Bike Share, Halloween Party, and Meal Points in the Ville

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Bike Share Program

Jeff Cao ’10, of Chester Neighborhood Bike Works, is now contracted to fix the bike share program’s bikes. According to Jeff, the bikes are working and should be available for use once the bike locks and keys are tagged.

Several StuCo members inquired as to whether the bike rack containing the bike share bikes could be moved next to McCabe, where students will checkout keys for the bike locks. However, StuCo decided that the rack behind Parrish would be used, because it is more protected from the weather.

At the end of the semester, when Cao’s contract with StuCo ends, StuCo plans to evaluate the bike share program, along with Bike Work’s contract, and possibly make changes.

Halloween Party Cleanup

At Sunday’s meeting, Luis Peñate ‘13, Student Events Advisor, expressed concern over the Halloween party cleanup. Peñate said that SAC hired one employee to clean Sharples following the party and, because of this, Peñate and other students, including Sonja Spoo ‘13, Appointments Chair, felt obligated to stay after the party to clean.

StuCo plans to meet with the SAC co-directors and with Dean Braun to discuss what happened so that cleanup may be better coordinated in the future.

Meal Points in the Ville

Several StuCo members are meeting with Sue Welsh, Vice President for Finance and Treasurer, to discuss using meal points in the ville. In the past, StuCo has been told that this project would be too expensive; however, StuCo members are looking for ways to ameliorate the cost.

Last year, StuCo considered using rollover money to buy ID card-swiping machines for businesses in the ville, but this fell through.

Simon Zhu ’11, President of Student Council, suggested asking business that have expressed an interest in joining with the college, such as Hobbes and the Coop, if they would be willing to share the expenses of the program. Still, StuCo is waiting to collect more specific cost information before taking further action.

Rollover Money

StuCo is working with SBC to try to decrease the amount of rollover money that is left at the end of each semester. Zhu, along with several other StuCo members, plans to meet with Naomi Liang ‘11, SBC Office Manager, this week to discuss possible avenues of action.

Zhu suggested replacing or refocusing the Fun Fund, among other changes. He also suggested using rollover money to provide seed funding to student groups.


  • StuCo plans to propose to SBC in the near future to get funding for plastic sleeves so that they can hang updates in bathroom stalls around campus.
  • StuCo has been in touch with Stu Hain, Vice President of Facilities and Services, in regard to TV repair. StuCo hopes that Facilities will provide a timeline of when repairs are scheduled to occur.
  • The student resource guide should be created soon and will give students information about planning events. In the future, the guide will include information about organizing clubs and sports.
  • StuCo plans to hold a campus-wide discussion regarding faculty and staff diversity after meeting with Dean Braun and other administrators. A similar meeting for students was held last Friday.
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