Parking plans, skating problems aired at forum
February 22, 2010 —
Plans to remodel Lot E may open 500 new parking spaces, according to reports at the President’s Forum on Monday, Feb. 15.
SVSU President Eric Gilbertson also commented on ice skating concerns, the most recent snow day and Student Association’s Winter Formal.
After the latest student satisfaction survey showed discontent in parking, it once again was a concern. Senior accounting major Mike Kerkau voiced that he had read in The Saginaw News that some of student’s parking woes would soon be alleviated.
Lot E will offer new spaces, and there are plans to expand the lot at Brown Hall. Though these additions may improve the parking situation, Gilbertson said, “I caution everyone: you cannot expect a spot right outside the door.”
An e-mail from a student prompted the president to mention ice skating concerns on the University’s front ponds.
“Please stay off those ponds,” Gilbertson said. “We are not anti-fun, but that could be a disaster.”
He explained that even though the ice may appear suitable for skating, regular testing must be done to ensure safety.
Gilbertson said that maintaining the University’s rink, located across from Wickes Circle, is not always very easy because of weather conditions. Gilbertson confessed the reason for Feb. 10’s snow day. “I didn’t feel like getting out of bed that morning,” the president joked.
“We probably could have opened at noon,” Gilbertson said. “But I was walking around campus, and people were really understanding.”
Student Association Speaker of the House Becky Griffin reported on the Winter Formal and fundraising efforts for Haiti.
“We have raised $5,700 plus for Haiti,” Griffin said, adding that the Winter Formal dance was successful.
Hungry stomachs were also in attendance. “So what is for dinner tonight?” Gilbertson asked RFoC director Mike Stickler.
That question prompted a reminder about Wednesday, Feb. 24, which will mark Black History Month’s Taste of Soul at the RFoC.
“One of the highlights of the winter semester,” said university Ombudsman Burk Foster.
Another highlight for many students is swiftly approaching: spring break. As students near the midsemester vacation, Gilbertson asked them to “hold on until spring break.”