Gazebo, RTT, Alumni Luncheon, and Email Policy

Editor’s note: This article was initially published in The Daily Gazette, Swarthmore’s online, daily newspaper founded in Fall 1996. As of Fall 2018, the DG has merged with The Phoenix. See the about page to read more about the DG.

Gazebo on Campus

After a discussion with Victor Brady ’13, Campus Life Representative, the Engineering department said combining the construction of the gazebo with a possible Senior Project would not be ‘fiscally feasible’.

The department added that if StuCo provided the funds, the project would have to place an emphasis on the educational component for the student designing the gazebo.

Nevertheless, Sean Thakurdeen ‘11, Educational Policy Representative, said, “[even] if it doesn’t make sense to develop the gazebo as a Senior Project, collaboration with the Engineering Department can still be explored.”

StuCo has also scheduled a meeting later in the week with Stu Hain, Vice President for Facilities and Services, to discuss other options to move the project forward.

StuCo event during Ride the Tide

StuCo discussed the idea of hosting an event for prospective students during Ride the Tide. The purpose is to hold a casual ‘meet-and-greet’ for those interested in student government to talk to current members and to get a glimpse of the kind of work StuCo does on campus.

Possible drawbacks of the event were also discussed: the nature of the event may make it more suitable for orientation because the primary goal of Ride the Tide is to sell the college to prospective students.

Alumni Luncheon

A StuCo-initiated luncheon for students to meet with alumni will be held at Sharples on Sunday, April 3rd from 11:30 to 12:30.

The event is a partnership with the Alumni Council and StuCo and is an opportunity for students interested in connecting with alumni who graduated with similar majors or to learn more about possible career opportunities.

Email Policy and The Phoenix

StuCo attended a meeting with Liz Braun, Dean of Students, and editors of the Phoenix to settle the misunderstanding that took place over the Phoenix’s decision to send an online digest of their magazine all registered students.

“The idea was to reach a common ground—to agree to allow access to the official list but to also [let them know] that their actions were unacceptable,” said Simon Zhu ’11, StuCo President.

Some StuCo members also expressed displeasure about a letter published on March 3rd in the Phoenix by the Phoenix Editor-In Chief; they felt it criticized StuCo’s stance on the matter after a meeting took place between both parties.

StuCo emphasized that all student groups need to respect and abide by the decisions of the council in order to “establish a cooperative working relationship,” Zhu emphasized.

Long Term Goals

Academic Support

  • StuCo is working on implementing a panel discussion and workshop on aspects of the college curriculum.
  • Topics of discussion would include course and faculty diversity as well as the possibility of introducing Ethnic Studies.

Ville Mealpoints

  • No update.