Under the Knife: Inter-Residence Council, a voice of student community

The Inter-Residence Council is the Student Association's student-run standing committee that represents all on-campus students through representatives from each residence hall.

As the organization's Web site states, "the IRC strives to be the aware and involved voice of Geneseo's residential community and seeks to create and support programs that develop a broader intellectual, social, and cultural on-campus environment."

Established in 1968, the IRC is the largest on-campus student organization with one representative for every 100 residents in each hall.

"It has a reputation of being a good representation of on-campus students because all the residence halls are represented," said the IRC chair, senior Katelyn Conway.

In addition to hall council representatives, IRC boasts an executive board consisting of nine students and two advisors who work on the organization's programs and guide it to better represent the on-campus community.

The IRC interacts with other similar organizations by being an active member of the largest student-run organization in the world, the National Association of College and University Residence Halls. NACURH is broken into eight different regions that hold conferences all over the nation.

Geneseo will be hosting the N.Y. sub-regional meeting in February. The Geneseo IRC keeps in touch with NACURH through its national communications coordinators, seniors Jessica Resnick and Dan DeHollander.

Resnick noted that many other schools in NACURH have similar concerns to Geneseo's. "It's cool because all of us deal with the same stuff," she said. "Going to conferences is also a good way to network, to go to programs and to hear about ideas that can be brought to Geneseo."

According to Conway, IRC is easy to get involved in. "It's definitely an organization that people get invested in early and stick with it," said Conway. "Getting [involved] as a hall council IRC representative is a good way to start."

At weekly meetings, representatives determine whether programs deserve money from the IRC's drawing funds.

"If you have a concern or idea, or want to see a program happen, come to a meeting or see an executive board member," said Resnick. "We're usually pretty flexible and hold open discussions at meetings."

Since the IRC's main goal is to increase the quality of life for on-campus students, it is very accessible. Weekly open meetings are held on Mondays at 8 p.m. in the Hunt room on the bottom floor of the Union.u