Slabach promises parking changes

Texas Wesleyan President Frederick G. Slabach said Thursday that changes will be made this summer to dormitory parking.

Speaking at the weekly Student Government Association meeting, Slabach said that West Village residents are not using their designated parking and instead are using Stella Hall’s limited parking. The result is that Stella residents are left without parking.

“The university is going to put a electronic gate on Collard Street this summer so that the gate for West Village parking can remain open all the time,” said Slabach. “This way the students who live in West Village won’t have an excuse to park in Stella’s parking lot.”

Slabach also addressed the SGA about updates to campus security. As of March 1, Sunstates Security took over patrolling the Wesleyan campus and will have five or more officers on duty at all times.

“The new changes will increase our security budget by $80,000 a year,” Slabach said. “We are very optimistic that this change will dramatically improve our security force.”

Slabach said the Rosedale  Renaissance project will be finished in June. He said he his hopeful about getting student-friendly retail and restaurants in the Wesleyan-owned storefronts across the street from the university.

“We are looking at renovating the spaces,” Slabach said. “We want to attract food service and retail places that are like college hangout places like a pizza place or a sports bar or even a Fuzzy’s Taco type of place.”

Slabach said Glick House Community Guidance Center will be moved across Rosedale and into a Wesleyan storefront property over the summer.

“We are going to put the Glick House and all of the counseling faculty over there,” Slabach said. “The business department will also add a business advising program that will go across the street and provide an opportunity for business students and faculty to give advice and counsel to small business.”

The SGA approved a bill for the veterans club to receive $600 for Texas Wesleyan Veterans Club T-shirts.

“Our goal is to get veteran students who might be otherwise reclusive to come and engage in more school-oriented events,” said Will Wick, president of the club. “We are trying to generate awareness so we put in the bill for t-shirts.”

The SGA also approved $2,925 to help fund the April 12 spring carnival.

“The money will pay for the attractions,” said SGA representative Lyndsey Bessinger. “The attractions will include an inflatable meltdown, a dunk tank, a rock wall, and 40-foot inflatable obstacle course.”