Meditations On Progress

Campus Issues: The search for a permanent campus reflection space could soon be over with effort by students and campus officials.

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Last semester's e-mail asking that the campus Muslim community find a new space for prayer should serve as a reminder to all of campus that the search for a new space has taken far too long.

The e-mail itself, sent from the ASUC Auxiliary to the Muslim Students Association, is not a problem. It was a civil and reasonable request that was issued after the Auxiliary received several complaints, and it suggested alternative spaces and resources that would be acceptable.

The real problem is how long the search for a new space is taking. Campus Muslims have been looking for a permanent place to worship for years, and their struggle is indicative of the problems faced by any student looking for a private area in which to reflect. The fact that talks on the issue are still occurring today suggests that the search has achieved little beyond securing a space in the renovated Lower Sproul Plaza.

While we are happy that campus and student officials were able to ensure space in the future, they must find a place for nondenominational meditation and reflection in the interim.

Maintaining momentum on this process is no doubt hampered by the high turnover of ASUC senators. Students passionate about this issue must do something now or risk starting anew after the spring elections.

We also question the apparent lack of involvement by major campus officials. While we appreciate Dean of Students Jonathan Poullard's continual participation in talks and negotiations, we would like to know why other administrators have not voiced their concerns.

The responsibilities of Vice Chancellor of Equity and Inclusion Gibor Basri and Vice Chancellor of Student Affairs Harry Le Grande both appear to apply toward finding a campus prayer space. Perhaps one or both of them could use their resources to help identify a vacant space that could be dedicated to student reflection.

Finding a space for reflection and meditation has been a long and difficult process. With a final, concentrated push and some help from campus administrators, the search may soon be finished.

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