DORM CHAPEL/EVALUATION

December 4, 2008

Yesterday was dorm chapel and long story short it was great.  But what I do want to highlight some of the response I received from the mini dorm evaluation I gave the guys to fill out. 

First of all, here’s why I did this:  I wanted to get a better read on how the guys see the dorm and the dorm staff.  Though some of their responses provoked a “really?” attitude on my part, it was both challenging and encouraging to read. 

Second of all, here are the questions I asked:

Write down 3 woRds to describe our dorm; Write down one thing you enjoy about the dorm; 3 things you think the dorm needs to work on or grow in; 3 words to describe the dorm staff (RD, Ra’s, etc.); one thing you enjoy about the staff; 3 things you think the staff needs to work on or grow in. 

Here are some of the responses to describing the dorm
childish,
shallow,
prideful,
stinky,
unified,
loud,
best,
spirited,
fun,
exciting,
elite,
relational,
obnoxious,
loving,
energetic, 
homie (that’s right, you read correctly),
unity (not unified),
happy,
comfortable,
cliquish,
plesant (not pleasant but plesant),
clean,
dirty,
legalistic,
power abusive RA’s (this guy was not joking,
he mentioned it twice on his sheet),
atheltic,
good looking (seriously?),
open/exposed/vulnerable (I guess that’s all one word),
strict,
brotherhood,
arrogant,
godly,
dynasty,
integrity,
family,
changing,
growing,
jocks etc.
Here are responses to what they enjoy about the dorm:
Ona (haha), outgoing atmosphere,
fellowship,
people,
community,
deep relationships,
Hotchkiss Lower Front,
Small Groups,
my roommate,
unity,
love & concern,
conversations that go deeper to spiritual things,
Blakey’s support,
The Office nights,
endless amounts of energy (so true),
Apple pie night, etc. 
Here are responses to what they think the dorm staff needs to work on or grow in: 
Less curfew (like we have control of that),
more involved,
don’t break rules (now, is this one something we need to do more of or less of),
stop by and say hi,
reality of life,
smelly,
not be so quick to confron and not get to know peeps first,
no curfew (again, we have no control over that),
more community  with each other (this guy actually put ‘community of brother to build on’ as their thing
they enjoy about the dorm – I’m confused),
spreading time out (now, I had always wished for the power to control time but unfortunetly I don’t have that ability),
having fun (really?)
reaching out to all,
just chilling,
their abs,
the bathroom stalls because I can barely breathe in their (I gotta give this one to this guy, the stalls are tiny – but I don’t know if the dorm staff can start construction for that until we receive permission from Bob Hotton),
Having events that the staff participates in and not always leads (I think this one’s for me – sorry, I’m not 21 anymore),
challenge people more (and this guy said that we also need to loosen up on sign-ins…hmm, for real?)
be available,
getting to know us more (one other guy said that the thing he enjoys most about the dorm was when his door was closed and locked – maybe these two should get together),
not being so passive,
prayer (yes),
more of a personal touch (mmm…I dont’ know how to feel about this one),
free food (I agree),
less fines (I’ll make you a deal, less violations=less fines)
focus on freshman more,
evangelism
missional mindsets,
humility,
impartiality,
reverance for God’s truth (ouch!),
pursuing everyone,
nothing (really?),
more events,
one on ones w/guys who don’t get it 
Caleb (haha…this one was funny – Caleb’s an ARA) etc.
 All in all, I enjoyed reading through this.  It was challenging to read how the guys see it and how me and my staff come across.  There’s probably a lot more reality to it than I think.  So, I’m open to it and I want to change.  I want to see the need better and apparently, the guys enjoy what they want more of: pursuit, consistency, sincerity, follow through, growth etc.  That’s what I want as well. 
Thanks guys, I hope to serve you better and be a better example for the sake of Christ and His kingdom work! 
We ended our time togehter playing Dodge Ball – Lower Back one again and will be getting a free Christmas dinner on me – so any advise and help to cook for 24 college guys is welcomed! 
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3 Responses to “DORM CHAPEL/EVALUATION”

  1. Jillian said

    the very last part reminds me…the recipe is on its way!

  2. JLaff said

    this list is very convicting. even for an Alumni such as i.

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