Presidents Discuss Pedestrian Safety, Summer Quarter and Vandalism at Open Forum


Presidents Discuss Pedestrian Safety, Summer Quarter and Vandalism at Open Forum
University President Michael Ortiz and ASI President Charles Gruver discuss students' concerns regarding pedestrian safety, financial aid and vandalism during Lunch With the Presidents.
Hundreds of students gather in the University Quad for pizza and a chance to speak with the presidents.

University President Michael Ortiz and Associated Students Inc. President Charles Gruver addressed students' concerns regarding pedestrian safety, financial aid and vandalism at Lunch With the Presidents on May 9.

In their opening address, Ortiz and Gruver addressed the recent hate incident that involved derogatory vandalism of the CPP letters atop Colt Hill. The Mexican American Student Association had painted the letters the colors of the Mexican flag in recognition of Chicano Latino Heritage Month and the club's 40th anniversary.

“Over the last several months, we have been engaged as a country and as a university on issues about immigration that require a great deal of thought and reflection. Up until yesterday, I was proud of the way this campus came together to discuss opinions and share perspectives,” said Ortiz. “I want you to know that this institution and I, as your president, will not tolerate the use of any hate language such as what was inscribed on our CPP letters. If we find out who has defaced the campus, we will prosecute those individuals to the fullest extent of the law.”

Gruver said that all members of ASI are “appalled and disgusted by the ignorant and senseless acts that were committed.”

“When you're talking about an issue as sensitive as immigration, it's definitely important that both sides be heard equally,” he said. “That's why the ASI Campus Debates Team will discuss both sides of the immigration issue in an upcoming debate.”

Other issues addressed at the forum included a recent gas leak in Building 3, the processing of receiving official transcripts, and plans for wireless Internet access throughout campus.

Regarding the gas leak in Building 3, university administrators explained that Building 3 was evacuated and the leak was repaired, and subsequent tests showed that gas is no longer detected in the building.

A representative from the Registrar's Office explained to another student that it usually takes five to 10 days to process official transcript requests, but that theuniversity can try to accommodate in an emergency situation.

Debra Brum, interim vice president of Instructional & Information Technology, responded to a student's question about technology on campus. Brum said there are plans to expand wireless access throughout campus. She said the previous 24-hour computer lab in the basement of the library was closed down after it was determined that there was very little usage.

Hundreds of Cal Poly Pomona students gathered in the University Quad on May 9 for pizza and a chance to speak with the presidents. In addition, dozens of administrators, staff and faculty were on hand to address students' concerns.

Approximately 155 pizzas (or 1,840 slices) and 670 sodas were dished up to students at the event hosted by the President's Office and ASI.