Senate should work with UC staff

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In the Jan. 30 issue of The Tartan, Student Senate announced its intention to evaluate the use of the University Center, particularly the Scotland Yard game room on the lower level (“Initiatives by Student Senate are underway”). We of the University Center staff support this idea. However, Student Senate is not working with us to see this idea come to fruition.

Unlike other buildings on campus, the University Center has a dedicated staff working nearly 24 hours a day, every day, to supervise and maintain the building. This staff, of which I am a part, believes foremost that the University Center is a student space.

We are interested in what students want to do with the University Center. If something isn’t working well or could work better, we want students to approach us with a solution.

It is disheartening to read that Student Senate is meeting and proposing changes without reaching out to the building staff beforehand.

It would seem as though those students believe we are resistant to their ideas and their proposed changes. That is entirely untrue.

Judy Ghogomu, a facilities manager for the University Center, and I have spoken with a few students regarding minor issues about the game room, including non-student use of the facilities, new foosball equipment, and the security of the In The Groove dance game. Each time, we have come to the conclusion that a student committee is necessary to oversee the game room and its use and maintenance. Each time, we have seen no one come forward to put the work into developing such a committee.

It does nothing to announce to the student body an amorphous and lofty goal to evaluate the use of student space if you will not put in the footwork to enact change. We would very much like to be a part of the conversation toward solutions instead of loosely associated with unnamed problems.