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Residential Council Minutes :: September 30, 2003

Members present: Jesse Goodman, Laurel Rapp, Victor Long, Alexander Merkler, Joshua Troy, Andrew Feinstein, Brookes Brown, Chris Guhin, Jonathan Marcus, Alexander Carnevale, Olanma Okoji, Pamela Dubyak
Alternates present: Allison Shaw, Adam Deitch

Members absent: Ada McElroy
Alternates absent:

Policy: Brooks cannot find out if New Pembroke Three and New Pembroke Four are connected, due to freshmen apathy. She will find out through other sources, as well as discovering academic policies on those who fail two semesters.
Program House: Fall Review will be on the evening of Thursday, November 6; there will be an information sessions for new program houses on November 13.
Lottery: Pam will just do an exit poll survey after the lottery. The lottery committee passed around a basic survey to look at. The lottery will continue to be scheduled each week

The new Director of Housing Richard Bova was introduced.
Dean Forsberg will be leading Pembroke dorm tours on Thursday at 4:30, meeting on the seal. If you need to come late, call Pam at (401)-378-4042.

1. After discussion on when and how new program house applications should be considered, Brooks made a motion to require that any group that wants to form a program house has to come to the first Residential Council meeting after Thanksgiving to discuss their proposal and give a completed application with a Constitution, By-Laws, and fifteen names by the end of the school year. During the first meeting of second semester Residential Council would consider all applications, with confirmation given to any accepted new program houses during the second meeting.
This motion was seconded and passed by an 11-0-0 vote.

2. We returned to the oft-controversial topic of co-ed housing, specifically discussing the viability of expanding the co-ed option to apartments in Young Orchard and suites in the Graduate Center. Young Orchard, with single-use lockable bathrooms, seemed especially viable, though the Graduate Center has lockable stalls and would present the only real opportunity for sophomores to optionally live with members of another gender. Concerns about getting the university to accept a new policy were raised.

Submitted by Chris Guhin, Residential Council Secretary 2003-2004