Improved Crosswalk Safety MeasuresSubmitted by Jarod C. on March 16, 2020, 378 days ago
Cambus buses are relatively very safe when it comes to those who drive them. However, the same thing can't be said of the other drivers on the road--particularly when it comes to driving alongside and passing those buses. I just got off a Red Route bus at Rienow Hall a couple of minutes ago and was almost struck by a reckless driver--one who ignored my hand signal to cross and sped up when I was walking in front of him towards Slater Hall. This isn't so much an isolated incident as a reality that students have to deal with every day when they need to cross the street going to academic buildings, campus facilities, or even to their dorms like me. The crosswalks on campus, especially those by major bus stops like Rienow Hall, aren't safe when drivers ignore crosswalks and the possibility of pedestrians using them. I propose that The University of Iowa puts up better crosswalk signal signs, like those recently implemented by the Pomerantz Center and PPB on West Market Street, at all crosswalks near significant bus stops. Those signs on West Market Street have flashing lights that signal to drivers that pedestrians may be crossing that part of the road. Having these types of signs all over campus would have a greater impact on drivers and could possibly keep more students safe from oncoming traffic.
Add a build your own sandwich station as flex meal (subway)Submitted by Drew L. on March 05, 2020, 378 days ago
Have a place where people can go in like subway get a 12 inch and drink with no sides as a flex meal or 6 inch and 2 sides and a drink as a flex meal. This would be something that most people would want to eat and there would be many different options.
Caffeine for EngineersSubmitted by Austin R. on March 05, 2020, 378 days ago
Tippie has 2 places to get food and beverages. The SC (engineering building has NONE! Almost every one of my peers would spend hefty amounts of money on coffee alone if there was a place in the SC to do so. It would not only improve the life of engineering students but would also be profitable.
Engineering ArtSubmitted by Austin R. on March 05, 2020, 378 days ago
The Seamans Center (engineering building) has an incredible amount of blank walls. This is dreary and myself as well as most engineers spend a lot of time in the building at all hours. It would be great if students in art programs/majors could help liven up our lives by doing class projects like paintings or murals on the walls of the SC. Simply making the walls not entirely white would be a good start.
More Individual Seating In Biz Hub 4th FloorSubmitted by James O. on March 05, 2020, 378 days ago
The fourth floor of Tippie, designated a quiet study area, has very large tables at both ends. I usually work in a normal study area when working with friends, but I go to the 4th floor when I really need to get something done (this usually means working by myself). Often times the seating designed for groups is the last to fill up and I'd rather it be replaced with more cubical style desks from the 3rd floor. The cubical style desks are less distracting and don't encourage group collaboration in a quiet study area.
Better Resources for Shipping Packages and LettersSubmitted by Mia B. on February 20, 2020, 421 days ago
In a world where there is more e-commerce going on than anything else, the University needs to have a better system to allow students to easily ship packages that are larger than what is allowed in the blue USPS drop-off bins (such as the one by MacBride Hall). For example, having one of the residence hall front desks serve as a USPS Approved Postal Provider would ease a lot of the hassle for returning/shipping packages. Right now, no package that is more than a half inch think or over 10 oz. in weight is allowed in the blue drop-off bins on campus, preventing easy accessibility to ship packages larger than these parameters. If this service exists already, PLEASE let me know!
Create a "drinking responsibly" party support groupSubmitted by Kyle S. on February 04, 2020, 442 days ago
Over the past semester, I had the opportunity to study abroad in Australia. While there, I was introduced to "Red Frogs" (https://redfrogs.com.au/), an organization that essentially goes to parties, events, or places with alcohol consumption and is there to give people food (red frog candies, pancakes, ice cream, "fairy bread" (white bread with sprinkles), and water. They get people help if they need it, keep people safe, and make any event with alcohol a bit more fun. The best part? They don't snitch. They are just there to support students to make sure they are having a good time.
I propose we work to make a similar organization that can do this. On my campus in Australia, a coalition of various Christian organizations came together to do this. Something similar could be done with any interested existing student organizations at the University of Iowa.
Salt the sidewalks?Submitted by Ace W. on January 23, 2020, 444 days ago
PLEASE salt the sidewalks and make sure to shovel the snow on curbs. The slippery sidewalks and dense snow banks (like crossing Clinton street by old brick) are a nightmare for students with mobility issues. Sure, sand is more eco friendly but at the end of the day you still end up slipping on the ice and dealing with injuries because of this.