Oregon daily emerald. (Eugene, Or.) 1920-2012, May 14, 1980, Page 7, Image 7

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    Energeia offers easy way to harness sun
For The Emerald
When the television camer
as came to Tom and Leslie
Scott’s new store nobody was
“We were nowhere near fin
ished,” says Tom Scott, who
along with Leslie, launched
Energeia, an alternate energy
store on SunDay, April 22.
“There were people running
around with hammers and
nails. It was crazy,” Scott
Energeia, located in the
Midgely’s Mill building at 411
High St., resembles a museum
storage room. Assorted solar
systems are stacked against
the unpainted wooden walls.
An attached greenhouse sup
plies passive solar power.
The store offers domestic
solar systems, such as solar
panels, solar heating systems,
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spare parts and other solar
equipment in addition to plans
for people who wish to install
their own solar systems.
The Scotts run the store in
conjunction with Tom Lichty
and Vickie Larson, who own
and run a woodstove shop in
the same building. Lichty is a
specialist in wood heat, and
Tom Scott is a construction
engineer who installs most of
the solar systems he sells.
Photo by Ken Kromer
The new store in Midgley’s Mill, Energeia, carries solar equipment.
Together they form what Scott
calls an energy center.
Scott explains that solar
power is nothing more than
harnessing the sun's power to
heat an object. The stored
heat is used for warming water
or airspace at night. If the sys
tem uses any energy other
than the sun itself, such as a
fan, it is called a hybrid system.
For Leslie Scott, 33, solar
energy is just an extension of
her interest in conservation.
“I go to the forums on en
ergy and try to keep up on the
issues involved," she says. "I
started out when Tom did. I got
interested (in solar energy)
because of environmental and
political concerns Tom's an
engineer, so we kind of came
full circle."
The transition from accept
ing conventional power to
supporting alternate energy
began about eight years ago in
Florida. Tom Scott became in
volved in installing solar col
lectors as part of a joint project
with the University of Florida.
In 1973, Jacksonville, Fla.,
was on a "bad air alert" for 17
consecutive days.
"That's when I knew I had to'
get out," Scott says. That
same year the Scotts packed
up and moved to Eugene,
which they found comfortably
smaller than Jacksonville.
Tom spends about 10 per
cent of his time testing the
products for quality, Leslie
"What we want is quality
and accessibility," she says.
"We re not going to carry 12 of
everything. Almost all of our
products are made in Oregon.
This may mean that they're a
little more expensive, but
they're the best."
In the near future, the Scotts
want to add more displays of
alternate energy.
"We want to start simple and
use the library as a barometer
(of customer reaction)," Leslie
says. "We’d like to go into
wind and alcohol too, what
ever we can do to get people
involved in alternate energy."
One of the store's main
functions is education, the
Scotts say. They see their goal
as letting people know what
alternate energy looks like and
how it works.
"The more you expose peo
ple, the more they’ll come up
with inventive ideas of their
own,” Leslie says. "We’d like
to see people gain control of
that part of their lives."
Law school undertakes
new minority program
The University law school will
begin a tutorial program in legal
research and writing next fall in
an attempt to decrease the 69
percent probation rate of
first-year minority law students.
The Council for Minority
Education has awarded the law
school a $10,000 grant to help
fund the program. Most of the
money will be used to fund two
Graduate Teaching Fellow po
The law school also will hire a
full-time faculty member to
coordinate the program and
teach legal research and writing
Gary Kim, a CME member,
says the program is a good start
in the fight to overcome the
probation problem.
Kim has been critical of the
law school's current tutorial
program that doesn't allow tu
torial help for legal research and
writing class assignments.
Legal research and writing is a
first-semester requirement at
the law school.
But a provision of the tutorial
program enables students to
take the legal writing and re
search class during spring
semester, so they can get tutor
ial program help in the fall.
This change of policy will
make a “significant difference’’
in the new program’s effective
ness, Kim says.
An ad hoc committee
appointed by the law school put
together the tutorial program in
response to a grievance sub
mitted by the Minority Law
Students Association.
Other issues concerning the
MLSA include eliminating the D
grade from the law school
grading system, allowing
students to retake failed exams,
and strengthening the faculty
advising program.
Incoming law students need
the tutorial program because
“first year law is like a new lan
guage," says MLSA member
Meisha Mize
The tutorial program will help
encourage minorities to apply to
the law school and “show min
ority students that they are go
ing to have a chance,” Mize
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