Housing town hall creates transparency

Roberto Campos

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Have you ever wanted to change something at USI or thought you had a solution to a problem on campus?

Student Government Association hosted Housing Town Hall on Monday where students were encouraged to come out and voice their concerns.


Students addressed their questions to a panel of USI faculty, including Steve Woodall, director of Security, and Laurie Berry, director Residence Life.

 

“I feel like there were a lot of issues addressed here,” said sophomore Kaitie Webster, president of Student Housing Association. 

Topics ranged from renovations in the apartment to concerns with security.

One question pertained to how many security officers are en route at any given time and how fast their response times are.

“There are usually three officers in route, one in housing, one on campus and the other making its way in between campus and housing,” Woodall said.

“The response time is about two minutes: less for something serious.”

The evening brought about facts and statistics of which many students may not be aware.

Incidents on campus happen, but one question asked how many times incidents happen throughout the week.

“Depends on what semester. They usually lessen in spring, but medical or illness-related incidents are common,” Woodall said.

The Eagle Express Convenience Store, commonly referred to as the C-store, has plans to be expanded during the summer.

According to Mark Rozewski, Vice President for Finance and Administration, “the C-Store is the largest-selling convenience store in Evansville.”

A question about removing the phones from housing revealed how much money it takes to maintain the phones.

“We spend $350,000 on the phones,” Berry said.

The town hall event was an opportunity to create transparency between faculty and students.  

“Questions asked were very professional: felt like the panel was doing what they could for the students,” said Catherine Ewing, a senior social work major.

After the panel finished talking about topics on the agenda, they opened up for questions relating to any topic involving housing.

“As students, we think of things on the surface, but don’t really think about the layers of things that it takes to fix the issue,” Ewing said.

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