A student writes in with the rules for campus parties. Full e-mail below the break. Comments:

1) Thanks! We love to preserve these details for future historians. Can someone explain the meaning of “host” and “server” in this context?

2) The rules seem not dissimilar from what I remember in the mid-80’s, especially the requirements to have some non-alcoholic drinks and food.

3) As much fun as I like to make of Campus Life, the job of regulating parties is not an easy one. What rules would you suggest?

4) Want to improve the party scene at Williams? I have an easy solution! Do a better job of matching Ephs who like to throw parties with housing that makes throwing parties easy. (There is nothing wrong with social engineering as long as it is done intelligently.)

Williams has a variety of houses that make for great parties. (What buildings would you include on this list? I need to be specific for my future Record op-ed on the topic.) Right now, we make no effort to ensure that the students living in those houses want to throw parties. That is a huge waste of resources. Solve this mismatch with a mechanism similar to the JA Selection Committee.

First, remove three (5?) houses from the general pool (some will be co-ops and some not). These are “Party Houses,” designed for students who make a credible commitment to throw lots of parties and, thereby, improve the social scene at Williams. Prior to the co-op process, allow groups of seniors to “apply” to these houses. The groups would be large enough to fill the target house and would be restricted to seniors. (Throw in diversity requirements if you like.) A student committee would then select the winners. Losers would then be able to participate in the co-op process and regular housing draw.

Winners would be chosen on the basis of their credible commitment to throw parties. A student selection committee would be an excellent, although not perfect, judge of that commitment. Heavily involvement in organizing/throwing parties in your Neighborhood or your entry would be key credentials.

Losers in this process would be quiet students who a) Don’t want to throw parties or b) Can’t credibly claim that they would throw parties. Their housing options would be (slightly) more limited in this scenario.

Comments welcome, especially on what houses to include in the plan and what counter-arguments I need to consider.

This might be of interest to post, the Campus Life restrictions for holding a registered party (or, the reason why nobody makes cool registered parties):

Registered Intimate Event

13-50 people

KEGS: 1 (or equivalent of)

4 lbs food
10 liters alt. beverage

Band or DJ allowed.
Minimum 1 host.
Minumum 2 servers.

Large Event

200+ people

KEGS: 6 (or equivalent of)

24 lbs food
60 liters alt. beverage

Band or DJ allowed.
Minimum 2 hosts.
Minumum 2 servers.

Late-Night Event
(end at 3:00am; Fri & Sat only)

13-100 people

KEGS: 1 (or equivalent of)

4 lbs food
10 liters alt. beverage

Band or DJ allowed.
Minimum 4 hosts.
Minumum 3 servers.

No, people cannot be servers and hosts at the same time.

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