By Diego Torres
On Sept. 14, SGA President Corey Morgan and Senior Senator Matthew Crawford developed a resolution that would remodel the speed bumps surrounding fraternity court. The Morgan administration acted on complaints received from fraternity members over the summer. River City Contractors are expected to break ground this Oct. 6.
The resolution, SGA’s first of the year, came about after Alpha Delta Gamma’s Vice President of Finance Matthew Cooke spoke with Morgan.
“We received complaints before the start of school,” Morgan said. “Fraternity brothers living in the new houses said the speed bumps were too high and were damaging their cars. One of the initial complaints came from [Cooke]. I told him to write up something formal and send it in, so that we could get started on it.”
Formerly, if a written proposal was backed by enough students, the proposal would be voted on by senate members for it to be passed up to the EC. The EC would then vote on the final resolution.
This year, Morgan delegated Vice President Asti White to overseeing the senate, expediting the process of reaching consensus on a resolution. In turn, an innovative White tweaked the duties of his senators.
“Asti broke the campus up into different subdivisions, so that each senator specializes in a different assigned area. The speed bumps fell under ‘National Relations,’ which is [Crawford’s] area of focus,” Morgan said.
To National, Crawford serves as an SGA spokesperson. Of the three senior senators, Crawford’s particular goal is campus maintenance.
Crawford led the Morgan administration in a full investigation of the speed bumps, while gaining a large supporter in the process: Vice President of Finance and Operations Martin Pirrman.
“We have been working since we heard of the speed bumps,” Mr. Pirrman said. “We’ve looked at various alternatives with our contractor and how to resolve some of that, giving sort of a more ‘rise-run’ feel. It’ll require digging up some of the asphalt on either side of the speed bumps and then ‘pouring a run,’ if you will, that’ll correct and make them a little more even than not so much of a big bump like they are.”
With Pirrman on board, Crawford drove to Fraternity Court to see for himself.
Crawford said, “The speed bumps were definitely a problem. They aren’t shaped properly; very boxy in structure instead of rounded like most standard speed bumps should be. I went up to the National office and talked to them to see if they had put them in. I found that the contractors responsible for building the houses were also responsible for the speed bump.”
Afterward, Crawford received more emails. This time, from the presidents of Pi Kappa Alpha and Delta Tau Delta.
“When they all came together, I realized that this was something we as a collective governing body had to handle efficiently. At this moment, I knew that what we had in front of us would serve as the grounds for our first resolution. We want to show our students that we are invested in all aspects of campus life,” Crawford said.
SGA’s resolution states, “Speed tables are flat topped traffic calming devices ‘having a height of three to three and a half inches and a travel length of 22 feet.’” The speed bumps currently surrounding Fraternity Court exceed the standard at four inches.
The resolution has been submitted for approval to members of the cabinet, who have responded swiftly to the issue.
“So far from what I’ve heard coming down from the hierarchy of the college, it’s been a fairly positive response,” Crawford said. “Several members of the cabinet have made jokes about just how huge the bumps are. I think anyone who drives across them will realize how bad they are.”
But the Morgan administration isn’t satisfied just yet.
“We are currently working on resolution number two, which involves acquiring two new WEPA stations in Candler in Hawkins,” Morgan said. “That’s what’s up next. The proposal is still being modified, but it will hopefully come across the table to get signed soon.”