Executive members of student government and the Graduate and Professional Student Federation put forth the idea of installing the day-use lockers and storage units.
Patterson said conversations concerning proposed renovations started last semester.
“Their thought was (lockers and storage units) would be useful for the off-campus student,” Patterson said.
The 4×4-foot lockers will have electronic locks. The lockers and storage units will be located in the basement area of the Union formerly occupied by a bowling alley.
Tom Low, president of the Carolina Union Activities Board, said both the lockers and storage units will be useful for students.
“Many students bring things to campus that they do not want to carry with them all day — bike helmets, gym bags, books, etc. — and lockers could be a great resource for them,” Low said in an email.
Senior Kameron Rowe, who lives in Rams Village, said she is in favor of lockers in the Student Union.
“I am in an art class, and every Tuesday and Thursday I have to lug my portfolio around campus,” she said.
“It is a hassle. I would love to be able to store it somewhere on mid-campus. Lockers would be really convenient — they are a great idea.”
Low said the units will also benefit student organizations who need storage space.
“We get a lot of applications for space in the Union each year from student groups, and we cannot accommodate everyone,” he said. “This would certainly help that problem.”
Patterson said lockers were in the Union twice in the past, about 10 years ago, but they were taken down due to infrequent use.
He said the conversations about whether the lockers would be a good investment have been split. The pilot program will help determine their practicality.
“I think it depends on how you spend your time when you’re here on campus, regardless if you are (living) on-campus or off-campus,” he said.
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