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Let the games begin!

The Claremont McKenna administration ended Dry Week earlier than ever this year, and students took full advantage, demonstrating a responsibility that the Dean of Students office praised. The end of Dry Week moved forward to Tuesday morning before classes, which meant that while faculty and administrative officials were in their robes at convocation, seniors enjoyed champagne and orange juice on Green Beach. Students threw two additional parties before the school week ended, which were well attended.

The administration is testing the new Dry Week policy at the recommendation of the Alcohol Task Force, set up last year to evaluate CMC’s alcohol policy. The student-dominated body recommended the change, expressing concern that a ban on drinking was inconsistent with the administration’s attitude that students should be responsible for themselves. The Dry Week prohibition led students to focus on subverting the rules, leading them to “behave irresponsibly,” said Dean of Students Mary Spellman.


Let the games begin! Live doves were released at 6:01

DOS is also expanding the scope of its off-campus and dry events, increasing their budgets substantially. Last weekend the five colleges sent 850 students to the Dodgers game, and tickets were sold out for a trip to the Raging Waters waterpark.

The administration will conduct a thorough evaluation of the no-Dry Week experiment within a few weeks. But most people seem happy with an early end to the ban. And so far, there have been no hospitalizations due to alcohol poisoning. It will be more difficult to evaluate the effects on the other stated reason for the Dry Week policy: to allow students to settle into their classes.

6:01, the student body’s traditional party to kick off the drinking year, was largely a success. One of the biggest downsides of the party, however, was that host-campus CMC allowed only its own students to attend. With students from the other four colleges prohibited from participating, and many CMC students attending the Giants vs. Dodgers game, some students commented that the party felt emptier than past 6:01’s.

That didn’t stop people from having a good time, of course. “It was a healthy, responsible party, where the event was the focus and alcohol was an add-on,” commented Spellman.

And 6:01 did have its minor mishaps. The DJ originally booked for the event was asked to leave. Claremont Police arrested one particularly enthusiastic student. And one of ASCMC’s expensive new speakers was stolen, as SAC Chair Seth Winterroth ’12 noted in an e-mail sent to students Sunday night. But Spellman called these “isolated incidents” and said that, overall, ASCMC did a “phenomenal job” planning fun events during orientation and the first week of school.

With only six days of classes, and one official party, gone, both ASCMC and the administration seem to be working out the kinks.

Alexander Reichert ’11, Dorm Activities Chair, confirmed that tomorrow night’s TNC would be a CMC-only event. Pitzer and Scripps students will be allowed to join starting with next week’s TNC. ASCMC does not have the budget to afford security for a 5C party every Thursday night, Reichert noted. The other schools’ student activity groups have not contributed money for their share of the security costs, which is why they are not allowed to attend. Students will be allowed, however, to register guests at almost any CMC Thursday party, and Saturday night parties will still be open to the 5C’s.

The administration is taking these measure more because of worry about the security of CMC students than worries about the amount of alcohol they are drinking. Last semester, TNC was limited to CMC students after Spring Break, prompting fears that the school was “cracking down” on student parties. But budget constraints are the primary problem, not a hardline position from the administration.

19 COMMENTS

  1. Why should other schools have to cover the security costs of CMC’s events? They’re busy covering the costs of their own events. This seems like a bad precedent to set and perpetuate. I’d rather see each school throw their own 5C events with their own money and try to one up each other rather than relying on funding from each other and holding each other’s students hostage if that funding’s not provided.

    And seriously, CMC couldn’t have directed just a little of the $20K it spent on the Wedding Party (which didn’t even cover the full cost of the dinner) toward the security costs of its other events?

    • I think somebody is just a little jealous that they didnt get an invitation to the wedding. 20k+ wisely spent, it was great party.

  2. Why should other schools have to cover the security costs of CMC’s events? They’re busy covering the costs of their own events. This seems like a bad precedent to set and perpetuate. I’d rather see each school throw their own 5C events with their own money and try to one up each other rather than relying on funding from each other and holding each other’s students hostage if that funding’s not provided.

    And seriously, CMC couldn’t have directed just a little of the $20K it spent on the Wedding Party (which didn’t even cover the full cost of the dinner) toward the security costs of its other events?

    • I think somebody is just a little jealous that they didnt get an invitation to the wedding. 20k+ wisely spent, it was great party.

  3. CMC throws down WAY more parties than Scripps, Pitzer, and Mudd, probably combined. While it’s nice to say that every school should just cover its own costs and allow the other schools to attend, it hardly evens out in the end.

