Normally the end of Winter Term calls for a state of the college address by President Teresa Amott. This year, however, the administration has changed the event to a town hall, during which students may ask questions of Amott and the seven vice presidents of the college.
The event will be held on the last day of classes, Wednesday, March 8, and was proposed by Vice President of Student Development Anne Ehrlich, who has worked under the town hall model at previous colleges.
“There are seven vice presidents on the ground closer to the issues than Teresa is,” Ehrlich said. “So while she certainly has much to say to the students and I know they want to hear from her, there are people who might be able to answer students’ questions in a more directly informed kind of manner that would make the conversation richer.”
The town hall will consist of two parts. In the first part, administrators will provide prepared answers to questions submitted to them by Student Senate and the general student body. Afterward, the floor will open up to general questions from the audience.
Student Senator and senior Zooey Brewer is happy to see the change.
“I think it will be really great to involve more of the administration on their specific issues,” Brewer said. “I think the ability for students to pinpoint what is important to them and get those things specifically answered is going to be important.”
Topics that are expected to be discussed are the new curriculum, dining services, financial concerns, housing and others. The event will be held from 5 to 6:30 p.m. in the Trustees Room of Alumni Hall.