Signpost (Weber, Utah), 1991-10-181
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VOLUME 52. ISSUE 18 FRIDAY. OCTOBER 18. 1991 L THE IGNPO WEBER STATE UNIVERSITY- ST ': t f it i - BRIAN SCHIELETHf SIGNPOST Scott Dancy, a student from East Lansing, Michigan, wants Utah to adopt more environmental programs like those In his home state. Marriott responds to student Corporation promises to work with campus groups who wish to acheive more environmental goals. By TYSON HIATT Staff writer of The Signpost Some environmentally conscious WSU students have taken action by speaking with University Food Services by Marriott to stop the use of plastic foam utensils and cups and plates and other "environmentally unfriendly" materials. Brent Hilvitz, Dave Klein and some other WSU students decided to take some initative to take care of the environment. They are trying to motivate Marriott Food services to stop using environmentally-harmful plates cups and bowls and to start using reusable items such as glass or plastic. Hilvitz said that the products that Marriott is using are environmentally unsafe because they produce chloroflorocarbons that destroy the ozone layer and they also are extremely nonbiodegradeable. Hilvitz pointed out that both the Junction and the Gallery are equipped with dishwashing facilities that were used before Marriott came to WSU. The only thing that is missing is the reusable products. Hilvitz met with Ken Hazard, Director of Marriott Food Services at WSU, on Wednesday to discuss the concerns of both the students and Marriott. A letter written by Hilvitz and other WSU students urged Marriott to "please respond immediately." Hazard said that he and Hilvitz talked for about an hour about their concerns. Hazard said that both he and Hilvitz were frustrated because recycling facilities in Utah aren't as easily available as in some states. Hazard felt the meeting went well. "I felt very positive about it," he said. Hazard also said that there is only so much that he can do for the situation because he is not Marriott Corporation. But he did say that he would do all that he can to work toward what Hilvitz and his group of students asked for concerning using reusable products. Hazard said that with the new construction in The Callery upstairs in the Union building it would be impossible to use reusable containers because the dishwasher at The Junction is on the same power circuit as the one in The Callery. Hazard said chances for change could be greater when the construction in the Gallery is finished at the end of fall quarter. Hazard released a statement Thursday stating that Marriott will work toward using reusable products and less paper and plastic foam products .under an agreement that Hilvitz and the other concerned students will prepare a statement stating that they will help Marriott to reach these goals. Student activism comes back to Weber's campus Sit-in against Styrofoam draws TV reporters while majority of UB chooses to watch pool shark. By TYSON HIATT and LORIN J. MAY Staff writers of The Signpost About thirty protesters, accompanied by no fewer than 1 0 local reporters, photographers and cameramen, crowded The Junction floor Thursday to protest Marriott Food Service's use of plastic foam and other disposable products. The protest was the only one of its kind held at Weber State in recent memory. Protestors were a loosely organized group of students, many from Wasatch Residence Hall, in addition to some from other campus environmental organizations. The protestors filled The Junction serving area, leaving only a small passageway for customers. Many held signs which said things like, "Our children's brains are being damaged because of the convenience of industry," "Save our Race," and "Waste is a human concept. There is no waste in nature." "The United States constitutes only 5 percent of the world's population and it accounts for 45 percent of the world's pollution," one protestor shouted. Campus police officers watched the sit-in from a distance to insure patrons were not blocked from using the facilities. "We're just going to make sure (The Junction) stays open," said WSU Campus Police Lt. Roger Johnson. They can do anything they want as long as they don't block anything," said Marriott Food Service Manager Dwight Kern. However, about fifty feet away, a larger and noisier crowd watched Jack White perform trick pool shots, apparently unaffected by the protest. Students not intimidated by large crowd inside The Junction often met with cheers and applause when they got their coffee and beverages in reusable containers. One woman stood poised to pour a bowl of soup and was met by numerous requests to not use the available plastic foam bowls. One protester then handed the woman a porcelain bowl, and she filled it to the cheers and applause of the entire group. Warm words were also exchanged between protesters and a couple Marriott's kitchen staff. One walked in with a pa per cup to the jeers of several protestors. He asked how many of them came in gas burning cars to protest his carrying a paper cup. Brent Hilvitz, a student who organized the protest, had voiced his concerns earlier in the week to Ken Hazard, director of University Food Service by Marriott. Hilvitz helped start a petition to stop the use of plastic foam products by Marriott. He said on Thursday it had nearly 1,000 signatures. Hazard told him that he would do everything in his power to make changes. Though both later said it had been a positive (See PROTEST page 2) 1 I j ? ""X.. 1 , V ARTS BRIAN SCHIELEWF SGNPOSr MOMENTS LATER, protesters began an uninterrupted halt-hour of enthusiastic activity. Hilvitz told Hazard at that time that action would be taken in the form of a peaceful sit-in protest at the junction Thursday at 11:30 a.m. Neither Klien nor Hilvitz are members of any organized environmental club on campus. They are just concerned students that felt Marriott uses too much plastic foam and other non-recyclable products. "We were just eating at the junction and I said I wish that they wouldn't use so much Styrofoam," Klien said. 'That was how it got started. We are trying to get them to be more environmentally conscious." Hilvitz said that he and the other students aren't trying to cause any trouble. "We have a genuine concerns for our campus and what happens to it and we feel thry are valid ones," Hilvitz said. "We have the support of many different (See MARRIOTT page 2) Children's Dance Theatre trips the light fantastic. SPORTS 7 Wildcats prepare to make Montana Grizzlies their next victims.
|Title||Signpost (Weber, Utah), 1991-10-18, Vol. 52, No. 18|
|Creator||Weber State University|
|Contributors||Associated Students of Weber State University; A generous grant from the Utah State Library and the Institute of Museum and Library Services.|
|Description||Weber's current student newspaper, the Signpost, first appeared on September 29, 1937. For two years prior to that time, campus news was disseminated via announcements posted on a bulletin board known as the "Signpost". As a result, the masthead of the first issue of the paper itself featured a rudimentary wooden sign with the title spelled out in rustic-looking letters. Over the years the paper has been published continuously, though the look, size and style has changed several times.|
|Subject||College student newspapers and periodicals; Weber State University|
|Publisher Digital||Stewart Library, Weber State University|
|Source||University Archives LD5893.W55 S5, Stewart Library, Weber State University|
|Rights Management||Public Domain. Courtesy of University Archives, Stewart Library, Weber State University.|