October 28, 2010

SLC tackles extensive fall term agenda

Oct. 19 Meeting

After a two-week break, the Oct. 19 regular meeting of the Student Life Committee was called to order at 4 p.m. in Borzello Hall, with Professor of Theater Elizabeth Carlin-Metz serving as the committee chair.

This meeting centered on a discussion of the party policy, which Associate Dean of Students Craig Southern previously described as “archaic.”

Dean of Students Debbie Southern started the conversation by making clear the issues with the policy, which began to arise in January, concerning the paperwork that is necessary to fill out for a party.

“It became obvious that people were just going through the motions instead of paying a lot of attention [to the paperwork],” Debbie Southern said. “It can’t be that way. We really need to make sure that people are reading the policy.”

Debbie Southern described some of the new practices in the Campus Life Office designed to address those issues, including a short quiz that must be taken by those organizing a party. Debbie Southern specified that the quiz actually is more effective when someone gets questions wrong, such that a conversation is initiated about the policy.

Along with the quiz, organizations which were previously in violation of the policy would be required to make an appointment with someone in the Campus Safety Office to discuss the gathering in terms of how to handle certain situations.

The conversation then turned to the alcohol policy. Student Senate President and senior Sam Claypool denounced the guest list requirement for a party with alcohol.

“That was one of the bogus things. People will write ‘My Dog Sally’ on the guest list because they don’t take it seriously,” Claypool said. “You don’t know who is going to show up at your party.”

Student Senate member sophomore Michael Gasparro noted that the most dangerous binge drinking happens in suites before the parties actually begin. Gasparro advocated a policy which would “preempt the problems.”

“Short of security cameras in everyone’s bedroom,” Carlin-Metz said in response, “it would be impossible to monitor that.”

Professor of Mathematics Dennis Schneider, though, made clear that they do not want to create a policy which encourages binge drinking, and it should be more flexible and tolerant.

“We’re going from something that is merely a series of forms to a series of conversations,” Carlin-Metz said.

Oct. 26 Meeting

The meeting began with a decision made by officers of the colony Gentlemen of Quality (GQ) that they are no longer seeking affiliation with Psi Sigma Phi, a national multicultural fraternity. Instead, they plan to seek status as a local multicultural fraternity.

“We felt that there was no fraternity out there that matched our ideals as Gentlemen of Quality and the ideals in our constitution,” GQ Vice President and senior Tequan Wright said.

Claypool then presented the proposed amendments to the Student Senate constitution.

The additions to the constitution, which spell out representation on faculty committees, stipulate that “observers to the faculty meetings shall include as many senators as allowed by the faculty regulations, but no more than two of whom may be members of the Senate Executive Board.”

Claypool went on to explain that in the past, usually only the four executive officers would attend the meetings. Now, there is a process by which the members of the executive board can gauge which Senate members really care about being on certain committees.

The committee voted in the affirmative, with Claypool abstaining.

The committee then turned to a document presented to the Executive Committee in February 2009 by a small group of faculty members concerning Greek advising.

According to Carlin-Metz, the document “came out of the consternation that arose on our campus last year and was an attempt to address concerns relative to that consternation.”

The Executive Committee passed the document along to SLC to review and provide a recommendation.

“I think conversations with regard to Greek advising are ongoing,” Carlin-Metz said. She commented on the “potential we have for achieving a more representative relationship.”

However, the committee decided to table the document out of concern for the manner in which the creation of a new committee will be perceived. Schneider added that this does not seem like the right time for considering the document.

Before adjourning, the committee also revisited its discussion on party policy from the previous meeting, and Claypool informed the committee on the status of the fledgling committee Allies for Sexual Assault Prevention, or ASAP.

Charlie Megenity
Charlie Megenity (formerly Gorney) is a senior double majoring in political science and economics. He previously served TKS as managing editor and as co-news editor while working as the weekend reporter for The Galesburg Register-Mail. Over the summer of 2012, Charlie interned in Wisconsin with Patch.com, an online hyperlocal news source, where he covered the August 2012 Oak Creek Sikh temple shooting; he will return to Patch during the summer of 2013. He is also the journalism editor for Catch magazine.. Charlie has received three awards from the Illinois College Press Association for newswriting and design, including a first place award for front page layout. He was the 2013 recipient of the Theodore Hazen Kimble Memorial Award in Journalism for a feature story published in The Knox Student. His work has also appeared in The Huffington Post.

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