April 27, 2011

SLC moves through spring agenda

The Student Life Committee (SLC) continued to work on its spring term agenda during its regular meeting Tuesday, again revisiting the conversation about Greek students applying for theme housing.

Last week Student Senate was charged by Professor of Mathematics and SLC chair Dennis Schneider with having a discussion about Greek affiliates and theme housing. The question was split into two parts.

The first concerned whether students of the same Greek organization should be permitted to have a theme house (the theme would not relate to the Greek organization). There was overwhelming opposition in Senate to making any regulation that would not allow this, following the idea that students are students before they are anything else (i.e., Greek, Knox Dems, Ultimate Frisbee players, etc.).

The second issue, on which the Senate was nearly split, concerned whether students of the same Greek organization should be allowed to apply under the name of their common organization.

There was some talk about whether new guidelines should be drafted, but Dean of Students Debbie Southern expressed her reluctance to make any guidelines that may be “too prescriptive.” She noted that students at Knox are involved in many different organizations on campus, and it may be difficult to restrict one group of people from applying for theme housing.

This view is in keeping with the stance usually taken by students and the Office of Student Development that “students are students first,” before they are Greek or any number of things.

The conversation eventually evolved into talk about the expansion of the Greek system and housing implications in general, and it was determined that this is a larger issue that will need to be revisited for more consideration in the fall.

The committee also approved the new Student Senate constitution and bylaws passed last week. It received no opposition from committee members.

It is expected that there will be a conversation next week concerning the social event policy, or “party policy,” which Associate Dean of Students Craig Southern has described as “archaic.”

SLC meets on Tuesdays at 4 p.m. in Borzello 116.

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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