I ran across this very interesting article in the New York Times about how schools are cutting back to save money. Some interesting proposals (from various schools):
- Get rid of phones in one department: $1,100 per month
- Virtual swim meet: $900
- Scaling back on window washing: $22,300
- Eliminate ESPN and HBO: $75,000
- Cut back one day of orientation: $50,000
- Trayless Tuesdays: $30,000 per semester
- Use tap water at university events: $10,000
- Cutting room voicemail for students, so no new equipment: $40,000
- Hire students for professional positions: $725,000 per year
Makes you wonder why we still have room phones, ESPN, voicemail, a week-and-a-half orientation, and no Trayless Tuesdays. Hmmm… Perhaps we should be thinking about these types of cutbacks.
RPI has already cut RA compensation by half, so they could move right up the chain from there. I can’t wait to see what the next cuts will be!
We all know that this is everyone's favorite use for sleds. I mean trays. Photo by Jeff Miller of UW Madison.
Check out this article from the New York Times. Apparently, going trayless in dining halls is “sort of the hot thing right now.” It has now been proven to eliminate food waste at RIT and Cornell. So, we have a Student Sustainability Task Force and Ecologic on campus. Why do we still have trays?
Any of you who were students in the 07-08 academic year no doubt remember Trayless Tuesdays, an attempt by Sodexo to bring RPI to the forefront of this green trend, but it was met with amazing student opposition, rivaled in force only by the Uprise at Five (okay, maybe it wasn’t THAT bad, but it’s rare that the enitre campus gets talking about one issue!).
Trent Gillaspie even published a My View in the Poly detailing why he thought Trayless Tuesdays deserved a chance.
I doubt any of the student government leaders would be willing to take on something as unpopular as Trayless Tuesdays, so it must be up to the SSTF and/or Ecologic if they think it’s a good idea. It’s one more chance to make RPI more sustainable.
Our favorite quote from the NYT article:
No word yet on what students are doing for makeshift sleds.