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Residential Support System

Enough is Enough

While Chancellor Grimson's email regarding RLADs came as a surprise, it's hard to consider it unexpected given the track record of Dean Colombo and Dean Humphreys. Since coming to MIT, these Deans have continued to make the same mistake: eliminating meaningful student involvement from decisions that affect MIT's student culture. We saw it with the initial dining proposal, and we protested. We saw it with the proposal ...more »

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Less Administrative Interference in House Life

1. RLADs serve no purpose Housemasters can't do. This is extra administration that makes bureaucracy inefficient, ineffective, and expensive. This only creates a new set of people who are given more powers and higher responsibilities while being further away and less relevant to the student body it is in charge of. How can we expect these RLADs to successfully be responsible for student life when they're so far up in ...more »

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More responsibilies for GRTs

The GRTs can vary a lot. Perhaps ensuring that the GRTs maintain more contact with the students is the easiest thing. Think less like food study breaks and more like: -I legitimately met with each student individually at the beginning of the year. -I posted my contact information (because you know they are in lab) on the door, etc. -I checked in with each freshman at least biweekly. -Bonus: I have a box that ppl can ...more »

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Increase student support, not management

MIT's administration should be commended for its desire to fund staff for student support -- but it's worth reconsidering where those staff could do the most good. The Institute has many excellent support structures that are stretched thin under their current subscription: - S^3: the current deans are usually booked 2+ days in advance, and the office's hours make it difficult for many students to seek advice and assistance. ...more »

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More information please

I think right now there are two important points we should be communicating: A) We really want to be involved in this sort of decision much earlier on in the process, and we really value consistent and clear communication with the administration. B) We would like more specific information about this change and why it is being made. How exactly does an RLAD differ from an RLA? What problem in the residential system ...more »

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Allow enough time for community input

The time to ask for input from students, housemasters and GRTs is before a decision is made; not after the backlash has occurred. How do we know if any community is ready for an RLAD when the announcement was made over the summer when most of the students are gone and the administration is waffling over the role, responsibilities, and authority of the RLAD? No RLAD should be appointed until all of the affected students ...more »

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A Note to EC, Bexley, and Random

Note that they have left 3 of the 4 most vocal dorms without an RLAD. The other, Senior House, seems to have come out strongly regarding this change. I suspect that they will use any precedent set in Senior House to extend the RLAD position to EC, Bexley, and Random. My thought is, if you don't want an RLAD in the future, you need to voice your opinions now. It will be much harder once Senior House and every other ...more »

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A Process for Decision Making

I think the following process should be used for major decision making at MIT. It’s based off large government regulatory rule making. I used followed this process when changing the rooming system in Baker. 1. Announce problems (ie HM too busy, role of RLA unclear, students slipping through cracks) 2. Announce schedule for following steps. 3. Collect information (ie respond to the following question: What is working ...more »

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Dorms "ready and eager"?

"While some undergraduate dormitories are ready and eager to move forward with these enhancements, others need more time to digest, discuss and debate these changes." - from Chancellor Grimson http://tech.mit.edu/V132/N27/grimson.html Did Grimson ever say which dorms these were? Furthermore, are there any dorms, or even people, who are actually "ready and eager"? I know Senior seems strongly opposed, while Simmons, BC, ...more »

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DormCon Establish Guidelines for GRT Selection

In "A Note to EC, Bexley, and Random", one Community Member stated that "Maseeh hall's housemasters and staff have taken unprecedented steps to crack down on student life and student engagement. Students do not play a role in the selection of GRTs at Maseeh" As someone who communicates frequently with my GRT and took part in his selection, I can't imagine the GRTs at Maseeh are as beneficial as they can be. I'd like ...more »

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All dorms should be given a chance for discussion

According to the Tech article on this subject, some houses will be given the chance to discuss their residential support system before anything is implemented. Why won't all houses be given that chance? It seems that the Chancellor and others are taking some dorm cultures into account, while completely ignoring others. Not all dorms have an extremely pronounced culture, but certain dorms absolutely have strong culture ...more »

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