Simply for ease of navigating, I plan to continue the Agenda-like method
of arranging the minutes. If anyone has a deep longing to return to the
former single-paragraph method, please email me (98csb) where you eat lunch
(which dining hall; east or west side; near novelties or rice cake bin)
and we'll see if we can accommodate.
I.NESCAC and PARTY (what's left of it) POLICY: Mac and Amanda
covered this domain. 10 out of the 11 NESCAC schools have been indicated
by the Williamstown police as possible targets for the Agard hou...wait,
sorry, my notes are jumbled. All but Conn. College and perhaps Tufts are
"in" Payne's camp, so to speak, regarding the NCAA situation.
Tufts is here this weekend, so cheer for them a little and make them feel
special. Maine seems to be a key state, according to Mac, so we may
have to send a small contingent of Trustees to lobby around the state, buying
lobsters as they go. As for the PARTY policy, at this very second, Wtown
police have APPLIED to file charges [having watched my fair share of L.A.Law
(and some parts from Dallas come into play here too), this comes as a bit
of respite], contrary to want the papers may have reported. This is their
way of getting at the College's Alcohol Policy; and the security guards
and hosts are the pawns in this process. But as a result, no sane security
guard is willing to work and put themselves in danger, so small and medium
parties are still OK. The College is also providing extra money to support
alternative functions because essentially over the course of the next two
weeks the fate of this ordeal will be determinted; the Record is
one fine resource and the CC will try to use the DA to keep also help keep
the campus abreast of it. In all cases, Security is very willing to advise
on what needs to be registered or not (depending on # of people , amount
of beast) so please go through them to keep things kosher.
II.OPINIONS: Brian Connors, incredible piano-player and generally
the man, handled opinions this week. Eph Card complaints about the PVC snapping,
scratching and occasionally, apparently right in your pocket, taunting.
Security's take: case by case, they are better than before. But if it happens
to you, you should go to Telephone Office first and Donna will point in
you the right direction. Next, an idea about putting a blackboard in Baxter
for people to leave notes, public art or high-level math equations. More
in a week, after prelim. study of feasibility. Someone wanted Elmo (or was
it Hector...Hancock?) back (over Colrain), but apparently the problem is
not with Colrain, but people remaining idle for several weeks. We received
an application (I am not making this up) from an extremely well-qualified
Indian fellow TEMBE WAIBHAV DEEPAK to study at our "esteemed
post-graduate University in the field of Science and Engineering."
It really is hard to belief it was real. It included his "biodata,"
like haircolor, weight, height, location of birthmarks, and frequency of
handwashing. Two final issues being looked into: Ice Machines for athletes
in Mission/Greylock and a EphCard Machine in Hopkins/ Sawyer.
III.MinCo: Anita Doddi '98 and Lincoln Pan '98 reported to
Council about (1) The Minority Coalition (Minco) generally and (2) The History
and Evolution. Council currently is comprised of two permanent seats for
Minco (Clarissa Shen and Farrah Musani) and often works in
conjunction with Minco. Bottom line: we are big fans of Minco.
IV.Cte Reports: A.Calendar and Scheduling: Sam Abelson (98sba)
gave us an overview, explaining that they handle: 1.)Divisions of the Day
2.)Night Exams 3.)1999-? No classes on Wednesday before T-Giving.4.)Debated
extending reading period 5.) B.Registrar: Ann Sylvester '00
(00ams) stated the currents tasks at hand for her cte: 1).Handbook Revision
2).Honor Code on-line 3).Class-size caps. Matt Bryson '99, most likely
still smarting from the CC Sec's brash style of IM soccer, suggested a 4-year
list of profs. that will be on sabbatical for students entering, so they
can plan ahead. C.SAC: Kate Ervin '99 (99kse) proudly reports:
1). Guster (passing the "quality, small- college band test") will
be here Nov.14th 2).Solid First Run movie turn-outs (450 to 575 a night)
3). Hip Hop on Fridays at the Log is alive and well 4).Currier will be back
Nov.20,21,22 (no tent-pitching more than a week beforehand) 5).Game Room
at Log in a week (Foosball and Air Hockey...Bell kindly suggests
you "bring it" in either rec. sport, for he was weaned (and a
machine) on both)
V.Group Recognition: MHIND (Mental Health INformation and Discussion
group...I'll cut them a little acronym-slack) had two very nice gals come
in to begin this club which essentially will be a liaison between Psy. Services
and the stu-bod. Lots of idea (including Web pages and booklets). Lots of
encouragement from Council. Recognition passed 24-0-2.
VI.Member's Open Time:Anh Nguyen '99 spoke to abstinence, not from
the campus dining halls as Bell had thought, but from you-know-what
regarding HIV, STDs and so forth. I believe speaking out for a constituent
of his. Sam Abelson wondered about Baxter computers. We all laughed.
Finholt then spoke from the heart when he cried "any chance
of this system ever running moderately fast?" Apparently, at Jesup,
the Motherboard has landed and there is hope. Amanda, to CCCs defense,
pointed out they have been flat-funded since '82 (1882 that is, back when
computers were simply a pocket-protector hooked up to an early form of the
calculator). They have a lot of ground to make-up for the lack of money
given to them despite increased demand.
VII.Budgets: Mike D. began the budgets final chapter (3 of 3) with
the Athletics sub-group 1. We approved FinComs rec. of $25,530 for the entire
faction, with the stipulation that water polo (men) would repay $3,500+
once they received team fees for Nationals: 18-1-7. Hawaii club was trimmed
of it's "misc. trips" money, but received 450+, 22-1-3. The Ceramics
Club stirred some debate over the paying for their own clay, but a close
vote (12-13-1) suggested we allot them it and the total came to $350, and
was passed 22-2-2. Dancing Folk (Contra Dancing) was granted $1220 by a
vote of 23-2-1. Melina Evans of SANKOFA, a step not a stomp group (my apologies
here), which is named after an old african word for "one cannot take
a step forward without knowing your past." Though the jackets were
stricken and video money reduced (26-0-0, 21-0-5), their budget was approved
26-0-0 at $1675. Queer Peers budget was relatively untampered with, with
the exception of taking the $70 needed for t-shirts for publicity due to
uncertainty of signage security of late, out of a hefty publicity request
(22-4-0). They were approved for $872 ( 24-0-2). Lastly, Gorgias, a quarterly
journal, received the FinCom recommended allowance of $1300 (25-1-0) which
reflected shavings off office supplies and nixing a new computer.
Keeping it ever so surreeal....climbing into the sack. -christopher bell,
cc sec, professional air hockey player.