On Wednesday night, the WSA held a town hall meeting to have a campus wide conversation about Eclectic and the future of 200 High Street, which is currently Music House. According to Director of ResLife Fran Koerting, Eclectic originally lost their program housing status after repeatedly failing to get a 16 out of 21 on the URLC’s housing assessment and being put on probation, with the final straw being the application from last fall.
The meeting was attended by a variety of students, some who are still a part of Eclectic, others who were in Eclectic but have since left, and many students who are not members of Eclectic as well. Ultimately, the URLC voted not to let Eclectic obtain program house status for the 2017-2018 school year. There were 0 votes in favor, 4 opposed, 2 abstentions, and 1 recusal. The future of 200 High will be considered separately by the URLC, and they have said that they will take the wider campus community’s opinion strongly into consideration.
Weigh in on the future of Wesleyan program houses!
Anyone who submitted a program house proposal will be presenting their proposal this Friday, November 18th, 2-4 pm in Judd 116. We’ll be collecting feedback from URLC (Undergraduate Residential Life Committee) members and community members who attend, and we will use this feedback, as well as an electronic survey to be sent out to all students, to make our decisions about houses.
Date: Friday, November 18th
Place: Judd 116
The former Turath House
It’s official: ResLife is looking to create new program houses. This happens every couple of years, for one administrative reason or another. In 2008, ResLife called for proposals for new houses, and in January of 2009, Music House and Farm House were approved. Calls for proposals also occurred in the Fall of 2012, which led to the creation of Art House.
Lizzie Shackney ’17, chair of the WSA Student Life Committee and co-chair of the Undergraduate Residential Life Committee (URLC) explains the general process:
Students or groups of students will fill out a proposal that includes a series of questions that we’ll all approve ahead of time. They also submit a list of 30 potential residents with contact information.
After that, URLC reviews the proposals, and students will have the opportunity to present their house ideas to the committee. We then deliberate and come to our decisions, which are informed by conversations with students and an understanding of the role that current program houses are playing on campus.
Additionally, current program houses will be given the opportunity to move to new locations. Program house proposals, for the most part, should be open to any potential residence and there’s no option to specify location.
Not that, in this process, completely new houses can be formed and existing houses can move to new spaces. The addresses being opened up for this round of proposals are 202 Washington Street (currently Recess House), Turath House (on Pearl St.), 34 Lawn Avenue (formerly Chinese House), and 230 Washington Street (currently Art House).
After confusing deliberations between the administration and ResLife student staff, program houses can now host only as many concerts and parties as it hosts program-specific events.
The Office of Residential Life has imposed a new policy governing the use of Program Houses as concert and party venues for the Fall 2016 semester. The new policy states that Program Houses are permitted to host one concert or social event for every mission-based program held each month.
What is a mission-based program? Well, each program house on campus has a Mission Statement that can be found on ResLife’s website, and mission-based programs are events that are organized by either the House Manager or other residents of the house and reported to ResLife as contributing to that particular house’s mission. These events are just one of many factors that ResLife considers when evaluating whether a house can remain in good standing with the University and thus keep its program housing status.
As per the factors linked above, HMs must report/organize at least 3 mission-based programs each month. I reached out to the director of ResLife, Fran Koerting, for a statement of the policy and its implications. Based on her research, the new policy should not have any effect on the number of concerts held on campus on any given weekend. Read on for her statement in-full:
Emma Rose Borzekowski ’19 writes in:
Full House has two doubles to offer so we are looking for two to four people who want to join the full house family! If you want to live in the most fun (as the saying goes, ‘party at Full House’) and YUMMIEST program house next year, let me know. We are a great community, will share lots of nice food together, and have a gorgeous house with pretty big rooms.
Apply soon! Email Emma at eborzekowski@wes to apply.
Place: Full House (202 Washington Street)
Cost: $13,950 (but you have to pay that anyway)
From Julia DeVarti ’17:
Come join Sign House for our open conversation hour. This is a great
chance to hone your ASL skills and practice with other people who
sign! THERE WILL PROBABLY BE SNACKS!
Date: Wednesday, February 24
Place: Sign House (64 Lawn)
From Becca Elsner:
Interested in Program Housing for Fall 2016? Come to the Program Housing Fair this Friday, October 16, 2015 from 11:30am-2:30pm in Beckham Hall.
Date: Friday, October 16
Time: 11:30 AM – 2:30 PM
Place: Beckham Hall
This afternoon, the Argus broke the story that the Wesleyan chapter of Delta Kappa Epsilon is planning to sue the university for discrimination and deceptive practices. The suit, brought by DKE in collaboration with their alumni chapter, the Kent Literary Club, and two Wes sophomores, details DKE’s interactions with the university since the co-education decision of last September before making charges associated with DKE’s recent loss of program house status for the 2015-2016 school year. After the jump are excerpts from DKE’s press release, courtesy of the Argus; statements from a Wesleyan spokesperson, and a brief summary of the lawsuit.
Fun fact: I lived in Farm House and it changed my life #OccupyWash. Amy “Herpetologist” Mattox ’17 wants to give you the same opportunity:
feeling spontaneous? wanna turn your semester around?! longing to room
with your friend?? want an excuse to hang out with chickens AND a
rabbit? MOVE INTO FARM HOUSE!!! come join a community of loving folks
who wanna share their food/home/hearts with you! email
asiebert[at]wesleyan[dot]edu — if you aren’t in a roomie pair but are
willing to room with a fun stranger, also hit us up! make a CHANGE in
your life! EMAIL US BY SUNDAY AT THE VERY LATEST!
Bayit HM, the wonderful Talia Baurer ’15, has a housing option for ya:
Apply to live in the Bayit next year! We have the biggest rooms on campus, are centrally located, have free dinner in the common space every Friday night, and still have spaces to fill during open bid! You don’t have to be Jewish or observant to live in this awesome house.
Applications are due (through your e-portfolio) by this Friday, 3/28.
Questions? Email tbaurer[at]wesleyan[dot]edu
Date: NOW through Friday, March 28th
Place: E-portfolio/the interwebs