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Residential Council Minutes :: November 30, 2004

Attendance:

Members present: Refai Arefin, Adam Deitch, Justin Glavis-Bloom, Chris Guhin, Olanma Okoji, Ted Brown, Brendan Hargreaves, Tal Itzkovich, Rachel Lauter, David Pacheco, Elie Rosen, Holly Jackson, Vijaya Thomas, Katie Lamm

Members absent: Michael Rozensher

Additionally, Associate Director of Residential Life Thomas Forsberg was present.

Committee Reports:

Program House Chair Chris Guhin reported that Sigma Chi received an 80% and Theta Delta Chi received a 90% at their Fall Review meetings.

Chris then made the formal motions that Interfaith House be promoted to a Class B program house and moved to the currently unoccupied end lounge in Diman house and that Art House be promoted to a class B program house and be moved to the currently unoccupied end lounge in Harkness House. The motion was seconded and passed unanimously (11 in favor, 0 against and 0 abstaining).

Chris then motioned that Delta Tau be placed on probationary status until it gains eight members and that the house be notified that if it does get eight members during the upcoming rush period it will lose its program house status and be eliminated by the end of the calendar year. The motion was seconded and passed (with a vote of 9 in favor, 0 against and 2 abstaining).

Chris then motioned that Games House lose its program house status effective for the upcoming Rush period and be eliminated by the end of the calendar year. The motion was held while discussion took place. It was mentioned that Games House has been on probation for four years and Chris commented that he would personally draft a letter to Games House informing them of the motion and its underlying reasons. The motion was seconded and passed (with a vote of 9 in favor, 0 against and 2 abstaining).

Chris then made a motion that Residential Council formally recommend that each program house, when selecting rooms for the upcoming year with the Housing Office and the Assistant Director of Housing, be instructed, where possible, to select five extra beds in any practicable combination of singles and doubles, and that the Housing Officer and Assistant Director of Housing use these rooms to allow for as much flexibility as possible in adding members to program houses after Super Deadline Day and in reshuffling rooms upon the departure of program house members; and that any vacant rooms be given out by the Waitlist, starting on July 1 of the calendar year. Chris mentioned that the motion would allow flexibility in shifting rooms, and let someone who didn’t get housing in the lottery join a house, which would be good for individuals and good for program houses. The motion was seconded and failed (with a vote of 6 in favor).

Policy Committee Chair Olanma Okoji moved to formally recommend to Residential Life changing the single-use lockable bathroom “policy” to lockable showers & stalls, effectively making all of Grad Center coed. The motion was seconded and passed unanimously (11 in favor, 0 against and 0 abstaining).

The issue of squatting was then raised. Potential problems with going abroad and abuse of squatting were raised followed by a motion to allow for the squatting of a single if a student is semester 6 or greater. The motion was seconded and passed (with a vote of 9 in favor, 1 against (Michael Rozensher via proxy) and 2 abstaining).

The issues of squatting suites and the lottery were postponed until the next meeting on 12/7.

 

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