All this semester, I’ve talked about about the different stages of the Big Red Bikes Program. The program has improved greatly since the last time it was reported on.
Big Red Bikes replaced their forms and contract with students.
Hired a second bike mechanic to fix up more bikes.
Repossessed neglected bikes that take up space on the racks.
Have the ability to place holds on the accounts of students who don’t return the bikes.
Sustainability Coordinator Christian Ryan-Downing said it was still too early to tell how the changes would affect the availability of the bikes.
When I was at the office of Facilities Management — the office that houses the program — earlier in the month the attitude seemed different. A student who came in asking to renew his bike for a couple more days after he had the bike for a month was immediately told “no.”
With Earth Day and Arbor Day in the month of April, the department of Sustainability and the city of Bowling Green are holding events that celebrate sustainability this week.
On Wednesday, actor Carl Lombardi will perform two readings of the Dr. Seuss children’s book “The Lorax” at 12:00 p.m. in the Faculty House and 3:30 p.m. in Mass Media and Technology Hall Auditorium.
Also on Wednesday, Kohl Crecelius CEO and founder of Krochet Kids International, will speak about what his company is doing to “empower people to rise above poverty” at 7:00 p.m. in the Mass Media auditorium at 7:00 p.m.
The celebration for Earth Day will be Friday, April 20, which will feature music, giveaways, activities, and booths according to the website. The student group the GreenToppers, who have been working for a couple of months on the event, according to a February article in the College Heights Herald.
On Saturday, Arbor Day will be celebrated in Kereiakes Park in Bowling Green. In addition to activities for children, the Tree Advisory Board, a city organization that advocates urban forestry, will provide free trees and planting demonstrations.
Though housing renewal for students living in the dorms are over, moving off campus is still an attractive option for rising juniors, or students looking to break their housing contracts.
Students who wish to move off campus must fill out a form with Housing in Residence Life by July in order to receive part of their housing deposit.
Steve Briggs, assistant director for HRL, said students should make sure they have the right information about their housing and possible exemptions before making a decision to move.
Briggs said an apartment complex a couple of years gave students misinformation about housing in order to make them sign a lease. He said for students to check the HRL website for changes in policy.