The Student Life Committee (SLC) met Tuesday for its first meeting of the term to set its agenda for the coming weeks. Professor of Theatre Elizabeth Carlin-Metz is back on the committee as the chair after returning from her spring term sabbatical.
Professor of Mathematics Dennis Schneider, who chaired the committee in Carlin-Metz’s absence, attended Tuesday’s meeting to enumerate some of last year’s agenda items to be carried over to this term.
Schneider first brought up the ongoing process of forming a new fraternity at Knox. Gentlemen of Quality (GQ), a local colony seeking local fraternity status, prompted the formation last year of guidelines for this process, which Knox has not seen in recent history.
GQ chose not to affiliate with a national Greek organization, and it was determined that the college would need to act as GQ’s “national.” SLC was given oversight of the process, and, Schneider said, did and should continue to address the issues tangential to having a new fraternity.
As a more general concern, Schneider urged the committee to consider “how actions taken by this committee affect the campus culture.”
“On any campus and in all of our lives, there’s a tension between fun time and work time,” Schneider said. “The question was to be mindful of … what it says about the value of the academic endeavors as opposed to the extracurricular and sports.”
Schneider also spoke to his efforts to revise the academic calendar. He is now a member of the Executive Committee of the faculty, which will be considering changes to the schedule after Student Senate gives its input.
The committee also plans to review data from the Cooperative Institutional Research Program, which is gathered with surveys of freshman and seniors and from the National Survey of Student Engagement. Carlin-Metz will invite Director of Institutional Research and Assessment Charles Clark to the committee to facilitate the review and discussion.
Professor of art Lynette Lombard, a returning committee member, voiced her desire to return to the issue of whether Greek-affiliated students should be allowed to apply for theme housing.
Associate Dean of Students Craig Southern planted the idea for a future discussion on what the campus community wants out of its student union and how Seymour Union can be altered to fit those preferences.
Carlin-Metz also brought up the accreditation process and how SLC fits into it.
“Ultimately, an institution is not going to just assess its academic curriculum, but it’s going to assess its academic mission,” Carlin-Metz said. “As student life is part of the academic mission of this institution, eventually this will come down the road.”
Carlin-Metz also established Oct. 4 as a tentative date for a meeting to discuss all things relating to Greek life. There was also support for inviting Dan Larson, Director of Counseling Services, to talk to the committee about staffing in his department.
SLC meets every Tuesday at 4 p.m. in Borzello Hall, room 116. Regular meetings are open to the public.