Faculty Senate drafts resolutions

By Kayla Paine
On January 23, 2012

Frustration was expressed on Friday by the Faculty Senate on the traffic problems associated with the closure of the south Caraway road.

The Senate brought forth a resolution with eight points to be considered. They passed the resolution, but not without long, healthy discussion before.

There were eight suggestions in the resolution and the most discussed was the temporary road connecting the parking lot of the HPESS building to the Marion Berry Parkway.

Others suggested to erect a no left turn sign or barrier on east Aggie road at the entrance to the road to Facilities Management, to replace the four-way stop at the intersection of Aggie road and University Loop with a traffic light with turn signals and to place coding on "people who need it" IDs to be able to access the business parking lot as an option to travel through campus, but it is not open to students.

The resolution will be put into the shared governance process, a process that allows other committees on campus to review the resolution and place suggestions to collectively decide on the matter before sending it to the Chancellor.

It will also be presented at the Campus Facilities Master Plan Committee meeting on Jan. 31, which is before the next Faculty Senate meeting.

Some members of the Senate felt it necessary to pass the resolution, because in many senators' opinions, a resolution bears more weight than recommendations, whereas some were concerned how much research has been made for the suggestions in the resolution.

"Whether you send these suggestions as a resolution or send them individually, they are all going to get there and be considered," said John Pratte, professor of physics.

"If you want them to have more weight at that committee, it's not going to be because more people say or the Senate said; it's going to be because you have data to back up your suggestion."

Jack Zibluk, Faculty Senate President had an idea to put together a working group to form a comprehensive presentation for the committee meeting. Yet, some senators felt it necessary to pass something now.

Bill Rowe, studio art instructor, said, "It's important to get this resolution through, I know there are a lot of ideas out there, but I think it's a good idea to pass this resolution so that it has some authority."

The fact that Faculty Senate had to address the situation was very frustrating to many of the senators. There was hope that the university could have foreseen this outcome and there wouldn't be the problem, but because much of the faculty across campus had complaints, there was a necessity to be a voice for them. There is effort being made to fix the issue, but how to get there was questioned in the meeting.

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