With the school year getting into full swing, LUCC president Jacques Hacquebord has some major issues on his agenda for the upcoming LUCC meetings.Hacquebord and vice president Ned Connors have at least three major issues they would like address, Hacquebord said in a conversation earlier this week.
High on the list of priorities for this year’s council is the creation of a complete and accurate book list, available to students online.
Hacquebord said that at the end of the last school year bylaw changes were made, putting the Student Welfare committee in the position of overseeing the creation of such a book list.
The reasoning behind the book list, Hacquebord said, was to allow students to purchase textbooks that are sometimes difficult to obtain, even through Conkey’s.
A possible problem, at least as Hacquebord sees it, will be the adjustment for professors as the new system is put in place.
“I think it might take a while for some professors to get used to [the LUCC booklist],” he said, explaining that as the system has worked through Conkey’s, the book store makes professors aware of out-of-print books and new editions.
Hacquebord hopes that if the booklist is created professors will realize that it is an LUCC project, and that they will then inform the council of any changes to any texts being used, allowing LUCC to keep the booklist as up-to-date and accurate as they can.
Another major issue for the Hacquebord administration is the possibility of making arrangements with the city of Appleton to allow overnight parking on 700 East block of Alton Street, the street running between the fraternity quad and Downer Commons.
The precedent for the school taking charge of the parking regulations on a city street was set when the school began regulating the 700 East block of John Street, in between Sage Hall and the fraternity quad.
Hacquebord did note that it was easy for the school to convince the city to cede the parking regulations on John Street because street dead-ends on the Lawrence campus.
However, he did say that he feels that it is feasible to show that the majority of the traffic that uses the block of Alton Street in question is connected to Lawrence University in some way.
The final item that Hacquebord addressed was a desire to increase communication between the registrar’s office and students and faculty.
Hacquebord noted that he feels the communication between the students and the registrar’s office is less than superb. He also added, “I feel that the communication between the registrar’s office and faculty is poor.”
Hacquebord also brought up the question of what an advisor’s signature on registration forms means. He said that as he understands the system, a signature means that the student and advisor have discussed the student’s course selection, not that the advisor has necessarily approved of the selection.
However, if students do not have the correct CRN on their forms, they must return to their advisor and get the forms signed.
Hacquebord hopes to find some way to improve the communication between the registrar and the faculty in order to cut down on headaches for all concerned parties.