The administration’s new proposal passed today’s Board of Regents vote by a margin of 1 vote, (15 for the administration’s new proposal and 14 against). Craig was only allowed to speak once while President Gooch , who was in favour of the proposal, answered all the questions. This was biased.
Members weren’t voting for “free rent” – they were voting for keeping Dr. Stephenson’s bequest and that included co-operative living, community service and financial accessibility that meant the house would collect self-sustaining rent from its members.
Hundreds of signatures gathered in support of Stephenson House, dozens of students turned up to rally in support of the House right before the meeting. 4 dozen cookies baked for the rally. Countless months of negotiations and counter-proposals by Craig with the administration and President Gooch.
All of it lost, all of Stephenson House lost by 1 vote. Never in a board meeting was the vote a secret ballot. This one was. People are angry and unhappy. The ‘new’ Stephenson House will not be what Dr. Stephenson imagined.