This week marked the first meeting of the new 2014-2015 ASCMC Executive Board. Not only were the members of the Board were new, but also the meeting space. The meeting convened in the ASCMC board room instead of the usual Kravis seminar room 321.
Dean Mary Spellman stopped by to discuss DL email guidelines and also announce that DOS has three open positions, for which they are currently hiring. One of these is the Assistant Dean, which is currently held by Heather Simmons-Combs on an interim basis. Additionally, DOS will be adding two new positions: Assistant Director of Residential Life and Assistant Director of Student Activities. These two positions will be living in the Auen and Fawcett apartments to help the Apartment RAs as well as foster a sense of community building. The Directors will also assist with handling student crises.
The creation of new positions is aimed to help share responsibilities within the DOS office and help alleviate some of the pressures DOS faces from under-staffing. Currently, Dean Simmons-Combs is tasked with staffing all Thursday and Saturday night events that occur on CMC’s campus. By hiring addition DOS staff members, it would allow a more equal distribution of work so that one staff member is not tasked with a miasma of responsibilities.
Dean Spellman also touched on that she wants to create an openness of DOS and foster a closer relationship between ASCMC and DOS that goes beyond just approving events. Spellman “wants students to see what’s possible” within DOS that can come from the creation of the two Assistant Director positions. There will be student interviews for these positions Tuesday and Wednesday of this week and all students are encouraged to attend and give feedback.
Next, Vice President Will Su ‘16 discussed his plan to create Senate task forces. He highlighted that there are two ways to reform Senate: structurally and culturally; the way Su wants to garner change is culturally. According to Su, “Some senators feel a lack of engagement, giving senators now empowerment. These task forces give senators ownership over projects. For instance, if sexual assault is brought up, hopefully sexual assault will be a task force. This is giving students the freedom to make change.”
Su hopes that a long-term goal for Senate will be “creating more dialogue between ASCMC and Senate. Senate will be changing college policy. Hopefully, Senate will be that main body of changing policy. This change will be generated from students.”
The Board then segued into discussing how to create more social responsibility around campus. The idea of a Student Judicial Review Board was discussed and brought up as a source to hold more students accountable for their actions. Director of Event Management Zachariah Oquenda ‘16 expressed interest in “developing something with the scope of peer review or student accountability in relation to events and activities.”
Oquenda explained that ASCMC needs to “show that our culture really is a privilege. This stems from the idea that students are entitled to a certain way and don’t need to be responsible because there are people to clean up after us.” The Board cited the use of a roundtable as a possible way to create a student discussion on this matter and pinpoint key issues that contribute to social responsibility at CMC.