ASCMC Weekly Beat: Exec. Board and Senate Discuss Parties

Executive Board Although it was not on the agenda for Sunday night’s ASCMC Executive Board meeting, the board spent much of the evening discussing Saturday night’s Childish Gambino after-party in Claremont Hall. The party vastly exceeded the number of students it registered for and left Claremont Hall trashed and damaged.

Resident Assistant Liason Ari Davis ’13 brought up the Gambino after-party to the Board, calling the scene in Claremont Hall Sunday morning “a total disaster.” The party was registered for 150 people and security was handled only by seven Student Security members, not by Campus Security. Student Security counted that approximately 750 people came to the party during the time they were working.

Furthermore, the party was only supposed to run until 1:00am, which is when Student Security left, but it actually did not end until around 3:00. It was unclear who should have shut the party down at that point, especially since Davis noted that both Claremont Hall RAs were out of town on Saturday night.

The party was thrown by a group called Alter Ego which is registered as a Scripps campus organization and describes its mission on the Scripps clubs website as seeking “to empower women and underrepresented persons on campus and provide a socially safe space for on campus nightlife.” Sophomore Class President Demetrius Lallane ’15 stated that, to his knowledge, Alter Ego is composed of three CMC students and two Scripps students.

Although it was not an ASCMC-hosted party, the event was advertised on the Party Inform, which led the Board to informally agree that they will no longer include non-ASCMC events on the inform (although large 5C events such as Eurotrash will stay).

The Board also discussed the larger problem of under-registration of how many people will be at non-ASCMC parties, which Senate President Pro Tempore Miles Lifson ’13 blamed on the strictness of the Dean of Students office regarding registering parties. Ultimately, ASCMC President Aditya Pai ’13 concluded, “we should make sure our events are never like that.”

Beyond that, Pai brought up a recent meeting with Campus Security to discuss how many officers are present at parties. According to Pai, Campus Security was sending extra officers that ASCMC did not pay for to parties, which they agreed to stop doing at the meeting. There will be further discussions to cut down the amount of security present at parties in the near future.

The Executive Board also debated a proposal introduced last week to create a committee to run focus groups to get feedback from students on their perception of ASCMC and its effectiveness as a student government.

The committee would make non-binding recommendations to ASCMC regarding certain policies based on the findings of these focus groups.

Among the issues that would be discussed is the relationship between ASCMC and the Forum, although Pai stated that the committee would make no recommendation regarding the Forum.

The Board will discuss possible alternatives to the focus groups next week.

Beyond that, the Board talked about 24/7 study spaces, and the possibility of a holiday party near the end of the semester. Pai mentioned that he had talked to Dean of Students Mary Spellman and that she had told him the door of the Kravis Living Room, also known as the Cube, was broken, and that it would only be reopened for 24/7 access after it was fixed, a process he said would take weeks.

At the end of the meeting, the Board moved into closed session to discuss feedback they had received from the survey included in last week’s party inform, which mentioned specific students, and to discuss certain meetings with deans that Pai said he would “prefer to keep confidential.”

Senate

The ASCMC Senate met Monday night to discuss a funding request and any other issues Senators wanted to bring up. Senators voted unanimously to approve $600 for this upcoming Saturday’s Reggaefest at Pitzer, a 12-hour-long event that includes music and workshops, and which is often well-attended by CMC students.

Senators also brought up other issues, including the perception that students receive too many emails and lack of composting at Collins Dining Hall, but the discussion focused largely on the party culture at CMC. ASCMC Vice President Miles Bird ’13 said that ASCMC boardmembers would meet with the Dean of Students on Tuesday regarding parties, but would not give specifics. Like the Executive Board, Senators discussed the issue of under-registration of parties, but did not come to any conclusion on how to address the issue.

Senators also brought up the new policy that students cannot bring drinks in or out of parties, which Bird said the Executive Board had raised with the Dean of Students, who did not see it as an issue. At one point, Bird noted that it seemed there is a big difference between how students view the party culture and how the Dean of Students feels, although he did not elaborate.

There was also a general consensus among the Senators that restricting the amount of beer served at parties, along with the new drinks rule and excessive fencing and security, leads to more students pregaming in their dorms with negative consequences. O’Grady and Bird both mentioned that it seems like other colleges with more restrictive alcohol policies have more alcohol-related hospitalizations and other issues.

Senator Rich Zajac ’16 noted that Claremont McKenna has a reputation as a college where students can party responsibly without driving and having alcohol-related problems. Regarding the lax alcohol policy of the past, Zajac noted that “it’s been proven for 40+ years that it’s a successful model.” Bird responded that he feels the transition has happened because CMC has become a top-tier liberal arts college in the last decade or so, but noted that he likes “being a top liberal arts college and also having a sweet culture.”