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Residential Council Minutes :: October 11, 2005

Present: Adam Axler, Benjamin Boas, Kyle Evans, Justin Glavis-Bloom, Brendan Hargreaves, Tal Itzkovich, Jimmy Kaplowitz, Jennifer Kuo, Allison Kwong, Katherine Lamm, Damian Maldonado, Michael Morgenstern, David Pacheco, Laura Supkoff

  1. Meeting begins at 12:03 PM
  2. Motion made to amend last week's minutes
  3. Program House
    1. nothing from Tal
    2. Jimmy met with Dean Forzberg and is waiting to hear back from him
  4. Lottery meeting
    1. Brendan participated
    2. We discussed sophomore-only housing and how to improve the lottery
    3. Justin met with Rosario
      1. they are very open to all the things we have been talking about in ResCouncil, so this should be a good year of change
    4. Katie and Justin had the first Universal Access meeting
      1. Justin wrote a separate 'freeze card access' proposal
      2. This should happen soon, outside timeline of Universal Card Access debate
    5. We circulated the proposal in the meeting and voted on it unanimously, with a few syntactical revisions
  5. Policy
    1. We need to determine as a council which options we are supporting for Universal Card Access
    2. UCS has decided not to take an official stance on card access but to collaborate to find a good solution
    3. We still need to do a survey on specialized housing
    4. Send Katie suggestions on questions for the survey!
  6. Deanna is here discussing proposal on lounge renovations
    1. she asked for a one-month extension on the proposal to consult ResCouncil for our input and support
    2. in support of ivy room as 24-hour space (Wayland is a last resort)
    3. Issues with Perkins
      1. ground floor 'not well-utilized at all,' say Perkinites
        1. if you make it a better space it will be used by all
        2. lounge is segmented in two floors, we could divide it strictly into study and hang-out spaces
        3. having a TV there makes it not a study lounge, but ambiguous usage is all right
        4. we can renovate it to make it better-utilized
      2. In addition, we can make Barbour a 24-hour space
        1. upperclassmen already use it and it may be quieter
        1. we should not take away the lounge, rather should make furnished/24-hour
        2. though it is close to Jo's, it is much more conducive to studying
      3. In Hope, Applegate lounge should be open
        1. Can give the key to the CD
      4. Concern is how to secure the 24-hour space
    4. we discussed how the 4th floor Mead lounge is a perfect study space
      1. the more spaces like that we can have, the better
    5. Deanna welcomes us to Campus life meetings, Thursday at 6:30 in the UCS office
  7. Final conclusions
      1. change Perkins proposal to add TV and study tables
        1. renovate, make more study-conducive and install better lighting
      2. We will propose Barbour and MoChamp as universal and 24-hour
      3. Consider Arnold lounge also as 24-hour space
      4. Advertise changes through publicity within the community
  8. Justin's card access proposal
    1. Vote on proposal: 12-0, unanimous approval
  9. Ben
    1. Ivy room recommendation is the job of Campus Life, good thing Deanna is here
    2. go to Campus Life if you are interested
    3. Tell everyone that ResCouncil meetings are open
  10. Rich Bova will be joining us on November 8
  11. Next week we will discuss prioritizing card access options/proposals - send katie your input on this and the specialized housing survey!
  12. Meeting adjourned at 12:52 PM

Submitted by Michael Morgenstern, Residential Council Secretary 2005-2006