UISG notes accomplishments

BY IAN MURPHY | MARCH 27, 2014 5:00 AM

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The University of Iowa Student Government officials said they are pleased with the outcome of some of their initiatives, and they will continue to push forward with others.

Among the changes they still hope to see — campus bike sharing.

The bike-sharing program would have allowed students to rent university-owned bicycles from a terminal at the IMU Hub 24-hours a day.

“We filed for a grant from the Iowa DOT, but we did not receive it,” said UISG Vice President Jack Cumming.

UISG President Katherine Valde also said it was unfortunate the organization was not one of the groups chosen to receive funding, but said they received feedback on how to make their application more competitive.

UISG was working with Iowa City officials and the UI Office of Sustainability on the bike-sharing project.

George McCrory, communications specialist for the Sustainability Office, said the program is still in the early phase of development.

McCrory said his office is looking at several options, including other sources of funding and is considering using some bicycles from the Outdoor Rental Center for the project.

Locations for the rental station are still being discussed, he said.

Overall, Valde and Cumming said many of UISG’s other initiatives have been successful.

The officials said their legislative outreach has been effective.

“We made an effort way back in the summer,” Valde said.

Valde said the group has seen positive efforts to secure the tuition freeze, as well as the governor’s allocation of funds for planning the new pharmacy facility.

That outreach effort continued with Monday’s Regents’ Day at the Capitol, Cumming said, and will continue with the Hawkeye Caucus trip to the Capitol next week.

The purpose of the Regents’ Day, Cumming said, was to thank the governor and legislators for the tuition freeze.

Cumming said he and the other officers will then start training the new officers following the event.

Other initiatives include an online master calendar of events and a recycling push for off campus residents.

Valde said a new mobile application for the calendar will soon be available.

Cumming said another UISG initiative, funding for student organization’s websites also yielded results and said the organization will be able to fund up to 100 websites.

Valde said other things came up along the way that altered some of the UISG’s plans, especially the sexual-assault controversy. 

As both Valde and Cumming’s terms nears their completion, they said they were pleased by the UISG efforts.

“I feel like we made tangible progress on a lot of things this year,” Valde said.

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