Dorm gets extra housemasterEast Campus will have a junior housemaster by next term, according to Vice President Constantine B. Simonides. The decision was made by the Office of the Dean for Student Affairs (ODSA) in order to insure the "maximum faculty presence possible," he said.
A questionaire which was circulated in East Campus last week asked "whether [the residents] wanted a junior housemaster," and "whether they thought [the ODSA's decision] was being handled in an appropriate way," said Prof. Judith T. Kildow, the present East Campus housemaster.
Approximately 80 percent of those East Campus residents who returned the survey responded negatively to the questions, said Joseph A. Giaime '86, a member of the East Campus Housemaster Committee. The committee will give the questionaire results and a petition, which asks that the change not be made, to the ODSA.
Annette M. Correard '87, committee chairman, explained, "At the beginning of the term [Dean Robert A.] Sherwood [associate dean for residence and campus activities] suggested" the new position, and "the committee decided, `No.' "
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heard from the ODSA on the subject was three weeks ago, one member added. Sherwood was "of the opinion everyone knew about it, and was behind the idea," said committee member Adam D. Bernard '86.
The Tech was unable to contact Sherwood for comment.
The new position was created because East Campus is "a big dorm, the biggest in the system," Kildow said. A housemaster is supposed to provide several services to the dorm, including both<>
academic and social counseling, she explained. "It is very hard when you already hold one job to do those other things for over 400 students," Kildow said.
The ODSA has "been talking about [a junior housemaster position for East Campus] for 8-10 years," she said. The plan was originally conceived by the housemaster who preceeded Kildow, according to the committee.
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the dormitory] better," Simonides explained, "and do more to mix the faculty and students ... It looked like it was a desirable thing."
The junior housemaster will begin residence during the summer as part of a general switch in housemasters, Simonides said. Kildow is leaving the position at the end of this term.
The new position will require that four "prime rooms" on Second East be converted to an apartment for the junior housemaster, according to the committee. Contracts for room renova-<>
tions were signed at least three weeks ago, a committee member said. Simonides noted the new apartment will create "parity" between the two parallels.
The East Campus Housemaster Committee voted last night on a list of prospective faculty members to replace Kildow as senior housemaster. Their recommendations will be submitted to the ODSA today. The committee has also been charged with sending a recommendation for junior housemaster to the ODSA before the end of the term, "or they will do it for us," said one committee member.