In the third meeting of the term, the ASCMC Executive Board decided not to release a statement about last week’s student protests against Athenaeum speaker Heather Mac Donald.
The Executive Board discussed the recent events regarding Ath speaker Heather Mac Donald from two angles. On the one hand, CMC, as an institution, should not be funding or in any way supporting radical ideas. However, freedom of speech should be exercised on our campus to allow students to engage in differing viewpoints and ideas. The Board posed the question: what is the best means of exploring all sides of an issue without inflaming or upsetting individuals? Event Commissioner Andrea Amaya ’20 discussed how it may be a good idea to refrain from public statements, since everyone’s opinions vary to a great extent. ASCMC President Sami Malas ’19 agreed with Amaya and decided that a public statement would contradict the notion that ASCMC supports everyone. Presidential Advisor for Engaging CMC Jess Winssinger ’19 suggested that the Athenaeum system of choosing speakers should be more transparent and accessible. Currently, input of the greater student body is neither requested nor considered.
During weekly updates, Vice President of Student Activities Chandler Koon ’19 delegated various tasks for the upcoming annual Pirate Party. Diversity and Inclusion Chair Maya Love ’20 debriefed her recent meetings with Vince Greer and the Diversity and Inclusion Board about Cinco de Mayo and Earth Day, two days for which ASCMC will fund separate events.
Senior Class President Cole Mora ’17 debriefed the Senior Week of Service, which turned out to be successful, especially the planting of trees at a local park on Saturday. The voting form for senior class speaker was sent out on April 9, and seniors will have until 11:59pm on April 10 to complete their votes.
Executive Board also recapped Saturday night’s “Boswell Frat Party.” While the overall event was largely successful, issues included people urinating on and jumping over fences, aggressive party-goers, the keg pump breaking, and overpopulation of people on the balconies. To resolve these problems, the Executive Board decided that, in the future, these kind of events may require Campus Security officers to improve safety and help provide a source of authority.
Student Engagement Senate Committee member Elliot Behling ‘19 announced that a survey regarding student participation in ASCMC events will be sent out after next week’s board meeting.