Volume 9, Number 3
8 October 2002

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Design Contest Winners Announced

The Design Contest 2002 (poster , photography, web page, 2-D art) Award Ceremony was held on Friday, October 4.
Last year, a Slogan Competition was organized by the Bilkent University Traffic Committee to express Bilkent’s commitment to respect and safety on the roads, and was met with great enthusiasm among both students and staff. This year, a new contest was organized, in which the slogans of the previous year were developed into posters and paintings.
While the poster competition was open to all members of the Bilkent Community, the 2-D art competition was only open to pre-school, elementary and high school students, and was organized into different categories according to age. Exhibits were displayed for 2 weeks, and all members of the Bilkent community were invited to cast their votes for the 4 different categories. It was a tough competition, especially amongst the pre-school and elementary school students, since over 170 entries were submitted in these groups. Over 350 votes were cast to select the best three in each category. The Bilkent University Traffic Committee would like to thank all who helped raise public awareness and worked to promote respect on the roads.
You can find the results of the contest on page 4. A more detailed list can be seen at www.traffic.bilkent.edu.tr

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Avoid Line-ups!
Get Your New Sticker Now!

Applications for vehicle stickers for the 2002 - 2003 academic year begins on October 7, 2002. Stickers from the previous academic year will become invalid as of November 15, 2002.
The procedure for application is as follows:
1. Clear any Traffic Rule Violation Tickets you may have obtained during the previous year.
2. Deposit 35 Million TL at the Accounts Office (Engineering Building, Ground Floor).
3. Fill out an application form available at places indicated below.
4. Attach a copy of your student ID card, driving license and vehicle registration papers
5. Hand in these documents during working hours to officers on duty at locations indicated below.

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Don’t Waste Your Waste!

Did you know that it takes glass 500 years to decompose and that it can be recycled billions of times without wearing out? Did you also know that recycling just one aluminum can saves enough energy to run a television for 3 hours, and that one ton of recycled waste is equal to 3 tons of wood or 1800 liters of oil?
Just as the world’s population is rapidly growing, so is the consumption of our natural resources, and environmental damage. Unplanned industrialization - a problem especially in developing countries - creates other problems including pollution and the abuse of limited resources. Recycling is one answer. Incinerating 10,000 tons of waste creates one job; land-filling the same amount creates six jobs; but recycling the same 10,000 tons creates 36 jobs. These facts bring us to one clear conclusion: we must recycle!
Recycling means collecting, processing, marketing and, ultimately, re-using materials that were once discarded. It has already become an everyday habit for many Bilkenters. By January 2003 some 43 tons of aluminum cans, glass bottles, plastics, cans and paper will be recycled at Bilkent University which means that some 120 tons of wood will have been saved.
Distributed throughout campus are boxes for waste paper, in computer labs (positioned near printers) and in almost every office and dormitory. For other recyclable materials, there are several bins located close to cafeterias, dormitories, housing and sports areas. Remember that making products from recycled materials creates less air and water pollution than making products from unused materials. Finally, recycling creates jobs and saves valuable resources. Best of all, it’s easy to do!

Bengi Turgan (IR/III)

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