May 24, 2012

Asian Cultural House wins new standing

Asian Cultural House received cultural center standing during the May 22 Student Life Committee Meeting. The approval highlighted gray areas in the approval process that will be addressed next year.

It was not a debate of merit that transpired when considering whether to approve ACH as a campus cultural center, but a discussion concerning what body on campus had the authority to approve the change. There has never been a set process for a cultural house to achieve cultural center standing.

A lack of regulations concerning the shift led to confusion over whether the issue could be voted upon in the committee, or if Student Senate had to vote on the resolution before it could pass. The Student Senate Residential Quality of Life Committee has purview over long-standing houses and therefore currently oversees the ACH.

However, Student Senate President senior Gordon Barratt, Secretary sophomore Eli Mulhausen and Vice President junior Michael Gasparro were all in attendance at the meeting and allowed the vote to transpire, using their authority as three of the four executive senate committee members.

Both SLC members and senate members agreed to input regulations concerning cultural centers into their respective bylaws next year.

The committee agreed that a centralized location would facilitate events surrounding Asian culture by providing a consistent venue. The motion passed with one abstention.

Greek reports were also discussed, with concerns surrounding the amount of quantitative data collected in comparison to numerical figures like chapter grade point average and philanthropy hours.

Strategies for countering potential apathy present as chapters fill out the reports were brought up in response to an apparent lack of effort displayed in responses. SLC is considering making more specific questions for the reports, looking to the Campus Life Office for some of the data that does not necessarily have to be compiled by the chapters and sending the reports out earlier so that chapters have time to consider appropriate responses.

The relationship between the reports and Greek awards were also brought up, as the completion of the reports for the sole purpose of receiving an award was deemed problematic.

Coordination between the Inter-Fraternity Council, the Panhellenic Council and SLC will occur over the summer to develop a better report system that will benefit both the chapters and the faculty.

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