2011-12 school year brings new housing, tuition hikes, free laundry and moreBy VICTORIA ENGELHARDT
The 2011-2012 school year will bring with it many changes, including changes to the schedule, housing costs, tuition costs, laundry and meal plans.
To start out, school will begin a week later than usual. This means that new student orientation will be Aug. 25-28, upperclassmen will move in on Aug. 27 and classes will begin on Aug. 29.
When students move back in, they will find several changes including the new townhouses and an additional men’s residence hall. Ground has already been broken on Rucker Village, a set of 14 townhouses located on Dudley Avenue, but the actual groundbreaking ceremony is planned for April 16 at 11 a.m.
Students wishing to live in Rucker Village for next year must have been at Georgetown for at least two semesters and must sign up in groups of six next week during the designated Rucker Village sign-up time, April 4-8. The residents will be chosen based on the group’s cumulative GPA. The upcharge for living in Rucker Village will be $1810 for the year, or $905 extra per semester. Students who sign up to live in Rucker Village then pull out for any reason will be charged a $200 fine.
Men who want to live somewhere other than Collier will have a new alternative next year because Allen Hall is going to be a men’s residence hall. The switch from a women’s residence hall to a men’s residence hall will make housing on South Campus more even and will alleviate the current overcrowding in the men’s residence halls. This also gives men another option, instead of having to choose between Collier and a fraternity house. This may mean that more groups of women will be allowed to live on East Campus for the school year, as well.
Speaking of East Campus, the upcharge rate has finally been announced. It will cost $1055 extra a semester or $2110 a year to live on East Campus. Other costs have also been announced, but all are subject to the Board of Trustees approving the budget at their April meeting, including a 6 percent increase in tuition and a 4 percent increase in room and board, making our cost come to a grand total of $36,910 for the 2011-2012 school year.
Garvel Kindrick, Vice President for Enrollment says, “It is important to remember that as we talk about sticker price each student pays there is a different net price based on academic ability, financial need, fine arts or athletic ability, etc.
“When you take all financial aid into consideration the average undergraduate pays about $8,000 to Georgetown out of pocket per year (some more and some less). Even with loans considered the average student pays $15,000 per year. Some pay nothing and a few pay it all; the average is just for illustration.”
He goes on to say that “The College is committed to assisting students with demonstrated financial need. That is why of the over $2,000,000 generated by the cost increase about $1,300,000 of that will be rolled back into financial aid.”
One other thing students have to look forward in the 2011-2012 school year is not paying for laundry. Within the residence halls, students will find that they no longer need to save their quarters or remember to put money on their G-cards to pay for laundry. Laundry is going to be free in all residence halls during the school year. There will be no additional cost to students in the 2011-2012 school year. The increased rate of room and board, which is going up 4 percent to $3670 a year or $1835 a semester for a double room on main campus, did not take into consideration that the College would absorb the cost of laundry. The decision to increase room and board costs was made indepenedent of the decision to absorb the cost of laundry.
The decision to make laundry free has been a long time coming. The cost of labor to gather the quarters deposited in the machines, along with the need to overhaul the G-card reader system that is used in the laundry facilities, were factors in deciding it was time for free laundry.
For students who like to eat in the Caf and hate to wait in the Cash EQ lines, a new meal plan is being planned for next year. This new 15-meal plan would be the same price as the other 15-meal plan, but instead of being able to use Cash EQ, students who have this meal plan would be able to eat 15 meals in the Caf each week and will have $400 Tiger Dollars to use at their discretion.
The goal of this meal plan would be to give students more options on when they eat instead of being confined to certain times based on Cash EQ. The old 15 meal plan with Cash EQ will still be available.
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GC defines its Christian identity
President-appointed committee uses website to generate a new religious focusBy TORI BACHMAN-JOHNSON
New Pastafarian Pirate
As Georgetown College continues to rebound in the wake of its 2005 separation from the Kentucky Baptist Convention, the Board of Trustees has appointed a task force to pair up the college with a new Christian identity.
Though the decision to create the task force and seek out a new identity was met with resistance by those that cling to a more Baptist-centered identity, according to one member of the Board, “It’s been six years. It’s time to move on.” He explained that, while the college had casually looked for a new Christian identity, it hadn’t yet “put itself out there.” This reluctance led to the creation of the Christian Mission and Identity Task Force.
The Task Force (members pictured below) first conducted a survey to gather input regarding the college’s Christian mission. The survey, sent to the entire student body, explored areas including “decision to become a student,” “personal religious beliefs and practices” and “the institution and its Christian mission.”
Students answered a series of questions such as, “Is hiring gay and lesbian faculty who identify themselves as Christian in opposition to your understanding of the college’s Christian identity?” and “How do you feel about liturgical dance and lady preachers?”
Armed with the answers to these vital questions, the Task Force turned to Denominate Me, an increasingly popular website that matches companies, educational institutions and other organizations with fitting Christian identities.
Described as a cross between Eharmony and GiftFinder, Denominate Me uses scientific matching, 29 dimensions of compatibility, and expert guidance to find the perfect fit in Christian identity for all its customers. Matching algorithms use answers to questions about worship preferences, liturgy and tradition to pair up organizations with compatible identities. The complex, patented technology requires a membership fee for use, though at press time, The Georgetonian had been unable to uncover the source of funds used to pay said fee.
Asbury University, a Christian liberal arts institution in Wilmore, Ky., is said to have used the website years ago in finding their perfect Christian identity. Though a nondenominational school, Asbury “maintains its historic Christian commitment and resists the public practice or propagation of beliefs alien to its Wesleyan Christian orthodoxy,” according to the college’s website. This wording came straight from the algorithm of Denominate Me, as did rule suggestions such as “Spandex as outerwear is not acceptable in the gym” and “Community members are to refrain from extreme hairstyles.” (Denominate Me members are expected to pay an extra fee in order to receive “Christian identity compliant” rules.)
According to members of GC’s Task Force, the college has longed for a clearlystated, black and white definition of its Christian identity (as well as a handbook of rules that comply with this identity) since its split with the Kentucky Baptist Convention in 2005. However, they are unsure if funds to purchase the algorithm-generated set of rules will be made available. If not, the Task Force will take on the responsibility of creating the rules themselves. This may present difficulties, since the Force has thus far been forced to communicate through séances led by the only living member of the group, religion professor Dr. Joe Lunceford.
Though the Task Force is still waiting for results from Denominate Me, early speculation suggets that the results may include Pastafarianism, also known as the Church of the Flying Spaghetti Monster.