Resolution 01-17: WHERE IS QUASIMODO?

Number 01-17
Description adding a bell tower
Authored by Rachel Daniels
Sponsored by Josh Warren
Date Submitted Tuesday, October 30, 2001
Date Considered Tuesday, March 5, 2002
General Body Vote Thursday, January 1, 1970
Committee Student Affairs
Result n/a
Remarks FAILED - Amended to say "electronic" bell towers. Letter from the president says that the endeavor would be too expensive at that time.
Whereas UTA is missing something. The campus needs a unifying point, where you can be on any side of the campus and feel connected to the university and the students, every hour on the hour; and
Whereas UTA needs an electronic bell tower-an electronic bell tower is just a sound-system that will sound a bell or bells at every hour, or at any time the administration deems it necessary. In addition, it will not be for any religious purposes, just to unite the campus; and
Whereas The electronic bell tower would be less expensive and much simpler than building an actual bell tower in the middle of the campus; and
Whereas It could be installed atop a centrally located building that will be there for the next ten years (due to the fact that some of the centrally located buildings might not be there in the 20 year campus plan) or on the tallest building on campus; and
Whereas In addition to uniting the two halves of campus, this also would help students arrive on time for class as well as be central place to keep time on campus that various departments and buildings could set their clocks to; and
Whereas This would also help UTA create a traditional college atmosphere as almost every major 'traditional university has some form of bell tower, clock or electronic bell tower that chimes every hour.
Be It Further Resolved That The University create a committee made up of students, faculty, administration and physical plant employees to research the feasibility of an electronic or traditional bell tower. One of the goals of this committee is to analyze the cost of an electronic versus a traditional bell tower and how UTA could add an electronic bell tower to campus; and
Be It Further Resolved That As each semester that goes by is an additional semester students transfer away from UTA or chose to enter another school due to the lack of a traditional university environment at UTA this committee should be established by fall 2002. Also, the committee should decide locations on campus where the bell tower would be most beneficial and most attractive and if this committee finds that an electronic bell tower would be beneficial and feasible for UTA then steps should immediately begin to acquire and install one.