The Student Senate at Salt Lake Community College is advocating for a new, innovative way for students to cool their food during long school days – refrigerated lockers.
Long classes can lead to nine to 10-hour school days for some students, and not having a place to safely store food has led some students to voice complaints.
The issue was introduced to the Student Senate via their new “What to Fix,” or WTF, boxes placed around SLCC campuses. The new system was recently put in place by the Student Senate in order to make it more visible to students and be more in touch with the wants and needs of the student body, according to Chase Larson, vice president of the Student Senate.
The original complaint said that there needed to be a way for students who are on campus for more than five hours a day to cool their food safely. Larson came up with the idea to install a locker refrigeration system, and Sen. Hunter Passey and Sen. Zachary Blair picked up the project to move it forward.
The next action, Larson said, is to create plans and outline the project to show administration.
“We are in the early stages, as a student body, researching what we can do to resolve the issue,” Larson says, noting senators are preparing options they can present to school administrators.
The Student Senate, along with the SLCC Student Association, were put into place to help meet the needs of peers by addressing concerns and providing them access to opportunities. They also help build communication bridges and work with the community to help provide more connections for students.
The groups are funded by student fees, according to Student Association President Alvaro Martinez Jr. He adds the budget for these organizations is evaluated every year.
“Students, with the help of advisory from the administration, allocate the money into different pools for different departments,” Martinez explains.
The purpose of the Student Senate is to actively seek out student issues and concerns, effectively research solutions to problems, and collaborate with faculty and administration for improving the college experience as a whole.
“We host events throughout the year in which we advertise ourselves and what we can do for the students,” Martinez says.
Those with suggestions for the student body should reach out to the Student Administration, Student Senate or drop off an anonymous (or not) suggestion in one of the many “What to Fix” boxes.
More information on the possibility of refrigerated lockers will be available soon as the Student Senate and Administration moves forward with the project.