CLC defines task force goals
By JASON McFARLEY
An efficient Campus Life Council defined objectives for its task forces at a 20-minute meeting Monday.
Members set goals for each of the council's three task forces. At its Sept. 17 meeting, the CLC voted to create task forces on off-campus living, alcohol use and abuse and campus social space.
The off-campus living task force will explore concerns about transportation, security and communication that off-campus students typically face, task force chairman Tim Jarotkiewicz said Monday.
"We'd basically like to come up with ways to improve the lives of off-campus students," he said. "We'd also want to determine why students move off campus."
Student government officials and the Office of Residence Life are already compiling data about what leads students to move off campus, and the task force will take advantage of some of that information, Jarotkiewicz said.
The report that student government representatives will give to the University's Board of Trustees deals with the trend of increased numbers of students choosing off-campus housing.
The CLC's alcohol task force will try to identify stricter ways for administrators to crack down on underage drinking, Blake Haan, the task force's chairman, said Monday.
One possibility is to have alcohol-related incidents reflected on student transcripts, Haan said.
"We are also exploring how we can change the culture of how people think about alcohol so that the culture is not all about getting drunk," said Becca Davidson, task force member and Breen-Phillips rectress.
The social space task force abandoned plans to research available social space in residence halls and opted to look at non-dorm social space, according to chair Bob LeBlanc.
The task force will study the feasibility of holding more events for underage students at the Alumni-Senior Club, making better use of current space in campus buildings and establishing a 24-hour restaurant on North Quad, LeBlanc said.
Father Paul Doyle, Dillon Hall rector, recommended an alternative means for extra social space.
"Maybe we can look into having more dances and other events in big tents outside," said Doyle, who told the council that Dillon's dance under a tent was successful Friday. "I think tents are a good venue for activities."
All News Stories for Tuesday, October 2, 2001