Kori Rady

Student Government President Kori Rady and Vice President Taylor Strickland are currently halfway through their terms.

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Editor’s Note: With new Student Government President and Vice President Xavier Rotnofsky and Rohit Mandalapu being sworn in Tuesday evening, we thought we would take one last look at the accomplishments and failures of the outgoing administration of Kori Rady and Taylor Strickland.

One year ago, the Executive Alliance team of Kori Rady and Taylor Strickland, after winning their election by a hair, came into office with big hopes toward the future. They unveiled an ambitious platform to help the average University student in a variety of ways. This included promises of a more inclusive Student Government, but it also included more specific planks. When it comes to these specific promises, the Rady/Strickland administration has a mixed record in living up to their word. 

For example, the Flawn Academic Center has now extended its hours to be a 24-hour space for students to study or use for other purposes. This comes on the heels of a broader promise by Rady/Strickland to extend hours in student buildings. Certainly, they — and the rest of Student Government — are to be commended for this achievement. However, it is important to note that momentum on this issue was also generated by external sources, such as a Firing Line in the Texan.  

The pair have also had success in expanding the Safe Ride program that prevents drunk driving by transporting students from downtown bars to their homes in West Campus or Riverside.  

On other issues, progress will be slower as initiatives churn through the University administration. For instance, Rady and Strickland promised an extended Thanksgiving Break, which was endorsed last semester by the Faculty Council and will likely take effect in two years. 

But elsewhere, progress has been almost nonexisten. Namely, during the campaign, the ticket promised to “lobby for student IDs meeting voter requirements.” Literally, the administration has done this, as the Texan reported time and again last semester. However, these exercises in lobbying don’t seem to have been particularly successful. Anyone can try and fail at a task at hand, but the students expect leaders who can actually deliver results.  

Be it alcohol at football games, forgiveness for first-time parking offenders or more kosher and halal eating options for students on campus, there are a number of other issues that we can find almost no progress on since Rady/Strickland took office. 

Obviously, it would be the height of naivete to completely fault Rady/Strickland for not being able to wave a magic wand and completely enact their admittedly sometimes far-fetched agenda. However, if an idea was not realistic to begin with, candidates have no business wooing prospective voters with its fantastic siren songs. 

Furthermore, much of the platform arguably was stymied by a dysfunctional and sometimes broken Student Government Assembly. Petty internal dramas ate up a considerable amount of valuable legislative time this academic year, leaving far less time for deliberating and debating pertinent issues. Additionally, even when the Assembly resigned itself from superficial squabbles and actually did its job, it was often unwilling to prioritize the big-picture issues with which Executive Alliance candidates’ platforms are replete. Alternatively, the Assembly sometimes valued insignificant and sometimes downright extraneous issues, such as recently wading into foreign policy. 

Serving at the helm of this University’s Student Government is not an easy task. Indeed, both recurring constraints and new challenges beset leaders year after year. Rady and Strickland have faced particularly tough constraints and still managed to accomplish plenty, but they could have done more.

Hopefully, Xavier Rotnofsky and Rohit Mandalapu, who will be sworn in as Student Government president and vice president, respectively, Tuesday evening, will be able to learn from their mistakes, but also double down on the countless positive steps that the old leaders were able to fortunately take during their year in office. 

The Senate of College Councils passed legislation Thursday in support of this year’s Invest in Texas platform, effectively finalizing the list of policy goals and setting the stage for the nonpartisan lobbying day next month.

Invest in Texas is a student-led, nonpartisan campaign sponsored by more than 20 student organizations, and student leaders will head to the Capitol to lobby on behalf of the student body on April 9.

Both Student Government and the Graduate Student Assembly approved the platform earlier in March.

Invest in Texas co-director John Brown, who authored the platform with co-director Taylor Guerrero, Senate president Geetika Jerath and SG president Kori Rady, said new leaders in the Texas legislature mean new lobbying challenges, too.

“It’s been a different year,” Brown said. “We’ve got our ammo, and we’re ready to go to war for higher ed.”

The platform is divided into six parts. Students will lobby for capital investment funding for the renovation of Welch Hall, for the continuation of in-state tuition for undocumented students of Texas residency and for provisions that allow for institutions to determine their own policies and guidelines on campus carry, a law which would allow people to carry concealed handguns on campus with a proper license.

“Campus carry has been a big one for me,” Rady said. “A lot of students have voiced their opinions on it, and it’s one that seems to be a hot topic in regards to the student body.”

