Addressing the student concerns

The Student Government Association will discuss developments with the Downtown Music Project and introduce two new bills tonight at its general meeting.

The two bills include support for a possible shuttle system and student safety on Sam Houston Avenue.

According to SGA President Christopher Whitaker, the bills will let administrators know what concerns students.

“The bills are an official way of letting the administration know that students have a problem,” Whitaker said. “With safety issues this has a ton of weight.”

Downtown Music Project

The Downtown Music Project was developed last semester after the SGA elections. The Project will allow local musicians and bands to play in the Old Town Theatre on 12th Street at no cost.

“The old town theatre is one of the best venues for providing music in Huntsville,” he said. “After talking to the musicians, I’ve found that one of the biggest challenges was finding a place to play.”

SGA started the project to “promote and organize events that keep the student retention rates up over the weekends,” according to Senator Michael Oder, College of H&SS, SGA Press Secretary.

SGA is currently waiting on a contract from the city – which SGA is looking to approve and sign tonight -to allow the bands to play for free. After SGA pays a $100 down payment, Whitaker said there will be at least one free concert a month starting in October.

“My intent is to get every major local band in there,” he said.

Student Safety

Whitaker said that one of the bills that to be introduced tonight involves student safety, specifically pedestrian safety for students walking to school from apartments on the other side of Sam Houston Avenue.

In the bill, he said “Hundreds of students who live on the west side of Sam Houston Ave must cross this busy street on a daily basis; as pedestrian and vehicular traffic increases along this road, Sam Houston Avenue becomes more dangerous for students.”

The bill calls for the school to “request the Texas Department of Transportation increase the safety of Sam Houston Avenue” and proposes that crosswalks be installed at Montgomery and Lake Roads.

The bill also recommends that the speed limit on Sam Houston Avenue from 14th Street to Sycamore Avenue be decreased.

Shuttle System

Whitaker said that a possible University Shuttle System will be discussed at the meeting tonight as well. He said College of H&SS Senator Ray Martin has been researching a shuttle system for a long time.

Whitaker said although the bill will not actually initiate the system, it will move the concept up the priority list.

“Some things have more priority than others,” Whitaker said. “The shuttle system is pricey.”

For more information about the Downtown Music Project, student safety or the shuttle system, attend the SGA meeting tonight at 6:00 p.m. in the Lowman Student Center room 315.

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