Freshmen Flex Muscle for Crawfordsvilleby Howard Hewitt • August 28, 2013
- Professor Deborah Seltzer-Kelly’s advisees joined Hezekiah Eibert ’15, the College’s Sustainability Intern through Sodexo this summer, for “Garbology”—a morning of sorting through trash collected from college offices with the goal of improving Wabash's rate of recycling.
- 'I spent much of my summer learning what is recyclable, what is not,' Eibert told the freshman, who followed his instructions and spent about an hour in from of the Sparks Center going through 35 bags of trash. Removing the recyclable material, they were able to reduce the number of bags going to the trash to two!
- Eibert has created and helped put in place a program that will increase recycling and reduce waste campus-wide, and freshman experienced first-hand how much recycling could reduce waste on campus.
- Eibert instructs students on how to sort through the trash to find recyclables. 'You never know what you might find,' he said. 'This summer I opened a pizza box and found a full set of silverware.'
- Dean of Students Mike Raters ’85 stopped by to see how 'Garbology' was progressing. Putting the College's trash at the campus center's front door was a powerful illustration of why Eibert's program to improve rates of recycling on campus is so important.
- Grounds Manager Tim Riley supervised Eibert over the summer and praised the junior's work and initiative: 'Hezekiah developed this whole program, and he deserves the credit.'
- Jan Bidon ’17 checks a pizza box, but no silverware to be found!
- Luis Fernandez ’17 managed to keep a smile on his face despite the mess.
- Eibert helps students understand which items are recyclable.
- Garhett Cook ’17 found a working pen.
- Cook and Eibert
- Ian MacDougall ’14 interviewed Eibert for the College's Media Center.
- Freshman Garhett Cook was interviewed, too.
- Eibert and Michael Wilson ’17 sorting.
- Luis Fernandez ’17: Still no silverware.
- Abel Becker ’17 found a water bottle in the trash.
- Kendall Baker ’16 filmed the event.
- Josh McCabe ’17 found first aid kits.
- Wabash Always Fights to improve recycling: Abel Becker will likely be an advocate!
- The freshmen toured Crawfordsville's Walden Recyling and saw for themselves the wide range of items that can be recycled.
- In the backlot at Walden, students saw cars being crushed and recycled…
- That's not the College car, is it?
Wabash freshmen put a little muscle power to work Wednesday morning improving the Montgomery County community. The annual Freshman Orientation Day featured 245 young men serving local charities.
“We get a lot done because the students always bring a lot of energy and just sheer muscle power, but we’ve also learned over the years that Wabash guys are ready to work,” said Habitat for Humanity President and Frist Christian Church Pastor Keith Strain. “They like serving the community.”
But the 15-plus guys on site provide more than a day of muscle; Stain said many will return to help for the next four years.”
“We hope, being freshmen, that they’ll realize this is good work and take part in the work other Wabash students due for habitat,” he said. “Some (upperclassmen) come as often as they can. Some are here every week, some bring friends or bring their houses or fraternities with them. “We really depend on students form Wabash and Purdue to build these houses.”
Farther form the center of town, a group of freshmen in Economics Professor Joyce Burnette’s tutorial group were harvesting vegetables and weeding the community garden.
Levi Chitty said it was a fun and beneficial day. “As students on a college campus, you take a lot from the community so it’s cool to be able to come and help other people work on what they’re passionate about and help them help the community.”
The side benefit for the young men is even more bonding on the last day of orientation. “The guys are all cool in my group, I’ve gotten to know them well,” Chitty said. “Now, we’re all working together like a team and have really developed a relationship.”
After the morning work the mostly red-clad freshmen made quite a sight in downtown Crawfordsville. Before splitting up for lunch at several downtown restaurants, Mayor Todd Barton ‘00 welcomed the guys to Crawfordsville.
“This is a great little community,” the mayor said. “But you’ll only get out of Crawfordsville what you put into Crawfordsville. Thank all of you for your service this morning.”