Members of the Board of Regents met with the executive committee of the Student Government Association during a lunch prior to the quarterly meeting of the regents on Thursday, Aug. 29.
Members of SGA were introduced by student body president Madison Lipscomb and were given the opportunity to address the regents and city commissioner Jason Morgan.
The audience was addressed by President Michael Benson, Board of Regents Chair Lewis Diaz, Lipscomb and Morgan.
“I thank you all for being here and sharing your point of view,” said Diaz. “I get beat up for saying this sometimes, but there really are two things that are core to mission, and that’s education and experience.”
“I hope to the extent that we were able to have conversations at our individual tables, that’s great, I’ve met a lot of you, but I would like to talk more about what that experience means to you and what’s worked for us,” said Diaz. “Your voice matters and we want to hear it.”
Morgan talked to the audience about the ‘town and gown’ relationship between Richmond and EKU.
“We are better together. The city’s going to survive without the university and the university is going to survive without the city. But working together, we can be a heck of a lot better,” said Morgan. “We are truly interested in how we can work together and build a better community. We really want to hear from you.”
Benson proposed ideas for how to integrate the town and the university through a natural ‘thoroughfare.’
“While we try our best to beautify Lancaster, there is probably more of a natural tie on third street. The chance to make that a thoroughfare that connects all the businesses and establishments on main street on the back side of campus. Not make it a back side of campus, but make it more of an entrypoint into campus,” said Benson.
Morgan responded to Benson suggestion by stating, “For that to happen, we have to make third street I believe like you never leave campus.”
“We probably need to provide some lighting to make it safer, step one. I would also advocate that students maybe not go to the bypass as much, to go to a restaurant. Go to the third street or downtown restaurants,” said Morgan.
SGA member, Adam Ackermann said, “It is a really dark area down there, and just lighting would make a world of difference down there. I don’t really feel safe walking down there, so I know girls are definitely not going to feel safe walking down there at night or in the evening.”
Morgan said he would send an email to the city manager about the lighting directly following the meeting.
Also in attendance to the lunch were EKU administrators, faculty and staff.