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Task forces report on fall semester progress

Maddie Hanna | Tuesday, November 23, 2004

The Campus Life Council discussed progress made by three task forces, approved new bylaws and proposed a new plan regarding a cancelled service trip to Ethiopia at Monday’s meeting.Knott rector Brother Jerome Meyer said that the social concerns task force had furthered its plan of action regarding the creation of a diversity-awareness program at Notre Dame.”We’ve taken a look at the scope of what we’re trying to do,” Meyer said.According to Meyer, the task force has chosen schools to compare to Notre Dame and will soon call people at each school to find out how they approach diversity issues.Siegfried senator James Leito presented the findings of the vending task force, which he said compared Notre Dame with other top 20 universities.”Most schools charge about 75 cents to one dollar,” Leito said in regard to laundry prices.Leito also said the task force was obtaining information on vending revenues to formulate a rough estimate on how much money the school makes on laundry.O’Neill senator Alex French said the security task force had contacted several people since the last meeting about their goals.According to French, Matt Lozar, editor-in-chief of The Observer, was not opposed to the idea of reinstating a security section in the newspaper, but was unsure as to what could be included besides the Notre Dame Security/Police crime blotter.French said that Phil Johnson, assistant director of the security/police department, suggested creating a Listserv available to people interested in receiving security news.He also reported that the idea of setting up a program of dorm fire safety presentations during the second semester had been raised and that lighting maps were still in the process of being made.Since the old CLC bylaws dated from 1998, a new set revised by Welsh Family rector Candace Carson, was approved and contains only minor changes.Adam Istvan, student body president, said he would present the new bylaws with an explanation of the changes to the Board of Trustees.Istvan also told CLC he received a response from Bill Hoye, associate vice president and deputy General Counsel, about this past summer’s abruptly cancelled service trip to Ethiopia planned by the Student International Business Council.However, Istvan said though his question asking why the SIBC trip was cancelled was specific, Hoye’s answer was general and would require further investigation.Istvan said he and vice president Karla Bell would meet with SIBC student members to further discuss the issue before approaching the General Counsel’s office.