Senate Student Life Committee Update: September 8, 2016


My name is Justin Etzine, and I am the chairman of the Student Life Committee this year! This post is to give you an idea of some of the exciting projects that SLC has planned for this year.

SLC focuses on student rights and works to improve the student experience at RPI. This versatile committee collaborates with various student organizations and Rensselaer administration to alleviate student life issues through initiatives and policy discussion.

Our meetings for this semester are held weekly on Tuesdays from 6 to 7 pm in the Student Government Suite, which can be found on the third floor of the Union. Since SLC is an open committee, all students are encouraged to participate. If you feel passionate about student life at RPI or any of the projects detailed below, or if you have any questions about SLC, please feel free to reach out to me at

Here’s a look at some of the projects we’re working on this year:

Counseling Center Subcommittee

Lead: Nathan Dorer ’18 (
Over the past six months, students have been making great suggestions for additions and improvements for the Counseling Center at RPI. This subcommittee is tasked with distilling the stories and ideas from individual student accounts into suggestions to be provided directly to the Counseling Center. This subcommittee will directly communicate with the Counseling Center and the Student Health Center.

On-Campus Pharmacy Subcommittee

Lead: Mary Clare Crochiere ’19 (
With a project that has been in progress for a few terms, this subcommittee aims to bring either a prescription delivery service or an on-campus pharmacy to campus so that students can receive their prescribed pharmaceuticals from the convenience and simplicity of an on-campus location. This subcommittee will be coordinating logistics for possible means of implementation, conducting research to find the most feasible courses of action, and collaborate with the Health Center to bring the project to fruition.

Study Spaces Subcommittee

Lead: Nancy Bush ’19 (
RPI’s Class of 2020 introduced over 1,700 new students to campus. As a result, the campus has had to adjust to fit the larger class size, such as converting North Hall and E-Complex to first-year housing and utilizing more class spaces for each time block. This subcommittee will look into the current state of study spaces available on campus and create a plan of action to ensure that as many study spaces are available to students on campus as possible.

Capital District Shuttle Service Project

Contact Person: Jenna Freedberg ’18
As the pilot program continues for the 2016–17 school year, this project is working with Auxiliary Services to discuss potential logistics for a future permanent introduction of the mall shuttle program.

Access Proposal Project

Contact Person: Harrison Leinweber ’18
In Spring 2016, the Student Life Committee composed and released a proposal relating to residence hall access. This project currently consists of keeping in touch with administrators to hear feedback on the proposal and using that feedback to determine next steps for the project.

Union Food Vendors Project

Contact Person: Nancy Bush ’19
Students have expressed interest in pursuing new and different food options on campus, especially in the Union. This project consists of surveying student interests, researching what is possible, and interfacing with the relevant bodies and individuals to determine what solutions can be achieved.

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