All of the platform points focus on items that are currently being debated in the Texas Legislature. Students will also lobby in support of continued funding and matching of grants to help UT maintain its Tier One status as a research institution. Further platform points include opposition to tuition regulation and support for a tax holiday for college textbooks.  

“We definitely want [the platform] to be as inclusive as possible,” Jerath said. “We don’t want to make a certain platform that not all students will agree with.” 

Brown said University officials often push for certain policies without the support of students, making Invest in Texas even more important.

“Sometimes people tend to forget students,” Brown said. “Some of us do have educated opinions [and] read up on the issues. What we hope to do is remind the legislature … that UT students are down the road, that we can be noisy. We can help.”

Many students involved in the legislative student organizations will march to the Capitol, along with any other students who want to join. Longhorn Advocates, a group of 31 UT students, will also attend and be paired with 31 separate senators. Rep. John Zerwas (R-Richmond), the chair of higher education, will speak to students who attend.

The Invest in Texas team has been planning the day since last summer and will continue to advocate following the campaign. 

“We’ve been advocating all throughout, and we’ll be advocating after,” Rady said. “Our Invest in Texas day doesn’t mean the work is done.” 

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Student Government officials are in the process of institutionalizing Safe Ride at UT, but the program must become easier for students with disabilities to use, SG President Kori Rady said.

Safe Ride uses uRide, an Austin-based car service startup, to pick up students from the downtown area and drop them off in West Campus or East Riverside. Safe Ride operates between 11:59 p.m. and 3 a.m. on Thursday–Saturday at no charge for students.

Rady said the program, which is in its pilot year, has reached almost 4,000 people since its implementation in September 2014.

Rady said Safe Ride primarily did not have ADA-accessible cars at the outset because of a lack of resources to fund ADA-accessible cars in full.

“It’s definitely difficult to see a program like Safe Ride, when it’s starting out, having [an ADA] car [available] — it obviously costs more,” Rady said. “It’s going to be a required aspect.”

Safe Ride’s funding doubled from $26,000 in the fall semester, to a $52,000 budget this spring. A portion of that money funds the use uRide vehicles: eight Thursday nights and 10 both Friday and Saturday nights, according to Rady.

In order to make vehicles more ADA accessible, more funding will be required, said Erin Gleim, SG assistant agency director for Students with Disabilities.

“Funding has been requested to make [Safe Ride] accessible or more accessible,” Gleim said.

The cost or method of implementation has not been agreed upon yet, according to Gleim. However, Rady said he has reached out to groups for donations to ensure the program’s longevity.

Making Safe Ride more ADA accessible might mean mobilizing a University vehicle for the program or paying to use an already accessible vehicle, Gleim said.

“There’s kind of different options they’re looking into,” Gleim said. “It’s a big program, so it’s a lot of different things to pull in.”

Rady said he thinks the program has been well-received, and he said he has not heard complaints regarding a lack of accessibility.

“Plenty of students have had an incredible response to it, and, with the hopeful institutionalizing of the program, we’ll be able to fully encompass everyone and every UT student, including those with the ADA aspects,” Rady said.

Dylan Murray, a biology junior who uses a wheelchair, said he has not personally used Safe Ride, but he said he could see it being a problem for other students with disabilities.

“I’ve been in instances where I’ll go to do something, and I’ll get there and can’t,” Murray said. “They definitely should have [made it more accessible] before they initiated [the program].”

Correction: This story has been edited significantly since its original publication. The Safe Ride program requires that students with disabilities give advance notification that they need a ride, and therefore does comply with the Americans with Disabilities Act. In the original article, Student Government President Kori Rady stated that Safe Ride was not yet ADA compliant.

UT and Texas A&M set aside a long-standing rivalry and worked together on the seventh Orange & Maroon Legislative Day to advocate for the schools’ common legislative priorities, such as state funding for research.

UT and A&M students and alumni met with state legislators at the Capitol on Wednesday to discuss education and research needs. The institutions’ priorities are restoring state higher education budget cuts, building research centers and supporting tier-one research. A constant theme throughout the discussions was stabilizing, or possibly decreasing, tuition costs without compromising current research and education standard. 

Student Government President Kori Rady attended the event and said he was glad to be working with A&M students to set goals for the 84th legislative session.

“I think we are all in tune with what is really important, which is getting our education at our institutions and others in higher ed funded at the right level and the level that keeps them at their high standing and competitive — not only in Texas but nationally,” Rady said.

Mark Hussey, interim president of Texas A&M, said funding for higher education has a large effect on the state. 

