Just when you thought that debate about anchor housing was over, back it comes again. Below the break is an e-mail from Dean Roseman on a series of meetings that the Dean’s Office and CUL are organizing about anchor housing. Comments:

1) I am still amazed that the fundamentals of the system are being rethought at this late date. Oh, to have been a fly on the wall during the first CUL meeting after news broke that Roseman was considering a move from 5 clusters to 4!

2) Most of the meetings seem a complete waste of time. No one cares if the Clucters have a President and Vice President or two Co-Presidents. But, they do provide an opportunity for the rebirth of Anchors Away. Surely there are some motivated First Years looking to stick it to the Woman! Now is your chance. Put an Announcement on WSO, hold a meeting and see who shows up. It is not too late to save the Berkshire Quad for at least one more year. See here for background reading. If I thought anyone wanted my advice, I would offer it. The key now is to force a one year delay on implementation using the excuse that the possibility of just 4 clusters and/or First Years in Mission requires a complete rethinking of the project.

3) There is nothing in the e-mail about putting First Years in Mission. Is this option no longer on the table? Is it a done deal? Surely someone close to CUL can provide us with an update.


—– Forwarded message from Nancy.A.Roseman@williams.edu —–
Date: Fri, 06 Jan 2006 15:08:01 -0500 (EST)
From: Nancy.A.Roseman@williams.edu
Reply-To: Nancy.A.Roseman@williams.edu
Subject: Meetings to Discuss CUL House System Planning
To: williams-students@williams.edu

During January, the CUL and the Dean’s Office are planning three meetings to discuss aspects of the House System proposal being developed by the CUL.

The first meeting will be held on January 10th at 7:30 in Wege Auditorium. It will focus on questions related to the physical composition of the proposed neighborhoods — Should there be five neighborhoods or four? How important is physical proximity? Additional information on this issue will be circulated on Monday.

During the second meeting, several subcommittees of the CUL will solicit input on the details of the operation of the House System including issues of house governance, activity planning, and integration with campus support services. This meeting will be held on January 11th from 7:30 until 9:30 in Wege Auditorium.

Finally, at a third meeting planned for January 27th at 7PM in Wege
Auditorium, plans for housing renovations to support the House System will be discussed.

To make the discussion at these meetings as productive as possible, the CUL encourages those who plan to attend to examine the draft proposals various CUL subcommittees have produced during the fall. These can be found on the CUL’s web site at:

http://www.williams.edu/resources/committees/cul/subcomms.html

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Nancy Roseman
Dean of the College
Professor of Biology
Williams College

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