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Strong College Student Durenda Johnson Gives State of Campus Address, January 1998

SGA President Gives State of the Campus Address

[The work of Strong College student and UNCG SGA President Durenda Johnson]

By Natalie Watson

The Carolinian, 29 January 1998

Just two hours before the President of the United States gave perhaps the most anticipated State of the Union Address of this century, UNCG Student Government President [and Strong College member] Durenda Johnson addressed a topic a little closer to home for UNCG students, the state of the campus.

On Tuesday night before an audience filled with members of the student body and university officials, Johnson reflected on the fall semester and presented ideas for improvement and growth for the remainder of the 1997–1998 academic year.

Web and phone registration, the extension of library hours, as well as the extended hours of Bryan 212/213 are just a few of the improvements that the SGA was involved with last semester in an effort to improve the quality of life for UNCG students.

Concerning construction, Johnson explained that due to bad weather and traffic light shipment delays, the Spring Garden project is behind schedule.

Once the traffic lights come in, the street will reopen for traffic use and construction will begin on the second half of Spring Garden Street.

Johnson also addressed University affirmative action initiatives, and the student fee advisory council’s attempt to lower a proposed student fee increase.

Johnson acknowledged that although there were disappointments such as a survey of student concerns that reached only one percent of the student population, perseverance and continued commitment will keep the assembly on an upward turn.

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