The Nov. 4 meeting of the Associated Students of Harvey Mudd College (ASHMC) Council began with a discussion about a charter for Noise Floor, a club intended to organize underground music events on campus. The discussion hit a note of discord as members expressed concerns about the club’s potential overlap with other music clubs. However, members’ opinions were quickly swayed when they learned that the rest of the 5Cs already have similar institutions in place, and the club was smoothly approved with an observation by Athletic Director Travis Beckman HM ’15: “What place better to host an underground music show [at HMC] than West [Hall] courtyard?” The Council decided to approve $600 of the $1,200 requested by Noise Floor as long as the club receives another $600 from the ASHMC Social Committee.
Representatives from the Office of Advancement were also present to discuss a newly endowed ASHMC scholarship, for which $12,000 already has been raised. The Council focused on hammering out the details, such as whether to make the scholarship need-based or merit-based and how to choose the lucky recipient of this year’s whopping $550 endowment payout.
“We still have a lot of unnet meed—er, unmet need each year, so this ASHMC scholarship can’t displace student loans just yet,” said Matt Leroux, HMC Assistant Vice President for Development and Constituent Programs (say that five times fast, Matt).
By the end of the meeting, the Council resolved to send out a student survey to gauge student opinion on the issues. As Case Hall President Josh Edelman HM ’17 summed it up, “I think the consensus is that there’s no consensus.”