“Texas A&M and the University of Texas make a difference in our state, and any help the state can provide to enhance our impact will be greatly appreciated,” Hussey said. 

According to President William Powers Jr. at a press conference for Orange & Maroon Legislative Day, the funding should be restored in order to continue the universities’ research. Powers said the funding would be beneficial to the state because every dollar of state money spent on UT or A&M results in $18 back in the Texas economy.

“[Research] has a tremendous impact on the Texas economy,” Powers said. “Texas A&M and the University of Texas combined attract $1.5 billion in research each year and put that back in the Texas economy.”

Since 2009, funding from the state for daily operations, such as building maintenance, teacher salaries and funding for classes, has
been decreasing.

In 2009, the University received $62.19 per semester credit hour from state funding, compared to this year’s $54.86.

At the press conference, Sen. Zaffirini (D-Laredo) said she believes the key to more affordable higher education for students is adequate state funding.  

“I get so sick and tired, quite frankly, about people who complain that higher education costs are too high,” Zaffirini said. “Why are they too high? Because they are not funded appropriately. There is a direct relationship between the level of state appropriations and the level of tuition.”

Powers said Texas A&M and UT have lower tuition costs than many universities nationwide. He said UT works to maintain low tuition costs and that it was important to keep tuition low while still maintaining a high-quality education. 

“We work very hard on efficiency, and we work very hard on affordability,” Powers said. 

Powers said tuition costs can be lowered by innovative course curriculum and four-year graduation rates.

“One of the best ways to bring the cost down is students graduating on time,” Powers said. “We are constantly trying to and effectively bringing the cost structure down.”

Student Government President Kori Rady and Vice President Taylor Strickland are currently halfway through their terms.

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With half of their year-long terms behind them, Student Government President Kori Rady and Vice President Taylor Strickland said they hope to use their remaining time in office to extend and perfect the initiatives they implemented in the fall semester. 

In the fall, SG members authored a resolution in support of having the Flawn Academic Center open 24 hours a day, seven days a week. This semester, Rady said the FAC will retain extended opening hours, but cut back slightly to 24 hours a day, five days a week. 

“The plan is to work with [the FAC] to take away 24/7 because Fridays and Saturdays weren’t getting that heavy of usage,” Rady said. “We’re meeting with a roundtable group in the next couple of weeks, I hope, but I don’t want to make any promises. We hope that it’ll be back this semester, as it was
quite successful.”

Cherry Chau, human biology and chemical engineering junior, said she uses the FAC to study late at night because of its proximity to West Campus, but a change from last semester’s 24/7 policy would not interfere with her study habits.  

“Until finals come, people don’t really study on Fridays anyway,” Chau said. “If the [FAC] was open Sunday through Thursday, that would be good. I wouldn’t mind the reduction.”

Rady said the Student Services Budget Committee, a collective effort between SG, Graduate Student Assembly and faculty members, approved $52,000 in additional funding to continue Safe Ride, a student driving service that provides users with rides home from downtown Austin. The additional funds will double the size of the program, Rady said.

“We served over 3,000 students overall [last semester] and gave them rides home for free, preventing drinking and driving and giving them another option to be safe while enjoying the experience that is college,” Rady said.   

Strickland said SG will continue to plan Upperclassmen Shadowing Day, a goal Rady and Strickland introduced in their original campaign platform in spring 2014. The event would pair freshmen with seniors, with the hope that seniors can provide advice about the major selection process. Students will be able to attend classes with their senior counterpart.

“We really like that students have engaged us,” Strickland said. “A lot of things we’ve done have been from students’ recommendations and things that students really want to see. We just want to keep that going … and make this the campus [students] want to be on.”

Rady said SG will push to make student IDs an acceptable form of voter ID, and work to plan a unified student tailgate before football games. Strickland said she hopes last semester’s changes will remain in effect after her tenure ends.

“We’re going to be fighting until the end,” Strickland said. “Nothing is dead in our eyes. We’re going to be pushing for all of our platform points, so we’re really excited to see things develop.”  

We started this semester with a close examination of President Kori Rady and Vice President Taylor Strickland’s platform points and goals for their administration. Since their terms had begun in April, we evaluated their progress and also looked to establish a conversation on their actions so that they could be held accountable throughout their tenure.

Now, as the semester winds down, we return to that theme and once again assess their successes, failures and chances of notching a few extra wins next semester:

Perhaps the signal achievement of Rady and Strickland’s year in office will be the opening of the Flawn Academic Center 24 hours a day, seven days a week. This long-frustrated goal of a student named Alexander Dickey was taken up by Rady and forwarded to the Student Government Assembly and administrators. At the time, we lobbied for this change and believe that it will deliver a great deal of good to students.

