Written by Chip Reeves '12
University of Cincinnati senior Keenen Maul, double majoring in paralegal studies and Spanish, only wishes to help people. This desire led him to spearhead a project important to UC students: campus transportation.
Realizing that concerns over the Bearcat Transportation System (BTS) were common amongst students, Maul, with the help of others, created the BTS Satisfaction Survey to learn what improvements students desired.
After processing more than 3,000 results, Maul and his committee submitted a plan to the head of facilities management. It cited ideas including chaser shuttles, a larger shuttle on one route and discontinuing some routes after a set time – all helpful ideas, and many cost-effective. Eventually, UC implemented the suggestions, a success borne of tribulations.
“The most challenging part was the results,” Maul said of his work. “Going through 3,000 different surveys each with 10 questions…yeah. It got to be a bit much.”
But Maul persevered by using his resources, an important lesson he learned by working on the project.
“I was one of those kids like, ‘Hey, I can do it all myself, I don’t need anybody.’ But being involved with many different organizations you get swamped. Usually, your resources have specializations. So using your resources helps. It takes some of the workload off yourself and a lot of times you get a better project.”
After his term at At-Large Senator and work on the BTS survey, Maul focused his attention on his home college, the College of Education, Criminal Justice and Humane Services (CECH). He helped revamp the CECH tribunal – he’s now a tribunal senator.
Maul also serves as VP and membership chair of UC’s Collegiate Black Men’s Honorary, a group responsible for recognizing men in the African-American community for their deeds. Maul also earned the title of Mr. Kuamka last year, which entitled him to be an official representative of the African American Cultural and Resource Center (AACRC).
All his leadership roles allowed him to do what he loves most, which is helping people. Something Maul also plans to do after his spring graduation.
“I really want to work with inner-city children, closing the achievement gap. I’m hoping to go to Houston to teach Spanish, math or English. When I come back to Cincinnati, I want to create a partnership with the Cincinnati Police Department and fire department for mentoring and tutoring kids.”
Upon parting, he said, “If not for UC, I’m not sure where I’d be” – a humble thought for such a successful student. No matter what Maul aspires to do, there’s no doubt he will be helping others in his pursuits.