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Recycling "Falling Through the Cracks
Fortson, Daniel Seek Consistency
by Amy Buckner
The absence of a consistent re
cycling program on cainpus has raised
eyebrows and angerefi student and
faculty alike this year.
According to Ben Fortson, asso
ciate professor of outdoor education,
several students started a recycling
program two years ago as a part of his
Environmental Theory and Law class.
The following year, the Outdoor Edu
cation Department continued the pro
gram, this time as the responsibility of
one paid work study student.
This year, the OE Department was
told by the Business Office that the
laws regarding recycling had changed
and they would have to discontinue
their recycling program. Certain types
of containers were required and the OE
Department did not have the proper
“We were told that the mainte
nance staff would be responsible for
the program and I am clueless as to
what has happened to it. It has prob
ably fallen through, the cracks.
sure that the maintenance staff have the
best intentions and those guys have a
lot to do,” Fortson related.
Vice-president for business Dirk
Wilmoth explained, “Dan Flensley and I
have discussed the matter and I have
been told that the bottom fell out of the
market for recyclables. Until we are cer
tain that the materials we separate are
being recycled, we will not put the con
tainers in the dorms.”
Associate professor of environ
mental studies and outdoor education
Brad Daniel attributes the problem to a
lack of continuity.
“The program fades in and out with
the various students. 1 would like to see
two work study positions specifically for
recycling. When it is done on a volun
teer basis, it just doesn’t last,” Daniel
The town of Montreat adopted a
new recycling policy in January of 1995
that requires residents to purchase blue
plastic bags ($1.30 for 10 bags-13 gallon
size minimum recommended) to place
their recyclables in. The materials must
$2 Million Strnctiire
Excites Montreat Pres.
by Shazette Davis
Montreat Presbyterian Church is
having a Christian Education building,
called the Henry building, built behind
The building is specifically for all
church operations. It will house church
offices, Sunday school, and provide
room for Montreat morning school.
When the building is finished the
church will no longer have to use col
lege facilities to carry out certain op
The church began raising funds
for the building in 1994, and construc
tion started this year.
Church Secretary Charlene
Woods commented, “This is some
thing that we’ve been talking about for
a while. The church has be looking for
several years to expand,” adding, “Our
youth program is really growing, the
building will help us better accommo
date the youth within the community
and the church.”
Reverend Richard White ex
pressed, “We’re grateful to the Lord.
This has come through a vision of the
elders. We have a growing youth popu
lation; therefore, we need better facili-
be separated by glass, aluminum and
steel cans, plastics, and paper. If the
residents refuse to cooperate with this
program, the town will not pick up their
Off campus student Aron Gabriel
muttered, “It is a pain to separate ev
erything and buy those blue bags. If
they see anything sticking out of the
normal trash that is recyclable, they will
not take it and it starts to pile up.”
When concerns were raised re
garding the college’s obedience to the
new town policy. Mayor George
Morrison expressed, “I have not heard
of any problems, but I am not sure. The
solid waste contractors would not pick
up the trash from the college other
Dean of Students Charlie Lance
stated, “Because there is a law that
mandates the separation of recyclables,
we would like to put a three section con
tainer on each hall of the dorms, but we
are still waiting.”
“We (the OE Department) would
be glad to start the program back up
again,” Fortson concluded.
ties. We feel that God has blessed us to
raise the money,” adding, “We made a
covenant with God to lead and teach his
people and we see this building as a tool
to teach the people-especially the
Looking back on the conditions of
the old building White lamented, “The
old building was mildewy and horribly
inadequate for meeting the needs of the
church. It was basically an old house,
unsafe and unhealthy. We’ve been us
ing college facilities for years for our
youth, but when you have young chil
dren sitting in a college desk it is very
difficult and uncomfortable for them. The
new building is going to be designed
with classrooms with different age
groups in mind.”
Woods concludes, “We do appre
ciate the use of college buildings for
some of our operations, we wish to have
these facilities so that we won’t have to
continue to use college facilities .”
The new building is expected to be
finished within a year, but there is no
exact date. The building cost approxi
mately 2 million dollars which the church
itself raised.
Beginning next Fall,
a new music
scholarship will be
available to a music
major. The
recipient of the
scholarship will be
selectecj by
The scholarship
has been namecd in
honor of Mr. ancf
Mrs. Crosby-
Adams, longtime
music instructors
and Montreat
residents. The
scholarship will be
awarded annually.
This scholarship is
under the direction
of the Development

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