Slivka: The Historical Timeline
Sam Davidson, Director of Publications 15-16
Slivka Hall was built in 2002 as Northwestern's residential college devoted to science and engineering. It was named after Ben Slivka, a Northwestern graduate of 1982 who headed Microsoft's Internet Explorer team up to version 3.0. –Wikipedia
Note: before December 11, 2015, the College Staff was called the “Master Staff,” and was comprised of the Faculty Master, Associate Master, and Assistant Master.
The Science and Engineering Residential College was previously in Lindgren Hall before transitioning to the Slivka building under the mastership of Allen Taflove.
4/2/06 Earliest preserved record of Exec and House meeting minutes. Unfortunately, these minutes give only first names of board members and do not include their roles. Based on these minutes, it is clear that these were not the first meetings of the board; nothing introductory is discussed. Instead, the board primarily discusses upcoming events much as it does today. Discussed events include: firesides, P2P, Relay for Life, group bonding, IM sports, Green Cup, RCB Field Day (including preparing to push the Master in a shopping cart), and going to see a Wolves game.
Other familiar concepts discussed: The board tried to schedule a trip to see a musical, but the only available day was Dillo Day. The (presumed) Treasurer asked the members of the board to draft budgets. The (presumed) IT Chair reported significantly updating the website.
Master: Art Schmidt
Associate Master: Owen Priest
Associate Master: Cynthia Pierre
President: Erick Bennet
VP: Greg Go
Treasurer: Peien Liu
Secretary of Academic Affairs: Jim Fakonas
Secretary of Faculty Affairs: Robert Metzler
Secretary of Social Affairs: Tiffany Wu
Secretary of Philanthropic Affairs: Lindsey Tengerstrom
Director of Facilities: Dave Hunkins
IT Director: Chris Liman
Historian: Allie Zhang
During this year, the Exec Board sets up Slivka’s Google Calendar and advertises it to students. This is the first year of Universal Marloks on the suites, allowing all Slivkan keys access to each others’ suites. Prior to that, Slivkans could only access their own suites. Life before Universal Marloks was “miserable” because Slivkans had to knock on suite doors and hope someone would hear and let you in (source: testimony by Ben Farah on 5/25/08).
5/21/07 A student requests help paying $450 for services his group sold at Bachelor Auction. The Exec Board decides not to help, since the fault lies with the student’s group for selling more than they could afford to provide, and not the Exec Board. The Exec Board does not want to set a precedent for bailing out Slivkans who make mistakes or are reckless with money.
10/14/07 Thefts are reported: a vacuum cleaner, an ethernet cable, a computer mouse.
2/29/08 Exec votes not to allow absentee voting at Exec elections. Though it seems to some members that everyone should have a chance to vote even if they can’t attend elections, others believe that only Slivkans who have heard the speeches of candidates should be allowed to vote. In addition, the people who feel that Exec elections are important will arrange their schedules in order to be able to attend.
Master: Art Schmidt
Associate Master: Owen Priest
Assistant Master: Cynthia Pierre
President: Peien V. Liu
VP: Alan Wong
Treasurer: Jonathan Saathoff
Secretary of Academic Affairs: Benjamin Farah
Secretary of Faculty Affairs: Stephanie Hu
Secretary of Social Affairs: Natalyn Wong
Secretary of Philanthropic Affairs: Olivia Lui
Director of Facilities: Brandon Merling
IT Chair: Quang Le
Historian: Michelle Miller
During this era, at the beginning of Exec meetings, Exec holds a motion to accept the minutes of the previous week. The academic, faculty, and social committees all appoint a diversity chair and a publicity chair, and some committees have “floor reps.” The historian does not have a committee.
3/11/08 IT Chair Quang Le announces that Windows Vista will be installed on “middle computer.”
4/13/08 At a house meeting, Slivkans select the official Slivka colors by vote: blue and silver.
4/27/08 At a house meeting, Slivkans vote to amend constitution to specifically state that Slivkans must email the vice president in order to challenge final posted points totals for the quarter (within seven days of the end of the quarter).
5/11/08 At a house meeting, Slivkans select official Slivka crest by vote: gear (Though unspecified in the records, I make this assumption because the current Slivka logo is a gear).
10/12/08 Slivkans can receive one house point per quarter by taking pictures at two events and submitting them to IT.
10/19/08 Due to ongoing issues with printer abuse, as well as the high cost of color printer ink, Exec votes to end public support for DR printing. The DR printer is owned by Northwestern and therefore cannot not be sold; additionally, there is also some extra toner available—given the situation, Exec votes to continue use of the printer for support of Exec and committees at least until available toner ran out. This vote establishes the first Exec printer, which will function until the basement floods during the summer in 2013.
