The Student Life Committee (SLC) held its regular meeting Tuesday with its new chair, Professor of Mathematics Dennis Schneider, in place.
Nearly the entire Residential Quality of Life committee (RESQUAL) and six members of Gentlemen of Quality (GQ) were in attendance at the term’s first meeting, which proved to be short and sweet.
The first order of business was to continue the conversation started at the last meeting of winter term concerning next year’s theme housing approved by RESQUAL and Student Senate. Before spring break, SLC began an initial debate following a presentation by RESQUAL chair sophomore Katie Wrenn.
Some committee members took issue with the conflict that would occur if GQ is approved as a local fraternity; the contract for theme housing mandates that programming is open to the entire campus, while Greek organizations carry some notion of exclusivity.
Schneider told the committee about the recommendations made to him via e-mail from the former SLC chair, Professor of Theatre Elizabeth Carlin-Metz, who is on sabbatical this term. She proposed that the theme housing approved by Senate also be approved by SLC as per usual, for one year, and the committee should commit to later looking into the issue of Greek students who apply for theme housing.
SLC passed the theme housing recommendations without opposition.
The other major agenda item concerned GQ’s bid for local fraternity status. The GQ executive board and two other members came before SLC Tuesday to seek approval to go before the faculty for approval.
After some questioning and no outright opposition, GQ was approved by SLC and will go before the faculty at its meeting on April 4.
At two points during the meeting, Schneider took time to commend committee members for the Taylor Lounge ribbon cutting ceremony, including Dean of Students Debbie Southern, Associate Dean of Students Craig Southern and Student Senate president senior Sam Claypool. According to Schneider, Claypool may now be the only person on campus who has “left [President Taylor] speechless,” as she made the announcement about the lounge’s new name.
The committee also had a preliminary conversation about the culture at Knox and the balance it strikes between academics and extracurricular or “co-curricular” activities.