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Administration commits to increase traffic safety

Tyler Hoffman

Issue date: 9/10/10 Section: News
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Hoping to make headway before the start of the spring semester, USG and CWRU administration are now planning the project and discussing it with University Hospitals, who are not expected to object to the sign removal. "This is considered by the administration as a life safety issue," Wheeler said. "The initial funding [for the operation] will come from our general fund," he said, and "[t]he administration will look into further funding for a nice wall and benches to spruce the area up in the future."

In addition to USG and administrative action, multiple ideas to alleviate congestion at this campus nucleus have been proposed; however, not all suggestions are feasible. For instance, Wheeler noted that talks are being held with the City of Cleveland to stop traffic at all three points of the intersection and allow students to cross diagonally into the quad. However, because of traffic concerns, it is expected that Cleveland will not comply with this. Since CWRU owns the land around the University Hospitals sign at the corner of Euclid Avenue and Adelbert Road, an expansion of this area would directly address the issue of overcrowding. The queuing area would not only create more space for students to wait, but would also put distance between pedestrians and the roadway.

Though this congestion solution has not completely materialized, CWRU is taking an active stance in promoting student safety campus-wide. On Aug. 29, CWRU police officer Mark Chavis, senior chemistry instructor Michael Kenney, and USG vice president of student life Divya Aggarwal visited multiple freshman residential buildings to promote safety and community to first-year students. Through this brief seminar, attendees were informed of the multiple campus services available to students and the safety measures currently in place. Students were also reminded of their own responsibility to safety, for something as simple as turnig down your iPod could prove critical in preventing harm. These messages were also reinforced at a Campus Safety Fair held on Sept. 7 on the South quad, which showcased the multiple organizations and departments that help maintain a healthy and secure campus.
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