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August 2008 GOING GREEN By Bayard Stern Managing Editor Florida State University students, faculty and staff are collectively working to find ways to make the campus a more energy efficient and environmentally friendly place to teach, learn and live. Facing issues including global climate change, record-breaking fuel utility costs Alan Peck FSU director of utilities and engineering services FSU strives to employ sustainability practices and shrinking budgets, FSU professors are researching new energy-producing and storage technologies and developing environmentally focused curricula. Students are being encouraged to use recycling programs and conserve resources, and the FSU Office of Facilities has invested in major capital improvements aimed at energy efficiency, storm water management, waste minimization and improved construction and maintenance throughout campus. “I think we’re doing more, cconservation-wise, than the majority of universities around m As part of this year’s Earth Day activities, students sort through trash from the FSU campus to determine the quantity of recyclable material that is routinely discarded. Led by Florida State University’s All-American Walter Dix — one of the best sprinters in college history and a member of the U.S. Olympic team — the FSU men’s track and field team won its third consecutive title at the National Collegiate Athletic Association outdoors championships, June 11-14. It is the first time an FSU athletic team has taken three national championships in a row. Sophomore Hannah England — who made the British Olympic team — broke multiple Florida State University 1600 Red Barber Plaza, Suite 104 Tallahassee, FL 32310-6068 records in the 1500 meters to help the FSU women finish 12th. With the team’s third national championship on the line, there was no one else the men’s track and field team would have wanted in the blocks more than Dix. Ten points shy of a guaranteed tie and 11 points out of their third-consecutive national victory, the Seminoles needed two things to happen in the men’s 200-meter dash: Sophomore Charles Clark needed to finish the race, and Dix needed to win it all. Non-Profit Organization U.S. Postage PAID Permit #1884 Little Rock, AR They got both. Dix flew around the north bend of the track at Drake University in Des Moines, Iowa, and crossed the line in 20.40 seconds, .004 seconds ahead of his nearest competition, giving him his third consecutive outdoor victory in the 200 meters. The win also gave Dix, the most decorated runner in FSU history, his 18th AllAmerican honor and his eighth national championship. Clark, still trying to recover from an injury in the 200-meter semifinals on Thursday night (June 12), may actually have had the more difficult task of the two. But the sophomore wasn’t continued on PAGE 4 Read Scott Atwell’s first column as the president of the FSU Alumni Association Tradition is sacred on a college campus. Take, for instance, the Seminole Football Kickoff Luncheon... more on PAGE 8 continued on PAGE 12 Ruby Diamond gets new face for 21st century Track and field team wins record 3rd championship “It never gets old,” said head coach Bob Braman. “It’s such a big thing for Florida State and Tallahassee.” the country,” said Alan Peck, FSU’s director of utilities and engineering services. “We are working to save $2 million on utilities for the 2008-2009 fiscal year. We’re making significant progress, but it will be a challenge with the new chemistry, psychology and life sciences buildings being completed, in addition to increased utility costs.” Recycling is a common method people use to conserve resources. FSU’s recycling program has 96 recycling locations around campus. In 2006-2007, the lands and grounds crew collected 805 tons of recycled material on campus By Jeffery Seay Editor in Chief Walter Dix A major renovation of one of Tallahassee’s most high-profile venues, known to generations of concertgoers and students alike, began in May. Over a two-year span, the famed Ruby Diamond Auditorium in Florida State University’s Westcott Building is being gutted and rebuilt to improve its acoustics and to accommodate a larger stage and better seating arrangement, which will include box seats. “While universally considered to be among the very top programs in the country, the p continued on PAGE 7 You might not recognize campus. The 740 acres of what used to be known as “The Farm” are yielding Florida State a crop of new research and recreation space. more on PAGE 9

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