Dispatches from Community Meeting

By Kathryn Leahey

Every Tuesday, I wait outside the door of a familiar room in McGregor and wait for a Keeper of the Keys to arrive. Every week, I proceed to sit down in the same chair, pen and paper at the ready, and wait for the other attendants to shuffle in. Nearly every time, I am amazed by how few people bother to show up. “Where is everybody?” has become one of Levi’s new catchphrases. This query is almost inevitably followed by repeated requests for each of us to take out our cell phones and text two friends demanding that they make an appearance. This week’s appeal, however, was only made once and half-heartedly at that. He did not even bother to plead with the stubborn minority present to move toward the front of the room.

After a handful of thank-yous, over half of which made by the CMs themselves, and Bob Devine was recognized as Community Member of the Week for his faithful service on ComCil, RAB, and innumerable subcommittees, the new director of the Coretta Scott King Center, Dr. Dana Patterson was introduced to the community. Some announcements concerning this weekend’s festivities – a mock Homecoming game and dance earlier Friday evening, a showing of the Rocky Horror Picture Show late Friday night, DIV on Saturday, and, most importantly, Quiz Bowl at 6 on Sunday – were made.

This week’s Pulse was brief, concerning the defacement of SOPP posters around campus. Mariel shared a positive interpersonal experience she had involving the checklists posted in the dance space. The topic of getting consent from everyone involved in an interaction, including those who have to watch it, was brought up once again, as was the existence of sober walkers. Ultimately, the meeting lasted less than thirty minutes. A group in attendance polled cited the vanilla ice cream and chocolate sauce available as the most exciting and memorable part of the meeting.