Wednesday, July 23, 2008

ACC holds conversation on brochure for incoming freshmen

This past Monday, from 4-5 p.m., the Alcohol Coalition Committee (ACC) held a conversation working group in Frist 309 to discuss its plans to mail or distribute a brochure to incoming freshmen to explain the ACC and its strategic plan.

Though all 290 students living on campus this summer were invited, only one showed up.

ACC co-chairs Liz Dilday ’09 and Director of Campus Life Initiatives Amy Campbell led the discussion and solicited input from the student and staff members.

The group decided that the front of the brochure would feature a graphic of a shotglass with substance flying out in all directions. The inside panels will have sections on what the ACC is, what it has accomplished and what it looks forward to doing.

During the discussion, the question of the purpose of the brochure was raised several times. Though the ACC was seeking to attract incoming freshmen to join the committee, former co-chair, Butler master and electrical engineering professor Sanjeev Kulkarni, noted that there were only limited spots available.

Campbell said that the standing committee, which would meet with administrators routinely to discuss policies such as party registration, would only be made up of 18-20 undergraduate and graduate students and 11-13 staff members.

The group decided that the brochure would be used to advertise the ACC and invite students to participate in future workshops in the fall. This past February, more than 300 students participated in a series of three workshops.

A pilot program in two residential colleges is currently being planned for the fall in which the topic of alcohol will be discussed in RCA groups and upperclassmen will speak about alcohol and Princeton-specific causes of, motivations for and decisions about drinking.

The other members in attendance were Associate Dean of Undergraduate Students Hilary Herbold, Interim Director of University Health Services Janet Finnie ’84 and analyst Matt Kinsey ’98 of the Office of the Executive Vice President.

--Tasnim Shamma '11