Ekstrom Library gets new all-gender bathroom on second floor Wednesday, Jan 29 2020 

By Matthew Keck —

The University of Louisville Student Government Association (SGA) announced Jan. 15 a new all-gender bathroom on campus. The bathroom is located on the 24-hour side of the second floor of Ekstrom Library.

“The possibility of a gender neutral bathroom in the library first came to our attention in May of 2019,” said SGA president Jasper Noble. “We [Noble and Sabrina Collins] both met with the Dean of the Library to discuss the possible project, and emphasize our desire for it to be placed in the 24-hour wing.”

Ekstrom isn’t the only place on U of L’s campus to have a bathroom like this. Noble said that newer buildings on campus are being built with this need in mind.

With Ekstrom being a central hub on campus, and one that sees a lot of student traffic, this made it an ideal spot. “For a lot of folks, Ekstrom is the most visited place on campus besides housing,” said Noble. “This is a space where students spend hours at a time, and often end up staying there late. Ensuring that every student feels comfortable in the Library is critical to their success, and going to the bathroom shouldn’t stand in the way of that.”

This new bathroom came to fruition because SGA felt the library needed a more accessible space. Dean of the Libraries, Bob Fox, and Dean of Ekstrom Library, Bruce Keisling, also helped make this project a reality.

“Many groups were advocating on behalf of this renovation, but we worked primarily with Dean Fox, and Dean Keisling,” said Noble. “They both supported the project and were able to provide the funding to make it happen. We are thankful for their support on this important project.”

This bathroom won’t be the last one of its kind either. “If other spaces on campus demonstrate that same need, we would try to make the same progress there,” he said.

Noble also said that SGA is happy to use their position to advocate for a space like this on U of L’s campus.

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U of L campus upgrades for the fall Tuesday, Aug 20 2019 

By Matthew Keck —

Incoming and returning students can expect to have a couple new features on campus this fall.

One of those features is the introduction of Card Cruisers from the University of Louisville Police Department. This initiative will transport faculty and students across campus from dusk until dawn. The implementation of these cruisers is to increase safety on campus.

During these hours staff and students can call 852-6111 and they will be directed to an available security officer. The Card Cruisers will give rides anywhere on campus and to nearby apartments off campus.

They will be using existing security cars as the cruisers and have plans to add two more cruisers to the ensemble.

The other new feature students will notice are the upgrades being made to the third floor of Ekstrom Library.

Students can expect an entirely renovated third floor with new study spaces, reading rooms and a graduate student study area. This $3 million upgrade is primarily funded by gifts, endowments and grants.

U of L Libraries Dean Bob Fox said that with the growing population of students a more efficient space was necessary. The upgrades will allow more students to fit on the third floor but it will still remain a quiet space.

Renovations started in May after finals and are estimated to be completed by early September.

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