Rady and Strickland also won big with their successful implementation of Safe Ride, a late-night car service that ferries students home to select areas from their weekend revelry downtown. As the Texan reported in August, the program got off to a slightly bumpy start as the contract with uRide, the company that provides the service, was not signed in time for the originally desired start date of the first week of school. Around the same time, uRide 24-5, which since October of last year has powered a late-night ride-home service from the Perry Castañeda Library, was expanded to West Campus.

The duo have also won chits with the student body by their support of embattled University President William Powers Jr. over the summer as well as their work toward extending Thanksgiving break to the Wednesday of that week.

Unfortunately, however, the team’s good works have, to a certain extent, been drowned out by an intermittent racket of political dramas.

We saw this most recently in the scuttled attempt to impeach Chief of Staff Chris Jordan. Such a move would have done more harm than good and, although apparently popular among a majority of Student Government Assembly members, was clearly a demonstration of political heft and ill-will on the part of certain Jordan detractors. The charges laid against him, while unflattering, do not amount to anything impeachable in our eyes.

One of those charges is his supposed complicity in the “cover-up,” as some have called it, of the internal and external appointees’ interview notes. Previous Student Government internal rules required that they be disclosed to the Assembly, but in August, the UT Office of Legal Affairs determined that releasing them would violate the Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act. This requirement has thus been removed from the new governing documents, which were adopted earlier this month. Whether Jordan should have released the notes remains a point of contention, but given the decision by the University’s lawyers, it is clear he had good reason to be concerned about the propriety of such an action.

That does not absolve Jordan of all blame, however. There are many areas in which his behavior could stand to improve next semester. First of all, he absolutely must improve his tone of communication with certain members of the Assembly and the student body. Politics can at times devolve into a blood sport, but Jordan can’t let his own personal animosity toward certain people affect his everyday business interactions with them. Not only does it lower the tone of the body he represents, but it also poisons the atmosphere.

Another issue, not mentioned in the articles of impeachment, is Rady’s likely inadvertent release of a number of internal and external appointee candidates’ GPAs by not blacking them out on their resumes, which were released to the media. If Jordan was erring on the side of caution, then Rady erred on the side of recklessness, a much worse crime than the former.

Rady and Strickland have a great opportunity to finish out their terms strong next semester. They will finally have the chance to enact certain state legislative goals that will really be able to gain steam in January. Some of these include their desire for a state-approved student ID that could be used at the polls as well as, more generally, a more robust presence for Invest in Texas, a nonpartisan campaign designed to advocate on behalf of UT students and students at other institutions of higher education across the state.

Next semester, Rady and Strickland should try to move on from the drama of the past and focus solely on doing substantial good for the student body.  

For the second year in a row, the UT System delayed sending the University the information needed to form its Tuition Policy Advisory Committee, the group in charge of recommending any tuition changes to the Board of Regents.

System spokeswoman Jenny LaCoste-Caputo said the TPAC information has not been sent out yet because of the upcoming change in leadership within the System. Retired Navy Adm. William McRaven is set to become the next System chancellor in January, succeeding Chancellor Francisco Cigarroa.

“Chancellor Cigarroa did not want to presuppose what course of action Adm. McRaven may want to take on tuition,” LaCoste-Caputo said in an email.  

UT spokeswoman Maria Arrellaga said the University has taken no action to form TPAC because it is waiting for direction from the System to proceed. 

According to the University, TPAC’s main purpose is to make recommendations to President William Powers Jr. about the amount of tuition needed to fund UT’s forecasted academic core budget, which includes faculty salary and utility expenses. The committee also recommends graduate and undergraduate tuition rates for all University colleges, excluding the School of Law, McCombs School of Business and the College of Pharmacy, as those rates are set in consultation with the Office of the Executive Vice President and Provost, rather than TPAC. 

After making any necessary changes to the tuition proposal, the president submits it to the Board of Regents for final approval at its May meeting. 

In fall 2013, the University was unable to form a full TPAC — which consists of nine members, including student leaders and faculty members — because the System delayed the request for a tuition proposal reflecting student input. An ad hoc committee was formed in its place, consisting of three student leaders. When the System asked the committee to revise its proposal in the spring semester, the committee was later expanded to include seven students. Both times, the System gave the committee a shorter deadline to turn in a proposal in comparison to previous years.

