Nov. 28: News Briefs

November 28, 2017

SGA to evaluate pedestrian safety

    The Student Government Association is evaluating options to increase pedestrian safety on campus, according to Joey Vijayam, student body president.

     The organization has brought the idea to the attention of Chancellor Venkat Reddy, Gary Reynolds, assistant vice chancellor of Campus Planning and Facilities Management, and the City of Colorado Springs.  

    No legislation or concrete plan has been drafted yet as the organization is in the early stages of researching the issue.

    While no students have approached SGA to raise concerns about pedestrian safety, Vijayam said that the issue is on the forefront of members’ minds.

    “We want to make sure that every student, whether they’re a pedestrian or a driver, do feel safe here on this campus, and we’re working with the city to figure out what that may look like,” he said.

    Initiatives include a pedestrian bridge, illuminated signs that light up as pedestrians cross the street, and flashing signs that alert drivers of upcoming traffic lights on the hill leading to Austin Bluffs Parkway.

    SGA would also like to commemorate Zack Schlagel, who died in an auto-pedestrian accident on Austin Bluffs and Stanton Road on Oct. 29. Connor McCormick, senator of innovation, originally initiated the idea following Schlagel’s death.

    Vijayam encourages students to provide their feedback to SGA regarding pedestrian safety by emailing [email protected].


Sustainability Summit: Moving Forward Together

    The Office of Sustainability will host the first annual Sustainability Summit from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. on Nov. 30 in UC 303.

    Students will have the opportunity to learn about the sustainable development minor; hear about projects that students completed in regards to sustainability; get updated on how the sustainability requirement affects the Compass Curriculum; and contribute their ideas.

    Students can register to attend the event by visiting


Mountain Lion Research Day

    Faculty, staff and students will present their research at Mountain Lion Research Day on Dec. 1 from 8:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. in Berger Hall.

    Allison Friederichs, associate dean for Academic Affairs, will present as the keynote speaker from noon to 1 p.m.

    The event is open for all students, faculty and staff to attend.

    For more information, visit

Compiled by Hannah Harvey
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