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Friday, November 20, 1998
Houston, Texas
Volume 64, Issue 64

Moeller on Smoking

Staff Editorial

Letters to the Editor

About the Cougar

SA administration is working to address students' concerns

Monica Quintero
Guest Columnist 

Over the past couple of days, it has been brought to my attention through articles and various means that students are frustrated with parking and dorm problems. I would like to take this opportunity to address what the Students' Association has done to resolve these problems, as well as other areas we would like to focus on in the remaining months of this administration.

Throughout the semester, the SA has addressed issues concerning the Cougar 1Card, parking, school spirit and the recreation center. As you know, with so many people and so many problems, we have to take the time to pinpoint the issues we feel are most important to the students. We use the Student Needs Assessment survey, town hall meetings and Senate meetings as avenues to gather this information.

As a fourth-year resident of the dorms, I am well aware of the many problems with the living conditions there. Director of Residential Life and Housing Andy Blank has taken the opportunity to meet with me on several occasions, and in the past year, there have been many projects designed to make the dorms a better place to live.

Some of these include installing new washing machines, making upgrades in cable TV service, bringing Internet access to every room, updating the computer clusters with the latest technology, updating air conditioners and water systems, installing new security systems, replacing carpet and other items, and placing emergency bells in rooms for students with disabilities.

In connection with the parking issue, the Senate spoke in October with Associate Chancellor/Associate Vice President for Administration and Finance John Martin to bring his attention to the many problem areas students are experiencing.

Martin said Student Lot 16D at Cullen Boulevard and Elgin Street would be extended in the spring, and once State Highway 35 is constructed, an additional 400 to 500 spaces would be created from the old Calhoun Road lanes.

Also, the SA has been working on ways to make the parking shuttle system more efficient.

Feb. 16, the SA will be traveling to Austin for "UH day," when we will meet with various officials to discuss issues that have been brought to the Senate's attention.

The SA is the student voice to the UH administration, so in order to fairly represent you, we need to hear your concerns. There are several ways you can make them known to us. Attend your town hall meetings and talk with your senators; stop by an SA meeting (held every other Wednesday at 7:30 p.m. in the University Center -- the next one will be Dec. 2); stop by the SA office, Room 57, UC Underground, at any time; or call me at (713) 743-5229.

I encourage all of you to either get involved or make sure your voice is heard.

Quintero is president of the Students' Association.

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