Residents oppose plan to move bank
February 19, 2007 —
Last Tuesday, the University Residence Association passed two resolutions during their general assembly meeting. The first resolution will add an award section to their constitution, and the second concerns the proposed construction of a bank in the Student Center building.
URA President Nick Tereck was the author of the first resolution that passed.
"One of my goals was to create an award recognition banquet," Tereck explained. "[It would] get the hall councils more involved and recognize leaders on campus."
The resolution, which passed unanimously, will provide an opportunity for students who go above and beyond to be recognized.
There are two classifications of awards in the resolution, general and special. General awards include recognitions for Council of the Year, Program of the Year, Student of the Year, Housing/Residential Life Staff Member of the Year, and Executive Board Member of the Year.
Special awards include the Merry Jo Brandimore Distinguished Service Award (for a graduating senior), the Jimbo Award (for a junior or a senior), and the Representative of the Year (for a freshman URA representative).
The second resolution, which was written and proposed during the meeting, concerned the general assembly's lack of support for the renovations to the Cardinal Cage.
Tereck will write a formal letter stating that URA does not support part of the Cage being turned into a bank and that URA members want it to stay as it is.
"As a residential student and community manager, we are losing a valuable programming space and I believe that will be detrimental to the student body as a whole," said sophomore Phil Bergquist.
Some shared Berquist's view.
"As a student it is aggravating to learn that one of the few hangout places on campus is being taken away for a purpose that isn't completely necessary," said sophomore and resident assistant Mary Dieterle.
URA meetings are open to all campus residents.
The assembly meets Tuesdays at 10 p.m. in the Multi-Purpose Room.