of greenhouse gases by 80 percent by mid-century at the latest.

Consequently, over the years the student sustainability interns have spearheaded various projects to ensure that the College follows through with the pledge. Ray indicated, “We are trying to keep the president on track with her climate commitment.”

Students last year also devised a composting program that ensured that food wastes from the College are appropriately disposed. The program description indicated that “the food waste was transported to a local farm to be used as pig feed.” However, in compliance with Michigan’s law on feeding animal waste to animals, the College has purchased earth tub machines that will be capable of recycling all of the cafeteria’s compostable waste.

Manstrom revealed that about 90 percent of the College’s emissions come from energy consumption. Subsequently, computer upgrading, LED lighting, and the installation of motion detectors in almost all campus buildings are measures the College has undertaken to offset the emissions. The purchase and usage of Green Generation Energy has thus contributed to the reduction in the College’s overall emissions.

 

K-Team Builds a Workout Community

By Mallika Mitra, Features Editor

Kaitlyn Perkins ’17 sprints during a cardio workout. (Photos by Mallika Mitra)

K Team begins their abdominal workout.

Founders of K Team, Charlotte Steele ‘13 and Kari Paine ’13.

“30 more seconds!”, “You can do it,” and “One more sprint!” can all be heard on most weekdays coming from the patio outside of the Anderson Athletic Center before the day’s classes have even started.

This is “K Team”, a newly formed workout group open to anyone on campus who is looking to work out in a supportive environment.

Over the summer, Charlotte Steele ’13 and Kari Paine ’13 founded “K Team”. According to Steele, both of the founders were on sports teams in high school and now miss having to be accountable to push themselves.

“When you’re not doing a sport, it’s so easy to get into a rut,” said Paine. In regard to exercising with others again, she enjoys “making a community out of it.”

Over the summer, Steele and Paine were working out a lot and realized that their knowledge of good workouts, along with other students’, could make a good regiment. They wanted to form a place where students could “push themselves physically.”

Every Monday, Wednesday, and Friday, you can find the K Team out on the patio outside of the Anderson Athletic center at 7:45 am. Led by Paine and Steele, the group of about twelve, including both males and females, goes through several cardio workouts, sometimes similar to CrossFit, and ends with an abdominal workout. According to Paine, they understand that everyone is coming in with different levels of physical ability, but want everyone to feel pushed.

“K Team was a great way for me to start a fun workout routine,” said Annalise Robinson ’17. “I love that you can modify any move that you want, and everyone who goes is really great!”

For more information on K Team or to read what exercises the group does during their workout, follow them on Twitter at @the_Kteam.

Channel 22 Now Accessible for Online Streaming

By Sarah Wallace, A & E Editor

From its launch three years ago, Kalamazoo College’s cable channel, Channel 22, will likely be rapidly broadening its viewers. Funded by the Office of Student Involvement (OSI), Channel 22 plans to become available to students online.

Channel 22 is a continuously running movie channel for any student on campus with a television connected to K’s cable. The website works similarly to a Netflix account, minus any additional fees. With plenty of genres to choose from including comedy or drama, it’’s simple to select a movie from recent ones that have played on Channel 22.

The Director of OSI, Brian Dietz, expects the new option will prove even more popular than its televised counterpart, since any student with a laptop and a Kalamazoo College ID address will be able to access it.

Replying to why online streaming for the channel is just becoming available now, Dietz said, “Well, because [streaming] became an option. K College is one of the first schools that have adopted this option for its students. The OSI is really excited about having this new expansion.”

The movies selected to play on Channel 22 have been determined by students since the channel was established. Each month, there are around ten movies that are added to the list of movies to select to stream online. Students can send movie suggestions to Christina Fritz via email at christina.fritz@kzoo.edu.

OSI aims to have the channel’s website up and running by the week of October 7th.

Biking Made Easier on Campus this Year

By Annah Freudenburg, Contributor

Students’ bikes chill on the racks by the Facilities Management Offices. Bike registration and rentals are available to all students this year. (Photo by Allison Tinsey)

The bikes are back. And if you plan on cruising this quarter, you better remember to swing by the Security Office. That’s right: registration. The person behind the security desk will hand you a card to fill out, including the bike’s brand, make (i.e. mountain or road), and serial number. Once you have filled this card out, return it to Security and they will give you a sticker bearing your registration number. This sticker goes on the bar beneath your seat.

