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:
At first glance, this post might seem like the most straightforward of the Unofficial Orientation Series. But scoff not, freshman or unadjusted upperclassman, packing for college is anything but a piece of cake. You’re placing some of your most prized and cherished possessions into flimsy boxes and suitcases, making difficult choices about what you’ll keep with you for the next nine months of your life– how could it not be stressful?!
By now your mom has probably found Wesleyan’s official packing list and, much to your chagrin, has begun scrounging around your garage for old milk crates and pillow shams. While mumsy dearest probably knows what you’ll need best, you might also benefit from a list compiled by a person who’s actually your age.
Of course, everyone needs the basics: toiletries, bedding, school supplies, and clothes, but at Wesleyan, as you’ll quickly learn, we tend to do almost everything a little bit differently.
At this point in the summer, you are probably fretting over things like college. A sense of melancholy (or jittery excitement and increased WesAdmits activity, if you hated high school) has creeped up on you. Are you making lists of toiletries and getting boxes from Staples to pack your life into? Wondering how much action your soon-to-be bed has gotten in the past? A lot, probably.
But don’t be too frazzled—Samira and Lukeguy-walker are about to answer your 40ish most pressing questions related to waking-up-and-instantly-having-200-or-so-of-your-peers-to-hang-out-with.
First, this is the fifth Dorm Living FAQ post in the six years that Wesleying’s been doing them, which means that you (Frosh) are just as confused, eager, and enthusiastic as all the Frosh who’ve come before you. Second, it means we should exchange wood and daisies or something. Third, the pertinent FAQ doesn’t change much from year to year, so we tend to repost much of the original guide by Norse Goddess Holly-and-Xue ’08 (cuz it’s still damn good
and we’re still damn lazy). This re-vamped guide is up to date and full of Wesjargon:
New dorm rooms also means more triples. But ResLife isn’t calling them “forced triples.”
If you live on Lawn, you can probably hear the power saws from your room. If you don’t, here’s the tip: a whole lot of construction is happening in the Butts. Now that the Career Resource Center and COL/Art History departments have vacated the Butts in favor of 41 Wyllys, ResLife has taken the initiative to snatch up the former office space and build some new dorm rooms.
Here’s the lowdown: there will be new dorm rooms for 92 students. Hallways will become common areas. Each of the Butts will have its own laundry room (no more lugging all your clothes to the Butt B basement). As the Argus reported earlier this semester,
The additional dormitory space is part of a larger plan to increase the student population by 120 undergrads, which the University has been pursuing by increasing acceptances by 30 students each year for the past three years. This goal will be accomplished with the admittance of the class of 2016, and the construction in the Butterfields will help to alleviate the increase in triples in other dorms.
Buckle in, 2016—you’re going to be
the biggest class yet another big class, and a whole lot of you will be in triples. You won’t be getting compensated for it, either. As Director of ResLife Fran Koerting explained to me via email, the new triples in the Butts will be sized specifically for the purpose. Consequently, “students in triples will no longer receive a discount nor a point adjustment now that we are able to use rooms that are larger than a traditional double.” Current triple-dwellers: any thoughts on the matter? Since only eight of the new dorm rooms are triples, there’s no word on how this policy will affect frosh assigned to less luxurious triples. (Edit: Fran writes in to clarify: “The other 22 rooms we will be using are triples we have used in the past that are larger than traditional doubles, such as the larger corner rooms in Clark and the triple in Westco, as well as the larger triples we have used in Butterfield.”)
Click past the jump for a brief interview with Koerting about the construction and a gallery of the construction site.
Your rank’s up, but ePortfolio won’t load. Freak out anyway.
If you’re like me twenty minutes ago, you might have been wondering why Olin was abuzz with juniors shoving laptops in each others’ faces and texting all of their friends/future housemates. ResLife sent out an email at approximately 5:45 PM alerting students that general room selection (GRS) ranks are available on our Student Portfolios (through Room Selection). The email proceeds to explain that each GRP group is to select its housing according to its rank; the first wave of students, GRS ranks 1 – 136, is to come to Science Center 150 on Monday, April 16. The room selection process starts at 6:00 PM, and you are advised to show up a few minutes early to secure your place:
Click past the jump for the complete email. Jump for joy if you got a good rank. (On a related note, the author of this post has no sympathy for any of you. I got a GRS number that I didn’t even know existed. #ResDeath)