November 6, 2008

CCL Passes Gender-Neutral Housing!

The Committee on College Life has passed the gender-neutral housing proposal, VSA President Jimmy Kelly '09 announced in an all-campus email moments ago.

The proposal now goes to Cappy and the Senior Officers for the final verdict.

28 comments:

Anonymous said...

I LOVE YOU JIMMY KELLY! honestly, you rock my world. call me?

Anonymous said...

The dichotomy of our old heteronormative binaries has been shattered.

Anonymous said...

Yay! A student council group does something the student body actually asked for and wants!

Anonymous said...

EXACTLY, 11:49. Now see, here's an issue where nearly all students are behind the policy. vsa just shouldn't pass resolutions about stupid idiotic things like coke, on which they have no general consensus.

Anonymous said...

Let's be positive and not go back to kick coke. We'll get rid of that shit. Yay for gender neutral!

Anonymous said...

like HELL we won't go back to it.

I WILL BUY EXTRA COKE, LOADS OF COKE, SO MUCH COKE THAT IT WILL MAKE REED DUNLEA CRY AND MOAN AND BEG ME TO STOP. BECAUSE I HATE THIS CAUSE AND I HATE ACTIVISM FOR THE SAKE OF ACTIVISM, AND HONESTLY, I DONT REALLY CARE WHAT GOES ON IN COLOMBIA OR WHEREVER. I JUST CARE ABOUT VASSAR. WHICH IS WHY I SUPPORT GENDER-NEUTRAL. IT MAKES VASSAR BETTER. KICK COKE MAKES THIS SCHOOL INTO A RADICAL LEFTIST CARICATURE OF ITSELF. IT MAKES ME SO, SO ANGRY. LIKE HELL REED AND HIS ACTIVIST SLIME WILL FORCE THAT DOWN OUR THROATS. LIKE HELL.

Anonymous said...

yay for gender neutral!

and 12:00 - seriously, chill the fuck out.

Anonymous said...

12:09, don't tell him to chill out. this whole thing was an absolute outrage. it made countless students lose total faith in their student government, and alienated everyone who wasn't a radical activist. this decision way, to say the least, unfortunate.

this isn't a time to "chill out." this is a time to explain to the administrators - the real grownups capable of making intelligent decisions - that reed and mikey and all those others do not speak for us. certainly not me, certainly not any of my fellow freshmen friends, and certainly not a majority of the student body.

Anonymous said...

hear hear! thank you CCL for passing something sensible. may all organizations do the same.

Anonymous said...

For those who are complaining that the members of the Kick Coke campaign are doing "activism for the sake of activism:" From what I've heard, this campaign as been active for over two years. They wrote up a proposal that was over 70 pages long. Whether or not you believe that is grounds for kicking coke, that much effort and perserverence is enough to convince me that these students are not doing this just for show. So regardless of what happens with all of this, kudos to you for all of your hard work.

- Emma

P.S. Hurray gender neutral :)

Anonymous said...

12:32- The student body was given a chance to speak out against Kick Coke. Unfortunately for anti-Kick Coke supporters, the majority of the students that took the opportunity to have their voices heard were pro-Kick Coke.

I am sick of listening to people and their scapegoats. I wish that some of us would stop the ridicule against a group of fellow students who genuinely believe in this cause. It is not anyone's place to say that these students are merely "activists for the sake of activism" because one could easily argue that some people on this campus are "complaining for the sake of complaining."

As for 12:00, I am sure you're enraged; however, the way that you channel your anger is simply unacceptable. I find it frightening that people of our generation are closing themselves to the veritably vile tragedies going on in different parts of the world. The problems at Vassar are microscopic compared to those in developing nations. Look beyond your bubble, we are not in middle school.

Anonymous said...

2:23, what's your favorite kind of dog? I like yellow labs.

Matt Bourne said...

ok, if you're as pissed off as 12:00, or you think this is an "outrage" you really need to lighten up, get off your high fucking horse and shut the hell up about this issue. A: it's just soda. B: The council voted according to what they perceived to be the general campus consensus based on the feedback they got. You were given the chance to voice your opinions and you didn't. So know you have no legitimate way of backing up your inappropriate, unchecked, disgusting, cowardly anonymous anger. Grow up. Almost everyone who's mad about this situation is acting like a spoiled child throwing a tantrum. If you are really this upset over it talk to the people who are making the final decision instead of throwing a hissy fit on mads vassar.

