USC Housing implements compost bins in residential colleges

first_imgWith the Sustainability 2028 Plan in mind, Lewis hopes the composting system will continue to expand on campus.  According to Jerry Lewis, associate director of administration and sustainability for USC Housing, before the pilot program, the composting system was not installed along with recycling and trash bins because there would be limited student engagement with composting bins. Lewis said the new composting bins are placed in freshman residential halls so students learn the importance of composting early and continue to practice composting beyond their year in the dorms. According to Isabella Caltabiano, USG’s current director of sustainability affairs, USC Housing wished to only place compost bins in the residential colleges to assess how students would interact with the new initiative.  The campaign began with a pilot program led by last year’s USG director of sustainability affairs, Catherine Atkinson. The student-run study was conducted at Cardinal Gardens and Nemirovsky Residential College to identify students’ interest in implementing a compost program.  “You definitely can’t start rolling out a brand new thing all at once, everywhere,” Caltabiano said. “Could you imagine if something goes wrong? … I hope that in the future, USC will be composting in all its residential colleges and lining up with the Sustainability 2028 Goals.” USC Housing plans to spread awareness on the newly implemented composting bins through flyers and magnets.  Auxiliary Services Sustainability Administrator Nichelle Mitchell-Huizar, who collaborated with Atkinson on the composting initiative, said the pilot program comprised of eight students who voluntarily composted over a six-week period, diverting 50 pounds of food away from landfills. Mitchell-Hulzar said the initial success motivated the team to expand composting to the rest of campus. “We can get our recycling together, and we can get the waste stream together,” Mitchell-Huizar said. “We can just be contributing on a daily basis without a super effort because everybody thinks it’s a task to be sustainable.” USC Housing installed 40 composting bins across residential colleges Wednesday after a pilot program led by student volunteers to introduce the sustainable practice into residents’ routines last year. The residential colleges include Parkside Apartments, Webb Tower Residential College, Nemirovsky and Bohnett Residential College, New North Residential College, Marks Tower, Marks Hall, Trojan Hall, Cardinal ‘n Gold and Troy East/Troy Hall.  The Sustainability 2028 Plan, which is still being formulated, will provide guidelines for students, faculty, staff and senior administrators to progress campus sustainability through water conservation, waste diversion and energy conservation efforts similar to the 2020 sustainability plan. The plan encourages collaboration with various teams on campus, including Facilities Management Services, Transportation Services, Auxiliary Services and student government.  USC Housing placed 40 composting bins in several residential colleges to progress campus sustainability and raise awareness about environmental conservatism. (Vivian Wu | Daily Trojan) Grace Martinez, a senior majoring in public relations, designed the magnets that illustrate which products would be categorized as recycling, compost or waste. According to Mitchell-Huizar, the magnets will be placed on the students’ refrigerators during semesterly USC Housing room checks.  “I feel like we’ve honestly been quite behind [on climate change] as such an extravagant top-20 university, and it’s really cool that we’re finally making a change,” said Bakar, a sophomore majoring in business administration. “We’ll be happy with the baby steps … We’re really working on separating instead of contaminating and fully increasing the awareness of students because that’s honestly the root of it.” Student sustainability advocate Nicole Bakar will lead a booth at the Trojan Farmers Market on Wednesdays to teach students how to use the new compost bins. She said she’s glad that the University is slowly increasing sustainability initiatives in student housing.  Lewis said the biggest challenge USC Housing faces is the logistics behind the different residential colleges, including questions on the appropriate frequency of compost bin collection. However, Lewis said he believes the problem needs further monitoring through the next few months before it can be resolved. Along with the logistical clarifications, he said that there should be strong communication with individuals involved to help the program succeed. “[Another barrier is] getting everybody on the same page,” Lewis said. “From custodians to the housing managers to even the other [associate directors] that control the area.” Lewis said flyers containing information about the new composting bins system will be emailed to every student in the seven residential colleges. The email will contain a QR code for a form students can fill out to express interest in the compost initiative and request that USC Housing delivers compost bins to their residences. “Eventually, every location that USC has — whether it’s managed by staff or managed by students or residents or education facilities — will have a location you can compost,” Lewis said. “I’d probably say in the next year, every housing location that USC has will have the ability to compost.”last_img read more

