Every year, current row staffs go through the process of selecting the people to take their places and lead the row community for the following year. Undoubtedly, many of these new staff members are familiar to the houses in which they will work by serving as previous staff members, residents or at least friends.
Residential Education staff and current residential assistants on the Row have reached a final resolution after ResEd initially reversed job offers for three coterm RAs for the 2011-12 academic year. The resolution came after current RAs in the affected houses questioned ResEd’s original decision to reject certain RA hires.
It’s no secret that living on the Row has its perks. Location wise it can’t be beat, and when it comes to the campus social scene, you’re in the center of nearly everything. From frat parties, to Wednesday nights at EBF or Kairos, to parties at Casa and Xanadu, to Exotic Erotic at 680 or hanging out around Columbae’s fire pit — most of the campus social scene seems to be focused around the Row.
Two months ago, we criticized Residential Education (ResEd) for eliminating social dues refunds, because the policy was an inefficient and unnecessary attempt to enhance social life on the Row. ResEd’s newest surprise for Row FMs — banning the use of social dues to buy alcohol — is another poorly conceived policy that is actually counterproductive to the stated goal of banning refunds. Effectively, ResEd has crippled social dues as a vehicle to fund the kind of social activity that has and will always characterize the Row, forcing houses to acquire the funds through unaccountable and undesirable means that will be fraught with unintended consequences.