After doing some digging, I have found that Lincoln Hall meets all building codes, but does not meet residents hall codes according to Mustaq Ahmed, Director of buildings and grounds.
Lincoln Hall is heated, but only enough to keep from freezing. Lincoln does not meet overnight standards because the exit lights have not been tested recently and the bathrooms are not cleaned regularly.
The 4-5 hour window where Lincoln Hall will be open this Friday the 31st for Residents Life’s MAD event will be supervised at all times by Residence Life staff. No fires, not even candles, are allowed, just like in all residents halls. Bathrooms will not be available for use either. Mustaq feels that with personal supervision from Caleb Farmer, Director of Residents Life, and Julie Degraw, Dean of Students the event and students attending the event should be just fine.
As for the asbestos question, Julie said “to my knowledge there is no asbestos” in Lincoln Hall.
Mustaq also has notified Fire Chief, Jon Kinn for extra awareness, just as notification would be made for any large event.
More news about Lincoln Hall soon.
Is anyone else curious as to why Lincoln Hall is “closed”?
Just like you, I’ve heard rumors like “Lincoln has asbestos,” “it’s dangerous,” “they can’t even tear it down because the air pollution would reach dangerous levels.”
This week I, Daila Moore, will be asking questions and hopefully finding answers to ease the minds of students who want to attend the Haunting of Lincoln MAD this Friday.
If the conditions of this building really are that bad, then why is an event being held there?
Check back Wednesday for updates.
Another water bottle filling station is in the works for the Bluffton University campus. For the last few weeks, Student Senators have been collecting student signatures in support of this measure.
The purified water-filling station would be installed on the first-floor of Centennial Hall. The unit would be the same as the unit made by Elkay Manufacturing Co. near Bob’s Place in Marbeck Center (pictured above), and similar to the units in the Sommer Center.
Senators want to provide a place other than the Commons for students to get purified water throughout the day. Many students bring disposable water bottles to class. By installing an easy way to fill up reusable water bottles, Senators hope to encourage students to cut down on plastic waste and take in more water while in class.
This initiative has been in the works since the beginning of the calendar year. It was approved at a Senate meeting on Feb. 24, but did not receive enough support for it to be implemented over the summer. Student Senate needs 51 percent of the student body to sign the initiative for the units to be purchased and installed. This is equivalent to 415 student signatures. Currently, there are about 370.
According to 2014-15 Senate President Matt McCoy, if you also want to join the efforts, you can do so by contacting any Student Senator or signing the initiative at the Marbeck front desk before the end of the academic year.
The Magic of Life is not just an alcohol awareness program or an anti-drunk driving program; it is about a mother’s son sharing his story, trying to make a difference.
At 9 p.m., Friday, Oct. 17, Michael Gershe will present his “The Magic of Life” alcohol awareness program. Michael Gershe is a survivor of a drunk driving accident that killed his mother when he was only eight months old.
This alcohol awareness program isn’t a run of the mill presentation about the dangers of alcohol and drunk driving. Michael’s approach is one of humor. He keeps his program “funny, easy to relate to, and meaningful.” He combines comedy, audience interaction, and his story to connect with the audience and share his message.
This event is sponsored by Bluffton University PALS and Marbeck Center Board. Snacks will be provided. We all hope to see you there!
If you want to learn more about Michael or his presentation you can go to www.magicoflife.com.
Last week, Bluffton students who participated in the Colombian cross cultural experience in May held a coffee and hot chocolate sale. The proceeds benefited 42 families who were left homeless by a fire in Charco Azul, a marginalized neighborhood in Cali, Colombia.
Virgelino Cordoba, whom the group met while in Colombia, notified Bluffton associate professor of Education Paul Neufeld Weaver about the great need. Weaver, who served as faculty adviser for the trip, greatly enjoyed the strong Colombian coffee while the group was there, and brought some back. He suggested that the students hold a coffee sale in Centennial from 7:45-11 a.m. each morning the week of September 22.
The Columbian group was comprised of 10 students and three adults. They left for the South American country on May 8, 2014 and returned on May 29. While they were there, the group stayed in Bogota, the largest city in Colombia, and learned a lot about the conflicts of the past and the current non-military struggles facing the Colombian people.
Cordoba, who is an English professor at a school in Cali, allowed the Bluffton group to talk with his students. The school, CAU (Colegio Americas Unidas), is Mennonite-affiliated, and is in the same area as the Charco Azul neighborhood. Cordoba and his wife know people affected by the late-August fire, and started garnering support for the cause in any way they could.
To find out what you can do to continue the support for the victims, contact Paul Neufeld Weaver.
Homecoming week wouldn’t be complete without WBWH’s rendition of Let’s Make a Deal. This year wasn’t any different. Everyone at this year’s event was graced with the presence of J. Denny and Jenny Beaver. There were many prizes handed out that ranged from Pringles to gas cards, iTunes cards and everything in between; there was even a turkey hat.
There was free pizza and pop served before the event and if you were lucky enough to be one of the first twenty people, you received a complimentary air freshener or a deck of cards. The homecoming committee was also on the scene handing out free t-shirts and drawstring bags. During the game there was plenty of entertainment from twerking to line dancing.
Jenny Beaver showing off her prize!
Jenny Beaver even got a chance to play Deal or No Deal (though she was influenced by a very rambunctious J. Denny). If you didn’t attend this event you definitely missed out, everyone loves free stuff and entertainment. We had plenty of both. If you loved this event don’t forget to tune into 96.1 WBWH to show your support!
During the 2013-2014 academic year, members of the Student Senate proposed the idea of building a fire pit for the student body to use as both a way to socialize and a way to increase student involvement in campus-wide activities. It is also projected to increase potential-student interest in Bluffton University. Due to time constraints, the project was unable to fruition, but the Senate is now pushing to finalize the design this semester. The current design includes seating for approximately fifty people and will cost about $45,000. The cost of the fire pit will be met using resources like the Student Endowment Fund as well as voluntary contributions from individual students and members of the Bluffton community. The fire pit is expected to be installed between Neufeld Hall and the volleyball courts. No specific construction date has been set at this time.
We’re getting organized to relaunch the site for the new academic year. Check back in with us on Tuesday, September 30, 2014.