By Kelsey Nuttall and Bridgett Colling
Executive Editor and Media Manager
Yes, there will be a Day of Gracious Living tomorrow, backed by the administration of Kalamazoo College. Greg Diment forwarded a message from Provost Mickey McDonald to inform students that DoGL in fact be this Friday, May 20.
“I understand from others that Alex Morgan, president of Student Commission, has indicated to most faculty and also posted messages available to many students, of his desire for tomorrow to be DoGL, the Day of Gracious Living,” stated the Provost. “While we had not agreed upon this, his messages to faculty and students have created a great deal of confusion.”
At the beginning of the quarter, four days were chosen as potential DoGL days: May 11, 18, 23, and 25. According to Morgan, he started to inquire about Friday as a potential date, citing weather as his reason. “I had about four exchanges with the provost today,” he said.
The Provost was hesitant to name Friday as the DoGL date, citing the main stage play, Tommy, as his primary reason, according to Morgan. Morgan said that he contacted John Reeves and Ed Menta of the theatre department to address any concerns they may have had. He said that he told them he would encourage classmates to attend the play if Friday was chosen as the DoGL date.
Morgan said that Commissioners and faculty who contacted him before the administrative decision was declared had been in support of his choice. “They said to do it if it needed to be done,” he said.
In cases where large tests or projects are scheduled for Friday, it as at the professor’s discretion to cancel class or not. “But that is true with every DoGL, really,” said Morgan.
“This quarter has been so long and stressful. I think it was important, expecially for this year, to have some sun break through.”
The Index has not yet been able to contact any administrators for further comment.