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Editorial: Semester grades

Issue date: 12/4/09 Section: Opinion
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Undergraduate Student Government - D is for Diminished. It's not that USG isn't getting anything done, or that there's a real dearth of worthy ideas. But when it's late November and representatives are still being elected at every meeting, it gestures toward problems that did not exist previously. As it is, constant elections are taking too much time away from making significant progress.

Varsity athletics - A is for Accomplished. As we mentioned previously (Nov. 20), the CWRU athletics staff and coaches deserve recognition not only for their athletes' successes, but also because of their willingness to work around students' academic schedules. Particular congratulations are in order to women's cross country and varsity football for special seasons. We look forward to cheering on Spartan athletics for seasons to come.

Fire safety - F is for Fire. Obviously the Sigma Nu fire this semester received the most attention, but fires in college housing, from 'minor' grease fires on up, are more common than you might think. Inspections of campus housing and continuing Greek walkthroughs aren't perfect as they currently exist, but they're better than nothing. Perhaps most important is stressing common sense prevention measures to students.

Leutner renovation - U is for Uninformed. Here we refer to the state of students surprised to find Leutner boarded up one day. This speaks to the failure of administration to gauge opinion from a broader spectrum of students before the renovation began (i.e., students not in SEC or those particularly abreast of campus developments). Notice provided right as a lengthy project begins shouldn't be the price students pay for not being especially 'involved' on campus. When students are paying rising board fees to finance the renovation, administration can do a better job of soliciting opinions.

Health service - S is for Swine flu. This grade indicates a satisfactory effort by University Health Service and the campus' special flu committee. While it may be small consolation to those stricken down with the swine, we think overall preparations and prevention measures have been adequate considering the uniqueness of this flu season and vagaries in vaccine availability. Hopefully, vaccine for seasonal flu will be made available again soon - in the meantime, don't sneeze on anyone, and cover your cough.
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