Where’s my package?

Lately there have been several incidences of Amazon packages being delivered to the wrong buildings and we are working to resolve the issue. In the meantime, if you see that a package is reported as delivered and you cannot find it, there is a good chance it was left at another Lawrence building by mistake. Check all other buildings for missing packages and report instances of mis-delivery to Amazon.

May 8 Meeting Minutes

The May meeting was the last of the 2017-2018 academic year. The Lawrence Committee does not meet over the summer and will reconvene on September 11, 2018.

Special election for garden coordinator:
Mauricio Loyola is elected to be the new garden coordinator. Welcome Mauricio!

Logistics:
Nicole Barkley (assistant dean for student life) and Michael Hebditch (graduate office assistant for housing) gave updates on new graduate school Lawrence coordinator recruitment and other logistic issues pertaining to move out and the coming academic year.

Social event:
Discussed ideas for the next social event, including organizing a brunch or ice cream social, and the possibility of holding a one-time yoga event on the lawn open to all residents and spouses.

In Attendance:
Sarah James
Emilce Santana
Amitesh Datta
Ran Zhang
Ruth Dannenfelser
Mauricio Loyola
Michael Hebditch
Nicole Barkley

April 10 Meeting Minutes

CSA Survey Results:

  • Based on the CSA survey 23 people are interested and 8 are willing to help; will follow up with Lakeside to discuss participation.

Garden and Special Election:

  • There are 26 slots signed up for garden. There will be a garden open house and kick-off on April 14th, including cleaning up the garden and an information session from 9am to 12pm; donuts will be provided.
  • Garden coordinator election will probably happen at the next committee meeting (May 8). Sam is in charge of the logistical procedures and more info will be sent out before the election.

Social Event:

  • Discussed ideas for the next social event this semester, options include film screening, brunch, finger painting, and ice-cream social.

Budget Reviewing:

  • Discussed the possibilities of buying new gardening tools / other common Lawrence supplies with remaining budget.

Common Room Cleanup:

  • Discussed plans to clean out Building 14 common room shelves. Removing junk and broken items (primarily electronics, videos, and the books), keeping toys and other family items.

In Attendance:

Sarah James
Emilce Santana
Sam Richter
Amitesh Datta
Ran Zhang
Ruth Dannenfelser

March 13th Lawrence Committee Meeting

GSG meeting:

  • An independent group is working on changes to room draw, including a pilot 2 year program to give priority to families, remove random roommates, and waive cancellation fees. For questions please see https://hres.princeton.edu/graduates.
  • Public Safety will conduct their annual safety walk soon. Will try to have some representation from Lawrence to highlight specific issues.

Composting:

  • We had overwhelmingly positive response to last month’s composting survey.
  • Some residents are concerned that compost may attract animals, we do not anticipate that this will be a problem as this compost will include the same types of waste that are already in the dumpsters and in more secure bins.
  • Joshua is working on looking for sources of funding for this program and coordinating with groups across campus.

Free and borrowed “stuff”:

  • We discussed the possibility of starting a pilot of a free pile (place where residents can leave unwanted items to be claimed by other residents) during the summer.
  • Ruth is working on creating a shared list where residents can borrow items within the community.

Community Share Agriculture (CSA) program:

  • We are investigating the potential of hosting the Honey Brook Organic Farm CSA at Lawrence and sent out a poll to residents.
  • There are many logistical issues such as the lack of place to leave the packages and the lack of management, there will be a lot involved if we hold it.

Garden update:

  • Sam is leaving Princeton this summer, so we may hold an election for a new Garden Coordinator in May. 
  • For those who want to garden this summer, a garden info session will be held on March 24th.

Social event:

  • We discussed hosting an Easter egg hunt on March 31st (Saturday) morning on the grass in front of 14 Lawrence. Amitesh is going to make the budget.

Free yoga:

  • A note to all yoga participants – graduate students should be prepared to bring IDs as they’ll be checked. Non-students are still welcome to participate.

In attendance

  • Olivia Martel
  • Dominick Reuter
  • Emilce Santana
  • Joshua Bauchner
  • Amitesh Datta
  • Ran Zhang
  • Ruth Dannenfelser

February 13th Lawrence Committee Meeting

General: Discussed logistical issues, recapped responsibilities and transition items for new positions of committee members.

Garden: In late March Sam will distribute the sign-up for the garden and hold an info session for interested residents. In the meantime residents can see the Garden Basics 2018 post on the website (https://lawrence.princeton.edu/2018/02/garden-basics-2018/) and send any questions to lawrencegarden@princeton.edu.

GSG meeting: Discussed upcoming referendum about extending Dbar membership to all graduate students living on campus not just those in the GC.

Composting: Joshua is taking lead on bringing composting to Lawrence. Some potential roadblocks given the current state of composting on campus. At the moment, we want to hear from you about whether you would use composting bins if they were placed at the Lawrence dumpster stations. Please fill out the survey sent via email!

Social event: Our first social event will happen in March, maybe Easter egg hunt in front of Lawrence 14. More details to be planned soon.

Yoga: Yoga will start next week. It’ll be held once a week now (as there were not many participants for twice a week before). It’s currently free for students and $5 for non-students (who are Lawrence residents). Olivia will double check how many people can fit in the yoga room.

In attendance:

  • Olivia Martel
  • Sarah James
  • Sam Richter
  • Emilce Santana
  • Joshua Bauchner
  • Amitesh Datta
  • Ran Zhang
  • Ruth Dannenfelser