August 19, 2002
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
HOUSING AND FEEDING SMITH
STUDENTS-BY THE NUMBERS
NORTHAMPTON, Mass.-When Smith College's
2,500 students return to campus this fall, the members of the
college's Residence and Dining Services (RADS) staff will kick
into high gear, doing the behind-the-scenes work that keeps students
in Smith's 35 residences happily housed and fed.
"We don't often reflect on the magnitude of the job or
service we provide," observed RADS Director Kathy Zieja,
"but stepping back and looking over our accomplishments
and numbers helps us get to the heart of what our role is and
puts our work into context.
"Our work has the potential to affect every student and
guest at Smith," she added, "so we feel it's important
not to overlook any detail."
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FUN FOOD FACTS
Smith students eat in 25 different
dining rooms on campus, fed by 75 chefs who prepare some 1.6
million meals. Over the course of a year, Smith students consume:
127,000 tuna fish sandwiches; 216,000
apples; 90,000 bananas; 1,128 boxes of Golden Grahams cereal;
900 boxes of Lucky Charms cereal; 21,500 gallons of coffee; 1,850
gallons of tea; 64,800 gallons of milk; 1,170 gallons of soy
milk; 700 gallons of rice milk; 13,500 pounds of tofu; and 3,360
pounds of vegan burgers.
KEEPING IT CLEAN
Over the course of a week, members
of the housekeeping staff will vacuum 236,000 square feet of
carpeting (the equivalent of about 52 football fields). In addition
they will clean 1,580 bathroom sinks and 825 showers. Over the
course of a year they will replace 24,000 rolls of toilet paper
and will collect 26,000 bags of non-recyclable trash.
The 190 RADS employees represent 2,715
collective years of service at Smith.