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SGA to Add Gender Neutral Bathrooms in Webb Center

SGA to Add Gender Neutral Bathrooms in Webb Center
Jason Kazi
Staff Writer

Norfolk School Board candidate Dr. Noelle Gabriel was the special guest at the April 5 meeting of the ODU Student Government Association senate. She currently holds the position and was appointed at first but the position is now elected. She graduated from Old Dominion University and then went to study pediatrics at Eastern Virginia Medical School (EVMS).

Senator Carina Wicker mentioned that some schools in the area do not allow parents to come inside of the school building if their children are under six years old. Gabriel responded by telling Wicker that she regularly visits schools but wasn’t aware of the issue and that if Wicker had a specific school name to tell her.

When asked about safety on school grounds, Gabriel said that expulsion and suspensions are not working. She mentioned that they are working to establish an in-school suspension program.

On second reading status, the ODU Vex-U Robotics organization was allocated $3,540.50 for their conference trip.

ODU’s Homecoming Organization was allocated $999.20 for a new computer, specifically for graphic design.

A contingency for Students for Christ for a leadership and education event to combine the elderly and their wisdom with young people and be better prepared for their future. The bill was moved to second reading status.

Webb Council decided upon having the gender-neutral bathrooms located in the Webb Center near the Information Technology Services (ITS). Vice President Bret Folger also mentioned that a late-night breakfast eatery and a custom-made pizza parlor will be opening soon in the University Village.

Director of Transportation and Safety Clara Hernandez asked the meeting attendees if they would be interested in paying $1.50 more as part of their transportation fee to be able to pay for parking meters on campus using your smartphone.

Director of Legislative Affairs and Diversity Rachael Edmonds mentioned that there will be a Norfolk Mayoral Candidate on April 13 at the Big Blue Room in the Ted Constant Convocation Center.