In 1985, after being asked to leave Virginia Commonwealth University and after hitchhiking for two months around the country, O-Hill card swiper Dean Caulfield wanted a job in anything other than foods.
Fraternities may gain notoriety around the country because of their parties, alcohol and scandals, but a successful Greek recycling program now entering its second year is helping to change this stereotype at the University. University Greeks who drink canned soft drinks and beer can make their famed exuberance pay off for both the environment and the Charlottesville community. "By recycling, fraternities are showing some responsibility to do everything we can to lessen the impact of dwindling resources," said Denny Clark, University superintendent of facilities management. The Greek recycling program allows fraternity and sorority houses to earn money for collecting aluminum cans.
The sites and sounds outside University dorm windows mostly are pleasant. Lawnies have the lush Lawn, Hereford residents have Charlottesville's serene hills and Brown College boasts proximity to central Grounds.