UCF SGA to open parking spots for RWC employees, announces art collaboration

On behalf of the Executive Cabinet, Chief of Staff Emily Nole delivered announcements to SGA's senate on Thursday, Oct. 18. These announcements included additional parking spots for employees of the Recreation and Wellness Center, a mural in the Student Union and ongoing voting initiatives for early voting.

UCF's Student Government Association announced Thursday that parking spots will be opened in the Libra garage for Recreation and Wellness Center employees. 

The concerns regarding parking for employees came after RWC administration reached out to SGA Director of Rights Ryan Klimas.

"The main cause for this change was an issue brought to me by the RWC, which addressed the lack of ability for employees to get to the RWC during traffic intensive times of the day," Klimas said in a Monday email. "For example, if a student in the RWC has a shift that starts at noon, it can be very hard to find parking in one of the main parking garages."  

Klimas said the decision was a collaboration between himself, RWC administration and UCF Parking and Transportation Services. 

The Libra parking garage is about a six-minute walk east of RWC. In July, UCF Parking and Transportation Services restricted the garage to only host on-campus residents with an orange permit.

"With the changes that occurred to parking across campus, alterations need to be made to ensure the quality of life of our students remains in tact," Klimas said in an email.

Klimas said the total number of parking spaces has yet to be determined and it will depend on a variety of factors. 

"However, the top floor of the Libra garage is planned to open up for regular green permits," Klimas said in an email. "We are also evaluating the possibility of doing this for the floor underneath the top floor as well."

SGA also announced that it is seeking to collaborate with student artists to paint a mural on the plain, white wall by the new restaurants in the Student Union.

The mural will feature depictions of different parts of campus with paintings of butterflies moving throughout the school, SGA Deputy Chief of Staff Antione Fields said.

Fields said monarch butterflies were chosen for the mural as part of an initiative by SGA to protect the butterflies on their migration route.

The location of the mural will be the wall opposite of the new Huey Magoo's and Which Wich restaurants in the renovated food court area in the Student Union. 

Due to the ongoing construction in the Student Union food court, the mural will be temporary and will be removed around January, Fields said.

However, Fields also said SGA plans to incorporate more student artwork in the Student Union once construction has been completed.

This collaboration is part of an ongoing initiative led by SGA to have more student art displayed throughout campus.

Any student can submit a proposal to collaborate on the project by emailing SGA's Director of Innovation Madeline Mills at sgainnovation@ucf.edu. The email should include the student's name, major and examples of artwork.

At the end of the meeting, 11 fiscal bills funding student organizations, such as the Society of Automotive Engineers and Student Physical Therapy Association, were passed onto a third and final week of being heard by the senate. The bills need to be heard and passed three times to be approved. 

No legislation will pass into the final week of hearings during the next senate meeting.

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