No Room For You
Written by Bwog Staff
Despite complaints from CU-EMS about their current space (too small, too noisy, too co-ed), ABC voted not to recommend CU-EMS’ move from its current location in the basement of Carman to Broadway 103. The complete email from ABC follows:
At its meeting on November 17, 2010, ABC voted not to recommend CU-EMS’ move
from its current location in the basement of Carman to Broadway 103. Seven
board members supported the move while nine board members opposed it.
The majority of the board believes that the student groups represented by
ABC would not benefit from the move. Broadway 103, currently open to student
group reservation, is roughly twice the size of the Carman space currently
occupied by CU-EMS, which would be put to student group use if CU-EMS were
to move. To give such a large space to one group at the exclusion of others
would be a disservice to the 153 groups recognized by ABC. Our groups have
long complained of the lack of meeting and storage space, and other
proposals, such as the Student Sustainability Center, should be seriously
considered before a decision is made. Alternative uses of 103 have not been
explored, and the spaces within 103 have not been open for student group
reservation long enough to justify the argument that they will not be used
efficiently by student groups.
The board does recognize that CU-EMS has demonstrated certain needs not met
by its current space situation. There are several reasons for why CU-EMS’
current space in Carman is inadequate, including
1. There is no cellphone reception in the basement of Carman
2. Members of the opposite sex are sometimes obliged to sleep in the same
room, making some feel uncomfortable for religious reasons
3. There is not enough space to hold EMT training sessions
4. The band practice room next door is really annoying, especially when
volunteers on duty are trying to sleep
ABC values all the hard work and dedication of CU-EMS volunteers as well as
the vital role they play on campus. However, ABC believes that CU-EMS’
reasoning is insufficient to justify a move to Broadway.
Not all on-duty volunteers are required to stay in the CU-EMS room at night;
those who live within four minutes of the ambulance may stay in their rooms.
Students who find the sleeping situation intolerable have the option to live
in the several residence halls that satisfy CU-EMS’ requirements. So the
problem of individuals of the opposite sex sleeping in the same room is not
universal. The board generally agrees that it is significant, however, and
warrants a solution; CU-EMS deserves additional space for a separate
A concern was raised that the 103 space, even if walls were knocked down,
may still not be large enough for EMT training sessions. And even if the
space were large enough, it would likely be underutilized, as only CU-EMS
would be able to use it. A more efficient solution would be to allow CU-EMS
to book spaces like the Broadway Sky Lounge.
The band practice room in Carman is certainly annoying, but it does close at
some point in the evening. On-duty CU-EMS volunteers are able to sleep at
night without bands playing next door. An alternative that could be explored
is moving the band practice room to Broadway 101 and allowing CU-EMS to
expand into the vacated space.
At this point, ABC cannot recommend CU-EMS’ move from Carman to Broadway
103. As representatives of 153 cultural, performance, special interest,
pre-professional, science/engineering, and publication groups, ABC members
believe that Broadway 103 should be reserved for student group use and that
a more efficient solution may be found to CU-EMS’ current situation.
*This statement has been approved by the majority of ABC board members.*