10/26/08 Exec votes to amend constitution to provide 10 free house points per quarter to elected RCB members who are also Slivkans, to give the power of ad-hoc committee dissolution to Exec instead of time limits, to require ad-hoc committees to submit plans within 10 days of being assembled, and to require the chairperson of ad-hoc committees to review point-giving with their ad-hoc committee members at the first meeting of their ad-hoc committee. During this era, all constitutional amendments have to be approved by the house. At the house meeting, Exec announces that approval of these amendments will be voted on at the next house meeting.
11/9/08 Amendments from 10/26/08 pass at the house meeting.
1/11/09 Committees no longer have diversity chairs, but Faculty and Academic committees still have publicity chairs. Minutes now refer to various “Secretaries” as “Chairs.”
1/18/09 Facilities Director Brandon Merling proposes that a new DR black and white printer be purchased in response to complaints about lack of printer, and Exec approves. Exec prefers a Lexmark model.
1/25/09 IT Chair Quang Le states that an IT-related rave would occur sometime in the future, as a Slivka event. No further mention of this idea is made during that government.
2/1/09 New printer is set up in DR.
3/10/09 Historian Michelle Miller reports planning to visit university archives in order to discern the history of Slivka.
Master: Art Schmidt
Associate Master: Owen Priest
Assistant Master: Cynthia Pierre (spring), Jennifer Hobbs (fall and winter)
President: Ryan Brock
VP: Kushal Amin
Treasurer: Tyler Boschert
Secretary of Academic Affairs: Alex Zhukhovitskiy
Secretary of Faculty Affairs: Rachel Wang
Secretary of Social Affairs: Michelle Pineda
Secretary of Philanthropic Affairs: Martha Golonko
Director of Facilities: John Regan
IT Chair: Alex Zylman
Historian: Eli Bader
4/5/09 Only academic committee has a Publicity Chair.
4/12/09 First appearance of suggestion box.
5/2/09 Historian Eli Bader announces first Historian event: Improving Your Papers.
5/17/09 Trophies have become sufficiently numerous to warrant the purchasing of shelving.
9/14/09 Eli Bader creates yearbook committee.
9/20/09 Slivka v. Swine Flu. The Master's Staff, with the assistance of Eli Bader and other volunteers, put up hand sanitizers, helped students get missed assignments, and delivered food to sick students.
11/1/09 Alex Zhukhovitskiy reports cataloguing Slivka’s paintings.
Master: Art Schmidt (spring), Owen Priest (fall and winter)
Associate Master: Owen Priest (spring), David Chopp (fall and winter)
Assistant Master: Jennifer Hobbs
President: Ryan Brock (2nd term)
VP: Ford Culver
Treasurer: Jimmy Clifton
Secretary of Academic Affairs: Sam Carton
Secretary of Faculty Affairs: Amy Blood
Secretary of Social Affairs: Austin Culver
Secretary of Philanthropic Affairs: Brittany Zhang
Director of Facilities: Matt Kan
Director of Information Technology: Derek Morris
Historian: Jennifer Dotrong
During this era, Exec sought to develop the “rivalry” between CCI and Slivka. Examples: talking with the president of CCI to get the two res colleges to compete over mundane things, participating in multiple inter-college competitive events to attempt to win the rivalry.
4/4/10 Committees no longer have publicity chairs or diversity chairs. IT Director Derek Morris announces purchase of Xbox. Director of Facilities Matt Kan purchases a vacuum. Associate Master Owen Priest mentions “somebody in a chicken suit” at the house meeting.
4/11/10 Facilities Director Matt Kan explains that replacing the DR Color Printer’s toner would cost $600, and so it would be cheaper to buy a new one.
5/7/10 IT Director Derek Morris holds a successful Slivka rave (possibly the first one).
9/19/10 Ryan Brock explained RC week as an opportunity to establish a rivalry between all 11 RCs.
10/17/10 Master Owen Priest mentions that “Jimmy is a chicken.”
11/14/10 President Ryan Brock suggestions a “friends of Slivka” listserv for past Slivkans.
1/23/11 President Ryan Brock sets up a 1-month trial Netflix account on the Xbox.
3/6/11 President Ryan Brock sets up paid Netflix account.
Master: Owen Priest
Associate Master: David Chopp
Assistant Master: Jennifer Hobbs (spring), Erin Hayes (fall and winter)
President: Ford Culver
VP: Austin Culver
Treasurer: Michael Carmody
Secretary of Academic Affairs: Grace Bushnell
Secretary of Faculty Affairs: Cheri Liu
Secretary of Social Affairs: Amelie Zeng
Secretary of Philanthropic Affairs: Lauren Johnson
Director of Facilities: Alex Cash
Director of Information Technology: Alex Repucci
Historian: Tim Flavin (spring and fall), Connie Gu (winter)
5/7/11 Slivka wins Field Day. Slivkan Sam Carton later wins ass award for organizing 300-style shield formation around President Ford Culver during waterballoon fight. Sam also snatched a megaphone and shouted “Slivkans, prepare for glory!”
