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Thumbs up, thumbs down: Reviewing the happenings and the decisions at the U

Assistant Vice President of Auxiliary Services for the U Norm Chambers announced this week that the intent of UTA and the U is to close the crosswalk between the Rice-Eccles Stadium parking lot and Pioneer Memorial Theatre.

This is a great decision on the part of UTA and Auxiliary Services. The crosswalk has caused nothing but trouble for TRAX and drivers alike. Cars back up into the intersection down the street because of pedestrians blocking the road. This creates a dangerous situation for everyone. Making the tunnel American-Disabilities-Act compliant and forcing pedestrians to use it is a great solution to a dangerous problem.

The Academic Senate postponed, yet again, a vote on an Accomodation Policy after dedicating two hours to debate the merits of a draft and four amendment proposals.

Although an Accomodation Policy in and of itself is a big thumbs down and hit to our school, it is time that the faculty steps up and addresses this problem. Delaying it even more will not accomplish anything except bringing agony down the road when they lose the right to create the policy, and the Board of Trustees, or even worse, the Legislature jumps in.

On Tuesday, two Legislature appropriations committees finally approved a budget that will give $48.5 million to the U to cover the library’s renovation project. Because they’re all Republicans in the Legislature, there’s a pretty good chance the U will get that check.

Finally, the Legislature has realized that U students are valuable enough not to be killed in an earthquake, and has protected hundreds of valuable collections stored in the library.

This week, ASUU kept the status quo of the $11,500 cap for student government campaign spending on school elections. This university is a large commuter campus. It takes money to get your message out, whether critics want to believe it or not. $11K is just enough to get the message out, but not too much that the parties begin hemorrhaging money.

Last week, The Chronicle printed an opinion piece claiming that free tuition is the answer. Social responsibility begins with the individual.

If the individual is smart enough to be 18 years old, then he or she should realize that if he or she is living in poverty, they should not be having a family. Between work, study, jobs and student loans (that can be paid off if the student graduates and gets the job that education provides), individuals should have enough responsibility and motivation to find a way to pay. Otherwise, what discipline and motivation will they have to offer the working world?

Last week, a letter to the editor wrote in that RuthAnne Frost is a “two-faced bigot.” Unfortunately, this student cannot read between the lines and find the sarcasm clearly evident in RuthAnne’s article. Instead of making idiots of themselves, people should make sure they understand the issues and content presented on the opinion page.

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