Earlham Student Government had their weekly senate meeting on October 11, 2020.
The first agenda item covered was the matter of whether or not students should be allowed into other dorms, with the same level of key card access that had existed prior to the pandemic. Multiple students raised concerns about the dangers of people going into others’ dorms.
Evan Feldberg-Benatyne, ‘21, raised the possibility of the punishment for breaking such rules to be reduced, with another student, Dorothy Sarsah, ‘22, pointing out that residence life staff has been encouraged to act with grace when it comes to these matters.
Many pointed out that the weather is going to very quickly get colder, and there needs to be a plan in place that allows people to socialize safely and without fear of punishment.
Prinshu Gautam, ‘23, followed up on a topic that had been discussed in the last few senate meetings: the matter of students being charged $20 per night to stay on campus over winter break.
Gautam had met with Bonita Washington-Lacey, who explained that a big concern about people staying on campus over break. Washington-Lacey expressed that the college did not have the resources to safely keep people on campus. According to Gautam’s description of the meeting, housing students without a certain level of resources is a liability issue.
Gautam explained that they had not even gotten around to discussing the $20 charge itself. However, Gautam said that an exemption form for the charge would not be useful. Students would be better served writing a personal statement.
There was a lot of debate over how best to tackle this issue. No formal conclusion was reached.