March 31, 2011

SLC kicks off spring term with new chair

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.

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, 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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