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.
Editor’s Note: Large portions of this StuCo meeting took place off the record in order to preserve a safe space for discussion. As this discussion continues in other settings, portions of it will continue to be off the record of both The Daily Gazette and The Phoenix.
Sunday’s StuCo meeting focused almost entirely on student reactions to the implementation of new party policies at Saturday night’s Halloween Party.
Three Wharton Residential Associates (RAs) attended the meeting to raise their concerns about the strict enforcement of the school’s new wristband policy. The policy required students over the age of 21 to receive and wear a wristband in order to drink alcohol served at the party. As a general rule, Swarthmore College does not provide alcohol to students under the age of 21.
The RAs and StuCo members discussed the manner in which the new policy was implemented, as well as the results of the new policy on student health and safety. The group also talked extensively about the increased presence of Public Safety at the party and its effect on party environment.
Those present at the meeting stressed that a lack of communication caused much of the displeasure with Halloween’s heightened security measures. StuCo Co-Presidents Gabby Capone ‘14 and Lanie Schlessinger ‘15 emphasized the need for transparent communication between the student body and various student groups, the administration, and Public Safety in the planning of future parties.
StuCo members as a whole agreed that a systematic plan must be put in place for the execution of future Social Affairs Committee (SAC)-run parties. They also agreed that a more extensive dialogue with students is necessary as StuCo continues to examine its role in the implementation of new party policies.
StuCo hopes that this dialogue will continue at their party policy forum on Tuesday, October 29 at 7:30 PM in the admissions parlor.
Further details of this meeting will be expanded upon later this week in a full-length article on the changes in party and safety policies.