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Residential Council Minutes: September 28, 2010

Office of Student Life Conference Room

Meeting commenced at 12:06pm

Present: Andrew Tran, Jerry Cedrone, Kristina von Gerichten, Cody Shulman, Sophie Asher, Brandon Broome, Evan Holownia, Chaz Kelsh, Emily Gould, Courtney Mannino, Travis Spangler, Nara Shin, Sara Sunshine

Absent: Sam Barney (on leave)

Mary-Lou McMillan, senior director for planning of campus-life, led a presentation of possible renovations in residence halls


1. Discussed how members of the council would prioritize construction/changes

a. Considered models of housing at other schools: house system at Harvard, with faculty involvement, library, dean, community. House system might be against brown philosophy of freedom, but could create stronger community
b. Should consider importance of common space dedicated to the unity/hall
c. Underclassmen/upperclassmen separation? Could group freshmen and sophomores
d. Faculty members present in dorms? Might make it hard to separate the residential aspect; could instead have a faculty member do monthly dinners etc. with a particular dorm. There may be other ways to encourage relationships with faculty other than via major changes in residential life.
e. Solving the sophomore limbo – sophomores get the “leftovers” of living spaces.

2. Powerpoint – The presenters described five alternative renovation options.

Meeting adjourned at 12:55 pm.