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Group defines priorities, creates subcommittees

Emily Schrank | Monday, November 7, 2011

The Campus Life Council (CLC) identified student safety, student activities and expanding inclusion as its top priorities for the remainder of the academic year during Monday’s meeting.

Members divided into three subcommittees based on these priorities.

Chief of staff Claire Sokas said the safety of students living both on and off campus remains an important issue.

“There needs to be a discussion of how we make students more aware of the responsibilities that come with living off campus,” she said. “We also need to work on some changes to make our campus more safe.”

Rectors said they would like to see a decrease in student apathy when it comes to student activities.

O’Neill rector Ed Mack said he has noticed a large decrease in the number of his residents attending pep rallies during his 10 years as rector.

“It’s not too soon to start talking about next year,” he said. “If you want students to show up [to pep rallies], you have to do things that are student-friendly.”

Morrissey rector Fr. Ronald Vierling said he would like to look at the possibility of streamlining the processes that are required by the Student Activities Office (SAO) when planning events.

“Our residents have great ideas for events and it is often difficult to implement them, so they get discouraged and say, ‘Forget it,'” he said. “We want to inspire and unleash their creativity.”

Vierling said he believes that students don’t completely understand all of the things they have to do to in order to make an event happen.

“Even as a rector, I don’t understand the process myself,” he said.

Student body president Pat McCormick also announced the Faculty Senate, which typically elects two members to serve as representatives on CLC, has waived their participation this year.