Don’t have a bike? Don’t worry—Kalamazoo College has got you covered. In the basement of DeWaters is the Bike HUB, short for Helping Understand Bikes. HUB is currently home to thirteen bikes, not including four more that will be operational shortly. Most of the bikes are single-speed road-style, but there are several mountain and cruising oriented bikes available as well. There is also one tandem bike coming soon.

Nino Nocita ’14, currently HUB’s only employee, offered the low-down of HUB’s history: “Campus Security would cut bikes off the bike racks and bring them to us,” Nocita explained. “But recently, like last year, we realized that wasn’t working, because the bikes that we would get would be abandoned because of how poor quality they were in. So we got new bikes, all of the same type. We’re trying to build a more cohesive fleet.”

“It’s an awesome program,” said Utsav Adhikari ’14. “[The bikes] are very easy to use, as well, so you don’t need great experience.”

“Definitely awesome,” continued Sara McKinney ’17, “especially for freshmen who don’t have cars and need to get places.”

HUB has, in its time, grown in ambition. HUB’s goal this fall is to host events on bike maintenance for all K students. On top of this, a Kalamazoo Cycling Club is about to be started.

“I’ve gotten texts from random people being like, ‘When are HUB’s hours?’” Nicota said regarding HUB’s popularity. “I’m pretty excited for this year.”

Students Out of Work Raise Concerns

By Mireya Guzman-Ortiz and Viola Brown, Contributors

Left: Sophomores Edwin Salvatierra and Steven Sexton working for Facilities Management through work-study. Salvatierra works three-hour shifts. Sexton just began his work with FacMan. (Photo by Allison Tinsey)

Considering the large number of incoming first-years, questions have been raised regarding how Kalamazoo College has prepared for such an influx. Concerns have been raised regarding the availability of on-campus employment for those who are work-study eligible.

The Provost urged departments to add more employment opportunities if possible, citing that this should provide more than enough jobs for the students who are work-study eligible.

In past years the percent of students eligible for federal work-study was around 40-45 percent. According to Marian Stowers, Director of Financial Aid, this has not changed much. For the 2013-2014 school year, it sits at 41 percent.

With a high percentage of students eligible for work-study, K has made a visible effort to broaden the employment opportunities for students. This year there have been more than 580 hire requests directed toward the Human Resource Office, all coming from different departments across campus.

According to Joan Hawxhurst, the Director for the Center for Career and Professional Development, “Many campus employers are still in the hiring process, so there a lot of openings still being filled.”

Neither Stowers nor Hawxhurst has heard any concerns about the lack of jobs on campus. Such concerns should be announced to the Business Office. According to Hauxhurst, “…their frontline staff said they have not received more inquiries or frustrations from students.” This suggests that there are enough jobs to go around.

However, with this being only the third week, there is still a possibility that the unemployment rates on campus are bound to rise. Hawxhurst plans to “wait it out a little bit longer to find out if we have any issues on campus.”

Find More Than Food At the Bank St. Farmers’ Market

By Paula Dallacqua, Contributor

Vendors sell their fresh produce at the Bank St. Farmers' Market (Photo by Paula Dallacqua)

Looking for a way to pop the “K bubble” and get some grocery shopping done? Then check out the Kalamazoo Farmers’ Market on Bank Street. It is about a forty-minute walk, a ten-minute bike ride, or a 5-minute car ride from campus.

With almost 100 different vendors that are categorized as artisan, grower, producer, or retailer, shoppers can find anything from greens to homemade soap to fresh-baked bread.

Between the hours of 9a.m.-12p.m., the Market is bustling with folks of all ages. Both veterans and newcomers are encouraged to engage in thoughtful conversation with the vendors: questions about food growing practices, artistry techniques, and general methodology are what make the Market buzz with an incredibly contagious energy.

Bank St. Market not only provides a diverse array of products and opportunity to cultivate buyer-seller relationships, but also a chance to explore Kalamazoo outside the confines of campus. The Market, filled with people actively seeking out connection with one another, is a source of replenishment after a long week of juggling activities and schoolwork.

At its core, the Market simultaneously develops and nourishes community—that intangible and beautiful thing we humans all seem to need at the end of the day.

The Bank St. Farmers’ Market is open through October on Tuesdays, Thursdays, and Saturdays from 7a.m.-2 p.m. In November, however, it will only be open on Saturdays from 7 a.m.-2 p.m. Most vendors accept cash or check.