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July 9, 1998

Cleaning up

A dozen members of the Staff Association Council (SAC) spent about two hours of their own time on June 24 picking up litter and trash on South Bouquet and Dawson streets as part of the city-sponsored Adopt-a Block Program. The city provided a special trash pickup and erected a sign at the corner of South Bouquet and Dawson to acknowledge SAC's efforts. Cleanup equipment was supplied by Pitt's Facilities Management.

Pitt Volunteer Pool coordinator Steve Zupcic, who joined in the cleanup, said that the group filled more than 20 large garbage bags. SAC President Rich Colwell was surprised at the amount of trash and cigarette butts. "Even a week later when I checked, you could see the difference we made," he said.

SAC plans to participate in the block program six times a year. The next two scheduled cleanups are July 27 and Aug. 24, 5-7 p.m. Anyone interested in helping should contact Colwell at 624-9822, e-mail:; or Gwen Watkins at 383-1628, e-mail: Zupcic said SAC's efforts were the first phase of a larger push to organize the Pitt community to help clean up the surrounding Oakland neighborhood. "It's our response to the realization that Oakland is a second home, and we have a responsibility to help its residents keep it clean," he said. Those interested in joining the general effort should contact Zupcic at 383-1667, e-mail:

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