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Volume 71, Issue 136, Thursday, April 27, 2006

News

VP: MLS team affecting lots

Senate vice president says students shouldn't be charged to park during soccer team's games

by KRISTEN YOUNG
The Daily Cougar

Student Government Association members said Wednesday that Major League Soccer's Houston Dynamo, which plays home games at Robertson Stadium, is causing parking problems for students.

"Recently, there have been issues with members of the Houston Dynamo organization charging students to park in the intramural parking lot," SGA Vice President David Rosen said. "When you buy a parking permit that gives you, in effect, the year-long pass to park in that parking lot, and (students) are still being charged for that."

Assistant Director of Campus Activities Bruce Twenhafel said informing the Athletics Department about the parking problem will resolve the issue.

"If there's a concern about parking with the Dynamo, I'd be more than willing to talk with (Athletics), because I've been in several meetings with athletics and the Dynamo and they're not supposed to charge students. It's just a matter of letting Athletics know that there is a problem," Twenhafel said.

Rosen said he will meet with the Dean of Students William Munson on Tuesday to discuss a bill passed unanimously by the Senate on April 19 barring Dynamo events from interfering with Frontier Fiesta. 

Speaking on behalf of SGA President Francisco Zelaya, who was not present because he was attending a compliance management committee meeting to ensure the University meets the criteria set by certain magazines and journals that rank the campus, Rosen said the SGA is not anti-Dynamo. 

"(Zelaya) wants me to reiterate that we support the Dynamo as a student government executive but we don't support putting the needs of the Dynamo before the needs of our constituents," Rosen said.

Rosen said Zelaya plans to meet with student government leaders from other Texas public universities, including A&M University and The University of Texas, to prepare a statement to be delivered at the next meeting of the state Legislature. 

"If we can get these schools together that have common goals and common interests, public school in Texas, hopefully we can fight any unnecessary (tuition) increases," Rosen said

The Senate also addressed campus safety after a group of about 20 senators surveyed the area around Lyndall Finley Wortham Theatre on April 19. Rosen said the lack of adequate lighting is unacceptable.

"Don't let the administration turn that into a funding issue. You saw how dark it is, it's a safety issue. Don't let anyone turn that around on you," he said.

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