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Residential Council Minutes :: September 28, 2004


Members present: Mirza Arefin, Ted Brown, Adam Deitch, Justin Glavis-Bloom, Christopher Guhin, Brendan Hargreaves, Tal Itzkovich, Katherine Lamm, Rachel Lauter, Olanma Okoji, David Pacheco, Cassandra Ramirez, Elie Rosen, Michael Rozensher, Vijaya Thomas

Members absent: Holly Jackson

Additionally, Associate Director of Residential Life Thomas Forsberg and Assistant Directors Rosario Navarro and Jacqueline Newcomb were present.

According to Dean Forsberg, Housing Officer Chad Mank and Director of Residential Life Richard Bova had intended on coming but were sick.

Committee Reports:

Policy Committee Chair Olanma Okoji reported that the first meeting of the policy committee took place on Monday 9/27. Rachel and Olanma were the only members present. They discussed Brown owned abandoned properties and properties used for storage and decided to commence a project of research and exploration, culminating in the creation of a portfolio detailing whether these properties could be used for dorm space. Additionally, Olanma is undertaking an examination of mutual card access, focusing on expanding card access to clusters of buildings (ie. to all Young Orchard dorms or New Pembroke dorms), with the goal of creating community.

Program House Chair Chris Guhin reported that the first meeting of the program house committee took place on Monday 9/27. Members discussed the need for Delta Tau to present to the committee their plans for recruiting more members.

Lottery Committee Chair Brendan Hargreaves reported that the Lottery Committee has not met yet, but will be meeting Thursday 9/30 and that he will report the results of this meeting at the next Residential Council meeting.

1. Chris Guhin brought up an issue pertaining to Art House and Interfaith House. Currently both have existed for more than one year and have the potential to be upgraded to “Class B” status at the annual Program House Review in November. Typically “Class B” houses receive preferred access to lounge space. The current locations of these two houses, in between two other program houses, do not permit such end lounge access. Chris discussed the possibility of changing the end lounges in Harkness and Diman from sophomore-only so that they could be assigned to program houses. He reported that currently sophomores under-utilize end lounges in these buildings and that, if we were to eventually move Art House and Interfaith House, we could create larger clusters of sophomore-only housing, creating better communities. As a result of a lack of time, no motion to vote was made, and the topic has been tabled, to be discussed first at next meeting.

2. As the meeting was adjourned, a proposal to add to our agenda for next meeting issues raised by an editorial in the BDH last week was made. For reference, the URL of the article is http://www.browndailyherald.com/news/2004/09/23/Columns/The-Lockable.Bedrooms.Policy-728359.shtml

Submitted by Justin Glavis-Bloom, Residential Council Secretary 2004-2005