5/15/11 IT Director Alex Repucci declared best website master in Slivkan history by other members of Exec for his outstanding accomplishments in making the website look beautiful.
9/25/11 First recognizably modern iteration of Historian Committee, with all of the same responsibilities as the current committee, is established as an ad-hoc committee by Historian Tim Flavin.
10/23/11 Slivka wins best homecoming banner. First mention of Ben Rothman in minutes proclaims that he will be holding a MATLAB fireside.
1/8/12 Historian Committee is made permanent instead of ad-hoc. IT Committee Member Kun Woo introduces Radio Slivka, a website where Slivkans can play music, perform radio programs, and receive points. twitch.tv/radioslivka
2/12/12 President Ford Culver announces plans to renovate DR, adding a TV, whiteboards, a paper cutter, cutting mats, and a new paint job.
2/24/12 Possibly the first IT foam swords event occurs.
3/4/12 Facilities Director Alex Cash mentions that Slivka’s Netflix subscription has been cancelled.
Master: Owen Priest (spring and fall until 10/14), David Chopp (interim), Gary Galbreath (11/4 through winter)
Associate Master: David Chopp
Assistant Master: Erin Hayes (spring), Alex Fontana (fall and winter)
President: Michael Carmody
VP: Stephanie Hemmelgarn
Treasurer: Jacob Jozefiak
Secretary of Academic Affairs: Mattia Livraghi (spring), Haddie Klima (fall and winter)
Secretary of Faculty Affairs: Isabelle Orrico
Secretary of Social Affairs: Matt Chan
Secretary of Philanthropic Affairs: Sarah Uttal
Director of Facilities: Holden Faber
Director of Information Technology: Ben Rothman
Historian: Mattie Biggs
3/4/12 President Michael Carmody proposes that Eco Chair be made a permanent role in the Philanthropy Committee, and Exec votes in favor.
4/22/12 Vice President Stephanie Hemmelgarn announces the successful creation of the Slivka directory. Director of Facilities Holden Faber restores Netflix.
10/14/12 Dr. Owen Priest resigns as master of Slivka. Associate Master David Chopp serves as master during interim.
11/4/12 Dr. Gary Galbreath announced as new master of Slivka.
11/11/12 Facilities Director Holden Faber announces acquisition of Wii.
2/3/13 Assistant Master Alex Fontana congratulates Slivka on winning RCB quiz bowl.
Master: Gary Galbreath (spring), Wes Burghardt (fall and winter)
Associate Master: David Chopp
Assistant Master: Alex Fontana (spring), Hayley Belli (fall and winter)
President: Matt Chan
VP: Ben Rothman
Treasurer: Haddie Klima (for first meeting only), Jacob Jozefiak (for meetings 2-4), Abby Turay (the rest)
Secretary of Academic Affairs: Suhong Jin
Secretary of Faculty Affairs: Max Gillet
Secretary of Social Affairs: Nick Palumbo
Secretary of Philanthropic Affairs: Arianna Wise
Director of Facilities: Ben Granger
Director of Information Technology: Austin Dickey
Historian: Connie Gu (her second time as historian, spring and fall), Mitch Zubieta (Winter)
5/5/13 IT Director Austin Dickey announces that Michael Carmobead is framed and hung in the DR.
9/16/13 President Matt Chan announces official Slivka Twitter account, @SlivkaRC
9/22/13 Facilities Director Ben Granger explains that due to basement flooding during the summer, the Exec printer has been destroyed, and so he will file an insurance claim for a new printer.
11/17/13 Mitch Zubieta takes over as historian. Some minutes from this period may be missing.
Sometime between 1/12/14 and 3/2/14 Mitch Zubieta and Exec change title from Historian to Director of Publications.
3/2/14 IT Director Austin Dickey announces that Holden Fabead will be created soon.
Master: Wes Burghardt
Associate Master: None (spring), Kathleen Carmichael (fall and winter)
Assistant Master: Hayley Belli
President: Abby Turay
VP: Austin Dickey
Treasurer: Evan Rosati
Secretary of Academic Affairs: Zoe Gathers (3/2/14–3/30/14), Austin Dickey (interim), Kara Ferracuti (4/13/14 onward)
Secretary of Faculty Affairs: Alek Jansen
Secretary of Social Affairs: Miriam Mikhelson
Secretary of Philanthropic Affairs: Aayush Gupta
Director of Facilities: Emily Berson
Director of Information Technology: Pooja Saxena
Director of Publications: Brian Capella
3/2/14 Minutes begin referring to Vice President as Vice President of Internal Affairs and Treasurer as Vice President of Financial Affairs.
