The senate’s newest resolution presents idea of a Redbox in Norse Commons

In the midst of midterm grades, new bike racks and wireless printing options, the Student Government Association introduced a resolution to place a Redbox kiosk in Northern Kentucky University’s residential village.

Senator David Trump presented the first reading of the resolution at the Nov. 7 meeting to 28 of the 42-member student senate. The resolution asks NKU to work in conjunction with Redbox to bring a kiosk to the Norse Commons.

Redbox is a “fully automated video rental store contained in 12 sq. ft. of retail space,” according to The signature red kiosk allows users to choose and rent DVDs, Blu-Ray and video games with a touch screen navigation system. Users then return their rentals to any Redbox kiosk.
A rental costs between $1-2 for one day, depending on if the rental is a DVD, Blu-Ray or video game.

The nearest Redbox location to NKU is at the Kroger on Martha Layne Collins Boulevard, which affords easy access to Callahan Hall residents. Still, on-campus residents who want to rent a Redbox movie have to leave campus, which was a main point in SGA’s resolution.

According to the resolution, the “majority of students reside in dorms located on-campus where no Redbox is of immediate availability.”

The resolution also stated that a Redbox on campus would increase campus activity and decrease the number of students leaving campus to go to the movie theater or to the nearest Redbox.

Josh Gruneke, Activities Programming Board adviser, spoke up during the meeting to inform the senate that he had already been in contact with Redbox about doing a trial run with a kiosk. But, he said, the company wanted to place it in the Student Union instead of Norse Commons.

Because of this, and because the resolution is still in its early stages, the senators will do more research with Redbox to set up a trial run in Norse Commons.
With only friendly amendments from the senate, the resolution will move on to next week’s meeting for a second reading.