News Bites — Week of Nov. 25

Claremont McKenna College address appears in FBI investigation  

Vice President of Student Affairs Sharon Basso forwarded an email Nov. 16 to Claremont McKenna College students concerning the appearance of one of CMC’s addresses in a FBI investigation of Cesar Sayoc.

In late October, Sayoc was arrested and accused of sending packages with suspected explosives to CNN, former President Barack Obama, and former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton.

According to the forwarded email originally sent by CMC Director of Safety Brian Weir, “The FBI made it clear their notification was a matter of procedure, and that there is no material risk or threat to CMC posed by Mr. Sayoc based on this information.”

Sharon Basso, the vice president of student affairs at CMC, wrote in the email: “This notification is meant to reassure you that there is no threat, and to take this opportunity to remind you to continue to use good judgement and take proper safety precautions, including being alert.”

— Elinor Aspegren, Becky Hoving


E. coli outbreak prompts destruction of Romaine lettuce in 5C dining halls

“All Claremont College Dining Halls were directed to remove and destroy all Romaine lettuce and will not be serving Romaine until CDC’s investigation is complete,” according to a Campus Safety notification sent out Nov. 20.

The Campus Safety notification advised students to visit Student Health Services if symptoms of an E. coli infection appear and to sanitize drawers and shelves in refrigerators in which Romaine was stored.

— Becky Hoving


Harvey Mudd College encourages composting on campus

Harvey Mudd College has introduced composting bins on campus after the State of California mandated all entities that produce more than four cubic yards per week of organic waste must sort and recycle the waste.

Custodial staff have placed brown table-top bins in kitchens and break rooms across campus, which are solely dedicated to food waste, according to Sustainability Program Manager Louis Spanias.

“Custodial staff will empty bins in the academic and administrative areas of campus, but students are responsible for emptying any and all tabletop compost bins into the larger compost totes (yellow totes with brown lids) outside each of the dorms,” he wrote in an email to Harvey Mudd students.

California disposes of approximately 30 million tons of waste in landfills each year, of which more than 30 percent could be used for compost, according to California’s Waste Characterization Study.

— Elinor Aspegren

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