I personally am not thrilled by the kick coke campaign. I like the soda a lot and I'm not crazy about the idea that our kicking coke might hurt local business. But Coca-Cola really is a pretty shady organization. I don't believe that the kick coke campaign is run be people that are activists for activism's sake. They know what they're are talking about and at least they care enough about something to do more than just anonymously complain. I didn't support kick coke before, but after the way people have been acting, I sort of hope it's kicked. you don't deserve your coke.


Also, great news about gender-neutral housing!

Anonymous said...

awesome!

Anonymous said...

yeah, the student body WANTS to kick coke.
How many times does this have to be repeated.
I sent my email along with everyone else, my voice was heard, and FINALLY COCA COLA IS GONE!!!!!!!
good riddance!

Anonymous said...

can someone please explain to me what's wrong with having same sex roommates?

Anonymous said...

Nothing, if you want to have same-sex roommates. But it is heteronormative and antiquated to stop people from rooming with the other sex. that is what the resolution was made to remedy.

Anonymous said...

11:32 - I've heard this thing about kicking coke hurting local businesses a few times, and I'm pretty confused by it. The alternatives Kick Coke has proposed are made/bottled/vended by local businesses too, right?

Anyone able to clear this up?

Anonymous said...

The local Hudson Valley Coca-Cola bottling plants and deliverymen are by all means more local than the alternative, whether itis Polar or some brand of carbonated green tea bottled in Colorado.

Anonymous said...

"I am sick of listening to people and their scapegoats."

You know what solves the problem of making activists scapegoats? Stop your stupid shit activism, that's what!

I support gender neutral housing and am glad this passed. Yay.

Anonymous said...

rest assured that CCL will promote campus dialogue and education--and will not rush to judgement on what is clearly a contentious issue regarding coca cola.

Anonymous said...

I am shocked that so many people oppose activism for the sake of OPPOSING ACTIVISM.
Without activism, women, native americans, blacks would never have gained the right to vote.
Without activism, Barack Obama would never have been elected.
Without activism, the United States would never have begun.

Please differentiate between your preferred type of activism and that which you oppose, unless you really DO oppose progress and are content to sit on a couch for the rest of your life watching cartoons.

Anonymous said...

yes, i want to sit on my couch with a coke. and guess what? i don't care about your issues and your liberalism. so go away and stop bothering me.

Anonymous said...

Wait, 2.07, I am appalled. What has become to people here all of a sudden? I understand not supporting kick coke, but to negate any form of activism? wow. What am I doing at this "socially-conscious liberal" institution?

Anonymous said...

What ever happened to having a coke and a smile???

Anonymous said...

yESSSSSSSS

Anonymous said...

I can't wait to be lounging with my opposite sex roommate, both with Coke in hand, bought right here at Vassar. AHHHH. Refreshing.

Anonymous said...

since when is kicking coke ridiculous activism? has anyone ever heard of communism? anarchism? that's what you call 'radical activism.' Petitioning to change an institution's choice of beverage supply is far different from overthrowing the bourgeois in a bloody coup for the sake of a Utopian future. i believe beverage choice has rarely caused bloodshed, Boston tea party aside.

is it really that much to ask to kick coke to even try to make the world a slightly better place? Has corporate America really succeed in so thoroughly in brainwashing us that it has completely convinced s that personal material satisfaction is the only worthwhile and attainable goal? Has it really succeeded in undermining our hope that the world can ever improve, sapping our last will to even try, and replacing it with an irrational loyalty to brands?

this only proves that brands are the new nationality, capitalism the new patriotism, the new religion, which ironically brings us one step closer to fulfilling Marx's prophecies that class trumps all other forms of identification.

I had hope that this wasn't true, that maybe art or spirituality could mean more to us than political economy, but the vehement nature of coke supporters and detractors proves it is so.