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Caucus Updates

Student Caucus Continues Discussion on Student Club, Organization Structure

by Micah Wilkins, Editor-in-Chief

From Magic the Gathering and Aerials to Emmaus and W.H.O.L.A., Warren Wilson students are involved in a variety of extracurricular activities. These clubs and organizations fall outside of the realm of work crews, academics and service, and, despite the effort and time commitment that are put into them, student clubs are not officially recognized, nor funded, by the school.

Last Tuesday, Student Caucus discussed possible ways to organize these groups in a more consistent and responsible way. This year, Caucus has a small pool of money (about $3,000) that needs to be allocated to clubs on campus. But as of now, there is no set system in place for how clubs are organized, who oversees them, and how they are funded.

“This is a great opportunity for Caucus to put something together,” Caucus Co-Convener Eva Westheimer said at the meeting last week.

Currently, Student Activities oversees student clubs, but they do not have the capacity nor the funding to continue to support clubs, Westheimer said.

Student Caucus members broke up into smaller groups during the meeting to discuss different components of the potential club structure. One group discussed the role of potential faculty or staff club supervisors, another focused on what language would be used when discussing clubs and a third group talked about the support and responsibilities required of a student club leader.

While many ideas came about in the meeting, the conversation on how to handle student organizations will continue throughout the semester. To add your opinion or perspective into the mix, attend the next Student Caucus meeting Tuesday, Oct. 1 at 6:15 p.m. in Canon Lounge.

“This is the beginning of this process,” Westheimer said. “It’s important for us as students to create a structure for us.”

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