HOUSE ADVISOR REPORT
July 21, 2003
I Events Completed
1. Ice Cream Social on Thursday, July 10 - marred by bad weather,
but attracted perhaps 75 people.
2. In addition, I provided assistance at the 2nd Summer Pizza
II Events Continuing
1. Tuesday Bagel Breakfasts
2. James Bond Movie Series, to be followed by other films in
3. Friday BYOF BBQs
III Events Upcoming
1. Second Ice Cream Social August 27 (Grad School and GSG
2. The Longwood Gardens trip, originally scheduled for tomorrow,
has been canceled due to lack of interest. We may try again
IV Other Remarks
I sent these remarks to the House Committee regarding the proposed
relocation of the basketball court. I am including them in my report as
the easiest way of adding them to the official record. Location 1 is
just below the current court and Location 2 is below the far end of the
parking lot. (I have silently corrected some typos.)
Is there any reason why we would want to basketball court to
remain where it is? I agree that location #2 is too far away, but
I consider location #1 a definite improvement. Here are the
benefits I see from moving the court:
1. Our parking lot will be reconfigured so we have a loop again
in the upper part of the lot -- no more driving in and then having
to back out if there are no spaces, which is a pain and marginally
more dangerous than a loop.
2. Our basketball hoops will no longer be in the way of
Catering's trucks. Catering has been good about not smashing into
the backboards recently, but they did so about 3-4 years ago and I
seem to recall it took us the better park of a year to get them
replaced. Our hoops should be removed from the traffic flow.
(Further, that area has been opened to parking at Reunions and
then we lose the usage of the court. There is (still!) a large
-- what do you call it? back of a truck -- sitting there, barely
off the court.)
3. Dean Russel's family would like to see the court moved
slightly further away from Wyman House, since the noise of
basketball games is pretty loud. We didn't hear this complaint
when Dean Wilson was in office, because he didn't live at Wyman
House, but I recall reading in the old House Committee archives
that Dean Ziolkowski used to complain about the noise from the
basketball court. This is a long-standing issue.
4. Basketball games would no longer be played right in the middle
of the route from the lot to the Old GC -- presently, games have
to stop for passersby or passersby have to dodge their way through
The inconvenience of having the court 50' further away from the
GC isn't very much, and may be made up for by the slightly closer
parking. (Both are very minor effects.)
If we can get them to construct some sort of barrier between the
court and the lot -- perhaps a low wall and row of trees -- the
risk of damage to cars from balls will be lowered ... .
I cannot agree with the idea that the HC should oppose such a
good plan. I also cannot see why the University has made it a
priority. It seems to me to be a complete waste of money to
relocate a recently resurfaced and repaired basketball court 50'
so that parking can be expanded in what is probably one of only 3
lots (with Lot 21 and the lot next to the garage) that are
currently undersubscribed. Much better uses could be imagined for
I suspect that the University is attempting to construct new parking
wherever possible right now, since adding parking is always a
controversial problem that must go through the planning board.
The University is actively reviewing the parking mess on campus
and looking to see where it can construct new parking cheaply and
without drawing the ire of the town. The GC is one such location.
Our basketball court was originally a parking lot, so, as I
understand it, no zoning change is required to make it a lot
again. The University will need planning permission to construct
a basketball court, but it is unlikely that this will be
As for the parking spots created, they may not be for grad
students. If you will recall, up to about 2 years ago, a few
dozen undergraduates were assigned to park at the GC. They were
removed at the House Committee's request when GC density was
increased and (I seem to recall) Lockhart residents were assigned
to Lot 19. Perhaps the University wants to do this again. (Don't
panic! They were assigned spaces at the far end of the lot,
spaces that are now almost never used.)
Anyway, that's my opinion on the subject. I doubt that we can
convince the University to use the money for something else, since
that's not the way things work around here ... .
HOUSE HISTORIAN REPORT
July 21, 2003
I Records Digitalization Initiative
Since College Secretary Jaclyn Wasneski has been kindly typing the old
minutes at a rate of a few sets a week, we now have almost the entire
1966-67 set on-line. We are progressing forward in time until 1972.
II Post of House Historian
Since I will be leaving the GC in the near future, I would suggest that
the Committee should start looking for a new House Historian. It took the
Committee about 80 years to replace my predecessor, so the sooner it
starts this time, the better.
ACTING ASSISTANT CHAIR REPORT
July 21, 2003
Eric Adelizzi, acting for Lior Silberman
I have no report this week as Acting Assistant Chair. I will try to look
into some of the renovations projects that are scheduled but have not been
completed, such as the e-doors and the air conditioning for the basement
common spaces. Housing will soon be working on changing the draw
procedures to be more coherent and fair.
(Mr. Silberman’s Addition)
A/C will be put in the social lounge. No ducts -- wall units with outside
condensers. Work will not require closing the lounge. No date for start of
As to TV room, only possible solution is to run a pipe from a condenser in
the kitchen courtyard to a wall unit in the room. That's at the limit of
possible pipe length, and so exact measurements are required. This will be
investigated after the lounge work is completed.