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Task forces present progress

Jenn Metz | Tuesday, November 20, 2007

In Monday’s penultimate meeting of the Campus Life Council this semester, task force leaders informed the group of the progress made toward their objectives.

Task Force on Campus Environment chair Sheena Plamoottil announced that the second of three green summits will take place today at 4 p.m. This summit is intended for rectors, but due to scheduling conflicts with a rector meeting, “hopefully rectors will send a representative of hall staff,” she said.

Knott Hall Rector Brother Jerome Meyer said the date of the summit was a “bad choice.”

“This is a week when everyone is busy,” he said.

The third green summit will take place Dec. 3.

Plamoottil gave a brief follow-up of Campus Architect Doug Marsh’s visit to the Council on Nov. 5. She said she asked student senators to ask members of their residences if they would be interested in seeing Marsh’s presentation in small groups. The presentation outlined possible future plans for campus expansion and highlighted current construction projects on campus.

Student body president Liz Brown presented for the Task Force on Student Development in place of absent student body vice president Maris Braun.

Brown said the Task Force is continuing to plan Honor Code awareness events but will be handing off most of the responsibility to the University Code of Honor Committee.

“We will keep in talks with the University Code of Honor Committee, but it will become less a Campus Life Council issue,” she said.

The Task Force will continue to work on issues of student gambling and Frosh-O activities outlined in earlier meetings.

Keenan senator Gus Gari presented for the Task Force on Community Relations, which has “finally finalized” the text of Notre Dame’s version of “The Good Neighbor Guide,” based on a University of Virginia pamphlet of the same name.

Gari said a professor in the Law School will be looking over the text from a legal point of view. The Task Force is in the process of hearing about production logistics for the pamphlet from University of Virginia officials.

The next step will be to take the text to Vice President for Student Affairs Father Mark Poorman’s office to “see how to put it all together,” Gari said.

Next week the task forces will convene to finish working on this semester’s objectives and discuss goals for the rest of the year.