Students marched on Trousdale Parkway Wednesday afternoon to advocate for the installation of solar panels on USC roofs as part of a protest organized by the USC Go Solar Campaign, a branch of the Environmental Core.Connor Mitchell, a freshman majoring in business administration, said the University has a unique opportunity to reduce its carbon footprint of because of Los Angeles’s commonly sunny weather.“USC should adopt solar because we have days like this all year long, and there is this energy out there that can power our planet,” Mitchell said.The protest began at the Annenberg Amphitheater as dozens of students convened to distribute posters emblazoned with slogans like “USC is Bright, Let’s Use the Light” and “Why Aren’t We Using Our Roofs.” Environmental Core co-directors Ethan Bialick and Zach Manta gave brief speeches detailing the group’s efforts to bring solar panels to the University, as well as the goals of the protest.“Today we’re coming here with a proposal that literally says this company will pay USC to put solar on these roofs,” Bialick said. “We’re bringing this to them, and we’re going to protest that they need to do this now [and] they need to make a commitment now.”Demonstrators then marched down Trousdale Parkway, before circling in front of Tommy Trojan. Students, led by Manta, chanted slogans such as “This is the hour for solar power” and “Solar makes sense.” Afterward, students shared their own reasons for why they thought solar power was a top priority for USC.“I support USC switching to solar because, as a world-class University at a time when renewable is readily available, there is no reason why we should be relying on dirty fossil fuels,” said Olivia Pearson, a freshman majoring in environmental engineering.After the protest, the Environmental Core presented administration officials with a proposal from the energy company SolarCity to lease USC’s unused rooftops to install solar panels owned and maintained by the company. The University will only need to host the panels and collect the lease payments from Solar City, which will alleviate the financial burden of the solar panels.“We’ve repeatedly been told by administrators that they’re not willing to put the money down and invest in solar systems because the payback period is too long for their high-risk, high-reward financial strategies,” Manta said. “Although solar does financially make sense, we want to be very clear that this is not primarily a financial decision.”Bialick hopes that the protest will show the University’s administration that installing solar panels is both socially responsible and financially feasible.“Ideally, they would recognize that they have a sustainability plan that says they’ll procure renewable energy when economic, and this [proposal] literally pays them to get renewable energy,” Bialick said. “If they refuse this, they’re essentially breaking from what they said.”
Former coach of Handball national team of Bosnia and Herzegovina, Halid Demirovic, rated yesterday’s victory in Qatar as a historical one, in a talk for klix.ba“First half was full of anxiety. Still it was the first game and it didn’t seem hat they were playing as agreed. At the beginning we had a lot of turnovers and Iran used them in one large pace, too big will and thanks to our mistakes in attacking. That led to the result of 16: 12, but coach Markovic surely found right words at the half- time“, said Demirovic for klix.ba referring to the results of Markovic’ s intervention in the locker room.“In the second half we saw that the defense played great, we were scoring from simple counterattacks, and the attack was more organized and that’s how Bosnia came to the series of 7: 0. It was historical victory and it is very important for the self- confidence and motivation before todays match against Austria“, said Demirovic.(Source: klix.ba/ photo oslobodjenje)
MASON CITY — The City Council in Mason City this week awarded a contact for replacing the roof on the old fire station building on South Federal Avenue near the water tower. The council re-bid the project after rejecting two bids back in March after one of the bids was deemed non-responsive because of an error in the bid submission. Two bids were submitted in this round, with Black Hawk Roof Company of Cedar Falls having the lower bid at $86,422. City Engineer Mark Rahm says that’s higher than the engineer’s estimated cost of $71,855 but it’s still a good bid for the project. “That’s because there’s some uncertainty with the roofing structure itself, the steel trusses in there. The contractor may be anticipating a little more work than we are.” Rahm says getting the roof replaced is a key part of saving the building. “That’s the main concern right now is to get that roof replaced and sealed up to stop that infiltration of water and the degradation of the building itself. The exterior, it looks rough and it is, it looks kind of tough, but structurally the building is sound, it has been looked at by structural engineers, but not to the point of putting together an estimate or a project to re-fabricate the building or rehab it.” The South Federal Fire Station building is over 80 years old and was constructed as part of the Public Works Administration program. The city at some point hopes to get a national historic designation for the structure.