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By Peter Hagenlocher
After a series of discussions held by Student Life, a decision was made to remove the In List for
Principia’s spring semester. A Principia Watercooler announcement states, “Students are
expected to contact professors, employers, and/or coaches to notify them of their absence, just as
is currently the case for being placed on the [In List].”
It’s unclear how this will pan out in the long run, but many Principians are vocal in their beliefs
that the In List has a reputation of being abused. While that’s hard to confirm or deny, this test
run will let faculty and staff get a better sense of its necessity.
This change will be most felt by students who often neglect communication with their
professors. By placing responsibility solely on the students, this new system will at least provide
faculty with information regarding student attendance. Lowrey RCE Paul Needham offered some
insight into the In List’s ability to notify the RCEs on the condition of their students.
“Having it gone will be interesting and [will] require students to be a little more resourceful,”
Needham said. He believes that building community in the houses is going to be important to
make students feel more supported.
Seniors Mandy-Kay Johnson and Austin Webster hold differing points of view. Johnson is a firm
believer in the In List and feels that it serves as the “last line of protection [for students] because
we don’t have any other support.” Next semester will give the campus greater insight into
whether or not students are truly supported.
Meanwhile, Webster feels that abuse of the In List is rampant. “If students aren’t going to class
and [are] not performing, they’re going to fail on their own.” Without the In List, students will
feel more pressure to take responsibility, said Webster.
Christian Science nurse Lynn Babcock identified Cox Cottage as a resource for students who
need support. In her view, the In List has been one of the ways they’re able to reach out and
connect to students who might need help.
“It’s going to affect the academic side the least,” Babcock said. “The people who are going to
feel this change the most are the RCEs and Cox, since we won’t have a clue [of whether or not a
student needs support].”
This disconnect between RCEs and Cox will put students at a disadvantage, said Babcock,
especially those less-likely to seek help. Therefore, it’s important that students remember to
reach out to friends, family, their practitioners, and RCEs. The support systems are still there – it
just might take a little more effort.