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Administration commits to increase traffic safety

Tyler Hoffman

Issue date: 9/10/10 Section: News
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Startled by a traffic accident during the first week of classes, CWRU students now find themselves at a university highly committed to producing a safer environment for the entire campus community.

In response to the increasing congestion and construction plaguing the intersection of Euclid Avenue and Adelbert Road, the university administration has now placed a resolution written by Undergraduate Student Government president Minh-Tri Nguyen on the fast track for implementation.

The resolution, begun last November by then vice president Nguyen calls for the University Hospitals' sign and the retaining wall adjacent to the Allen Memorial Medical Library to be replaced with a queuing area for students.

According to vice president of administration John Wheeler, "the USG initiative is at the top of our priority list, for the safety of students will always be our primary concern." Wheeler also stressed the administration's value of student input and noted that the Committee on Master Planning and Student Space (COMPASS) will be working hand-in-hand with USG and university architect Margaret Carney to achieve the desired outcome. COMPASS was an organization formed by USG President Nguyen last fall to act as a student focus group.

Nguyen explains that, while still in its infancy, COMPASS provides "a group of students to talk about current and future projects [in order] to gain student feedback." Often partnering with the university architect, the group tackles aesthetic issues on campus and played an instrumental role in encouraging the university to reduce its carbon emissions. Nguyen describes COMPASS as a "brother or sister of USG," making it the perfect student group to participate in this new safety initiative.

Originally hoping to see the implementation of his resolution during the summer months when CWRU student foot traffic was at a minimum, Nguyen realizes the problems new construction at the intersection could pose for pedestrians. However he thinks the benefits of the change will outweigh the brief inconvenience
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