U of A Evaluates Campus Lighting


The University of Arkansas has seen several close calls of students and car collisions. 

“Jordan Curtis was struck by leaving the facility,” said Arkansas Head Football Coach Chad Morris. 

An Arkansas Football player was hit by a car when leaving the football facility at night.

Now efforts are being made to brighten all parts of the campus. 

“When there is bad lighting students just don’t feel safe,” Director of Student Safety for UA Student Government Maria Calderon.

Calderon says many concerned students worked with U of A facilities to survey the campus and point out the spots that need some illumination.

“The bottom line for every student was like I don’t feel safe when there is not enough light, and that was enough for us to take action,” Calderon said. 

And for the students we talked to this was no different.

“I think if they were to add a lot more lights especially around here, it’s really dark. So if they were to light up the crosswalks more I think it would help,” said student Braden Eldred.

Captain Gary Crain with the University of Arkansas Police Department says no matter the lighting, it’s a good idea to travel with safety in mind.

“We know that sometimes people walk out into the street without looking. Sometimes drivers are using a handheld device or tuning the radio distracted, so these types of instances can happen,” Capt. Crain said.

While accidents like these may happen, Calderon said she is happy that the University is willing to take the feedback from concerned students.

“Students were just excited to be a part of something where they felt like this was the first time that there was action,” Calderon said. 

The Arkansas Student Government is working to create legislation for more light poles on campus. Once approved but the U of A facilities and housing, the lights could be installed at the end of the spring semester. 

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