This year, Synergy announced in an op-ed in The Daily that the residence would not be releasing unofficial decisions about staffing, sparking a discourse on the longtime process of extending informal offers.
Serena Lin reflects on the insight she gained about dorm life, diverse perspectives and herself from participating in the staff interview process this year.
As student residential staff completed their training prior to New Student Orientation, The Daily checked in with residential staff members as to their feelings and plans with regard to the recent change in alcohol policy.
From interviews and an anonymous survey filled out by a quarter of student residential staff members, 86 percent of respondents said they were not in favor of the changed policy — and questions about enforcement displayed a wide range of plans and confidence levels among residential staff.
Starting this fall, hard alcohol will be prohibited at “all categories of undergraduate student parties,” the University announced on Monday. According to an email from Vice Provost for Student Affairs Greg Boardman, the University is tightening is alcohol policy to decrease the consumption of hard alcohol. The updated policy also prohibits “high-volume distilled liquor containers” for undergraduate students.
A Friday afternoon meeting by the group “Who’s Teaching Us” (WTU) packed a room at the Black Community Services Center as the group held an information session on their demands for change. Approximately 150 to 250 people listened to a presentation of the demands and a following question and answer session.
An electrical failure at Humanities House activated a fire alarm, forced a temporary student evacuation and elicited a response from the Palo Alto Fire Department on Feb. 16. Although no property was damaged, it was the latest in a series of problems in the new building that have frustrated and, on occasion, displaced residents.
Trancos will become an all-sophomore residence next year, and Residential Education (ResEd) staff are currently preparing to transition the dorm, which is presently an all-freshmen residence.
Residential fellows (RFs) often take on a larger, more unique responsibility than other faculty members. As they set aside their professor cap at their last lecture of the day, they can enjoy their 10-minute walk back home free from responsibility. However, once they enter their house, their RF hat is waiting for them.