Interim Dean provides campaign update
According to Interim Dean Adele Wolfson, donations from the Wellesley Effect campaign launch have fulfilled 60 percent of a broader goal to raise $500 million. Funds will be utilized to promote four overarching priorities: intellectual community, innovative academic programs, affordability and access and Wellesley’s twenty-first century impact. Within these broader goals, funds will be allocated toward student research, construction and renovation, student internship programs as well as a new career center. Progress is already underway with a $3.7 million gift toward improving student living rooms to be distributed throughout resident halls so as to promote community space on campus. $1.7 million is to be spent restoring Tower Great Hall. In this first phase of resident hall renewal, students can expect to see small changes in living rooms, bathrooms and television rooms. Visit Wellesley’s campaign website for more information.
College Government President proposes gift allocation
College Government President Adeline Lee outlined three proposals to distribute an $11,000 gift allocation for consideration. The first of such proposals aims to revive Ideafest, a 2014 College Government (CG) initiative that aimed to give the student body a platform on which to voice concerning issues and propose solutions to be implemented by student leaders, thus circumventing the broader administrative process of resource allocation. Stemming from Ideafest was “Community Hoops,” a project addressing socioeconomic impediments to Wellesley’s traditional Hooprolling Ceremony by providing seniors with free hoops. Lee’s second proposal is that CG put the grant on indefinite hold until a pressing issue or idea surfaces. Her third proposal drafts a plan for a second ballot initiative in the Spring semester, where various organizations on campus solicit funds for their own proposals. Student Leaders will discuss these issues with constituents in the next week before a decision is made.
SLAP announces plan to host discussion about reimbursement of student leaders
Representatives from The Student Labor Action Project (SLAP) announced that they will host a meeting on Nov. 2 for students to discuss their experiences as Resident Assistants (RAs), House Presidents (HPs), potential RAs or HPs and students who were unable to join the Resident Life staff. The meeting will he held in the Academic Quad by the SLAP banner, which will most likely be placed outside, weather permitting. SLAP works to promote a space for active dialogue among students concerning inclusivity in labor-related issues. General meetings are held every Sunday at 6 p.m. in the Cow Chair Room.
WEED asks College Government to consider “Ban the Bottle Movement”
A representative from Wellesley Energy and Environmental Defense (WEED) asked College government to consider implementing their “Ban the Bottle Movement,” which would deny funding to organizations supplying disposable water bottles at events and introduce three-gallon reusable jugs, similar to those used at the infused water station at Lulu. WEED claims that the impact of plastic cups to be used in their new system will still qualify as an improvement, but aims to phase out plastic cups as well in place of rented, reusable mugs. Student leaders at next week’s House Council meetings will discuss with constituents whether or not to accept the proposal. General meetings are held every Wednesday at 7 p.m. in room 210 of the Lulu Chow Wang Campus Center.