The greener side of LMU 'Going green' is unashamedly clich'eacute; these days, but it continues to be a prominent buzz-phrase of our time.' We want greener cars, greener energy, even greener grass.' Al Gore made the comeback of the 21st Century by going green.' Disney Pixar made big bucks this summer with WALL-E, an environmentally conscious animated film.' Our country even dedicates an entire day to the Earth and our effort to save it.
LMU is no exception to this list of environmentalists.' Loyola Marymount was the first school in the country to create a university-wide recycling center, and this campus boasts the largest green roof of any university in the world (on top of U-Hall), among other things.'
It seems ironic, then, that LMU's green endeavors are some of the most criticized aspects of the campus.' The McConnell Ave. neighbors take issue with the recycling center.' Students cringe at that signs in the planters describing the water as 'recycled' (i.e., where did this water originate from and has it been treated since?).' The Lair cannot seem to hold onto its recyclable dining-ware long enough to use a plate twice because students unapologetically borrow it indefinitely for their own kitchens.
Members of the LMU community cannot ask for a more environmentally friendly campus, only to ignore or balk at the solutions.' The process cannot go both ways '- either we save the whales and accept the fact that the sprinkler water is going to smell a little funny or we attend Shamu's funeral knowing our fields are overly inundated with fresh-scented spring water.' ' ' '
The Loyolan encourages students, staff, faculty, visitors and our neighbors to take this Earth Day to re-evaluate how you view LMU's efforts to go green.' It seems clear that the sacrifice is worth making for a better Earth.
End of the year awards With a valedictorian for the class of 2009 now in place and a slew of ceremonies scheduled during these final three weeks of school, there is no better time than now for the Loyolan to dispense its end of the year awards. The 2008-2009 academic year has seen its share of ups-and-downs, and pretty much everything in between.
In that spirit, we bestow the following honors:'
Best Ongoing Project: Most would figure this would go to the Hannon Library, which is nearing completion in advance of its opening next semester, but the ASLMU Communal Bike Project takes the cake here. Apparently, the groundwork has been laid for its implementation next year, but tangible results have yet to be seen. We're still waiting.
Greatest Reinvention: The scorn of students every year, Sodexo underwent a major facelift in 2009. Adding a gourmet salad stop as well as a Quizno's to the Lair, the friendly neighborhood corporate food supplier has pulled the wool over our eyes once again. It won't be long before we see $15 sushi, but we need more help from the University in demanding that prices plateau at some point.
Most Loveable Cave-in: A big pat on the back for Student Affairs on this one. After outlawing outdoor concerts, they finally chose to side with the students on this one, and allowed CollegeFest to be held in Sunken Garden. And guess what? Nothing went remotely wrong.
That does it for this year's brief installment, but many thanks to those on campus who continue to provide us with memories to carry with us into 2010.' '