Last Columns of the year, I’m guessing. The nicest weather of the year is around the corner as students prepare to leave town. Which is not to say that I’m not ready for the semester to end. Like most everyone else, I am limping to the finish line. Last meeting of my grad seminar yesterday evening, multiple events this week. Paper reading and a couple of qualifying exams next week…
BOEP got through final cuts and the faculty curriculum committee with another excellent set of classes including three alternates. The alternates are important: for next fall we have already gotten to the third one as instructors’ schedules and opportunities change. BOEP also has new officers for next year:
Co-chairs: Samantha Loza and Chad Nobbe
Programmers: Dan Arndt and Amanda Kelly
Secretary: Logan Baals
The Town Hall Meeting on Wednesday lasted a full two hours and focused almost entirely on one topic, namely mixed-gender and gender-blind floors. As previously announced, the planned gender-blind floor in Greene will not be happening next year due to lack of interest (while the ‘sold-out’ co-ed floor on Cravens 2 will go ahead); hopefully we can re-launch the former possibility next year. The conversation did generate another half-way measure. By converting the private bath in Ed 404 to one that can be used by the whole floor, we will create a situation in which residents who would rather not use the multi-person female toilet/shower on that floor will have a private option. The floor will remain a female floor but be open to non-normative gender identities (as all floors are) and their room mates. A bit confusing but a first step. We also briefly discussed the possibility of creating one or two co-op floors in Brown for which there was support among the 20 or so participants.
The Sustainable Food Committee will have its final dinner at my house on Friday evening. We have also invited all of our guests from the year and so hope to see some of them again. Isis Eynon is spearheading the planning. The Committee also has new officers for next year:
Co-chairs: Veronica Passarelli, Farah Yusuf, Tyler Zerbe
We plan to recruit new garden coordinators and a kitchen coordinator (see below) when we return from summer break.
In addition to the bathroom changes on Ed 4, we have had still more encouragement that the Smitchen will undergo renovation over the summer. That’s why we’ll need a kitchen coordinator (ideally a paid position) as the plan is for it to function much like the art studios in the club house.
Tonight is Awards Night. In addition to broad recognition of student involvement at Collins, we will also make some more substantial awards. In different ways, these awards reflect Collins’ core values. This year we will award the Ernest and Eva Bernhardt Award (now for a combination of Collins involvement and academics), the Service Award (so community) and, for the first time, the Elissa Bradley Memorial Award which celebrates the range of Collins values. These are the recipients:
Bernhardt: Emily Francisco
Service: Emily Kehoe
Bradley: Samantha Loza
Need a study break this weekend? The IU Soul Revue Spring Concert is Saturday night at 8pm at the Buskirk-Chumley Theater ($10 for students).
So that’s it for 2012-13. I’ll be back in touch in August.
Professor of History
Director, Collins LLC
23 April 2013