Although the board usually approves University tuition rates for two years, the regents decided to not increase undergraduate in-state tuition for one year at the urging of Gov. Rick Perry. The regents did increase out-of-state undergraduate tuition by 2.6 percent — but also for only one year.

Geetika Jerath, Senate of College Councils president, and Student Government President Kori Rady have both told The Daily Texan they have not been contacted by University administrators or the UT System about TPAC. 

Currently, the Senate has its college tuition and budget advisory committees looking at other areas of the student budget. Jerath said she will work with that committee to research tuition options for students if a TPAC is formed. 

“Hopefully, we get that information and instructions soon if that is planned to happen in the spring so that we can take that time to go through the process,” Jerath said. 

If the Board of Regents reevaluates tuition, Jerath said she is confident students will be included in the process. She said an ad hoc committee, like the one formed last year, is another option for student input if tuition decisions are tight on time. 

Rady said he is not concerned that the TPAC has not formed yet. 

“It’s too early to have any sort of sentiment,” Rady said. “I haven’t heard anything from the System. I haven’t heard anything from UT either. It’s too early to know if there will be any problems. I don’t anticipate any issues.”

According to computer science junior Mukund Rathi, since the tuition is examined at set times, student leaders have known that tuition needs to be reexamined and should be working to do so.

“Since they only submitted a one-year proposal last year, they know well in advance that they’re going to have to get started on that process,” Rathi said. “It’s pretty clear that this issue — tuition increases — is not a priority of student leaders.”

Rathi, who was critical of how tuition decision were handled by the University last year, said he thinks student leaders should start sending out new referendums to measure student opinion.

“If the goal of the student leaders is to figure out what student opinion is, then they need to actually take those steps to figure that out,” Rathi said.

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The Perry–Castañeda Library is no longer the only study spot on campus to be open for all-nighters. 

On Wednesday, Student Government President Kori Rady announced in an email to students that the Flawn Academic Center will remain open 24 hours a day, seven days a week for the rest of the semester. The FAC previously closed at midnight on weekdays. The plan to extend the hours has been in the works since the start of the semester, when Rady co-authored a resolution with other SG members in support of the initiative. 

“Initially, I was confident that it would get done this semester, and it did,” Rady said. 

This is not the first time SG has worked to open a UT facility for 24 hours a day. In 2012, SG worked with administrators to open the PCL on a 24/5 schedule. Since then, the PCL has run on a 24/5 basis each semester, beginning around midterms.

According to government senior Alexander Dickey, who originally brought the idea of a 24-hour FAC to SG, having multiple study spaces open all day and night on campus is long overdue. 

“If we’re going to cultivate young minds of the future, then we’re going to have to accommodate their odd times of sleeping, especially in the college environment where you’ve got cramming sessions all night,” Dickey said. “The PCL 24/5 is great, but why not make it all year round?”

Taral Patel, an author on the resolution to keep the FAC open on a 24/7 basis, said administrators and the FAC building management staff were supportive of having an around-the-clock study facility.

“As it came closer and closer, the administration really thought this was a vital thing that students needed,” Patel said.

Patel said he has also seen support from UT students for the 24-hour building.

“A lot of students have been wanting this option too, so I think it’s a perfect time for the FAC to be open 24/7 because finals are coming up,” Patel said.

To keep the building secure, Patel said they selected a security plan that hires three UTPD guards at $35,000 each per year.

Rady said they had to make few other technical changes to keep the building safely operating 24/7.

“We have security guards this semester that are going to be making sure students are safe,” Rady said. “There’s not too much too different in terms of logistic use. You just have to keep the lights on. And, of course, there are student proctors that are being trained to help students at the FAC when it’s 24 hours.”

Rady said the 24/7 FAC is in a trial phase, but if it is successful, it could become permanent.

“Everything is kind of a test in this kind of a situation,” Rady said. “You want to make sure people are using it, but of course, if no one is utilizing the extended hours, things could change. I’m confident people will.”

Student Government President Kori Rady and Vice President Taylor Strickland released an update Monday on their accomplishments since taking office. 

The address, which is available to view on the Texas Student Television YouTube channel, clocks in at just under two minutes but packs a potent, if at times misdirected, punch. The pair start by boasting about their accomplishments with increased branding on campus. As Strickland gleefully puts it, they want to make sure “you see burnt orange everywhere on campus.” 

This seems like a waste of time to us. School spirit for these two is the name of the game, but leading with it is an imprudent use of the University’s time and money when there are more important issues to tackle.

