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Online calendar resolution passed

Laura McCrystal | Thursday, April 16, 2009

Campus Life Council (CLC) unanimously passed a resolution to promote a reevaluation of the online University events calendar at its meeting Wednesday.

Student body president Grant Schmidt, who reported for the task force on technology and study space in dorms, said the resolution has three parts.

“We request a reevaluation of the current agenda.nd.edu,” he said.

Schmidt said the task force would like to eventually see Google calendar or other Google applications and newer technology integrated into the calendar to make it more accessible for students.

The resolution also asks Fr. Mark Poorman, vice president for student affairs, to discuss the calendar situation with the Office of Information and Technology (OIT) Chief Information Officer Gordon Wishon. The final part of the resolution asks that the online calendar become a main concern, Schmidt said.

“We’d like to encourage OIT and Web Group to make this a priority in their endeavors,” he said.

With a better online calendar, Schmidt said students could more easily search for and find events that they want to attend. Because students have taken advantage of other online features, Schmidt said students would also use a better calendar.

“Clearly students are using these online features, so I think this would have groups centralize their information” he said.

CLC also discussed the Medical Amnesty Policy. Former chief executive assistant Karen Koski reviewed the recommendations of the task force on Medical Amnesty Policy review.

Koski said the task force developed both short-term and long-term recommendations for the Medical Amnesty policy, which concerns students who have been drinking but seek medical attention for an intoxicated friend.

The short-term recommendations include a clarification for students about the role of the Office of Residence Life and Housing (ORLH).

“First and foremost the fact that they set forth that their mission is more about helping young people develop as opposed to a purely disciplinary body,” she said. “And a lot of students don’t see it that way or don’t know that it is even their mission. We don’t want it to be so unknown about the process, what happens, why they do what they do.”

Koski said the task force hopes to achieve this goal though residence hall visits by NDSP officers and representatives from ORLH. The visits would involve explanations of policies and offer students an opportunity to ask questions.

The task force also found that the Pillars presentations given to freshmen to promote responsible life choices might be more effective if they were given at a different time of year, Koski said.

“They’re great for education … but they come in that period when freshman are just getting bombarded with information,” she said.

Fr. Pete McCormick, rector of Keough Hall, said Keough held Pillars presentations in the spring and also had NDSP officers visit the dorm to answer questions. He said both events were successful and that the students found them informative.

The long-term recommendations for the Medical Amnesty Policy include a rector report to ORLH about medical amnesty, Koski said. Such an attachment would allow ORLH to take into account a student’s intent to seek medical help for a peer.