Two major campus projects won approval by the Western Student Association Wednesday night in hopes of adding more event space for registered student organizations and an additional resource center for commuter students undertaken by the Student Affairs Committee chairman.
Anthony Haduch proposed a special projects request in front of a full room for the WSA’s weekly meeting. The project which seeks renovation of The Forum, the concrete space behind Dunbar, Knauss and Friedman Halls was passed by the senate 49-1-3. The unofficial space will focus on RSOs who want to reserve it for a specific time to hold events for students, according to Haduch.
“It’s a unique space to hold outdoor events,” Haduch said. “The Flagpoles provide open space which is a good location to hold events, and The Forum will be for more specific events like a comedy show.”
The $2,000 that will come out of WSA’s special project fund will move the project forward. The project is in collaboration with the College of Arts and Sciences and will begin construction over the summer.
Students can expect more comfortable seating and cosmetic renovations on the stairs, which are currently crumbling. Haduch said there is a possibility of adding solar powered lights to the area as well.
The second campus project, also proposed by Haduch, is a Commuter Student Resource Center exclusively for commuter students, also passed unanimously. This space would be constructed somewhere on campus and “hold an off campus resource center within in it,” Haduch said. The vision would be to provide lockers for commuter students and living resources when making housing decisions off campus.
Also on the agenda was the 7th annual Polar Plunge taking place on Feb. 16 at Goldsworth Valley Pond. The event is free and benefits the Special Olympics and will provide flag football, winter softball, duct tape derby, snowman making and ice skating which will run 10 a.m.-10 p.m., according to the event page.
In hopes of raising money for the Special Olympics, a number of prizes will be awarded, said Jonathan Jackson, WSA community involvement chairman.
“A Grand prize will randomly be awarded to one of the teams that have registered online,” Jackson said. “In an effort to get the Greek community more involved, a banner will be awarded to the Greek organization who the raises the most money. The banner will have their letters and the year on it which can be posted in their house or wherever.”
Unlike recent years, the event will not occur in Lawson Ice Arena.
“We thought it would have a rejuvenated feel to it if we brought it back to the pond,” Jackson said. “This is a new partnership with the winter carnival, but we’re hoping to make it an annual collaboration, keeping everything outside.”
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