Luckily, the two get to some of these issues in due course. From their dilettantish dalliance with campus color coordination, Rady segues into a worthier account of their time in office. He outlines the successes of SafeRide, a program that has offered 1,200 rides home from downtown to students living in the Riverside and West Campus neighborhoods, though not the Far West neighborhood, on Thursday, Friday and Saturday nights since its launch in early September. We support the pair’s moves to decrease drunk driving from Sixth Street and are glad to see them sharing the good news with the student body. 

Safety is another issue the executive alliance has focused on. Strickland mentions a “mobile safety app” in the works that they hope we will see “very, very soon.” Rady told the Texan Tuesday that the exact design and features of the app have yet to be finalized, but our interest is certainly piqued. 

Rady closes by trumpeting what is perhaps their most impressive accomplishment yet: the 24-hour FAC. As we have chronicled in the Texan, this hard-fought achievement will offer students yet another space to study late at night. The Perry-Castañeda Library currently stays open for 24 hours, five days a week during select parts of the semester. However, we recognize that the demands of essays, projects and exams extend beyond the bounds of the middle of the semester.

All in all, the update covers a number of important issues. What concerns us, however, is the way in which they have chosen to present their successes. By leading with branding, we feel that Rady and Strickland may have misplaced some of their priorities. We don’t disdain their attempts to energize the student body but find it slightly vexing that they placed the greatest importance on that particular item. While Rady and Strickland are doing the important work we expected of them when we endorsed them in February, we worry that they may be valuing show over substance. 

International relations junior Sarah Wilson studies at the Flawn Academic Center on Monday afternoon. Student Government representatives have proposed extended hours for both the Flawn Academic Center and the Belo Center for New Media.

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Students looking for late-night study spots when the Perry-Castañeda Library is packed may be in luck. Student Government representatives proposed two resolutions requesting more late-night study options on campus.

The first resolution calls for extended hours at the Belo Center for New Media. The Moody College of Communication building located on the corner of Dean Keeton and Guadalupe streets is currently open until 11 p.m. If the resolution is implemented in the building, it may be open until 2 a.m. all week.

The second proposed resolution is in support of opening the Flawn Academic Center on a 24/7 basis. This semester, the FAC is open until midnight on weekdays until finals week, when it becomes open for 24 hours.

The recent proposals do not mark the first time SG has worked to open a building on a 24-hour basis. In 2012, an SG resolution led to the PCL opening for 24 hours, five days a week. The PCL has continued to operate with a 24/5 schedule beginning around the midway point of each fall and spring semester.

“Gate counts definitely rose after the institution of 24/5; in 2011 (prior to 24/5) we had 1.67 million visits to the PCL, and that number was over 1.71 million last year,” UT Libraries spokesman Travis Willmann said in an email. 

Currently, other late-night study spaces on campus include: the Texas Union, open until 3 a.m.; the Student Activity Center, open until 3 a.m.; and the PCL, which is open until 2 a.m. On Oct. 12, the PCL will begin operating on its 24/5 schedule.

Ruben Cardenas, Moody College of Communication representative for SG, said the Belo Center for New Media would be an added convenience for students who live far from the PCL.

“We thought this is an area close to West Campus, close to the dorms, that students utilize,” Cardenas said.

The FAC would serve the same purpose, according to SG President Kori Rady.

“There’s always a need for more collaborative study space on campus,” Rady said. ”The PCL is often filled to the brim, and this gives students another place to go.”

Rady said the proposal for extended hours at Belo is still in the beginning stages, but Roderick Hart, dean of the Moody College of Communication, agreed to look over the plan and discuss it with college officials.

He said he hopes to implement the 24-hour FAC plan within the current school year.

“It’s simply just a funding issue,” Rady said. “They have every capability of doing it 24/7 FAC. We just need more money.”

The cost for extending the FAC hours is $81,790, according to Rady. Taral Patel, author of the resolution and University-wide representative, said SG representatives working on the proposal are seeking funding from the Student Services Budget Committee and the President Student Advisory Committee.  

According to Willmann, the 24/5 PCL schedule is funded by University Athletics. He said it costs more than $40,000 to keep the building operating with its current schedule.

Rady said security measures have not been fully explored at Belo since the plan is still in the works, but, at the FAC, there are options for student security guards, a hired security guard or UTPD patrol in the surrounding area — the current security method during the 24-hour schedule for finals week.

“We need consistent 24-hour places to work,” Patel said. “I understand the PCL does this during midterms and during finals, but people have plenty of tests scattered in between year round.”