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SGA talks theft, new parking plans

Published: Thursday, October 11, 2012

Updated: Thursday, October 11, 2012 15:10


Caitlin LaFarlette, Staff Photographer

David Handwork, director of engineering services, discusses the ASU Master Plan and proposed parking at the SGA meeting Tuesday.

Sgt. Bill Brown explained the increase in theft on campus Tuesday at the SGA meeting.

“This year, we’ve already generated 80 theft reports,” Brown said. “One out of four thefts are cell phones.”

Cpl. Traci Simpson said the theft has increased at the Red Wolf Center.

“We have stepped up patrol over there,” Simpson said.

Out of the 10 reports for theft at the Red Wolf Center, nine of them were stolen phones, Brown said.

Brown suggested that students must always be aware of where they leave their cell phones, especially at the Red Wolf Center where the gymnasium is with the bleacher area where many students put their cell phones down and walk away.

Brown said the thefts have been convincing people not to leave their phones lying around.

“There are students out there who are laying their cell phones down, their wallet close by them, go play ball, come back and they are gone,” Brown said. “Students should rent lockers.”

Brown suggested more cameras be added to the Red Wolf Center, but that it is more of a student awareness problem. “We need to tell students of the problem that we have,” Brown said.

Katherine Prescott, associate university council, introduced to SGA the revision to the Intellectual Property Patent. Following the Supreme court decision on Stanford v. Roche, in which a lawsuit over certain patent wording resulted with a loss for the university, changes were made to ASU’s patent agreement. “After that, all universities looked at all their policies,” Prescott said. “The division of revenues in (ASU’s) policy is more generous then any others I have seen.”

The revision is mainly a change in wording, Prescott said.

“If this patent doesn’t pass then we will just act under the existing patent,” Prescott said. “This patent covers ASU, protecting property and faculty.”

SGA President Hunter Petrus mentioned that voting on the new wording for the Intellectual Property Patent will occur October 23.

David Handwork, director of engineering services, updated SGA to the current construction on campus. “There will be 163-space commuter parking lot that will be north of the Greek housing as well as parking associated with the Greek housing and Honors dorms,” Handwork said. He didn’t state when parking lot construction would be completed.

Handwork also hopes to have the gravel walkways paved by the end of December.

“Construction is going exceedingly well,” Handwork said.

“The progress of the Greek housing are coming along pretty good.”

“Some of the houses will be available and ready mid-June of next year.”

SGA held an executive resolution debate over the presentation over the on-campus pharmacy resolution. The majority voted for the resolution.

Alex Dozier, a sophomore biology major of Paragould, was sworn into the senate seat for the college of math and sciences.

Petrus ended the meeting with wishes for a good homecoming weekend and encouraged students to show spirit in the student section of Saturday’s Homecoming game.


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