Senate passes resolution to improve pedestrian crosswalks

From left to right, Senator Tanasia Morton, Senator Brianna Moore, and Senator Sam Jones-Darling during their March 22 meeting. 

The Senate passed a resolution 19-0-0 on Wednesday night in the Student Center to urge Eastern Michigan University to paint crosswalks and place crosswalk signs on campus. The resolution, S. Res-102-13, notes “the present danger” EMU students face due to the lack of those two.

According to the resolution, thousands of students walk around on campus and confusion regarding crosswalk locations can lead to accidents.

Senator Sfouk Al-Jarba authored the resolution and Judicial Sergeant John McAllister supported it. McAllister said whatever the cost of the resolution is, it’s worth it if the initiative prevents even one accident.

“I think it’s important for us to make a statement on this,” McAllister said.

Senator Joseph Pernicano said while he was not informed on the amount of research behind the resolution, he thought it was a good idea.

The Senate will now begin accepting nominations for Speaker of the Senate and Judicial Sergeant.

Senator Marie Annaliese Corace accepted a nomination for the role of Speaker of the Senate for the 2016-17 academic year.

“I would like to nominate Senator Corace not only because of her organizational skills and competency, but also for the goals that she has set for the office,” Speaker of the Senate Kiera Fegan said.

Senator Aron Sandler and Senator Luke Thompson accepted nominations for the role of Judicial Sergeant for the 2016-17 academic year.

Fegan said the Student Government Energy and Sustainability Commission will hold the Get off Your Glass event at noon on Saturday, April 2. Attendees will meet in the Student Government office, 342 Student Center, to help clean the campus of debre and waste.

Director of Social Justice, Maya Rich, said the Student Government sponsored Drag Show event will be held from 7-9 p.m., Monday, April 4, in the Student Center Ballroom. The show will feature performers from Boylesque Michigan, 201 W Michigan Ave, Ypsilanti.

Senator Leah Van Landingham addressed the Senate regarding Green Week, which runs from March 21 to 27.

Student Government will hold a Presidential Open Forum at 6 p.m., March 23 in the Student Center. Student Government Presidential candidate Tanasia Morton and her running mate, Joshua Starr, will be speaking to students about their platform for presidency.

Student Government elections will be held online March 30-31. Students can log into their my.emich account to vote.

Committee meetings will be held again Tuesday night, March 29, in the Student Center. For the full schedule and for more information on Student Government, go here.

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