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CLC picks initiatives for new school year

Liz O'Donnell | Monday, September 14, 2009

The Campus Life Council (CLC) decided on its first three initiatives for the school year at their meeting Monday afternoon.

Student Legal Services, Evaluation of Student Disciplinary Records and on- and off-campus advertising were the three tasks members voted to focus on to begin the year.

The 22 members of the Council will be divided into three groups to address the issues, with each group focusing on achieving a concrete result, student body president Grant Schmidt said.

The evaluation of student disciplinary records garnered the most attention from Council members. CLC members voiced concern over two distinct areas.

The first issue concerned what should be done about students whose disciplinary records – kept by the Office of Residence Life – contained information about incidents during their freshman year. Council members wanted to determine if it would be possible to have freshman-year incidents re-evaluated and possibly stripped from the record.

“You have to write about it on medical school, graduate school, and law school applications,” Judy Conway, off-campus council representative, said. “Even if the incident occurred September of a person’s freshman year.

Another question the task force will evaluate is the necessity to separate sexual assault cases from those dealing with other violations such as parking and alcohol incidents.

The second task force, Student Legal Services, already has a defined initiative that will be carried over from last year.

The primary job of the group will be to establish a database of local attorneys and law offices that can assist students facing legal trouble.

“We are working towards a feasible goal,” John DeLacio, who worked on the task force last year, said.

The third task force will look at on- and off-campus advertising.

Schmidt said the committee should look to develop ways to help bring the massive amounts of advertising together to some sort of central medium.

Student body vice president Cynthia Weber agreed with Schmidt, citing the need for groups to be creative in their efforts to spread their message.

“You have to be crafty if you want to get your word out about events,” she said.

While the council spoke only briefly on the topic, the consensus was that there is some need to better organize the large volume of posters, e-mails and advertisements that circulate through campus each day.

A fourth area of discussion, resources to off-campus students, was also touched on at the meeting.

After considering adding a fourth task force, CLC members decided to hold off on the topic until later on in the school year.

Gus Gari, who recently developed the off-campus Web site, said members shouldn’t forget about the omnipresent issues of campus-community issues.

“There is always something going on between campus and off campus,” he said.