At their final meeting of the fall semester Tuesday night, Undergraduate Student Government senators passed several resolutions targeting student life, USG’s website and communication between the student body and the university administration.
A resolution endorsing the full closure of the Row to through traffic passed unanimously. USG had been discussing the resolution since Greek senators resurrected the idea of blocking off the Row at the beginning of the year.
“It shows that Undergraduate Student Government supports the development of 28th Street,” Greek Senator Hayden Coplen said. “We’re not city planners, so I can’t speak to having a solidified plan, but the goal is that we don’t want through traffic on 28th Street because it’s dangerous for pedestrians and bike riders.”
Closing the Row would involve installing gates or guarded kiosk entrances at both ends of 28th Street, and only Department of Public Safety, Campus Cruiser, taxi and emergency vehicles would be granted access.
Despite the Senate support for the resolution, students have expressed concerns about the effects of closing 28th Street to traffic.
Many students who completed a USG-sponsored survey about the development of the Row expressed concerns about limited parking and emergency vehicle access to 28th Street, but USG will address these issues if and when a more specific plan is outlined, Greek Senator Dylan Dann said.
Limiting traffic on the Row has been one of the Greek community’s primary objectives for many years, Greek Senator Max Ukropina said. But the issue affects both Greek and non-Greek students, especially in terms of the Row’s safety and cleanliness, he added.
Although the 28th Street resolution only focuses on limiting traffic, the measure will help pave the way for future efforts to develop and improve the aesthetics of the Row, which is another concern that has been raised, Dann said.
“The whole project is an initiative to improve 28th Street as an extension of the campus, because alumni [and] a lot of big donors associate 28th Street with the university, and [the images are] not consistent,” he said.
Aside from the 28th Street initiative, the Senate also approved a resolution calling for the inclusion of undergraduate and graduate student representatives on the Presidential Search Advisory Committee.
The senate also allocated $2,200 for the creation of an online funding application on USG’s website and passed a resolution for the establishment of a USC Trojan Toilet Task Force, which will be responsible for establishing a guide to the locations and amenities of bathrooms on campus.