“College of Business (COB) elections will be next week,” said Student Government
Vice President Sasha Malinchoc. “There will be tables in the COB
in a similar voting fashion to what happened in the SAU during the primary
elections. These elections will span four days.” Laptops will be set
up for voting for an hour on each of the four days in the COB.
Club Review Board Denies Parkour Club,
The Club Review Board has decided to deny Parkour’s application for club
recognition. Parkour is an activity where individuals attempt to overcome
obstacles, such as walls or buildings, as quickly as possible. Parkour is said
to be in “violation of RIT policies” and “indulging in endangering behavior”
where institute liability, including rules and regulations related to RIT
facilities, buildings, and students, were in jeopardy. There was a following
debate in regard to what specific policies Parkour breaks and if these
policies are reputable and what changes could be made to accommodate
future clubs like Parkour.
Mike D’Arcangelo, Director of the Center for Campus Life, spoke in regard
to this issue, “We have a field of what we call ‘minimum standards of care,’
for instance, athletes playing lacrosse must have a helmet and a chest
pad. We’re trying to prevent a serious injury or death. We want to make
sustainable decisions about our students… This isn’t just about Parkour,
but future groups that come after it. I think it’s important that we talk
to [Parkour] now and make sure what they are doing falls within specific
Zachery Cohen, President of the Parkour club, stated, “I’ve been trying
to work with John Zink [Interim Assistant Vice President for Global Risk
Management Services], but we’ve had difficulty staying in touch with him.
I also should note that no person has ever died of this. We want to make
clear that certain videos which show Parkour as dangerous do not represent
Parkour as a whole.”
SG President Ed Wolf stated, “I think if we can’t recognize you as a club,
we can still recognize you as an organization which SG can help support.
We have to take into consideration that RIT is a private institution,
and with that comes a special liability.” It was noted that there is a difference
in state and private schools, in terms of clubs or activities that
they can allow. “In some cases, when a student sues a private school,
the school usually settles whereas in a state school, these cases tend to last
longer. Suing the state is very different than suing RIT,” said Rep at Large
In light of this, Cohen stated, “I feel like we could do a great deal of
good in the community…If we could advertise our club, then we could
create a better awareness on how to teach and learn Parkour.” SG voted
on the issue in favor of Parkour, overruling the Club Review Board,
and recognizing the club.