The lawn is a special place on our campus. It's an integral part of the student experience here at Belmont, and we as students have a right to use it. We also have the responsibility to take care of it. If you have spent any time on it recently, you've noticed that the grass is turning brown in spots and is generally unhealthy. Luckily, there is a plan in place that will improve the health of the lawn so that we, and the students coming after us, can toss a frisbee on grass rather than a dirt patch.
As the President of SGA, I have the opportunity and honor of meeting with Senior Leadership on a regular basis. In these meetings, I have the responsibility of making sure the students' interests are represented and the information presented to me is communicated fairly to the student body. Dr. Fisher, along with the rest of Senior Leadership, have informed us that beginning next week, renovations to the lawn will begin. Belmont is investing in more resistant seeds and careful planting so that we can fully enjoy the lawn in the future. As a result, the lawn will be closed the end of next week, then open until the first part of October when we then expect the lawn to be closed for 4 to 6 weeks as the seeds germinate and take root.
The University staff I have worked with take no pleasure in closing the lawn, and as a student who uses it regularly, I am not excited about it either. But it is absolutely necessary, and I hope my fellow students will understand that we will be better off for it. I encourage students to join me in utilizing the lawn between the Johnson and Baskin Centers, as well as the newly available green space Wheeler used to occupy. If you have any questions or concerns, please contact me, Cabinet, or any of your Student Government Representatives.