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Letter to the editor

Use new garbage cans and smoke stations

April 7, 2006

Spring typically brings many changes and a fresh start to many things. This year is no exception. I was refreshed to see the arrival of new garbage cans and matching smoker’s stations to our campus. In my opinion, it’s about time. The old green garbage cans and rusty smoker’s stations were an eyesore and an insult to our campus. However, some of these old cans still remain. Let’s continue to progress. It would be nice to see new cans and stations all over campus and not just by the academic buildings.

However, the aesthetics of our campus go beyond garbage cans. It requires the respect and pride from our students and faculty. It’s time we take back our campus from those who litter. These new smoker’s stations look nice, but they will do no good if they remain unused. I have no problem with smokers, and I don’t really care if they stand 25 feet away.

However, I think I am going to freak out if I see one more person throw their butt on the ground rather than walking five feet to the station. Don’t be so damn lazy. If you don’t think this is a problem, just take a look at the ground between Stratton and Prucha Hall.

It makes me want to vomit.

Litter is a problem with our campus. It goes beyond cigarette butts.

Water bottles and pop cans seem to be popu- lar additions to the UW-RF landscape. We shouldn’t blame this on the UW-RF grounds crew. We should only blame ourselves. We the students are the ones who litter, and only we can give back the pride and beauty that our campus deserves.

I was recently informed that CCFHH is hosting a Volunteer Day on April 22. One of the options is to help clean up the UWRF campus. I will be cleaning up our campus, and I urge all other students to join in the effort.

Erik Holmes
Student