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Shappell pushes for results

Kaitlynn Riely | Tuesday, November 28, 2006

At the Campus Life Council’s (CLC) last meeting before winter break Monday, student body president Lizzi Shappell told members she expected the four task forces to present resolutions to the Council in the spring as evidence of their planning this semester.

“I would like all the task forces to try to meet, if not Monday, then before the end of the year to draft a plan for next semester,” Shappell said. “I hope that second semester is when we have a lot of resolutions coming out of brainstorming in the fall.”

Task force chairs briefly outlined their group’s current undertakings at the short meeting.

Welsh Family rector Candace Carson said her ad hoc committee has made progress correcting problems in a resolution passed to provide resources to the Native American student population at Notre Dame.

The resolution – passed unanimously by the Student Senate Nov. 2 – failed to pass through the CLC to Vice President for Student Affairs Father Mark Poorman. Carson raised the concern at the last CLC meeting that points in the resolution – calling for changes in academic areas and proposing the creation of an advisory position – fell outside the purview of the CLC.

The Council voted to defer the resolution to a committee for further discussion. Carson said this committee hopes to meet again before winter break to work on the wording of the resolution. The committee aims to present a reworked version as the first order of new business at the CLC’s meeting Jan. 22, Carson said.

The ad hoc student safety task force has not met since the last CLC meeting, said chief executive assistant Liz Brown, but she and the other task force chairs presented reports of their committees’ ongoing work.

Brown, student voice and input chair, said her task force has made good progress with their initiatives since the start of the semester. After speaking with Ryan Willerton, the assistant director for facilities in the Student Activities Office, Brown decided to set up a new Notre Dame e-mail account where committee applications can be sent.

“It’s going to be a relatively simple process, but it should do a lot to streamline the application process,” Brown said.

Her committee should have a working draft of the tentatively titled “duLac for Dummies” – a student-friendly guide to duLac regulations – before winter break starts, Brown said.

Alumni Hall senator Danny Smith said the student concerns task force’s resolution regarding Domer Dollars is in its finishing stages. The resolution will be presented after break so it is not rushed and so it can first go through “all the proper channels,” Smith said.

Student body vice president Bill Andrichik continued to look at dorm disorientations with the conduct awareness task force. He sent a survey out to a compiled e-mail list of every dorms’ resident assistants to find out what alcohol and behavior education information is given to freshmen in each resident hall.

“I have a good amount of responses from that, some better than others as far as disclosure of more information,” Andrichik said.

His committee will make a final assessment of the responses and will work toward making recommendations next semester, Andrichik said.