Presidents’ Column 11.7.08

Dear Principians,

We are pleased to report that the close of this quarter marks the end of a productive ten weeks for your Student Government. If this quarter has gone by half as fast for you as it has for us, you might have missed what we have been up to, so here’s a quick update.

We kicked off the quarter with a “Leadershop” on the Matthew Code and defending campus thought, which was attended by all house boards and the Student Activities board. In the primary exercise of the evening, house boards applied inspiration drawn from specific Bible stories to solving challenges we face in our everyday lives as student leaders at Prin.

In response to the growing percentage of international students on campus, the All-Campus Diversity Head submitted a proposal to the house presidents, suggesting each house create the new position of “diversity head” for their house boards. As a result, houses have found eager students to fill the position who are now busy encouraging a spirit of communication, understanding, and education by bringing a global, multi-cultural perspective to house meetings.

A survey conducted last fall by Student Government indicated many students are interested in increasing the availability and variety of food on campus. Dining Services concluded the best location for the “convenience store” would be in our current office, located behind the Pub. After further consideration, we proposed moving our offices into the alcoves at the back of the Dining Room. We are hoping to have the offices renovated and ready for the next group of student leaders to move in at the end of Winter Quarter.

Finally, we have worked with other members of our community to explore the benefits of both quarter and semester systems. All house boards discussed the possibilities each system provided. These ideas were then compiled and passed on to the Tiger Team. Additionally, Student Government conducted a survey in which over 80% of the students on campus responded.

We’ve loved serving our peers and community this quarter, and are looking forward to doing so in the winter. Please feel free to contact either of us with any questions or comments.

Happy Holidays,

Johanna Publicover and Kenny D’Evelyn

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