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Residential Council Minutes :: October 20, 2009


Present: Ben Lowell (Chair), Andrew Tran (Policy Chair), Rachel Kahn (Program House Chair), Jillian Robbins (Lottery Chair), Courtney Mannino (Secretary), Greg Anderson, Sam Barney, Jerry Cedrone, EJ Chung, Evan Holownia, Sara Slama, Sara Sunshine

Tardy: James Williams


Update from Program House Committee:

Rachel met with Program House Council President, who is in possession of the program house constitution and will send us a revised edition.

  • Wants to have a meeting with all Program Houses to talk about Program House review for this year.

In the past, ResCouncil, lead by the Program House Committee, would review all Program Houses every semester.

  • As a council, we have established certain requirements for hosting community-wide events, performing community service and maintaining membership.
  • We must collect all this information for each of the houses, review it and asses whether or not the house meets the requirements.

*Greek Council is very active in self-policing the houses and doing internal review.

What do we want to see from Greek Council? What would be helpful to assist in this process?
Essentially, we want to ensure that these program houses are contributing to the greater program community.
If a house is on probation for multiple, consecutive semesters, the class of the house can fall from Class B to Class A (a designation system used by the university).

  • All houses are Class B, with the exception of Interfaith, which is Class A because of membership size.

Maybe it would be beneficial for the Program House Committee to have an idea of when Program Houses will be sponsoring events.

  • Maybe Program House Committee should post a newsletter, just as Greek council does, so that the campus knows what the committee is working on throughout the semester.

Just as an aside:
Up until the 1940s, fraternities were off campus. President Wriston signed the 'Wriston compact' with these houses, forcing them to move on campus in exchange for new buildings (hence, the construction of Wriston Quad), accommodations, and other benefits.

Update from Housing Lottery Committee:

How can we turn the First-Pick competition event night into an equally as effective informational distribution night?

  • Should we do a separate evening for a lottery informational event?
  • Should we distribute ballots for the videos with important deadlines printed on them so people in attendance are forced to read important information about the process?

Super-Deadline day is going to be March 9th.
Greek Houses release their bids March 1st and 2nd. The days in between Super-Deadline day and the release of bids will allow residents to make plans in regard to their housing for the upcoming year.


End meeting.

Submitted by Courtney Mannino, Residential Council Secretary, Fall 2009.