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Dean's Office, Students Discuss Inconsistencies in Party Policy

By Brett Altschul
staff reporter

Student group leaders met Tuesday evening with administrators to discuss the metal detector party policy and the ban on such parties at Walker Memorial.

The major topics of discussion were the reasons for the ban and apparent inconsistencies in the implementation of the policies.

Chief of Police Anne P. Glavin said that the layout of Walker made proper security for a metal detector party impossible. "It would take a small army of Campus Police to do these events," she said.

The number of officers required to guard all the entrances was too large, especially since there are often other events going on around campus at the same time, Glavin said.

Along with the basic complexity of Walker's architecture, with balconies and an elevator accessible from the main hall, this makes the required CP detachment prohibitive, she said.

Director of the Campus Activities Complex Philip J. Walsh said that a long-term solution to the problem might involve a renovation of the building. However, any renovation would not occur for several years at least, he said.

Policy has been inconsistent

President of the Association of Student Activities Douglas K. Wyatt G attacked the implementation of the metal detector policy as inconsistent. "Some events have gotten special exceptions," he said.

Glavin agreed that some exceptions had been made. However, she defended the decisions to allow the Greek Week Ball and other activities at Walker, even though they apparently fell under the metal detector policy.

Exceptions to the policy were granted on a case-by-case basis, for "tamer events that haven't got the large following," she said. The kind of people attracted is important to the decision, she said. Ballroom dancing is far less dangerous than a rock concert. "We want to follow the policy, but we also recognize that we need some flexibility," Glavin said.

Wyatt suggested that the policy be rewritten to allow for such exceptions and that it include examples of what events had received such exemptions in the past. "Groups look at the policy, and they don't know what to think," he said.

Associate Dean for Residence and Campus Activities Margaret A. Jablonski agreed that the policy should be rewritten with the help of students. She requested that some of the student group leaders present volunteer to work on the new policy statement. "It's very important that we get student input on this," she said.

Another issue of concern was the scheduling of metal detector events now that Walker is no longer available as a venue for most activities. Dean for Student Life Margaret R. Bates said that she was pleased that all groups that wanted parties had found dates for them, but she understood that some groups were disappointed with the process and the facilities they had received.

"We don't have a problem on one level, in that everyone has found a date, but we'd like to be able to do it with less pushing and pulling," she said. Bates also acknowledged that some groups might have trouble fitting their parties into the two rooms available in the Student Center, Lobdell and La Sala de Puerto Rico.

Because of the demand by groups to reserve the limited number of facilities that are suitable for large events, CAC and RCA have instituted a new rule effective December that groups may request no more than three dates per term in any of the major facilities, like Lobdell, La Sala, and Walker. Requests for consecutive weekends or multiple locations for the same date will not be granted either.

If groups fail to cancel a reservation for a large event in one of these facilities at least two weeks in advance, they will incur a fine of $50.00.