It’s almost time for Plenary, and the usual questions linger in the air. How long will it take to reach quorum? Will we keep it for all of Plenary? Who should I put on my Plenary bingo board? However, beyond these typical questions lies a greater sense of uneasiness. Given what we know so far, it seems that this Plenary in particular is susceptible to taking forever–and possibly going down in flames–so it seems only appropriate to illustrate the situation with the help of Taytay.
For me, the saga began when I first opened the Plenary packet document and saw the page count: 28 PAGES?!?
You’ve got to be kidding. That’s longer than some senior theses. It’s also technically around 40% longer than the average bill in the US Congress (although most significant bills are much longer). I scrolled anxiously down past the lovely cover artwork (produced in this very office), and it was then that the cause of this verbosity was revealed: THERE ARE NINE RESOLUTIONS THIS SEMESTER.
What is this madness? And we have to get through all nine before we can even vote on opening the ratification process for the Honor Code? And we have to get through everything in 4 hours? And not lose quorum for more than 30 minutes at a time? Wow. OK, then, time to get down to business.
If we’re going to do this, we need everyone to show up on time and stay. This means having a word with those friends who always seem to find an excuse to skip Plenary:
Do you want to throw the Honor Code into limbo? Do you want to make everyone come back again for a special Plenary by keeping us from working things out and passing it now? Do you want to just sit back and let everything good and beautiful about this imperfect but empowering system burn? DO YOU?!?
Don’t be that person. Nobody likes that person. Not coming is basically like doing this to everyone, including yourself:
Besides, Plenary can be fun! There’s food, time to hang out with friends, play Plenary bingo, and pretend to study.
Real talk, though: Plenary is an important part of the student self-governance process at Haverford, and it is a responsibility and an honor we should both take seriously and celebrate. How well we can work together–even (in fact, especially) through our differences–to make and keep this community strong is a sign of how effective we will be at leading and making a difference in the various fields we go into when we graduate. The power is in our hands. Therefore, we should all walk in like:
See you at Plenary!