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Task forces finish up year’s initiatives

Kathleen McDonnell | Tuesday, April 17, 2007

Members of the Campus Life Council (CLC) spent their meeting Monday wrapping up initiatives the group’s task forces began at the start of the year.

Unlike other bodies in student government, the CLC did not undergo administrative turnover on April 1, so former student body president Lizzi Shappell and vice president Bill Andrichik still lead the meetings.

Andrichik, the Conduct Awareness task force chair, explained how his committee proposes to address the issues of pornography and objectification on campus.

Heather Rakoczy, director of the Gender Relations Center (GRC), met with the task force members “because we [committee members] wanted to make sure that our efforts would be complementary to the Center’s current efforts,” Andrichik said.

Since current and future GRC programming through groups like Men Against Violence aim to confront the larger issue of objectification, the Conduct Awareness committee decided to use its resources in another venue – hall staff training.

DuLac does include a number of rules on pornography, and training hall staff should help confront that issue, Andrichik said.

“Just letting hall staff know that this is an issue and letting them know how to deal with it if a situation arises rather than trying to come down hard on students is our plan,” he said.

Other task force chairs also presented the status of the year’s worth of work.

Current student body president Liz Brown, who is the Student Voice and Input task force chair, passed around a sample “duLac-abridged” pamphlet. The pamphlets are currently being printed by a Kinko’s in Chicago.

Student Concerns task force chair Danny Smith said he is continuing his research on podcasting and other new trends in education technology. Smith said he will give a more detailed report at the next meeting.

Though the chairs made their task force reports, no business could be passed at the meeting because there were not enough members present to reach quorum.

For the CLC meeting in two weeks, Shappell asked members to bring suggestions for new committees or issues to help set the CLC agenda next fall.

“I know the discussion on successes and shortcomings helped me in the transition last year,” she said.