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Otterbein University Student Government discusses campus dining improvements

OUSG also touched on areas of concern involving lighting on campus

The Otterbein University Student Government (OUSG) held their first meeting of the year on Thursday, Jan. 23 to discuss additions to campus dining and lighting improvements. 

OUSG Residential Senator Timmy Wotring gave the update on the OtterDen. The OtterDen is updating its meal plan to include meal swipes all day and a new meal option. This new option is the On-the-Go option and will take meal swipes. The On-the-Go option will include sandwiches, wraps and salads and includes a drink and a bag of chips of your choice. 

“They are better staffed and equipped to have food because they have moved a lot of the equipment downstairs,” said Sen. Wotring. 

The OtterDen will also offer Chipotle-style bowls, sushi, and more vegan and vegetarian options. The interior and layout of the OtterDen has changed. 

There is better organization, a chalk wall area, new counter tops with high bar stools, as well as outlets for electronics being installed. 

The OtterDen’s walls have been painted and revitalized with new shelves. Also, a new flooring and ceiling design were installed. In the future, the Campus Center dining hall will begin to play more music and is hoping to contact Otterbein artists to add Otterbein student artwork to decorate the Campus Center. 

OUSG Commuter Senator Cayla Andrick gave a presentation concerning the exterior lighting on campus. The issues with the pole lights by the Campus Center, Rike Physical Education Center, Davis Hall, Memorial Stadium, Student Affairs Office, 25 West Home Street Hall, Cowan Hall, Park Street Commons Building and parking lot and the Battelle Fine Arts Center have been addressed. 

However, the parking lots behind the Courtright Memorial Library, Hanby Hall and Clements Recreation Center, the bridge to The Point, Cochran Alley and the parking lot near the Health Center are areas of concern. 

“A lot of the problems were burnt out bulbs or fixtures that just didn’t work anymore and need to be replaced,” said Sen. Andrick. 

Lastly, OUSG voted on and passed a motion on the chartering of the new Pre-Medicine Club. They discussed the upcoming round of spring grants and elections as well as the relocation and addition of trash cans around campus. 

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