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March 8, 2013 | Vol. 60, Issue 10

A California Baptist University Campus Publication

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President Ellis named influential innovator BY DAYANA RAMIREZ

MANAGING EDITOR

Dr. Ronald L. Ellis, California Baptist University president, was named one of the most influential leaders in the city of Riverside over the past 25 years by the Raincross Group. “I was surprised to learn that the Raincross Group voted to include me among the top leaders in Riverside over the past 25 years,” Ellis said. “It is truly humbling to be counted among such a stellar group of civic leaders, especially when the contributions of so many others also deserve recognition.” The award was given to 25 people who were voted for being most involved with the overall wellbeing and dedication of the city of Riverside. David Williams, adjunct professor of visual arts, was here before Ellis arrived at CBU and has been able to witness positive changes since Ellis took over the presidency. “The school has grown and that is a blessing,” Williams said. “God has used Dr. Ellis to glorify the growth of CBU.” Ellis recognizes that he has not achieved so much success on his own and continues to encourage students to work together. “I am grateful for this honor and pleased to represent California Baptist University as our community works together to advance Riverside as a great place to live, work and learn,” Ellis said.

A crew of workers (left) unloads new water-efficient toilets outside student residence complexes in The Colony. Replacing the commodes will save the university thousands of dollars in water. A toilet (below), one of about 250 new applicances to be installed, waits patiently to be installed in its new home in a student residence. The new toilets will use about half of the water that the previous commodes did, saving an estimated 2.08 million gallons of water each year. Photos by Scott Woodward

Replaced toilets bring savings Millions of gallons of water saved by new appliances BY GRACE FERRELL NEWS EDITOR

About 250 toilets are being replaced with higher water efficiency models in The Colony residence complex to save an estimated 2.08 million gallons of water each year. The new toilets will use about half of the water that the previous commodes did — saving the university approximately $4,753 each year in water costs and an estimated $9,161 in maintenance repairs. “It is really neat to do these projects like this and actually see a savings,” said John von Pertz, CBU maintenance technician and plumber. The changeover comes at no cost to California Baptist

University following a program for multi-family site structures through the Western Municipal Water District. “Partnerships in water efficiency are the proverbial winwin situation,” said Michele M. Underwood, community affairs manager for Western Municipal Water District. “Working with Riverside Public Utilities to fund the installation of efficient water devices, in this case toilets, reduces the bottom line for CBU and decreases the water needed for the campus. In turn, the local water agencies are able to keep ahead of the curve on statewide water use mandates.” The savings resulting from changing out the toilets justified visits from maintenance crews for some CBU Colony residents.

“For (saving) money, I think it is good,” said Matthew D. Hanlin, sophomore architecture major and resident of Colony East. “It’s also always good to save water even if it’s a little awkward having someone in your room changing the toilet.” The buildings that comprise The Colony were constructed in the early 1980s before water-efficient toilets were available. While some of the more than 450 toilets had been replaced throughout the years since its construction, about half the commodes were still original models. Replacing the toilets is set to be one of the last major projects to be completed in order to bring The Colony structure up-to-date and in-line with the rest of the university, Pertz said.

Petition generates new library hours

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Millennial generation stresses BY BRADLEE LOCKE

ASST. LIFESTYLE EDITOR A recent survey named the millennials as America’s most stressed generation. The survey, put on by the American Psychological Association, polled 2,020 U.S. adults. The millennials, ages 18-33, reported the highest percentage of stress. On a scale of 1-10, one being no stress and 10 being overwhelming stress, the millennials averaged a 5.4, with 44 percent being

between four and seven on the stress scale. Kendall Barkley, sophomore liberal studies major, said she knows the stress college students are under. Finding a balance between social activities, academics and sleep is a challenge, she said. “Our generation is so stressed out because not only does the society we live in put so much pressure on success, but we as students put pressure on ourselves,”

SEE MILLENNIALS | PAGE A2

BY SARAH SCHOPICK STAFF WRITER

Photo by Sarah Jane O’Keefe

Yvon Rugema Ngango, junior biochemistry and molecular biology major, works late in the library.

In response to a student petition, the Annie Gabriel Library and Academic Services have extended their operating hours. Dr. Tracy H. Ward, associate provost for administration, said the new hours became effective Feb. 25. Monday through Thursday the library is now open 7 a.m. to 1 a.m., Fridays 7 a.m. to 5 p.m., Saturdays from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. and Sundays from 2 p.m. to 1 a.m. During

final exams, the library will be open 24 hours a day. Academic Services has extended office hours until 11 p.m. so students will have study space in the James Building as well, Ward said. Tutoring hours at the Academic Resource Center will remain the same. “We are currently working out the final details for additional study space from 10 p.m. to 4 a.m.,” Ward said. Dr. Steve Emerson, direc-

SEE LIBRARY HOURS | PAGE A2


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