The Diamondback is reporting that the University Senate may come down on the side of the SGA in the Hillock site dispute.
Last February, the SGA unanimously passed a resolution asking the administration to reconsider alternatives to developing the Hillock. But the senate — composed of nearly 200 students, faculty and staff — has a more direct link to university policy than the SGA, which serves primarily as a student advocacy organization.
At a meeting yesterday, the senate’s Campus Affairs Committee charged five members — three faculty members and two students — with reviewing the planned development. The committee will report its findings to the senate by Oct. 26.
We would like the Senate members to look harder at the alternate locations….
One in particular is the “Golob” property. Currently this 13 acre site houses an abandoned manufacturing building that is a eyesore and safety hazard. There were plans for Student housing at this location but those fell through with the economy. HERE is a google map link.
According to the Relocation of East Campus Facilities document the primary reason for not using this site is because the priority use for the site is for the M-Square research park. In addition it was felt that the distance from campus would adversely impact service levels. We feel this is poppy-cock. We would much rather see an existing developed site that is underutilized and is basically a blight put to good use than lose a wooded site that is currently used for classroom study.