Thursday, February 7, 2013
"They're as dangerous as you ride them," said one scooter owner.
More powerful than a bicycle but much smaller than a motorcycle, motor scooters have become ubiquitous on the University of Georgia campus. An employee at Top Dog Scooters said that 60 to 70 percent of his sales are to students. Scooters can start at $999 and go up. Scooters can squeeze through tight place; get phenomenal gas mileage of up to 110 miles a gallon; and are a lot of fun to ride. But for UGA Police Chief Jimmy Williamson, their popularity is making them a problem. “Many of those who operate them don’t think of them as automobiles, they break laws because they think they’re riding a bicycle,” he said. “You can look at the high number of students with scarred legs and know they’ve taken a slide on them.” One problem for …
Thursday, October 27, 2011
As established trees die, horticulturists are planting replacements.
If you’ve walked around North Campus lately, you may have had the funny feeling that something had changed. A new building? Another statue? Or….what? What has changed is that the historic part of UGA’s extensive campus is sunnier. And that’s because some of the older trees that shaded it so well have died, falling victim to drought, storms, old age, stress and disease. So far in 2011, some 130 of the university’s trees have died, says landscape architect Dexter Adams, who’s in charge of the university’s grounds. “About every quarter mile, there’s a dead tree,” he says. “It’s mostly because of cumulative drought and heat. But when a tree gets weakened, opportunitistic bugs move in. Or a storm can damage it to where it's dangerous.” An …
Wednesday, October 5, 2011
UGA students want Adams to retire the campus' coal fired steam plant.
Wednesday, October 5, 2011
With UGA set to resume burning coal in the next few weeks, members of the UGA Sierra Student Coalition are working on a Beyond Coal campaing. They are urging President Adams to transition UGA beyond coal by retiring the coal-fired steam plant on campus. Their goal is to protect public health and save the environment, said organizer Ali Blumenstock.
Tuesday, August 2, 2011
The premiere preservation group in the country weighs in on saving a historic building.
The National Trust for Historic Preservation has added its voice to the hue and cry over the possible demolition of historic Rutherford Hall on UGA’s south campus. John Hildreth, director of the Trust’s Southern office in Charleston, wrote a letter to UGA President Michael Adams expressing his concerns about the university’s plans. The National Trust advocates for public participation in saving historic structures. It joins local and state preservationists, UGA alums and others in Athens who don’t want to see the 1939 building torn down to make way for a larger residence hall. UGA officials have said Rutherford Hall has structural problems that need to be remedied. And they say a new, larger building will be able to accommodate more …