Curfew proposal fails in cabinet

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by Samantha Bryant, assistant editor

The Senate bulletin board, informing students about the curfew proposal.
The Senate bulletin board, informing students about the curfew proposal.

The President’s Cabinet did not pass Senate’s proposal Monday, Apr. 27, to eliminate curfew on the weekends. The piercings proposal is still under consideration.

Vice President of Student Life Dr. Peter Held said the Cabinet met for two and a half hours to discuss changing curfew.

The President’s Cabinet is composed of eight members, including President Dr. Stephen Livesay. Held said most of Monday’s meeting was devoted to the curfew subject, and he personally voted for the change. The other six council members are Vice Presidents Tim Hostetler, Mike Sapienza, Dr. Cal White, Tim Hudson and Vance Berger, and Executive Assistant to the President Margie Legg.

“I do hope students will respect the decision,” Held said. “These are the people who are responsible for the direction Bryan goes, and they took this very seriously.”

Held, who declined to comment on how many board members voted for or against the proposal, said that the Cabinet chose to leave curfew as it is for two main reasons. They were concerned about what prospective students and their parents are looking for in a college such as Bryan.

“This [change] might remove us from consideration by our constituency,” he said.

Held said another reason the Cabinet did not want to take away curfew on the weekends is because of the accountability it provides.

Senior Kim Woody, vice president of the student body, said the Senate put a lot of work into the curfew proposal and was hopeful after the proposal was approved by the Student Life Council on Apr. 16.

“I think I can speak for all of Senate when I say I’m disappointed, but, at the same time, I trust that Dr. Livesay and the rest of the VPs know what’s best for Bryan College as a whole institution,” she said.

“A lot of consideration was given to it; it wasn’t looked at briefly,” Held said.

Woody said Senate realizes that the issue is a complicated one.

“These kinds of decisions are not as easy as we can sometimes imagine, and it’s their responsibility to see the much bigger picture,” she said. “But I’m very grateful to the Student Life Council for sending the proposal to the Cabinet so the Administration is at least aware of the thoughts of students.”

Held said the Cabinet does respect the opinion of the students and the work that Senate does.

A meeting to discuss the piercings proposal, which aims to allow men to wear earrings and women to wear nose studs, was tentatively scheduled for Wednesday, April 29.