Senate also talks parking at its first meeting of the fall

Cougar spirit and parking were just a few of the issues presented to the UH Students' Association Senate Wednesday at its first meeting of the semester.

During the meeting, which lasted more than an hour, Athletics Director Chet Gladchuk addressed the senators to ask for their support of UH Athletics.

"If this mission is about improving student life ... it's about everyone coming together, supporting the University," Gladchuk said.

Gladchuk told the Senate of plans for both football and basketball seasons to bring students, faculty and alumni to the games. Additionally, he announced that the first home football game Sept. 12 vs. Minnesota is already sold out, but all students who come will be admitted to Robertson Stadium.

"We'll just open the gates and let you in," Gladchuk said, adding that if the 4,000 student seats reserved fill up, other students will be seated around the field.

"If you want to sit by the coach, go right ahead," he said.

As for basketball, Gladchuk reported all season tickets have been sold for the first time ever.

Since demand for free student tickets is expected to be high due to Clyde Drexler's first season as men's head coach, Gladchuk said Athletics officials are considering offering paid reserved student seats and student ticket pick-up days based on classification.

The ever-present issue of parking problems surfaced twice during the meeting. Gleen Spiegle, a new student at the University, asked the Senate to support his lawsuit against UH regarding towing.

"The implication is when you buy a parking permit, you'll have a safe parking place," Spiegle said. He added that Tuesdays and Thursdays around 10 a.m. is a particularly difficult time to find a legal spot in student lots around the stadium.

After the meeting, Speaker of the Senate Jose Soto said the next step for SA is to take the complaint to the University's Parking Committee.

"I don't think we will sue the University. That's a little extreme," Soto said. "There's proper channels; I'll go through those."

Humanities, Fine Arts and Communication Sen. Calvin Pollard II asked senators for help in researching parking issues.

"The school has a lot of construction workers right now that are parking in the inlying lots that we are paying for," Pollard said, adding that he'd like to see these contractors park in outlying lots.

Pollard also said he was looking into the possibility of raising the gates on paid visitor lots in the evenings, since campus parking meters are free of charge at that time.

In other business, two new senators were sworn into office. They are Optometry Sen. Jane Powell and Social Sciences Sen. Maria Coello.

The next SA Senate meeting will be held at 7:30 p.m. Wednesday, Sept. 16, in the University Center Bluebonnet Room.

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