LA Memorial Coliseum begins to see major changes

first_imgThe first section of nearly 10,000 new seats were recently installed at the Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum. Eight temporary press boxes are also being erected to host members of the press. (Emily Smith/Daily Trojan).The Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum has been collecting history since its opening in the summer of 1923. It was constructed as a living memorial for the U.S.  Armed Forces in World War I, and it immediately became home to USC football. While it has never wavered as a sacred place for Trojans fans, the Coliseum has hosted many other sports teams throughout the years including the UCLA Bruins (1933-1981), the Los Angeles Rams (1946-1979, 2016-2019), and even temporarily the Los Angeles Dodgers (1958-1961).It has also served as a concert venue for some great rock legends such as The Rolling Stones, Bruce Springsteen and Prince. While it is viewed as a piece of L.A.’s athletic history, the stadium has also been host  to political leaders like Martin Luther King Jr., Nelson Mandela and Cesar Chavez. Its versatility has always prevailed, from hosting Pope John Paul II’s Papal Mass in 1987, to setting the Guinness World Record for highest number of fans in attendance at a baseball game for a Dodgers vs. Red Sox match in 2008. And soon enough, it will go down in history as the only venue to have hosted three Summer Olympics — in 1932, 1984 and 2028, respectively. Now, the Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum is on its way to becoming the United Airlines Memorial Coliseum, which is scheduled for completion by Fall 2019. Despite these major renovations, the Coliseum has multiple seen changes in its 95-year history. Players used to enter through the 50-yard line tunnel until 1949, when it eventually got covered up. In 1993, the stadium underwent a notably smaller renovation, where all bleachers were replaced with individual seats.The Coliseum’s current renovation includes the installation of more handrails throughout seating areas, as well as the replacement of every seat to increase legroom and seat width. Beyond new seating arrangements, USC is  upgrading the stadium’s electrical and plumbing systems and improving Wi-Fi access in the venue.The preservation of the Coliseum’s history remains a top priority during the renovation. USC is looking to restore the peristyle end to make it closer to its original construction, leaving the iconic torch and Olympic rings. The jerseys displaying the Trojans’  Heisman winners will also remain in place.The renovated Coliseum will boast two new screens on the east end of the stadium to complement the 6,000-foot high-definition screen over the players’ tunnel, which was added in 2011. It will be complete with upgraded audio technology and new lighting, as well as luxury suites and club seats on the south side. The University is currently in the process of installing temporary press boxes to ensure its availability for the 2018 football season. Luckily for USC students, the student and band sections will remain where they have been. They remain a top priority so as not to compromise the experience for the home team.last_img read more

How the Dodgers will attack the Nationals in the NLDS – comprehensive preview

first_img• Vin Scully classic call generatorBreaking down the NLDS• How the Dodgers culture change has put team ahead of talent• How the data-driven bullpen may be best in Dodgers history• Mark Whicker: How Clayton Kershaw remains a throwback• Jeff Miller: The world of baseball has gone through revolutions since 1988 World Series• The one constant: Dodgers pitching coach Rick Honeycutt may be baseball’s best• Complete statistical breakdowns of Dodgers, Nationals and who has the advantage.For the latest• Follow the Inside the Dodgers blog• Follow Bill Plunkett on twitter• Follow J.P. Hoornstra on twitter The Los Angeles Dodgers are a different team than the previous three National League West winners, all of which fell short of a World Series appearance.Led by new manager Dave Roberts, a team-first approach, a deep, versatile roster and a bullpen built on great pitches at the right time, the Dodgers face the Washington Nationals, beginning Friday at 2:30 p.m.Here’s a complete look at how the two teams match up and how they got to this point. Winning the West• The Dodgers clinched the NL West on the final home game of the season, Vin Scully’s last in Dodger Stadium, would you believe? A walk-off home run. Saying goodbye to Vin Scully• Listening to a final broadcast, then tears• Vin Scully – 88 photos from his broadcasting career and appreciation night in photoscenter_img Newsroom GuidelinesNews TipsContact UsReport an Errorlast_img read more