Admin, students work to cut water use

first_imgIn light of a four-year drought and mandatory water use restrictions imposed earlier this year by Gov. Jerry Brown, USC administration and student groups are working closely together to cut campus water use.But at a university with more than 30 fountains and lush greenscapes, cementing behavioral changes in students, faculty and staff has proven to be the campus’ biggest roadblock.“Water conservation is something we’re struggling with immensely from a community point of view,” said Ahlia Bethea, director of the Environmental Student Assembly.The university’s biggest water hogs are residential halls, campus buildings and laboratories, according to the Office of Sustainability. ESA is working with the sustainability office and Student Affairs to launch a campaign this semester targeting Trojan water waste.The effort hopes to curb abuses such as excessive showers and sinks left on.“I’m a residential advisor and people are taking 10 minute showers [and] leaving their water running,” Bethea said. “If they were more aware of the consequences, they’d be less inclined to leave that tap on.”Students and other campus visitors aren’t the only ones being told to cut back — USC administration will soon be getting its own set of instructions from the campus’ Water Conservation Task Force. Formed last June to advise senior administration on water usage and reduction targets, the group will be providing recommendations to individual university departments in the coming weeks.Shawn Anthony Rhoads, a senior and former director of the ESA serves as an undergraduate representative on the task force. Though a large focus of the group is curbing campus buildings’ water usage, he said the university should make a concerted move to switch out its green spaces for more drought-tolerant options.“There’s no reason why USC needs grass,” Rhoads said. “We don’t need greenscape. Our university could look just as beautiful with native plants.”USC administration has shared Rhoads’s concern with landscape converting initiatives to an extent.“[Facilities Management Services] has been converting a lot of spaces into drought—resistant areas,” said Halli Bovia, the director of the Office of Sustainability. “Shrubs in place of turf, some native but mostly drought tolerant.”The campus’ fight against water waste first began a few years ago, and since then the University has reduced its usage by 14 percent per square foot.USC efforts have only risen since then, due in no small part to state and city mandatory reductions. It’s a shift in focus lauded by campus environmental activists as a change that is long overdue.“The problem is that water is really cheap, so it hasn’t been the focus of colleges until fairly recently,” Bovia said.In addition to working with the ESA, Bovia’s team just finished surveying roughly 3,500 water fixtures on campus to identify which ones could be upgraded and what savings could be made.It is little actions like these that prove to be more effective, Bovia said, than more symbolic gestures, such as draining the fountains. USC’s nearly three dozen fountains get the most audible flack from students and visitors who see them as a symbol of water waste, but those complaints may be unwarranted. The fountains constitute only 2 percent of USC’s water usage and use recirculated water.“There’s an aesthetic benefit to the fountains, and even though they use 4.4 million gallons roughly annually, it’s only 2 percent,” Bovia said.  “Students don’t understand that water is recirculated, they just think it’s a hose running.”Beyond USC’s gates, California is listening to the call to cut back. Announced last Thursday, the Golden State had a 31 percent statewide reduction—exceeding Brown’s 25 percent mandate.Now, university administration hopes USC will continue that trend.“We’re on the right track,” Bethea said. “But we can obviously do more.”last_img read more

No. 1 Wake Forest defeats Syracuse, 1-0, after failing to win last 2 seasons

first_imgWake Forest junior Machop Chol raced down the right side of Syracuse’s penalty box before playing a ball across the center of the penalty area.Defender Dylan McDonald slid in for the block but was too late. Midfielder Simon Triantafillou tried to stop the ball with his outstretched foot, but he couldn’t. Demon Deacons’ striker Justin McMaster was all alone at the far post. As easy as his finish was to give Wake Forest the win, the Orange made life difficult for the nation’s No. 1 team the entire evening.One quality run behind SU’s defense, pass and finish proved the difference as No. 1 Wake Forest (6-1, 2-0 Atlantic Coast) defeated Syracuse (2-2-3, 0-1-1 ACC), 1-0, on Saturday night in Winston-Salem, North Carolina. The Orange had been a difficult foe for the WFU the past two seasons when the Orange played them to a draw in 2017 and beat WFU 2-0 in 2018. “You’re on the road against an elite team, you’re going to absorb pressure,” SU head coach Ian McIntyre said. “We worked extremely hard, I thought the front three and midfield block were excellent, we really limited their chances.”Outside of what McIntyre said was a 10-to-15 minute stretch where SU was under heavy pressure, SU’s effective and selective pressing and solid defending kept Wake Forest out of dangerous areas.AdvertisementThis is placeholder textWhen starting goalkeeper Christian Miesch was called into action, he made the necessary saves, including one in the 87th minute when McMaster was in on goal at the top of the box. Miesch kept the Orange in the game with a diving save in the 51st minute and another routine save on a swirling long-range shot in the 84th minute. SU probed the WFU defense, but never broke through. senior Massimo Ferrin’s late free kick whipped into the waiting arms of Wake Forest goalie Andrew Pannenberg. Once SU went down, McIntyre opted to pull off Ferrin and midfielder Ryan Raposo, giving them one final rest and instructions before putting both on with striker Luther Archimede for the final minutes. “I wanted to get them a breather,” McIntyre said. “We left it all out there. They had a couple chances in the last minute in transition once we were throwing everything forward.”The Orange switched their formation, McIntyre said, and he wanted to inform them of the switch. Archimede and Ferrin tried to hold up the ball and spark counterattacks the entire night. They created half chances, but never had one the moment like WFU had earlier in the half to grab the lead. When midfielder Julio Fulcar received a pass 12 yards from goal, he was unable to bring it down to his feet without an incidental strike of his hand, nullifying the chance. In total, the Orange produced eight shots, but just one on goal and only two in the second half.“It’s how you then go and support those front guys,” McIntyre said. “If I was going to be critical of one thing, our final pass could have been a little bit sharper tonight.”SU sent more numbers forward late, but never generated a high-quality scoring chance. The best opportunity came for Archimede, whose left-footed shot in the final minutes skidded wide of Pannenberg’s post.Wake Forest’s defending pair of Michael DeShields and Nico Benalcazar shut down most of Syracuse’s attacks before they entered the penalty box, and while the Orange were mostly successful in negating the Demon Deacons’ attacks in the opening frame, one  cross won Wake Forest the game.“Our back four really limited their chances,” McIntyre said. “We out connected passes, just that final delivery and final pass selection was not quite good enough. I think we went toe-to-toe with one of the best teams in the nation.”The Orange will now travel to Colgate next to take on the Raiders on Tuesday night at 7 p.m.  Comments Published on September 21, 2019 at 10:45 pm Contact Anthony: amdabbun@syr.edu Facebook Twitter Google+last_img read more