By Paul A. Anthony, Editor in Chief
The two men most directly responsible for changing day-to-day Chapel policy will appear before the Students’ Association at its meeting Wednesday night to answer student questions.
The meeting, which is open to all undergraduate students, will feature Brad Carter, director of Chapel programming, and Wayne Barnard, dean of Campus Life. The meeting begins at 5 p.m. in Room 114 of the Biblical Studies Building.
“I think things will go well,” Carter said. “I’m not real worried or antsy about anything.”
Carter is the author of the Chapel five-year plan, whose contents were revealed in the Optimist Jan. 25. The plan gives tentative suggestions for improving Chapel attendance, increasing the worship atmosphere in Moody Coliseum and making attendance recording easier.
SA president Jeremy Smith and Carter set up Wednesday’s presentation time last semester. Smith said he expects the time to go well.
“I’m real good friends with Brad,” Smith said. “There’s no tension between us and them. They’re excited about being there.”
Carter said he would do a presentation about the five-year plan, although he said he hadn’t determined yet how it would be laid out. After Carter’s presentation, he and Barnard will answer questions from Congress and any other students in the room.
The news was welcome to some members of Congress who had criticized the five-year plan and the direction of Chapel in recent weeks.
“I think that it’s great that they are willing to come and talk to the students,” said Rep. Aubrey Eyer, Chambers Hall, who first raised concerns about Chapel in SA’s Jan. 25 meeting. “But that’s not going to have an effect if students not on SA aren’t at the meeting or if the administration doesn’t listen to the students or give them straight answers.”
After the five-year plan was released, members of the Chapel Programming Team confirmed that executive officer campaign speeches would not be delivered in Chapel this semester for the first time in about 60 years, creating strong criticism from those expected to announce their candidacy in the coming months.
“A lot of people on this campus seem to think of Brad Carter as the enemy,” said junior vice president Taylor Hemness, one of the four possible candidates who criticized the decision. “I think if he handles it correctly, it’ll calm down pretty quick.”
Hemness, junior senators Erin Baldwin and Shep Strong and executive treasurer Jonathan Wilkerson all are thought to be considering runs for executive president.