By Sarah Frick, President
If you are an on-campus student, and you live in a residence hall, there are probably a million and one suggestions you have that would make your living situation better. How though, can your suggestions become action? The answer is the Campus Residence Council (CRC), an elected body of residential students working to improve not just the residence halls, but also the overall residence hall experience.
This semester CRC is looking to further strengthen their cooperation between themselves and students. The club’s vice president, Ben Rodriguez, explains CRC’s plans. “CRC is also trying to making strides to bring together the resident halls and the student body. By developing a more all around understanding of the student body, CRC will be able to provide the students on campus a better environment in which they can learn and grow.“
To implement this plan, CRC’s office has, as always, an open door policy. When members hold their weekly office hour in the student center, UMF students are encouraged to stop by and say what is on their mind. Secretary Danielle Brosseau expresses the importance of student voice as the true power behind the club. “We want your voice to be the voice of CRC. Don’t forgo involvement under the assumption that your voice won’t be heard! We are run by students, for students. Speak up.”
One of the easiest ways to get involved with CRC, is to get involved with your hall co-op. This is an elected group of residents who work to provide funding to Community Assistants, plan programs, and hear building concerns. CRC president Conrad Ward also encourages residents to take advantage of leadership opportunities they may not know about. “Anyone is welcome to become a floor representative. Anyone is welcome to attend any hall co-op meetings, and the same goes for Assembly meetings on Monday nights at 7:30 in room CR123.”
CRC is also planning several programs in the coming months that can always use more volunteers. Brosseau encourages anyone living in the halls to take advantage of the role they can play as an “associate member”. “We would love to have associate members, helping us plan programs! There are opportunities for people to assist with work on committees, like the ones for our annual Green Up Day and Faculty and Staff Appreciation Banquet.”
In the Spring CRC plans to work with the Sustainable Campus Coallition on the annual Green Up Day. This is an event where students volunteer their time to help clean up the outside spaces on campus. CRC also puts on the annual Faculty-Staff Appreciation Banquet. This event uses student votes to recognize members of faculty, as well as university staff who go above and beyond for the school. CRC is also planning on organizing the Spring Fling talent show again this year. “Last year was an incredible show, and we can only get better from there,” said last year’s coordinator Kris Kelley.
The next big event CRC is planning is a new Lip Syncing Competition, co-hosted by UMF’s acapella group Clefnotes, that will take place on February 24th. Anyone interested in either becoming a part of CRC or with a suggestion or concern should email firstname.lastname@example.org.