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Campus Life Council: Group votes on three task force proposals

Katie Peralta | Tuesday, April 15, 2008

In one of its final meetings of the year, the Campus Life Council (CLC) voted unanimously Monday on three end-of-the year task force proposals to be submitted to Notre Dame Assistant Vice President of Student Affairs Father Mark Poorman.

“[These reports] will give Father Poorman an idea of what the task forces did this year,” said senior Sheena Plamoottil, head of the Task Force on Campus Environment. “They put [the task forces’] work on paper, and are open to [Poorman’s] suggestions.”

Plamoottil’s task force’s proposal addressed two topics, Sustainability of the Body and Sustainability of the Earth.

The Sustainability of the Body portion addresses the force’s discussion on improving student nutrition by examining campus dining halls.

The Sustainability of the Earth part examines University environmental concerns, namely the Green Summit, which addresses the “green” concerns of Notre Dame students and faculty.

The Student Development Task Force, headed by outgoing vice president junior Maris Braun, who was absent from Monday’s meeting, addressed changes to be implemented to the College HAS Issues program.

Held during First Year Orientation, the program addresses gender relations issues, such as date rape, alcohol abuse and the impact of alcohol in decision making.

The major change to the format of the program is to change venues – from the Joyce Center, where all first year students would convene for one large meeting, to the DeBartolo Performing Arts Center, where students would meet in three smaller, more personal groups.

The final proposal, which came from the Community Relations Task Force, headed by sophomore Gustavo Gari, discussed improving relations between the Notre Dame campus and South Bend community.

The proposal aims to improve town-and-gown relations through increased dialogue. CLC members approved this proposal as well in a unanimous vote.

Incoming student body president Bob Reish and vice president Grant Schmidt, who were present at the meeting, will assume responsibility of CLC meetings in the fall.