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!
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.
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.
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.
- Discussed ideas for the next social event this semester, options include film screening, brunch, finger painting, and ice-cream social.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.
- Olivia Martel
- Dominick Reuter
- Emilce Santana
- Joshua Bauchner
- Amitesh Datta
- Ran Zhang
- Ruth Dannenfelser
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 email@example.com.
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.
- Olivia Martel
- Sarah James
- Sam Richter
- Emilce Santana
- Joshua Bauchner
- Amitesh Datta
- Ran Zhang
- Ruth Dannenfelser
The ballots for the election on January 9th have been tallied and the results are in!
2018 Lawrence Committee:
President: Sarah James
Vice President: Emilce Santana
Secretary: Ran Zhang
GSG Representative: Joshua Bauchner
Garden Coordinator: Sam Richter
Social Chair: Amitesh Datta
Webmaster: Ruth Dannenfelser
Lawrence Committee Elections:
- Voting will take place at the December meeting in person
- We will send out an email shortly asking for volunteers to participate in the election as the Election Committee
- The election committee is in charge of sending out the emails regarding the election itself as well as counting the ballots on the day of the election.
- The position will require no more than a few hours work in total.
GSG Meeting Updates:
- Discussion about changing the academic calendar so that the Fall semester ends before Winter break.
- If students have any comments or suggestions they can contact the Graduate Student Government at firstname.lastname@example.org
- Public Safety updates:
- A representative from Public safety discussed bike thefts as well as package thefts on campus.
- Please contact Public Safety at 609-258-1000 if a package or other item belonging to you appears to have been stolen
- United States Government tax proposal:
- Students are encouraged to contact the GSG in regards to the recent tax proposal to give suggestions to the GSG on a response to this or comment on the proposal in general.
- Clean up and open garden event took place in October, was well attended
- Overall this year there were 62 adult participants and 11 children
- The Garden will be opening again in the Spring, so please stay watch for any garden emails
- Resident brought up the possibility of Lawrence Apartments having regular compost pick up by the Township.
- We will relay this information and see if this is a viable option for Lawrence Apartments.
Social Event Planning:
- Saturday, December 9th
- Brunch event at Lawrence
- Possibly catered
- Possibly potluck style
- Email will be distributed once planning is complete
Road Change Issue:
- A resident brought to our attention that Princeton Township is considering connecting Springdale Road and West Drive in order to alleviate traffic issues in town.
- We will forward this information to the proper contact at the University
Shuttle Bus Issues:
- Recently residents have complained that the Shuttle Bus drivers are driving too quickly or erratically.
- This issue will be raised to the Transportation Advisory Board at the next meeting
- If you have any complaints about Transportation please contact Charlie Tennyson at email@example.com.
- The committee will be drafting a letter to send to the golf course in regards to the issue of golf balls being hit near the apartment buildings.
- The golf course has made changes over the summer and we would like to keep the dialogue open.
Traffic Light at Lawrence and Alexander:
- Residents are complaining that the light is still slow to change
- This issue will be raised to the Transportation Advisory Board at the meeting
- Package theft/delivery issues update:
- Public Safety urges residents to report any missing packages as soon as they notice
- Public Safety is asking residents to report any suspicious people by contacting Public Safety at 609-258-1000.
- The online anonymous tip submission form is also an option at https://publicsafety.princeton.edu/forms/tipline Please just be as specific as possible.
- Public Safety is working with USPS and Amazon to try and streamline and fix delivery issues.
- There have been some residents asking for security cameras to be installed, however this is an issue that is deliberated by the Security Advisory Board at the University
- Chris Warkala will ask if it is feasible to install security cameras and if so how long it will take for the board to make a decision.
- Smoking Issues:
- The smoking outposts are supposed to be 25 feet away from the building entrances, however some students are moving them so facilities will take charge of making sure they are being moved away from buildings. However residents are urged to NOT move these outposts back closer to the buildings since it affects residents. Thank you.
