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New Gym

I was wondering if there would be any possibility of davidson investing in a new gym facility? The gym in Union (and even new dorm too) is incredibly small and the machines are very outdated, and there are also some essential machines that are normally found in a gym that aren't even supplied. Often times, many people who are using mats overcrowd the floors and make it difficult to use various machines due to a lack of... more »

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Allow Fraternities to Disassociate from their National Orgs

Davidson should offer fraternities the option to disassociate from their national organizations and convert to a role as a Davidson social group while maintaining their spot on Patterson Court, assuming a role similar to eating houses. With this option, Davidson would gain better control over these organizations while allowing the organizations to functionally continue after disassociating from national organizations,... more »

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Potential Calendar Option

Return in the fall but with an altered schedule. Potentially start the semester a week or two earlier than usual, forgo fall break and attempt to end all classes before thanksgiving break so we simply do not return to campus afterwards. This means all classes would be completed and we could just take exams from home again. This idea is similar to the idea that Notre Dame just announced. Our community is even smaller than... more »

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Program in the Publishing Arts

This interdisciplinary program would allow students to learn about print and digital publishing, to understand its history and and imagine its future, and to approach it as both scholars and makers. Digital publishing is in its infancy, with possibilities for immersive, multimedia, 3D, VR, and AR storytelling still emerging. Despite the power and promise of the digital realm, print publishing isn't going away. The birth... more »

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Temporary Trimester System for the 2020-2021 Academic Year

As a disclaimer, I'm not a part of the COVID-19 Design Teams and I wanted to put this idea out there to get some conversation going.

We currently have 2 potential plans for the fall, but both of these plans have their own shortcomings. A 13+ calendar is flexible and ensures that our education will be similar to what it was under normal circumstances. The biggest advantages of this system is its possible late start date... more »

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Elective Remote Semester

The shortened in-person semester ideas are out of touch with the reality of the situation, which is that cases in Mecklenburg County are still going up and Charlotte is a hotspot. Students with compromised immune systems or reasons to continue social distancing would be forced into the choice to skip the semester or elect to do remote classes (if that even is a choice offered) at the expense of the quality of their education.... more »

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Sentinel Testing

Problem: Asymptomatic transmission of coronavirus means it's hard to know when it's spreading until it's too late to control the spread.

Idea: Test a randomly-selected member of each residence hall once a week (or every two weeks?). If the "sentinel" is positive, test the rest of the hall, and commence contact tracing for anyone who tests positive.

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Policy Studies Initiative In Reserve

Submitted by Ken Menkhaus

A group of faculty, staff, and alums (including Board members) is hoping to advance an idea we have discussed for several years, namely building on our existing strength in policy studies and engagement with the policy world to develop a more expansive and structured set of curricular, co-curricular, and extra-curricular programs related to policy studies. This idea is in early stages and we... more »
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Entrepreneurship Minor

Submitted by Rae Clemmons

Davidson is committed to preparing students for lives of leadership and service, and historically has nurtured alumni who now serve as leaders in social enterprises, the medical and law fields, politics, the church, and other important industries. Entrepreneurship and the entrepreneurial mindset is another form of leadership skills that students would benefit from, as they prepare for jobs in... more »

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Campus Delivery Services In Reserve

Campus delivery positions
My idea stems from being able to have Davis Cafe orders delivered on campus to tables/dorms/study spaces for a small fee. I would imagine it to be very popular, especially to disabled students, should it be on an easily accessible platform and be able to be charged to CatCard balances. This would be a good integration into the online ordering at Davis Cafe. A routing platform could be utilized... more »
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The Good Life (an interdisciplinary, student-driven course)

The proposed course has precedents in the wildly popular "happiness" psychology courses at Yale and Harvard, the "Design Your Life" course at Stanford's D-School, and Davidson's own "Living the Liberal Arts" course. Unlike the Yale and Harvard happiness courses, this new course would be interdisciplinary, and unlike Stanford's Design Your Life course, it would have a strong grounding in academic research and writing.... more »

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Rice Cooker in Commons

I was lucky enough to attend a boarding school during my high school experience. At times, the food got repetitive, but there were always staples that allowed students to make their own variations of plates. One of those staples was white rice. One of our stations during lunch and dinner was a large rice cooker that was open to students. For many students, rice had always been a staple; having it as an option for our... more »

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