STUDENT POLICY COMMITTEE
1-February 1999, 9:00 PM
Converse Red Room
President Tom Gray called the meeting to order at 9:05 PM and asked for
Class of 1999 President Andrew Galvin announced that he was planning
Senior Week, and that 99 Days would be taking place that weekend.
Class of 2001 President David Azoulay said that he was planning a
sophomore dessert night and arts festival, as well as a class scavenger
Class of 2002 President James Orraca-Tetteh said he was putting
together a class variety show and an intramural athletic tournament.
The Advisory Committee on Honorary Degrees, now generally known as the
Commencement Committee, was sad to announce that their first choice for
Class Day Speaker had declined the invitation. They invited their second
choice and are waiting to hear back.
The Admissions and Financial Aid Committee announced that they would be
dominating the next meeting. The faculty members of the committee would
be coming as well and they would be discussing their recent research and
meetings on admissions policy.
Tom explained that the Committee on Discipline could not attend the SPC
meeting because they were adjudicating their first case at that very
The Committee on Physical Education and Athletics was preparing for
this weekend, when the first NESCAC student advisory committee would be
meeting at Tufts.
The Trustee Advisory Committee on Student Life recently met with the
Trustees and tried to challenge the Trustee's view of the college by
arguing that it might not actually be as diverse, academically perfect, or
flawless as the Trustees might believe. They said the Trustees were very
defensive about the issue and that they were planning a panel discussion
on student life issues to take place during the Trustees' next visit.
The Library Committee was looking at library technology, and had
recently ordered new Imac computers for the Library.
The Student Finance Committee announced that it would be holding its
Policies and Procedures meeting and Appeals night in the near future.
They also noted that Jon Prokup '99 was continuing to look into SFC
inefficiency and fraud.
The Black Student Union announced that it was preparing for Black
History Month. The International Student Association is preparing its
annual dinner, as well as a UNESCO lecture and a night of European music.
Vice President Rebecca Stair '00 opened a discussion on the idea of
creating a small SFC financial aid fund to help low-income students afford
to participate in club sports. The Ski Team, for example, has $300 dues
and members need to have or purchase equipment. The Crew Team has $100
dues. These costs are high despite the fact that the SFC pays much of
the clubs' expenses. Many students cannot afford to pay the dues and thus
Brennan Griffin '99 raised concern that it would be very difficult to
maintain confidentiality of financial aid information if the SFC needed to
confirm a student's need.
Adam Lessler '01 noted that the Horseback Riding Club has created a
similar subsidy program to help members pay for expensive riding lessons.
Vanessa Olivier '01 was surprised to hear that there was a Riding Club
on campus and asked if a comprehensive list of student groups could be
made easily available. Many noted that this was a perennial issue worth
returning to at a later time.
SFC Chair Eric Buddish '00 made the point that student activities fee
money was meant to be used only for all-campus activities, and that its
use to support specific students would need to be approved by a student
Dave Berman '99 questioned whether students deserved to have these
clubs paid for. He said that there was no innate right for a student to
be able to participate in any club he or she wanted.
James Dubick '99 expressed concern that such a program would be very
expensive, but Tom said that the aid program would only be for those
students with tremendous need.
Tom closed the discussion and noted that he hoped to pursue this issue
more in the future. In addition, he brought up his personal distaste for
the state of social dorm basements - they are filthy, underfurnished, and
underutilized - and promised to bring back that issue at some future time.
Rebecca announced a number of upcoming events. She noted that on
Sunday, Jesse Jackson would be speaking in an event partially sponsored by
the SGO. Also, on Thursday, American Pictures would be taking place in
Johnson Chapel. On March 3rd, Cornel West would be speaking.
Tom opened a final discussion. He said that Dr. Clapp of Health
Services had approached him searching for input on the service at the
health center. Tom asked for feedback.
Bilal Muhammad '99 said that the walk-in hours should extend past noon.
Dave Berman said that Health Services had violated confidentiality at
many times in the past.
Divya said that it would be useful to have an optometrist available.
Bilal also noted that better resources to explain the college's
insurance plan were needed.
Josh Fischel '00 asked if weekend hours would be possible.
Vanessa made a move to adjourn the meeting, which Bilal seconded.
Passed on a voice vote.
Recording Secretary, SGO.