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Postering Policy Group to release proposals


By Katherine Shim

According to Mark J. D'Agostino '90, the group's coordinator, the present use of bulletin boards has been ineffective, with too few bulletin boards lining the corridors and a general negligence in updating these boards. To avoid a cluttering of the new boards, the report will recommend that they be cleared completely of all posters by Physical Plant on a weekly basis.

The report will further recommend a course of action to be taken in the event that student groups do not comply with a request to post exclusively on bulletin boards. At the first infraction, warnings will be issued to the negligent student group. If the group continues to post on walls, members from the group will be asked to assist Physical Plant in clearing the bulletin boards. If infractions continue, the group will be charged a steep fine.

"Fining groups will only be used as a last resort," D'Agostino stressed. "Only those groups with a total disregard for the policy will be charged, and in that incidence, the fines will be steep."

The bulletin boards themselves will be aesthetically pleasing, according to D'Agostino. Painted the same color as their surroundings and containing no borders, the boards are designed to blend in with the walls on which they are mounted. Total cost for the project is expected to be over $25,000.

The policy reflects the feeling of the committee that postering is an irreplaceable media through which student groups communicate and should only be modified to avoid damage to the walls of Institute buildings.

Implementation of the policy

After the report is written, it will be submitted to the senior administration, the Association for Student Activities, and the undergraduate and graduate student governments for review and discussion.

"There will be some questions of Institute policy, some questions of resources, and the interests of everyone concerned will have to be addressed. However, I have great hope that the situation will be resolved before election season this spring," Director of Special Services Stephen D. Immerman.

Once the policy receives approval from Senior Vice President William R. Dickson '54, it will be implemented immediately. This is likely to occur early this term.

Supplements not substitutes

During its discussions, various alternatives to postering -- including the use of drop posters in the Student Center, the use of activity calendars in the form of placemats at Lobdell, and the expanding of the student cable network -- have been debated by the Postering Policy Group. The committee concluded that though these alternatives are innovative, they simply cannot replace postering.

"Postering is unique," stated D'Agostino, "in that it does not require people to actively seek them out, it is easy to do, and the graphics of postering can be made eye-catching and attractive. The alternatives we discussed are good supplements, but they can never substitute for postering."

According to D'Agostino, the new poster policy was the result of open communication among committee representatives from Physical Plant, the administration, and students. "I am convinced," D'Agostino said, "that as long as ample bulletin board space is approved, enforcement of the policy is not done in a mean way, and open-mindedness prevails, the policy will work."