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Weeknight Party Permits
At its first official meeting of the year last night, Student Council (StuCo) addressed its first major campus issue. According to StuCo President Tramane Hall ‘12, several professors went to the Provost with complaints that students were still drunk in classes Friday morning from Pub Nite on Thursday.
While party permits are not issued for parties later than 12 a.m. Sunday through Thursday, Hall said the administration may be looking to start enforcing the normally ignored party policy.
Campus Life Representative Matt Lamb ‘12 said if students don’t have an organized, “safe,” place to drink they are more likely to continue drinking in unmonitored areas, referencing a dangerously drunk student who was left alone in a bathroom during last Thursday’s Pub Nite.
If the administration started enforcing the party permit policy, Hall said it would put more pressure on R.A.s and Public Safety as they wouldn’t know where people are drinking and who to hold accountable.
Campus Life Representative Victor Brady ‘13 said the main problem is personal responsibility.
“The underlying issue is that students are showing up to class drunk. Unless we have a way of addressing that, there’s nothing we can do,” Brady said.
While they said they cannot yet decide on a resolution, StuCo said it plans to talk to Dean Braun this week to continue discussions of drinking policies on campus.
The main focus of StuCo’s first meeting was to outline its goals for this year, which they discussed as increasing transparency, creating integration between student groups and becoming more efficient as students’ voice for change on campus.
“I want to start breaking down the various wall there are between the administration and students,” StuCo Vice President Olivia Ensign ‘12 said.
Three positions still remain unfilled, but the council said it is hopeful for more involvement both on the ballot and in the polls, saying they have at least three candidates for each open position with the largest number of candidates coming from the freshman class.
“We want to make StuCo sexy to the students,” Hall said.
However, in order to make significant accomplishments, Hall said he hopes to fill these positions before StuCo’s first big event, Halloween with the Deans.
“We don’t have a lot of clout until we have those spots filled,” Hall said.
Mark your Calendar
Wednesday, Sept 7, 7 p.m., Shane Lounge: Info session with the current StuCo about how to get involved.
Monday, Sept. 12: Platforms due
Wednesday, Sept. 14, 7:30 p.m., Kohlberg: Q&A session with StuCo.
Sunday, Sept. 18: Voting closes.