- There will be No Smoking signs placed around Building 1 for now
- Wooden benches/picnic tables
- Residents have complained that since they have been power washed they have had a lot of splinters so facilities will be sanding/painting them.
- Stop sign in Lawrence Parking lot:
- Greenery has overgrown making the sign hard to see, so facilities will be placing a sign 15 feet ahead of stop sign to state that there is a stop ahead.
- Golf balls issue around playground:
- University is looking into the possibility of adding a playground in another spot around the Lawrence Apartment Complex.
- Does not seem likely there is much that the golf course will do at this point as they have already replaced the netting around the driving range. He is investigating this, but it seems like a long shot.
Transportation Advisory Meeting Update:
- Stop light timing at Alexander/Lawrence
- Transportation is aware that the cycle is often very long for cars and buses waiting to turn onto Alexander Road
- Enterprise Rental Car Signs in the parking lot:
- There has been an issue of residents parking in these designated spots so the University is moving the signs down so that they will be more visible for residents.
- Please contact firstname.lastname@example.org if you have any transportation related issues or concerns.
- Gardeners are encouraged to participate in the garden survey.
- Fall clean up will be in the morning of Saturday, October 21. Residents interested in signing up for the garden next spring, learning more, or just enjoying some time outside are invited to join. There will also be donuts to enjoy.
Fall Social Events:
- Stranger Things Screening:
- We will be screening episodes of Stranger Things for residents from 8pm on October 27th.
- There will be various fall themed drinks/food/candy
- Trick or Treating for Kids:
- We will be holding a trick or treating event for kids/parents who would like to participate
- Residents who would like to give out candy should sign up with their apartment number and building on our sign up sheet.
- Families are welcome to participate in a candy swap in the common room of building 14 at 6pm once trick-or-treating has finished.
- Will be taking place on October 31st at 5pm
Yoga class attendance issues
- Thursdays class will be changed to 4:30pm starting on October 19th for two weeks to test whether this allows more residents to attend.
- This was brought up by a number of attendees of the Thursday class
- Mondays yoga class will continue to be held at 7:30pm.
- New net has been put up
- Golf course will let us know about any additional measure they have taken in regards to this matter
- Netting around the children’s playground is being investigated by the University as well.
Parking lots during events:
- To prevent non-residents from using our parking lot during reunions, Parking and Transportation has been asked to put up signs at the entrance
- As well, Lawrence apartments is not listed on any Reunions information as a parking lot for use
- Once the weather warms up we can start outdoor yoga classes at Lawrence
- Will be open to any resident who wants to participate
- Hopefully will begin sometime this month (weather permitting)
As a reminder there is a Graduate Housing Summit on Wednesday, May 17th at 5pm-7:30pm in Frist room 302 to discuss issues, questions or suggestions for the housing process and housing in general. Pizza and drinks will be provided.
- Information and Sign up email will be sent out this week by Sam Richter
- Information meeting will be held after Spring Break
- Depending on weather, the garden should be started beginning to mid April
- Sam is also planning a Saturday morning event with donuts available for gardeners and friends
Bake off Event Planning:
- Will be held the weekend of April 23rd, Sunday afternoon or evening
- There will be multiple categories with prizes tbd
- An email will be sent out 2 weeks in advance asking residents to sign up for the contest
- There will also be a children’s activity
- Possibly a decorate your own cookie/cupcake table
- All baked items will be baked at home and brought to the event
Golf Course Letter Update:
- Golf Course will be replacing the netting around the driving range
- Which is being done regardless due to regular maintenance
- Possible further remedies include: a sign at the golf course reminding players that there is a residence here and to be careful, or emailing all members stating the same thing.
- Will be held every Monday and Wednesday @ 7:30pm, starting March 27th, going until June 15th
- Will be held in Building 14 common room
- There will be a separate email sent out with more information as well as a document to sign up for classes.
Bus Schedule issue:
- We are sending an email to Transportation requesting more bus service from 5-7pm as residents have noticed over crowding on these buses.
- We will await their response and let residents know.