KUnited releases more platform initiatives
- Mar. 3, 2013
- 5 Comments
KUnited, a student senate coalition, has released four more platform initiatives for the 2013 campaign. Brandon Woodard, a senior from Topeka, is KUnited’s 2013 presidential candidate. Blaine Bengtson, a junior from Salina, is KUnited’s 2013 vice-presidential candidate.
New Aquatic Center at the Rec
KUnited plans to work with KU Recreation Services to begin the process of funding and building a new aquatic center. This will be an expansion of the Ambler Student Recreation Fitness Center.
Woodard said the pool at Robinson Center is underutilized and has minimal usage hours. He said this addition will be focused more on a recreational pool rather than just a lap pool.
Increased Free Printing on Campus
The ability to print wherever and whenever is crucial for creating quality work and meeting deadlines, according to a KUnited press release. KUnited plans to increase the dollar amount of free printing students receive at the beginning of each semester.
Creating a Smoke-Free Campus
KUnited plans to work with university administration to restrict smoking on campus. They will also be collaborating with Unfiltered, a student tobacco-free campus initiative. KUnited plans to set up designated smoking areas. They also plan to establish beneficial cessation services at Watkins Memorial Health Center.
Woodard said a smoke-free campus is more feasible than increasing restrictions. He said they want to encourage a healthier campus.
Full-Time LGBTQIA Coordinator
KUnited plans to secure funding to hire a full-time university coordinator. They are aiming to create a more inclusive campus for the Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender, Questioning, Intersex and Asexual students.
Woodard said the university doesn’t have the full-time resources that our peer institutions have.
“It’s a necessity for students who identify with that community,” Woodard said.
Hannah Barling is a junior from Arkansas majoring in journalism. Read more from Hannah Barling.