By Emily Guzman
Day of Gracious Living may be a spontaneous holiday for the majority of students on K’s campus, but behind closed doors, Student Commission and the administration spend weeks preparing for this one day. Here are some of the ins and outs of DoGL that you may not know.
At the beginning of spring quarter, the president of StuComm selects up to four possible dates for DoGL, which President Eileen Wilson-Oyelaran and Provost Michael McDonald must approve. The proposed dates must not conflict with major on-campus events — like theatrical performances, major guests speakers, training workshops and other conferences — in order to be approved.
According to Alex Morgan, this year’s StuComm President, Tuesdays and Thursdays are “off limits” because missing a lab would set certain classes far behind.
“If we missed a Monday, Wednesday, or Friday of classes, it would be a lot easier to catch up than having half a class be behind. That’s a valid concern,” said Morgan.
Once the president and provost approve four proposed dates, the president of StuComm has the authority to pick any one of those at random as the official Day of Gracious Living.
StuComm also takes bus availability into consideration to make sure that all students have a way to get to and from South Haven. That also takes time to coordinate with Facilities Management.
Why is the ultimate decision left to the president of StuComm? Morgan admits he has never asked, but he said, “It’s probably nice to have student input and say it was something your elected representative decides.”