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Residential Council Minutes :: October 5, 2004


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

Members absent: (none)

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

Committee Reports:

Program House Chair Chris Guhin moved to make Harkness and Diman end lounges that are currently sophomore-only available to program housing and to make extra space in Goddard, Sears, Harkness and Diman sophomore-only. The motion passed unanimously and Chris will write up a formal proposal to be submitted to Dean Forsberg.

Policy Committee Chair Olanma Okoji reported that policy committee members have suggested the following:
1. Establishing a web forum on the ResCouncil website.
2. Reexamining the policy of squatting, possibly establishing a new policy of only rising seniors being able to squat and a suite being able to be squatted only if everyone stayed. ResCouncil members suggested that a survey from a couple of years ago should be examined before any action is taken.
3. On the issue of expanded card access, several considerations were discussed including that a lost expanded card would cause a greater security threat, and that as the number of people with access to a building increases it becomes more difficult to assess damage. Enabling all freshman access to all freshman dorms may be a possibility. ResCouncil members ultimately suggested examining the policies of other schools.
4. Brown television is not exactly a ResCouncil area of concern, but perhaps a formal recommendation could be made to the university to look into improving television.
Olanma then brought up the issue of co-ed housing options, especially for sophomores. Currently, to be co-ed, a dorm must have single-use lockable bathrooms and lockable bedroom doors. To make Hegeman a co-ed dorm, locks would have to be installed on bedroom doors. To make Grad Center towers co-ed, locks would have to be installed on the bathrooms in each suite. Dean Forsberg estimated that to install locks on Grad Center towers it would cost as much as $70,000. Additionally, Dean Forsberg brought up that ResLife attempted to reach out to incoming freshman this year to gage interest in gender blind housing options. Only 20 students responded that they might be interested, and each did not wish to pursue it further when contacted by ResLife. Dean Forsberg will bring the questionnaire that was sent out at the next meeting of ResCouncil.

Lottery Committee Chair Brendan Hargreaves had nothing new to report.

Committee Chair Adam Deitch reminded members that tours of dorms will begin soon, possibly on a Friday afternoon from 3:00 – 5:00.

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