By Jessi Balagtas
Reid Hall Resident Assistant

The Residents’ Interhall Congress budget is only 33 percent spent this year. Money remains for new programs, said Ryan Bishop, RIC’s director of internal affairs.

Bishop said this Monday, Nov. 28, to the assembled members of RIC, a group of students representing each on-campus residence hall.

The last meeting will be at 6:30 p.m. tonight in Maple Hill South, Room 143.

Bills Passed

HB15 Tough Love

Tough Love is program for women to come together and talk about sexual assault. The student wellness center and No Women Left Behind, a registered student organization, will be involved. RIC members discussed whether or not to allow men to attend. Organizers emphasized that this program isn’t so much an informative program as much as an open discussion with only female victims.

Payton Cellars and Summer El-Shahawdy of Maple Hill talk about the Tough Love program.

Payton Cellars and Summer El-Shahawdy of Maple Hill talk about the Tough Love program.

HB16 Duncan De-Stress

This is a program for Duncan Avenue Apartment residents to come relax during finals with massages, coffee, tea and cookies. The goal is to provided an event where students will interact with neighbors they wouldn’t normally see.

HB17 Starbucks for Finals in Yocum

This program provides for Starbucks coffee in Yocum Hall’s main room. The coffee will be available to students during finals week.

HB18 Pride Day

This is a sexual safety and awareness program. Involvement is expected from the student wellness center and others.

New Bills

HB19 Around the World in 10 Floors

Yocum Hall representatives asked RIC for some assistance to put on the Around the World in 10 Floors program for its third year. Students on each floor celebrate a holiday from a different part of the world.

HB20 Casino Night in Hotz

Hotz Honors Hall representatives asked for assistance in putting on the Casino Night event for the third year. This event features faculty member card dealers and grand prizes that include hammock and other gifts.

HB21 House Shirts for RIC

T-shirt designs are done. RIC staff just need to pay for the shirts.

HB22 Christmas Party for the NW Quad

This event would be a first of its kind, but should draw in a lot of people from north campus residence halls, NW Quad organizers said.

It will feature cookies, Christmas movies and prizes.

HB23 Cultural Coffee for the NW Quad

What could be better than free coffee and cultural awareness? NW Quad organizers asked for RIC’s help with paying for coffee cup sleeves that have cultural facts printed on them.

New Recreational Fields

RIC attendees also heard a presentation from University Recreation about a $30 million project for new recreational fields. The project should take three to five years.