Senate Briefs: February 26

Commander-in-Chief Sheikh Jed Cullen…

The meeting began promptly at 5:00 p.m. with a brief discussion on a new name for President Jed Cullen ’10—either Presidential Sheikh or Commander-in-Chief Sheikh. It was resolved that he prefers the latter.

Alex Rudy ’11 is also chair of Speakers’ Committee

Being Communications Commissioner and Web Editor for The Student Life is apparently not enough for Rudy, who is now chair of the Speakers’ Committee. The committee met for the first time this week and discussed some options for a theme, including education—very original, Alex.

Would you like to paint Walker Wall?

Next, there was an intellectually-driven conversation on creating a system for painting Walker Wall. North Campus Representative Stephanie Almeida ’11 proposed designating a cabinet somewhere on north campus where painting supplies could be stored. To check brushes and paint out of the cabinet, students would have to organize a time with the north campus representative to pick up and drop off the items. All leftover paint would have to be returned and materials cleaned; if not, severe consequences would follow—their student accounts would be charged! Complicated much?

Dine with faculty!

Ever wanted to get some one-on-one time with a professor over a meal? Starting next Tuesday, everyone will have that chance! Junior Class President Wintaye Gebru, representative for the Student-Faculty Interaction Committee, announced that students will have the opportunity to dine with faculty on Tuesdays and Thursdays from now on. Check out Chirps and around campus for more information.

Are we not all brilliant at Pomona College?

Most of the meeting this week consisted of a discussion on grade inflation and how to combat it. There has been an upward trend in median GPA, based on data collected by the college. Currently, the median GPA, when converted to a 4.0 scale, is 3.5. Some might attribute that to grade inflation, others to the overall brilliance of the Pomona College student body.Commissioner of Academic Affairs Scott Levy ’10, a member of the Curriculum Committee, brought up several proposals for possible ways to combat grade inflation, including a curve capping the number of A’s given. Most were opposed to a curve because it would create a cutthroat competitive learning environment where students would “cut pages out of library books.” Establishing faculty incentives was the most popular option, because it obviously is not the students who are at fault. There was a small debate on how to do this—namely, whether to share average grades given between professors in a certain department or across the college. With no real solution agreed upon, Cullen adjourned the meeting at 6:13 p.m.

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