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Minutes

April 11th, 2005

  • Location: Sayles-Hill 251
  • Time: 4:15 pm
  • Present: Staff Members Shelby Boardman, Bruce Colwell, Jean Hayes, Robert Oden, Rod Oto, and Fred Rogers; Faculty Members Laura Goering, David MacCallum, David Musicant, Steve Strand, and Anne Ulmer; Students Jaime Anthony, Matt Bartel, C.J. Griffiths, Scott Konzem, and Jeff Walls; Trustee Observer Louise Heffelfinger.
  • Absent: Alumni Observer Neil Chaffee; Faculty Member David MacCallum.
  • Guests: Faculty Member Kelly Kollman; Students Dan Brooks, Hugh Cameron, Cailey Gibson, and Dave Holman.
  • Secretary: Jaime Anthony
  • Keywords: gun storage, CRIC, DIG, Recycled Paper

Welcome of New Members

The meeting began with an introduction of new members C.J. Griffiths, CSA President; Jeff Walls, CSA Senator & College Council liaison; Scott Konzem, CSA Senator & College Council liaison; and Matt Bartel, at-large student member. These members are replacing Seth Cooper, Becca Stark, Colin McLain, and Dave Holman, respectively.

Approval of Minutes

The College Council minutes for the meeting of February 21, 2005 were approved unanimously.

President’s Report

President Oden began his report by noting that he had a range of topics to discuss. First, he informed Council members that the Dean of Students search is progressing well, and that the search committee has narrowed the search to 5 candidates. In other news, the Admissions Office received over 5000 applications this year. On a separate note, President Oden informed the Council of his intentions to work with the faculty to create a program with the American University in Cairo for Carleton students to learn Arabic. Also, President Oden reminded Council members of the ongoing discussion of reducing the course load for faculty. At present, the faculty members of Carleton teach more than their counterparts at comparable institutions. The President’s fifth point of discussion was the issue of financing the education of the school’s international students. The College has consistently seen an increase in the number of its international students. At most colleges and university, international students do not bring economic diversity to their campuses. However, the economic diversity of Carleton’s international students mirrors that of the domestic students, and thus the College faces the challenge of continuing to fund financial aid for international students. Currently, the school receives funding from the Starr foundation to help finance the education of its international students. President Oden’s final point was regarding the potential purchase of the old middle school. This purchase would help the College reach two of its goals: further expansion south of the campus, and creating a site for a series of connected art facilities. A task force is currently investigating the possibility of purchasing the old middle school.

Recycled Paper Policy

Kelly Kollman, Lauren Miller, and Cailey Gibson came to the Council meeting to present their suggestions for a recycled paper policy. Currently, the current informal policy is for Carleton to use as much 30% post-consumer paper product as possible. However, Carleton uses 29% of this recycled paper; 71% of the College’s paper is “virgin paper.” The group believes that this is mostly due to miscommunication of the informal policy. The Student Organization for the Protection of the Environment conducted a survey of administrative assistants and ITS workers, hoping to identify the reasons why the recycled paper was unused. They discovered the presence of the myth that the 30% post-consumer paper jammed copiers and printers; studies have been done and there is not empirical evidence to suggest that this is true. Additionally, staff noted that the recycled paper does not have the same brightness or weight as non-recycled paper. Finally, the recycled paper is not being used because staff isn’t aware that they have the option to request recycled paper. Council members had an abundance of questions for the group, regarding the quality of the recycled paper, the current availability of the product, and the necessity for a policy. President Oden suggested that the Council wait until the next meeting to approve a policy to ensure that all of the issues have been answered.

DIG

Professor Anne Ulmer informed the Council that DIG is trying to establish a survey examining campus climate, with the help of Andrew Williams and the Institutional Review Board. They are planning on a sending out the survey to selected seniors in the Fall. In other news, Petra Crosby did a campus climate survey with exit interviews of 14 international students of the class of 2004 receiving money from the Starr Foundation grant. However, due to a lack of time, she did not get to finish her presentation, nor did DIG hear the Class of 1978’s report from the Multicultural Alumni Network (MCAN) reunion. DIG will have one more formal meeting before the end of the school year.

CRIC

Students Dan Brooks, Hugh Cameron, and Lauren Miller returned to the Council with an amended proposal for the formation of CRIC. The students attended a faculty meeting, at which faculty members were receptive of the creation of CRIC. Professors Laura Goering and Steve Strand noted that they are waiting for Council approval of the formation of CRIC before asking for faculty approval of the group. In addition, Professor Goering questioned the nature of the faculty representation on CRIC. Dean Shelby Boardman suggested that the Council vote on the proposal with the provision that the faculty may amend the level and amount of faculty participation. Professor Strand suggested that the Council vote on the proposal, and then following any dissent with the faculty, vote again on an amended proposal, should the need arise for such amendments. Following a comment by Vice President Rogers, Council members suggested that the students change language regarding staff participation in CRIC, from “Staff will be selected by the President…following a nomination process by CRIC” to “Staff will be selected by the President…following a nomination process.” The group informed the Council of changes in the changes in the proposal, including word changes and clarifications. Student Matt Bartel inquired after the policy of the College’s ability to overrule its financial advisors on certain resolutions. Vice President Rogers responded that the College does have this ability and can exercise it with any proxy vote. On a different note, Vice President Rogers mentioned his discomfort with the language of the opening statement, specifically the phrase “the management of the college finances and endowment” and the term “finances.” Following President Oden’s lead, Dan suggested that the group strike “finances and” from the phrase, leaving “the management of the college endowment.” Other changes to the proposal include changing the phrase “The College will subscribe to appropriate resources” to “The College may subscribe to appropriate resources,” to avoid appropriating budgeted funds before approval. Discussion ensued over the committee’s ability to express the values of the College. The students reiterated that CRIC intends to concern itself with very clear-cut issues that pertain to values held by the Carleton population as a whole. The College Council approved the Carleton Responsible Investment Committee Proposal, pending amendments.

Gun Storage Update

Vice President Rogers looked at length at having a gun storage facility at the police department. However, the city attorney opposed this plan, so the group is still trying to solve the issue of gun storage on campus.

Alcohol at Carleton: Task Force

Due to lack of time, this item will appear on the next meeting’s agenda.

The meeting was adjourned at 5:48 pm.

Respectfully submitted,

Jaime Anthony

College Council Student-at-large & Secretary