5/24/10 Ask Charlotte

Dear Friends, This is my final column of the academic year-and an opportunity to offer my congratulations to the Class of 2010!

I trust that you will all enjoy the summer. I will be available to answer your queries again in the fall.


Question: Why don't computer/tech services have hours over the weekend before finals week? My friend's computer had a melt-down on Friday night before finals week and she needed her computer for a final.

Answer: From my friends in IT: To benefit the most students, we provide staffing during regular business hours, and are unable to provide the staffing required for extended hours at this time.

Question: Dear Charlotte, behind Bresee there is a spot designated for fuel efficient cars. I suggest clarification should be made as to what designates a fuel efficient spot. Also, parking is hard enough on campus for commuter students; kindly tell Campus Safety that they can take their parking regulations and their tickets... Thank you.

Answer: As you may know, the vehicle-specific spots near Golisano help to earn the building its LEED certification. Hartwick earns "points" for having these designated spots, and the type of LEED certification we obtain (LEED certified, Silver, Gold, or Platinum) is all based on the point system.

This is the definition of fuel efficient cars (from a LEED reference): For the purpose of the LEED credit, low-emitting and fuel-efficient vehicles are defined as vehicles that are either classified as Zero Emission Vehicles by CARB or have achieved a minimum green score of 40 on the American Council for an Energy Efficient Economy annual vehicle rating guide.

Regarding commuter parking: You may not be aware that Binder and Lower Yager lots serve as overflow parking lots for all sophomores, juniors, and seniors. And, although the Binder lot may be a bit farther from your classrooms, during my travels about campus I have rarely seen it full. Parking there will help you to avoid tickets-and you may look at it as an opportunity to fit more exercise in your day!