Mueller Center damage, Union facilities discussed

THE E-BOARD HEARD updates from the Policies Committee, the MAP Committee, the P-Board, the Business Operations Committee, and from Steve Allard regarding the Mueller Center in their most recent meeting.

The Executive Board meeting took place last Thursday, February 25. The meeting opened up with reports from the Business Operations Committee, the Marketing, Advertising, and Publicity Committee, and the Policies Committee. BusOps chairman Rasika Ekhalikar ’18 reported the committee’s continued work on an application for storage space in the basement of the Rensselaer Union. They had finalized the decision of allotting two keys to every club, whereupon if a club failed to move their equipment out on time, the club’s budget would be frozen. After receiving feedback from their games room survey, BusOps also determined that students are interested in a more lounge-like area to be made in the games room. The design for the space has yet to be decided upon.

The MAP Committee reported that they are working toward replacing the “125” banners attached to the light posts commemorating the Union’s 125th anniversary. The designs will be presented next meeting for approval. The committee is also working toward creating a space dedicated for clubs putting up posters, promoting a competition for clubs to design and update their landing page, and creating a Snapchat filter for the Union.

Policies Committee chairman Jeremy Feldman ’16 informed the E-Board that the committee was working towards creating an informative document that would outline the specifications for contracting. As well as creating new documents, the committee is focusing on redefining the classification of an affiliated club. More on this subject is to come in future meetings. To cap off their report, the committee will begin collecting club constitutions.

Programming Board chairman Ines Roman ’16 reported on the P-Board events such as Winter Carnival and upcoming events such as UPAC Comedy’s show on Saturday, March 5. Roman reported that recent P-Board events have been successes.

Director of the Mueller Center Steve Allard presented an update on the situation at the Mueller Center. They are currently in the process of getting the downstairs back to normal. The ceilings in the vestibule are fixed and new carpeting will go in at 5 am on Monday, February 29. The administration is working on getting available hours at the East Campus Athletic Village as an alternative choice to the basement. Any equipment that suffered damages too great to the point of being thrown away is not salvageable for students or anyone interested in requesting it or buying it. Look for a follow up article on the Mueller Center situation in an issue to come.