Wednesday, October 14, 2009
A resolution Opposing Board of Regents Policy that would Discontinue the Right for the Residence Hall Association and Area Councils to Screen Any or All Films
Upon the approval of this resolution by the RHA Senate, the RHA will be added to the signatories of the Free Speech Letter drafted by the SGA.
Can you clarify what is meant in the final ‘therefore be it resolved’
That when choosing to show a movie at an RHA event, the host will take someone’s opinions into consideration if they think the movie shouldn’t be shown.
Where would the films in question be shown?
Anywhere: this would apply to films shown in Hoff or at events in Residence Halls.
Would these films be advertised?
If the person hosting the event wants to advertise, they must do it within the normal perimeters of Resident Life.
Do you think there will be a definition on “obscene”?
So far, there isn’t one, so we’re trying to be proactive in the event that there is a definition of obscene.
Keeping this decision to choose to show these movies in student power is important. It shouldn’t be deferred to the Board of Regents.
This is giving students the choice to see or not see a movie, no one is choosing for us what we can’t see.
This takes away a large part of our programming; residents should be able to get together and have a good time without having to find the educational component in the Office or a horror movie on Halloween.
This will take away from the establishment of community.
This resolution isn’t condoning the showing of pornography.
We are all adults. We can choose for ourselves.
This resolution supports that none of the current policy or practices will change.
It broadcasts the university in a bad light, especially if there is obscene signage.
We are opening ourselves to be criticized about every movie we show.
Even if this doesn’t mean we condone obscene movies, people still could get that impression.
This resolution passed 39:0:0
Thursday, October 8, 2009
Title: A Resolution to Move the Mixed Gendered Housing Program out of the Pilot Phase and into a Full Program under the Department of Resident Life
The RHA expresses its support of the Mixed Gendered Housing Program to the DRL through ReLATe and express its interest in being further involved in any decision needing to be made as the transition takes place.
Will moving this to permanent status allow this to expand to other residence halls?
Will moving it to a permanent status allow the program to expand within Commons and Courtyards?
Can you expand upon “data from participants that supports the success of the pilot program”
The Department of Resident Life has conducted surveys, mixers, and questionnaires in order to collect feedback from participants, all of which was positive
What were the goals of the program?
The purpose of this program was to allow friends of different genders to live together in one apartment
What is the application like?
The application includes your name and the names of the people you want to live with and why you want to live with them
The application is almost the same as the regular application to live in Commons/Courtyards
Have they had anyone try to move out halfway during the year because of unsatisfactory circumstances?
No, the only issues they have had so far was with one person choosing to study abroad for a semester
Why 64 spots?
DRL had to limit the number of apartments pulled out of open leasing
It is hard to find open apartments in Commons/Courtyards
Wednesday, October 7, 2009
We on the RHA Exec Board was wondering if YOU knew who your hall council was.
Did you know we’ve already had our FIRST Senate Meeting and YOU could’ve been there? [Read up on it here: www.diamondbackonline.com search RHA]
If you don’t know who we are or what we do, we can’t best advocate for you!
Your hall council is comprised of a president, a couple of vice-presidents, and two or more senators that work to put together programs for your hall or area and vote on your behalf in the RHA Senate.
Your hall/area council president is your hall/area visionary and makes sure your hall council functions efficiently and is doing what it can for you.
Your Vice Presidents are charged with a certain area of concentration, like the Vice President of Communication should be making sure you know what’s going on as far as events and important votes; your Vice President of Community Development may take the lead on putting together the event; and your Vice President of Sustainability is in charge of looking for new ways to keep the RHA and your hall/area sustainable. Some councils have other Vice Presidents like the Vice Presidents of Finance position.
Your Senators are at a Senate meeting every other Tuesday night, voting on whether to support or oppose campus policy that more than likely will affect you! Last Tuesday it was Mixed Gendered Housing in the Commons and Courtyards apartment, next meeting it could be (and SHOULD BE) something that YOU care about.
Some halls or areas might have floor reps which make it easier to get information to you and FROM you which is a very important aspect of what we do!
So you don’t know your council? It’s time you did! Here are your representatives to the RHA for the 2009 – 2010 school year.
To contact anyone, please e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org!
