USC Student Government Votes to Close Greene Street Gates
Student Senator Jeffery Toler says locking the gates will cause traffic issues for drivers and bikers.
Student Senator Mackenzie Daly says the gates should be locked to keep students safe.
By: Taylor Herlong
The gates that close Greene Street in front of the Russell House may soon be permanently shut. The University of South Carolina's Student Government voted yesterday to make the change. Right now, the gates are shut because of construction.
Student government representatives say they feel closing the gates will help to keep students safe.
"In the past, we've had a student hit on Greene Street. We're not trying to make the whole area of Columbia safe for students but this is kind of an equivalent of the Horseshoe, and we want it to be safe for students," said Student Senator Mackenzie Daly.
Some people are still concerned the locks will hinder drivers and bikers. Some in student government who voted to have the gates open at night say they worry about the traffic on campus.
"This would allow through traffic to access Bull Street as well as Pickens Street and it would really make all the traffic around campus to run much more smoothly. The gates have also cause a problem with bicycle traffic because the older gates in the center of Greene Street...they do not have a path for bikes to go around," said Student Senator Jeffrey Toler.
Students are also expressing concerns for their safety.
"So many students walk back and forth and if cars are coming they can easily get hit especially at night," said USC Student, Brenna Connelly.
The decision to close the gates still has to be approved by the USC Board of Trustees and President Harris Pastides.