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As finals week is now upon us, let us take a moment—procrastinate as I’m sure most of you are anyway—and dwell on the question that has confounded critics for centuries: What is the greatest Pixar film of all time?! You decide here. Look for the winning film in the C-Lounge next Thursday at 8pm, along with all your favorite movie goodies. So please vote. We all don’t want Cars to win, do we? Or worse…Cars 2?

 

It’s Green Apple Week @ NYU!
This week is Green Apple Week at NYU, and UHall’s doing it’s part too! In honor of GAW, here are a few eco-friendly tips and pointers for your daily routine as prescribed by NYU’s own Environmental Studies Department!

  • Use laptops instead of desktops. They use more than 50% less energy and require less resources and energy to produce.
  • Set your computer to sleep or hibernate mode when it’s not in use. Screen savers don’t save any energy at all.
  • Switch your bulbs with compact fluorescent lights (CFLs). They last 8-12 times longer and use 25 % less energy than incandescent bulbs while delivering the same light levels. –Energy Information Administration.
  • When you shop for a new appliance, look for the Energy Star label-your assurance that the product saves energy.
  • You can maximize the heating and cooling efficiency by keeping blinds and curtains open during the day and closing them at nights to insulate the windows.
  • Arrange desk and chairs next to windows to cut down on the need for artificial lighting during the day.
  • Use corded home phones as they consume little energy, while cordless units draw constant power during charging and stand-by mode.
  • You can get cash back by recycling your old electronics such as cell phones and mp3 players.
  • Download your software. More than 1 billion unwanted computer disks are being thrown away each year, though most software can be downloaded online.
  • Use rechargeable batteries. Otherwise dispose of batteries properly because they contain toxic chemicals. Find the nearest drop-off location by calling 1-800-8-BATTERY.
  • To save on paper, always print and copy double-sided (“duplex”). Most public NYU printers can be configured to duplex.
  • Get your leaky sink and shower faucets fixed. A leak of just one drop per second will waste 2,400 gallons of water a year.
  • Try switching to cold or warm water when doing laundry. 85 – 90% of the energy consumed in washing your clothes is used to heat the water.
  • Turn off the power strip or unplug any electrical device that’s not being used. Many appliances, such as computers, TVs and VCRs draw power even when turned off. NYU may expend as much as $750,000 per year on these “phantom loads”!
  • You can reduce your CO2 emissions by carpooling with others. Connect with people using the ‘Carpool’ application on Facebook.
  • Shave your showering time down by three minutes for a savings of 513 pounds of CO2 every year.
  • Plastic shopping bags create unnecessary waste. Next time you grocery shop, bring your own reusable bag.
Stay Tuned for more Info on Green Apple Week Events!

For many of you who came to the Labor Day BBQ last month, it was a joyous and relaxing way to mark the last days of summer and the beginning of a new year.  If you couldn’t come, or missed out, it was a ton of fun, so be on the look out for more amazing all hall programs!

Hello UHallers!

If you have a meal plan and want to upgrade your dining experience, check out Palladium’s first Restaurant Night of the year! On the menu:

Appetizer:  Mixed Spring Greens, Cucumber wrapped tossed with Balsamic Vinaigrette, Bleu Gorgonzola Cheese

Entrees: French Cut Chicken, Potato Pancakes, Haricot Vert OR Pan Seared Salmon, Basmati Rice, Oyster Mushrooms OR Vegetarian Pot Pie

Dessert: Flute Limón cello, Tiramisu Glass

To reserve a spot, e-mail palladiumcafe@yahoo.com, or visit their website at

http://menu.lifeworksrestaurants.com/layouts/canary_2010/locationhome.aspx?locationid=3752&pageid=30&custompageid=8451&tmp=2011092716

Hope to see you there!

Congratulations to the newly elected 2011-2012 University Hall Council Executive Board and Committee Chairs!

President: David Snyder

Vice President: Krista Herlihy

Treasurer: Brian Plaut

Secretary: Taylor Whitt

IRHC Representative: Dylan Jalowski

Community Service Chair: Shruthi Mathew

Programming Chair: Lynn M.

Residential Advocacy & Facilities Chair: Josh Coonin

Public Relations Chair: Nick Guerrero

Don’t forget to join us for our first General Assembly Meeting of the year on Wednesday, September 21st at 8pm in the C-Lounge!

Congratulations newly elected officers, and thanks to everyone who took the time and effort to run for office!