SLC endorses C-store expansion


The Student Life Committee endorsed a proposal to expand the Out Post convenience store over the summer and open a second window at the Post Grab-‘N-Go to help alleviate long lines for food.

In a draft letter that will be sent to the Institutional Planning Group, SLC also drew upon the results of the recent Senate Dining Services Survey to encourage action be taken to reduce wait times at dining areas across campus and increase the number of vegetarian options available outside of the Hard Knox Cafe.

Associate Dean Craig Southern noted that one of the primary reasons Knox students seek to go off board is precisely this lack of choices that campus meal service presents for vegetarians.

SLC also noted the potential negative effect poor food service might have upon visiting prospective students and thus recruitment.

Representatives from Student Senate were on hand to discuss the program of themed housing approval. Unanimous support was given to the eight themed residences approved by senate on Monday. The committee also discussed ways to raise the visibility of theme housing among the student body, including hosting events during Orientation Week or the Carnival of Clubs.

SLC also heard a report about the progress of the South Street Task Force. An outside traffic expert brought in is recommending a three-way stop be placed at the corner of Cedar and South (near the Beta Theta Pi house) as a way of breaking up the flow of traffic along South Street. It was also found that the stretch of South Street bordering the College is used by 6,000 vehicles and 3,000 pedestrians on a daily basis.

The task force’s recommendations will go to the Traffic Advisory Committee, which, if it agrees with the proposal, will send it along to the City Council, who has the final say.

On the college’s end, Director of Campus Safety John Schlaf is recommending the removal of the sidewalk leading to the street in front of Williston, arguing that it encourages students to cross in the middle of the street.

Another traffic measure being discussed for the long term is possibly converting the corner of Academy  Street to a roundabout to protect pedestrians and avoid having cars having to deal with so many stop signs.

Matt Barry
Matt Barry is a senior majoring in international relations and double minoring in economics and German. This is his third year working for TKS, having served previously as discourse editor. He has worked for such organizations as the Chicago Council on Global Affairs, Premier Tourism Marketing and the Council on American Islamic Relations-Chicago, where his work appeared in such publications as Leisure Group Travel, Ski & Ride Club Guide and The Chicago Monitor. Matt has written his political opinion column, "The Voice of Reason," weekly for three years, which finished in first place at the 2012 Illinois College Press Association conference and was also recognized at the 2013 conference.

Tags:  academy street c-store Craig Southern dining services institutional planning group ipg John Schlaf out post slc South Street stop sign Student Life Committee theme housing traffic williston

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