UF Senate OKs funding to extend Library West hours

Published: Tuesday, November 1, 2011 at 9:49 p.m.
Last Modified: Tuesday, November 1, 2011 at 9:49 p.m.

The University of Florida Student Senate unanimously passed a flurry of bills during Tuesday night’s weekly Senate meeting, including the final passage of a bill to extend Library West operating hours for the Spring term.

The bill, which passed its first reading last week, will allocate $59,174 from SG reserves to keep Library West open 24 hours a day Sunday through Thursday. The funds will go toward paying for two library assistants, a student assistant and a security guard during the extended hours.

Senator Katie Waldman, who represents the College of Agriculture and co-authored the bill, made a presentation following the bill’s passage that detailed the pilot program.

Waldman says the extended hours will begin Jan. 9 and end May 4, excluding spring break. Floors one through four of the library will be open, as well as the basement. Floors five and six will maintain their current hours and restrictions.

Starbucks will also be open for the time being during the extended hours, as Waldman said Aramark’s contract stipulates that Starbucks must be open during the library’s operating hours.

As part of the new hours, students entering the library after midnight must present a Gator 1 card to security at the front door.

The Senate also passed four bills allocating money to various student organizations.

The Black Student Union was granted $502 to send two students to a national conference of other Black Student Unions, and Pride Student Union was granted $935 for a conference of their own.

College Bowl was granted $50 for supplies, and Gator Robotics was granted $5,819 for building materials and promotional items.

A resolution supporting the “Making It Better” campaign, which aims to take action against harassment against the LGTBQ community, also passed unanimously during first reading. A resolution is a piece of legislation that expresses an opinion but takes no official action.

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