Feb. 18, members of Residential Education and Housing Services (REHS) staff bowed down at the feet of ASOC President Paul Charbonneau (sophomore) in the middle of the quad while Charbonneau looked on. The incident occurred following a dramatic week of room draw antics.
The campus unrest may be traced back to REHS’ decision that the opinions of students concerning their own standards of living were not nearly as important as the comfort of newly hired, adult employees of ResEd.
“It’s just that going by the vote would make our employees learn the room draw process, which we have had to do every two years,” Myers said.
To some students, room draw is the only important thing ResEd does and find it amazing that they could mess it up so badly.
The student body found out about the incident when Charbonneau sent a mass email Feb. 17 explaining that ResEd openly disregarded student voices in asking ASOC to remove the housing option from a school-wide ballot. In a move that would make Edward Snowden proud, Charbonneau blew the whistle so loud, students could not help but post about it on Facebook.
“I’ve always looked to Snowden as a kind of guiding figure. Almost like a father…” Charbonneau said, after getting bearhugged by the entire football team.
ResEd has since sent out an email to the school apologizing for the credibility-shattering mistake and have reversed their original decision, restoring room draw based on seniority. In a final act of reconciliation, Chad Myers attended a role-reversed conduct meeting led by Charbonneau.