House suggests adding speed bump

Reports of unsafe driving, including possible drag racing, and unsafe walking conditions for pedestrians were the reasons given for a House of Student Representatives resolution supporting the placement of a speed bump on Stadium Drive.

The resolution was one of three pieces of legislation passed in the House’s meeting Tuesday night.

After submitting several suggestions to the City of Fort Worth about unsafe crossing conditions on the street alongside Brown-Lupton University Union and the University Recreation Center, junior business major Vlora Bojku wrote a resolution to gather student support for the addition of a speed bump. The resolution passed with 22 out of 37 votes in favor of the initiative.

Bojku, a representative from the Neeley School of Business, said the safety problems on Stadium Drive had been brought to her attention by fellow students and faculty members who said they had nearly been hit while crossing the street. Because the university does not have the ability to add speed bumps on city streets, Bojku said she needed student support to encourage Fort Worth’s Transportation and Public Works Department to take action.

Myra Mills, a senior music education major and Student Relations Committee chair, suggested that other means be used to make the area safer, such as encouraging increased patrol of the stop signs that already exist on the street.

Preston Sawyer, a sophomore biology major and a representative from the College of Science and Engineering, said he thought the bump would be effective because it would provide a physical barrier for drivers. The bump would have an advantage over stop signs because it would physically control speeding.

The House also passed a bill removing a prerequisite requirement of eligibility for student body treasurer candidates. The Student Body Code previously mandated that all candidates had to have been a member of either the Activities Funding Board or House Finance Committee or served as director of finance for Programming Council.

The same bill will also require all newly-elected student body officers to spend at least eight hours shadowing the outgoing officer in their position before taking office.

The third bill passed Tuesday was a resolution to continue research on bringing an academic supplies vending machine to campus. The resolution will require the Student Relations Committee to follow up on the project until funding is secured.