SGA discusses crosswalk safety, Ski and Snowboard club allocated over $25,000

By Kate Shane

Staff Writer

SGA continued an ongoing conversation about campus safety on Tuesday Nov. 1.

During open forum, Senator Molly Fennessey expressed concern about the lack of a crosswalk between the Salem End Parking Lot and Linsley Hall.

“It’s so dangerous to cross there,” she said.

President Ezequiel De Leon said this was a “valid concern.” He noted it would be a challenge to add a crosswalk here since the road curves and vehicles would not be able to see a pedestrian crossing. He suggested adding lights and looking at more solutions to address this issue.

During the President’s Report, De Leon addressed dining concerns.

He said he spoke with Ralph Eddy, director of dining services, about dining hours and food allergies. A survey will be distributed to students to determine more convenient hours. According to Eddy, he does not know whether there is enough demand for additional weekend hours.

“Sodexo has started a new allergen label system,” said De Leon. Stationary labels will be placed above the food items, especially those containing peanuts, soy and gluten, which will stay throughout all meal times.

He announced there will be a Dunkin’ Donuts on campus next year.

De Leon also spoke about the recent bias incident. “It is important that we take a stance on those events that don’t reflect FSU culture,” he said.

Senator Diamond Gonzalez said the Ram Tram times at night are inconvenient. She said a shift ending at 9 p.m. at Shopper’s World involves missing the tram.

Senator Fallon Soye said the Ram Tram can be called if a student gets out of work late.

Gonzalez said, “Even when you call dispatch, you still have to wait 20 to 30 minutes.”

De Leon said the Wi-Fi table, which allowed students to submit tickets to IT about issues with the Wi-Fi, was successful last week. IT will look into upgrading the capacity of Framingham State’s Wi-Fi system.

There will be a table on Nov. 15 from 11:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. for students to submit general concerns, said De Leon.

Senator Katrina Ferguson said even after she reported rotting bananas in the stairwell of Towers, they still remained there. “I want to throw up every time I go down the stairs,” she said.

Class and Club Treasurer Maddie Alper advised her to report this to the maintenance workers.

De Leon encouraged students to donate to the clothing drive co-sponsored by SGA and Veterans’ club, which will takes place Nov. 1 to Dec. 1. Proceeds from the event will support Voices Against Violence.

He added Pride Alliance will be having its Queer Brown Playground event on Nov. 30 to promote diversity.

A funding request made by Ski and Snowboard club for $25,134.50 was approved for eight separate planned trips. Students can purchase tickets to Nashoba Valley and Wachusett Mountain cost $5, March Madness is $10 and the out-of-state trips are $20.

A $9,868 funding request made by Black Student Union for several events was approved. Costs include a police detail at the group’s Dec. 10 and April 29 parties, a trips to the African-American Museum and Roller World. The money will make it possible to buy the rights to show two documentaries, “Dear White People” and “Birth of a Nation.”

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