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ISSUE 115 VOL 12 PUBLISHED 2/22/2002

Residence Life in search of new staff

By Betsy Pedersen
Staff Writer


Friday, February 22, 2002

This year's annual campaign to attract students to the leadership position of Junior Counselors (JC) and Resident Assistants (RA) for the 2002-2003 school year is using the popular book title by Dr. Seuss, "Oh the places you'll go!"

Juniors can apply to be JCs and both juniors and seniors can apply to be RAs.

For the interviewers, the JC/RA selection process is long, but for the interviewees, the selection process is short, lasting less than two hours. After submitting an application, applicants attend an interview consisting of an introduction, a 50-minute group interview, and two 20-minute panels.

Once selected, the future staff members take part in a special room draw to pick housing assignments for the upcoming school year. Some students are concerned that they won't get the dorm that they want, but Peg Walter, assistant director of residence life administration, said that things "usually work out great."

JCs and RAs return to campus two weeks earlier than other students in the fall. Staffers are trained during "Week Zero." Following Week Zero comes "Week One," when the first-years arrive on campus.

Both the number of staff and the number of applicants fluctuate from year-to-year. This year, for example, there are 82 JCs and 38 RAs. As far as applicants, far fewer men usually apply than women. Typically, about two times as many women apply as are needed. Men, on the other hand, are more in demand. Some years there are not enough male applicants.

Some people choose not to apply because they believe the position is only for very outgoing people. But Ryan Cole '02 who is currently a RA in Ytterboe and last year was a JC in Ellingson, believes that residence life positions are fulfilling for both introverts and extroverts.

"As an extrovert you can fulfill those desires to meet new people around the hall," Cole said, "but as an introvert you will have the perfect opportunity to develop your social skills on those trips through the hall."

Cole recommended that people "who can discover fun on campus without breaking policy or can take those activities off campus" apply for the positions.

Paden Hendrickson '02 was a JC in Mohn last year and enjoyed the position. "I liked getting to know the group of guys that I was a JC for," he said.

He pointed out, though, that the position isn't all fun and games.

"Being on duty wasn't bad, but busting people was never fun," he said. "Sometimes you just have to do it though."

JC/RA application deadline is Feb. 27. Interested students should visit www.stolaf.edu/stulife/reslife to print an application.





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