Over the last few months, I have become quite disillusioned with the attitude of the College's Administration toward the Committee on Housed and Undergraduate Life (CHUL). The straw that broke the camel's back is the way the Administration dealth with the recent kiosk/bulletin board legislation. At the regularly schedulaed CHUL meeting of May 5, 1980, a motion was made to assess a $25 fine for postering anywhere except on official University bulletin boards. The only mention of new bulletin boards was: "The University plans to provide bulletin boards in the Yard where posters may be placed as an alternative."
Because the motion contained no specific information about the number or size of such bulletin boards, a further motion was made by Glenn Moramarco, the Currier representative, to delay voting on the original motion until specific plans could be provided. Glenn's motion was defeated; in other words, CHUL decided it wanted to vote then and there on the bulletin board motion, which was subsequently defeated.
Now the controversy began. A few days later, Dean Fox called a special meeting of CHUL, Which Dean Epps says was called "because members demanded a more precise explanation of how the Kiosks would work." As pointed out above, CHUL did not want more information, and this special meeting had no valid purpose.
In any case, the meeting was held. Normally, when a motion is made, copies of the exact wording are circulated to all members. At this meeting, there was no printed motion. Instead, we were shown slides of what the kiosks would look like. When asked for more specific details, Dean Fox told us to "trust" him. This time, the motion passed, partly because the meeting was held just before exams, and student attendance was low.
When I started my term as a CHUL representative, I was quite optimistic that the Administration could work cooperatively with students. However, after the recent course of events, I wonder how much input the Administration really wants from students. I suspect it is very little, and I wonder why CHUL exists. Alan M. Zuckerman '81 Dunster House CHUL Respresentative
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