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Residential Council Minutes :: February 1, 2005


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

Members absent: Elie Rosen

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

Discussion of Games House was resumed. Chris suggested that a resolution to support Games House assuming a viable location can be found might be reasonable because they have demonstrated that they are sustainable, even though they cannot meet the 22-member requirement on a year-to-year basis. Chris asked Dean Forsberg if there would be a problem with Games House remaining in its current location and Dean Forsberg replied that there would not be. Chris suggested a motion to reestablish the program house status of Games House, which passed unanimously.

ResCouncil broke into committee groups to set new bi-weekly meeting times.

Committee Reports:

Program House Chair Chris Guhin had nothing to report. Chris commented in answer to a question that little housing options exist for program houses other than in dorms on Wriston. Additional the point was raised that by allowing program houses that don't follow requirements to continue to exist, we deny the opportunity to other students to form new program houses.

Policy Committee Chair Olanma Okoji reminded the council that all of the policy reccomendations that were submitted last semester. Adam updated ResCouncil on the status of those proposals: Everything seems like it will be acceptable -- we will discuss it in detail next week. The specifics of the bike storage proposal will have to be worked out. The Co-ed Grad Center policy will be discussed in ResLife this week and will ultimately be decided by David Greene.

Lottery Chair Brendan Hargreaves discussed the new online housing review system he developed over break. Adam brought up the link from the Jolt that we've secured and commented on the beauty of our redesigned website. Brendan has designed a website for the lottery and written the code to tally voting, assuming the proposal for the first pick passes (which we'll find out about at the next meeting).

Adam reminded the council that all members will have to participate in some capacity in helping to run the lottery. Proposed lottery dates are as follows:

To be added.

Brendan raised the issue that having Spring Break in the middle of the lottery drags the process out from 4 to 5 weeks. Alternatively, having the lottery run the four Wednesdays before Spring Break gives students less time to form groups.


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