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Council discusses poster abundance

Katie Peralta | Tuesday, February 5, 2008

Members of the Campus Life Council discussed the number of advertisements posted on campus at the group’s Monday afternoon meeting.

Sheena Plamoottil, head of the Task Force on Campus Environment, said the task force had discussed the numbers of advertisements posted on campus at last week’s Green Summit.

Brother Jerome Meyer, Knott Hall rector, expressed his frustration with the numbers of posters crowding wall space around campus.

“It’s like people are trying to outdo each other,” Meyer said. “We’re wasting trees like crazy.”

He suggested the University erect pillars on which student groups could hang their posters, eliminating the crowding of wall and window space.

Lauren Sharkey, Hall Presidents Council co-chair, suggested more discretion be used in the poster approval process and that smaller posters be encouraged.

Plamoottil echoed Sharkey’s notion.

“Rectors should submit a list of the size and number of posters appropriate for their halls,” she said.

Brown concluded the discussion by declaring that suggestions for the poster situation be handed over to Platmoottil’s committee.

Scott Vitter, Alumni Hall senator, and member of the Task Force on Campus Environment, said his group is interested in labeling food products along with their ingredients in the dining halls, as is the case with salad dressings, which lists the complete nutrition facts.

“This would empower students to make healthy decisions,” Vitter said.

The University has not given a formal response to the CLC suggestion.

Student government vice president Maris Braun, a member of the Task Force on Student Development, said the task force plans to conduct a follow up of College Has Issues, the group which addresses issues involving alcohol awareness. She said the task force seeks to work with other student groups, like peer education group Pillars.

Student body president Liz Brown commenced the meeting by addressing the resolution recommending improved residence hall workout facilities CLC passed Jan. 21. This was the first resolution CLC passed this academic year.

Brown said Poorman has not yet responded to the resolution but plans to look into it in the near future.