Senior House Renovations to be DiscussedBy Daniel C. Stevenson
Editor in Chief
Dean for Undergraduate Education and Student Affairs Arthur C. Smith will hold an open meeting to discuss renovation plans for Senior House tomorrow at 7:30 p.m. in the Grier Room (38-401).
The meeting is open to all, Smith said. "Everyone who has concerns about the renovation of Senior House is invited to come and contribute.
"It is my hope that we will establish some guidelines for the renovation process, identify those groups and individuals who wish to continue to have input, and begin to establish a schedule for future progress and a means of communication to keep everyone informed," Smith said.
The meeting comes two weeks after Smith announced several administration decisions on housing changes, including the stipulation that Senior House remain undergraduate. The initial decision to renovate Senior House was made several months ago.
Earlier this year, an administration committee recommended Senior House be renovated and remain an undergraduate dormitory.
Students welcome meeting
The meeting to discuss the renovations is a welcome change from the last time Senior House was renovated, according to Senior House Secretary Jacob M. Harris '97. Students were not involved in planning the last round of renovations several years ago; they were "railroaded through," Harris said.
"The dorm is due for a major renovation" in areas including heating and plumbing, Harris said. Work must also be done to fix problems caused by the previous renovations, such as fire doors that muffle the sound of fire alarms, he said.
Particular concerns of students include the timing of renovations in relation to rush activities and the availability of storage space over the summer, according to Senior House resident Jagruti S. Patel '97.
The current situation is an improvement over last year, when residents had to lobby loudly to get their opinions heard, Patel said. "We did not have to solicit participation this time; they really wanted open meetings," she said. "I feel it's a good sign."
"It's always good to interact with the deans," Harris said.