Upcoming town hall lets students ‘have it their way’

A survey created by the Student Government Association will be emailed to every NKU student tomorrow regarding their preference for a new franchise in the student union. After the results have been compiled, a town hall meeting will be held April 7 at 5:30 p.m. in room 104 of the Student Union to discuss the top three franchises chosen from the survey.

According to the Dean of Students, Dr. Jeffrey Waple, the survey will be available through surveymonkey.com and will ask students about five questions such as whether or not they are a resident or a commuter and how many times a week they eat at the student union.

The final question on the survey will allow students to choose up to three franchises they would like to see in the student union from a list. According to Waple, the nine franchises listed in the survey are Panda Express, Steak n’ Shake, Chick-fil-A, Subway, Skyline, McAlister’s Deli, Wendy’s, Taco Bell, and KFC. Students will also have the option to write in a franchise that is not on the list as one of their choices.

A similar, shorter survey will be sent to faculty members, but Waple stressed that the town hall meeting following the surveys will be focused on the desires of the students.

“The forum is intended for students only and there will be a way for faculty and staff to provide comment to the administration based on the two or three that the students are going to debate,” said Waple. “Probably 85 percent, 90 percent of the transactions done in the union are from students and the students pay for their meal plans. So this is going to be kind of student driven, but we do want to take into consideration our faculty and staff as well.”

According to Waple, the original town hall meeting, which was first scheduled for February 17, was postponed because the focus of the meeting became lost amid a controversy fueled in large part by faculty members surrounding Chick-fil-A.
“We were afraid that the students wouldn’t have a voice or that that voice would be lost,” said Waple. “We’ll have a good discussion here in a few weeks.”