RHA Overall Executive Board
Josef Mensah, President
Travis Durepo, Vice President
Julie Hudnet, Administrative Officer
Richard Solaski, Finance Officer
Uneeb Qureshi, Chief Information Officer
Ellen Farr, Student Groups Liaison
Samantha Lengyel, Public Relations and Outreach Officer
Mitchell Amoros, National Communications and Special Events Chairperson
Senator At-Large Sean Collins
Senator At-Large Stanton Hudja
Senator At-Large James Galatola
Senator At-Large Justin Hudnet
Belair-Cambridge-Chestertown (BCC) Area Council
President Afareen Rezvani
Vice President of Programming Sam Lewis
Vice President of Communications Jillian Buchheim
Vice President of Membership Leslie Mok
Vice President of Finance Yasmin Amiri
Vice President Sustainability Liz Blankenhorn
Senator Damien Pinkett
Senator Marcela Lima
Advisor Ashlei Tobin-Robertson
Centreville Hall Council
President Chelsea Yin
Vice President of Communications & Finance Kevin Ludwig
Vice President of Programming and Community Development Guergana Stoytcheva
Vice President of Public Relations Nick Duong
Vice President of Sustainability Christopher Mertens
Senator Li min Kuan
Senator Sasha Azar
Advisor Danielle Nied
Commons Area Council
President Anna Leary
Vice President of Communications Scott Roberts
Vice President of Finance Kristen Peterson
Senator Debbie Kobrin
Senator Casey Anis
Senator Lauren Shipton
Senator Kiara Carty
Senator Yoni Levy
[Senator Position Open]
[Senator Position Open]
Advisor Stella Okeke
Courtyards Area Council
President Bridget Gallagher
Vice President of Communication Courtney Buchanan
Senator Josh Griner
[Senator Position Open]
CA Liaison Michael Currie
Advisor Victor Lee
Cumberland Hall Council
President Catherine Williams
Vice President of Communication Carlos Walmsley
Vice President of Sustainability Drew Needham
Senator Laith Abu-Taleb
Senator April Vesely
Advisor Joshua Beeson
Denton Hall Council
President Manas Kulkarni
Vice President of Administration Emily Kleiman
Vice President of Community Development Michael Ravitch
Vice President of Finance Pratik Dixit
Vice President of Publicity and Out-reach Elizabeth McLellan
Senator Mohammad Zia
Senator Rachel Kenigsberg
Advisor Cory Hibbetts
E-mail Denton Hall Council at Advice.Denton@gmail.com
Easton Hall Council
President Michelle Ferrare
Vice President for Communication Matthew McKay
Vice President for Community Development and Programming Allison Palmadesso
Vice President of Sustainability Devun Pahwa
Senator Deep Mahapatra
[Senator Position Open]
Advisor Kevin Pitts
Elkton Hall Council
President Matthew Breitenother
Vice President of Communication Christian Gragasin
Vice President of Community Development Shakia Pennix
Senator Mike Lovaas
Senator Lance Haohan
Advisor Lisa Alexander
Ellicott Hall Council
President Crystal Wang
Vice President Communication Nikko Khuc
Vice President of Community Development Seth Backer
Vice President of Sustainability Nima Sarfaraz
Senator Justin Shugarman
Senator Jonathan Hoffman
Advisor Erin Shlegel
Hagerstown Hall Council
President Nina Rosenberg
Vice President of Communications Joan So
Vice President of Sustainability Akshay Gandhi
Senator Kayode Ogunsola
Senator Avishek Saha
Advisor Tiffany Gaines
La Plata Hall Council
President Martina Beshai
Vice President of Communications Shalesha Lake
Vice President of Finance Chul Kwon
Vice President of Sustainability Scott Cypen
Senator MacKenzie Campbell
Senator Brad Scott
Floor Representative Brendan Fennessy
Advisor Jeanni Simpson
Leanordtown Area Council
President Erika Roberge
Vice President of Communications Marc Karlinsky
Vice President of Community Development Kobena Waters
Senator Samantha Creange
Senator Amber Travis
Advisor Kelly Tavenner
North Hill Area Council (NHAC)
President Monique Robinson
Vice President for Communications Joshua Goldstein
Vice President for Community Development Janina Vaitkus
Vice President of Sustainability Eric Dai
Senator Jonathan Katz
Senator Corie Stretton
Senator Zohara Barth
Senator Nicolaus Krug
Advisor Mawine Diggs
South Hill Area Council (SHAC)
President Joshua Finifter
Vice President of Advocacy Roshan Shah
Vice President of Communication Benjamin Magno
Vice President of Finance John Ford
Vice President of Sustainability Amy Schwarzl
Senator Kathleen Hartinger
Senator Eric Harvey
Senator Matheos Yirga
Senator Laura Murphy
Senator Kerin Miller
Advisors Angie Major and O’Juan Edwards
Here’s to a great year everybody!
Josef Mensah, RHA President
*appointed by the RHA Vice President to represent entire campus.