Of the many issues facing APSU’s campus, one in particular can influence how the surrounding Clarksville community views APSU and how many students the university might welcome each semester. It can even harm the animals who make their homes on campus.

The issue harming APSU’s main campus is litter.

This is why the Student Government Association is partnering with The All State, staff and faculty senate, the athletics department and different student organizations to host the first installment of Campus Cleanup on Thursday, Oct. 22 at 4 p.m.

Campus Cleanup is “a service event to clean up litter from our campus grounds,” according to an email from SGA President Will Roberts. “This is a great opportunity to give back to our community and make campus look even better for all of our homecoming guests.”

APSU President Alisa White expressed concern over the cleanliness of campus at a staff senate meeting on Nov. 19, 2014. According to minutes from the meeting, White asked the staff to be more proactive about keeping campus clean.

On Thursday, student organizations will report to check-in tents in either the MUC Plaza or the Quad outside of Eriksson Hall to receive supplies and further instruction.

SGA and The All State will be responsible for the Burt and Music Mass Communications parking lots, greek organizations will be responsible for the area surrounding Greek Row and the Dunn Bowl, staff senate will be responsible for the area surrounding the McCord and Ellington parking lots and faculty senate will be responsible for the Claxton, Woodward Library and Eighth Street lots.

In addition, students receiving the Tennessee Promise scholarship will be able to log this event as a portion of the eight service hours they are required to complete each semester.