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maroon HHH V Electric costs surge here despite savings effort SEAN WELCH Staff Reporter Despite apparent efforts by Loyola residents to conserve electricity, residence hall electric bills are up 40 per cent over last year. For the university in general the bill has jumped 80 per cent. Over two thirds of those polled in an informal survey of 31 resident students said they make a point of turning out their lights whenever they leave their rooms. Nonetheless, the electric bill for the two campus dorms has risen from $108,554 last year to an estimated $151,976 this year, an increase of about 40 per cent. Although Public Service official Don Schultz says there have been no rate increases since January 1973, when the electric company raised its price by 1 7 per cent, fuel adjustment charges have increased bills this year. The fuel adjustment clause says that a bill will be adjusted monthly according to the amount of natural gas the public service company can obtain. There is the possibility of another 15 per cent rate increase in the near future. The higher bill means an extra $21 per resident just to make up for the increase, not the entire bill. "Anything we can save will certainly be a step for conservation and reduce costs somewhat," said Vincent P. Knipfing, Dean of Student Affairs. A proposal going to the Board of Directors in November will determine whether a room rate increase will be necessary to combat the rapidly increasing utility costs, according to Housing Director Rich Lawton. "My opinion is that the likelihood'of an increase in room rates is very great," said Knipfing. As a result of last winter's fuel shortage, an emergency precaution committee was established to monitor the energy situation on campus, and to recommend energy saving plans. As a result, says Knipfing, temperatures in university buildings was lowered to 68 degrees in the winter and raised to 76 degrees in the summer. Flourescent lighting was installed in the men's residence hall to conserve electricity. Lights in Danna Center were turned off to conserve fuel, and security guards were instructed to turn off lights in classrooms that were not being used. A car pool system was initiated for university members. Mike Skehan, head resident of Biever Hall, said he feels that resident assistants are doing a good job of consefving fuel in that building. Each R.A. can institute his own policies about using lights on his floor. For the remainder of the campus, energy bills have increased 80 per cent in one year. In August of 1973, the electric bill for the rest of the university apart from the residence halls was about $15,000. For September of this year, the charge was about $27,000. "We need the cooperation of the entire university community to save energy, and if we cut down on usage it's bound to have some effect," said Knipfing. 5 2 O o 13 O CO D 6 0 1 s Although most students are concerned witn saving energy, mere ere mose wno are "fuelish". Energy costs on campus are higher now than ever. Mullahy— a stern medical mentor LINDA DELERY Staff Reporter "He doesn't like girls to show their umbilicals. He insists that guys wear their shirts tucked in. Cutoffs and sandals are out for his classes, and girls have to wear their hair pulled back in the lab," complained one freshman recently about Rev. John H. Mullahy, S.J. Fr. Mullahy, chairman of biological sciences, says, "A student recently came in to see me in cutoff blue jeans. I told him that was fine for a picnic, but that his attire would not be tolerated in this department." He said that a doctor is a "service person" and should be dressed like one. He demands that students write last name first on papers, substracting points if they don't. He will not Dermit students to leave the lab until their stools have been tucked under the table. Fr. Mullahy, who says that all of his tatics are aimed at preparing his students for "the ordeal of medical school" insists that they outline their biology book, occasionally pops unannounced tests on them, and has been known to ask the life of a saint on a test. "I think all this grade—school stuff is so that we can take directions accurately and carry them out precisely" claims a biology freshman. Fr. Mullahy discourages his students from joining social organizations "unless a member is going to be 'gung ho' I don't think he should join at all." "And students in this department don't have the time because of their heavy load," he says. "I never studied this much in my life" said one pre—med freshman girl "when I told someone recently what program I was in they told me they would be offering up a lot of masses for me." But do students mind? "Hell, I wouldn't have come to Loyola if it hadn't been for Mullahy. Him and the whole biology department," said a student who came from Florida on Mullahy's reputation. "Sure you get aggravated with his | methods but what can you say? They | work!" calims a sophomore. | "If only the other departments had J prepared me like biology, I wouldn't be so worried about taking this test * tomorrow" said one senior as he prepared tfor the MCAT (Medical College Admissions Test). "I think he's doing us all a favor. -In other schools you may discover that you aren't suited for pre—med in your junior year, and by then it's too late," adds another freshman. "When parents, by indulgence, don't prepare their child for coping with life, they are being very cruel" Fr. Mullahy says, adding "It would be a lot less trouble (for me) to look the other way and not give as many exams." Fr. Mullahy can boast of a 95 per cent acceptance rate of Loyola's medical school applicants. "My students are not just competing for one of the loving cups here at Loyola," the dynamic Jesuit said, adding that this year, out of 40,000 students applying nationwide to medical schools, only 8,000 were accepted. Chairman of biological sciences for the past 20 years, Fr. Mullahy attributes his success to the high standards that he imposes on students from their freshman year. "We don't believe in carrying students along if I can find out after the first semester that they aren't going to make it." Students who have made it through his regimental training and are now in medical school agree that the demanding program at Loyola prepared them for the tremendous pressure they are now undergoing. "I owe it all to him" said one LSU med-school freshman. "He gives you more than book knowledge. He stimulates you, motivates you, he inspires you to keep on going." Fr. Mullahy, whose recommendations to medical school are tremendously influential, sees his students frequently on an individual basis. He is as interested in their honesty and integrity as he is with their grades. He believes that a doctor's ethics and concern for his fellow man should be tantamount to his medical ability. And as chairman of the pre—med committee, Father extends his pressure to every facet of academic life from personal appearance to social activities. A freshman girl grimaced: "In class he is so fruit. He pushes and picks. . . Sometimes I feel like I am back in second grade, "but outside of class he is a fascinating man to talk to and he really cares about people." The fatherly biology teacher feels no conflict between his strict facade in class and his humanistic side outside of class, as he claims "I am not trying to be hard. I am trying to be just." Fr. Mullahy is not really sure what his students feel about him. "They feel like killing me sometimes" he chides, his big brown eyes twinkling under snowy white hair. "All I am trying to do is acquaint them with the facts of their existence and their competition." A freshman who is confident of her excellent training for the future sums up her whole experience saying "You know Mullahy is getting to you when you start doodling and you end up drawing a tree with all the nodes on it." Fr. Mm (MMty... "Al I'm tryin« *o do is ■nqmint tham with tht facts of thair existanoe."
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