SGA votes to support shuttle

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    The House unanimously voted to pass a resolution Tuesday night for Student Government Association to support the free T-Bus from campus to West Seventh on the weekends.

    Brett Anderson, vice president and co-author of the bill, said the resolution calls for publicizing and advertising the program to ensure high student participation.

    Dalton Goodier, the student relations committee chair and co-author of the bill, outlined the specifics of the T-Bus route and schedule. The shuttle will make stops at Worth Hills, the Brown-Lupton University Union, and Ed Landreth on campus, and then Movie Tavern, Montgomery Plaza, and Target in the West Seventh area.

    The T-Bus would leave the TCU campus 15 minutes before the hour and arrive at West Seventh on the hour every Friday and Saturday night, Goodier said.

    Hunter Sprague, a representative for the class of 2013, questioned how TCU and the T-Bus would ensure student safety.

    Goodier said students must present a student ID to get on the bus and the T-Bus works with riders to maintain a high level of patron safety.

    Matt Dailey, a representative for College of Fine Arts, said as a student who does not have a car on campus, the T-Bus would be a great resource for students to see the West Seventh area.

    Goodier said the program is temporary and higher student participation could lead to the continuation of the buses or for buses to run later and more frequently each night.

    Officer Position Added to Student Body Code

    A new bill to update the Student Body Code passed establishing the new position of Vice President of External Affairs as an official student body officer.

    The update to the Student Body Code would establish the powers and duties of the new position. The powers and duties include, but are not limited to, building relationships with TCU student organizations, promoting SGA and developing relations with TCU alumni, according to the bill.

    Macy Pulliam, the Ad Hoc Committee chair and bill author, said that the new position was much needed and was glad the rest of the House felt the same way.

    The bill passed with little debate and a majority vote.

    Dining Services Day

    A resolution to designate Feb. 22, 2011 as the official Dining Services Committee Awareness Day passed with majority House support.

    Lauren Leonard, the Dining Services Committee chair, said the day would be a great opportunity to get feedback from students on campus and to make the student body aware of the Dining Services Committee responsibilities.

    Jeffrey Chatman, a representative for the class of 2014, said the resolution would be a great way for SGA to show support for the committee.

    Jackie Wheeler, the student body president, said the Dining Services Committee spent a lot of time and effort to create this day and it would be a great way to connect with the student body.

    Other SGA News

    The free Scantrons for the library are now available. Anderson said students can pick up three Scantrons at a time at the Information Commons Desk in the library.

    TCU plans to double student wireless internet access points for each residence hall by next semester, Wheeler said. The update will make wireless connections faster and more reliable, and a schedule of when each hall will be updated will be released soon, Wheeler said.