  4. CMC throws down WAY more parties than Scripps, Pitzer, and Mudd, probably combined. While it’s nice to say that every school should just cover its own costs and allow the other schools to attend, it hardly evens out in the end.

  5. “Why should other schools have to cover the security costs of CMC’s events?”

    Why should CMC pay for other schools to come to our parties? If Pomona wants to party, Pomona has to pay. Case closed.

  6. “Why should other schools have to cover the security costs of CMC’s events?”

    Why should CMC pay for other schools to come to our parties? If Pomona wants to party, Pomona has to pay. Case closed.

  7. Kevin,
    Fact Check, 6:01 was open to the other 5 C campuses that had ended their dry week prior to the start of the event. This includes Scripps and Harvey Mudd. The other two campuses still were dry thus we could not allow them into 6:01 as that would be in direct contrast to the rules established by their Dean of Students Office.
    As for TNC, this is an event that has always been considered a CMC only night on paper. Now, over the years our Thursday Nights have become the main social event on the 5Cs. Since I have been a student here our doors have always been open to the other schools, the beer flowed, the music played, and people enjoyed themselves in a safe open environment. Unfortunately as soon as I was elected the Dean of Students Office set out to “tame” our Thursday nights. I presented a very conservative compromise which in turn allowed TNCs to return to our campus for the remainder of the school year. After several meetings in the beginning of this year DOS agreed to move the events back to the lounges of the residents halls.
    What that means for us is the necessity for incident free TNCs. The best way to do this is to limit the numbers at our TNCs or increase the general size of the event into a multi campus party. In order to accomplish the latter we need additional funds and that is why until we have reached an agreement with the other 5C social chairs TNCs will stay CMC and their GUESTS (+2) only.
    If anyone has questions on this matter please feel free to email me at [email protected].

    • Why not find a way for your administration to provide security and servers? Seems to work for Pomona.

      Please correct me if the case is otherwise, but it still seems backhanded of ASCMC to set an ultimatum like this until the proper avenues (spring budget requests, suppose) have been used (to my knowledge, they haven’t) Otherwise it’s totally unreasonable of ASCMC to ask each student government for money at the beginning of the school year when the vast majority of their budgets have already been allocated.

  8. Kevin,
    Fact Check, 6:01 was open to the other 5 C campuses that had ended their dry week prior to the start of the event. This includes Scripps and Harvey Mudd. The other two campuses still were dry thus we could not allow them into 6:01 as that would be in direct contrast to the rules established by their Dean of Students Office.
    As for TNC, this is an event that has always been considered a CMC only night on paper. Now, over the years our Thursday Nights have become the main social event on the 5Cs. Since I have been a student here our doors have always been open to the other schools, the beer flowed, the music played, and people enjoyed themselves in a safe open environment. Unfortunately as soon as I was elected the Dean of Students Office set out to “tame” our Thursday nights. I presented a very conservative compromise which in turn allowed TNCs to return to our campus for the remainder of the school year. After several meetings in the beginning of this year DOS agreed to move the events back to the lounges of the residents halls.
    What that means for us is the necessity for incident free TNCs. The best way to do this is to limit the numbers at our TNCs or increase the general size of the event into a multi campus party. In order to accomplish the latter we need additional funds and that is why until we have reached an agreement with the other 5C social chairs TNCs will stay CMC and their GUESTS (+2) only.
    If anyone has questions on this matter please feel free to email me at [email protected].

    • Why not find a way for your administration to provide security and servers? Seems to work for Pomona.

      Please correct me if the case is otherwise, but it still seems backhanded of ASCMC to set an ultimatum like this until the proper avenues (spring budget requests, suppose) have been used (to my knowledge, they haven’t) Otherwise it’s totally unreasonable of ASCMC to ask each student government for money at the beginning of the school year when the vast majority of their budgets have already been allocated.

  9. Every school does this. Mudd’s having Foam next weekend and they’re requesting money from every school. Learn your facts, Pomona Student.

    • Woah, there’s a huge distinction between one-time events that have received 5C funding for years and weekly events that CMC has traditionally funded.

      And no, every school does not hold other schools’ students hostage for money.

  10. Every school does this. Mudd’s having Foam next weekend and they’re requesting money from every school. Learn your facts, Pomona Student.

    • Woah, there’s a huge distinction between one-time events that have received 5C funding for years and weekly events that CMC has traditionally funded.

      And no, every school does not hold other schools’ students hostage for money.

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