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Possible changes for 2014 Reading Day

March 22, 2013

Reading Day may be undergoing some changes as early as the 2014-2015 school year. The day is typically reserved for studying just as activities outside of class are expected to be discontinued. However, students have noticed Reading Day is not being used how it was originally intended.

Kathryn Shipp, president of the Associated Students of Monmouth College (ASMC), was presented with the Reading Day issue early last semester and has been working with the curriculum committee ever since.

If the committee approves any changes, one of two things could happen. The first possibilitiy would implement a rule stating that no member of Monmouth College (professor, organization, office) may hold a meeting, jury, session, exam, or presentation except for the purpose of optional final exam review.

The second possible outcome would be to implement this new rule for a second Reading Day and continue using the current Reading Day as it is.

In the mean time, faculty senate member Tim Tibbetts said that they are planning to honor the intent of Reading Day more strictly.

“The reason that the curriculum committee is working on this issue,” said Tibbetts, “is because they are working on the larger issue of the daily schedule now that we are operating under the 4-4 …”

In a letter to the curriculum committee, ASMC cited the rigorous nature of the 4-4 as reason to review the importance of Reading Day. The issue being raised to the faculty senate and curriculum committee is a result of student concerns brought to ASMC.

“This is mainly in response to student concerns that one Reading Day is not enough,” Tibbets said, “that it is getting packed full with other activities and that it would be preferable to not have final exams on Sundays, or on the weekend at all for that matter.”

Curriculum committee chairperson professor Judi Kessler recognized the importance of this issue and conducted a straw poll among faculty to gage their feelings on the subject.

“We are in the deliberating stage right now,” Kessler said. “No changes have been decided upon, and it may turn out that no action will be taken on this matter at this time.”

Elizabeth Meyer
Contributing Writer

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