3/9/14 IT Director Pooja Saxena announces that Holden Fabead has been created.
4/13/14 Publications Director Brian Capella pilots new bathroom reader attachment method. Senior gifts and steaks and BBQ are defined in by-laws.
4/20/14 Exec votes to purchase a 5-foot Fuf.
4/27/14 RCB asks for an official Slivka color, and IT Director Pooja Saxena provides them with the dark blue (standard navy) on top of the Slivka website.
5/4/14 IT Director Pooja Saxena announces new Slivka logo on the Slivka website.
11/9/14 Publications Director Brian Capella announces construction paper birthday cake in front lobby to celebrate the birthdays of Slivkans.
11/16/14 Evanston Police go into rooms over break, and leave some unlocked. Some Slivkans are missing objects.
1/11/15 Evanston Police go into rooms over break and leave some unlocked again, once again resulting in the loss of some possessions.
Master / Faculty Chair: Wes Burghardt (spring), Quincy Thomas Stewart (fall and winter)
Associate Master / Associate Faculty Chair: Kathleen Carmichael
Assistant Master / Assistant Faculty Chair: Hayley Belli
President: Austin Dickey
VP: Pooja Saxena
Treasurer: Kara Ferracuti
Secretary of Academic Affairs: Alyssa Liu
Secretary of Faculty Affairs: Rebecca Hughes
Secretary of Social Affairs: Nnenna Nwagbo
Secretary of Philanthropic Affairs: Monica Blazek
Director of Facilities: Jessica Li
Director of Information Technology: Joey Salvo
Director of Publications: Sam Davidson
3/10/15 Superler senior: Bead Rothman is created.
4/12/15 Director of Publications Sam Davidson announces purchase of 64 GB USB 3.0 flash drive for use in historian record-keeping.
4/19/15 President Austin Dickey announces that permission has been granted for Slivka to hang a banner in the Slivka/CCI room at Sargent. At the house meeting, after weeks of online polls narrowing options down to three final candidates (though without confirming whether Slivkans really want to have a mascot or not), Slivkans vote 1) to have a mascot and 2) that it should be an octopus.
4/26/15 After receiving some complaints in the suggestion box from people who could not attend the house meeting of the previous week, Exec decides to minimize important voting at house meetings in the future and to opt for more online polls, since they are accessible to all Slivkans.
5/3/15 Exec approves a quorum bylaw that will require a minimum number of Slivkans to vote on an important issue in order to determine its outcome, in order to help prevent more issues like the one caused by the mascot vote on 4/19. At the house meeting, Academic Chair Alyssa Liu announces creation of a Slivka music playlist, which will be located on the website.
5/10/15 Director of Publications Sam Davidson proposes establishment of a minutes archive available to all Slivkans so that Slivkans can access the history of Slivka more easily, and this passes 6-0-3. Spurred by a suggestion from Slivkan Sophie Brauer, IT Director Joey Salvo proposes adding links to Slivkan blogs and music to the Slivka website. Exec agrees, with the caveat that he must include a disclaimer that the opinions expressed in these links are of the Slivkans themselves, and do not necessarily represent the viewpoints of Slivka as an entity.
5/23/15 Slivka wins RCB Field Day and brings home numerous trophies.
5/24/15 Based on suggestions by Eco Rep Sophie Brauer, Exec decides that compost bins will be added to the trash rooms. Exec discusses animosity/overcompetitive vibe between other RCs and Slivka, and decides to try to cultivate more positive relations between Slivka and other RCs in the future.
5/31/15 Exec votes to assign the Exec printer and all related responsibilities to Director of Publications going forward. After a few weeks of discussing whether to give gifts to all seniors or just the ones who actually participated in Slivkan events, Exec decides to keep things positive and give gifts to all of them. In the future, Exec will try to create events aimed at upperclassmen. Exec decides to maintain the Suggestion box anonymity that was started in the previous weeks, but to add a request that Slivkans provide their names in order to promote an open discussion.
7/13/15 Sam Davidson begins writing this timeline.
8/21/15 Sam Davidson finishes first draft of this timeline.
2/2016 New exec board elected:
President: Joey Salvo
Vice President of Internal Affairs: David Samuels
Vice President of Financial Affairs: Kara Ferracuti
Academic Chair: Ramish Zaidi
Fellows Chair: Rebecca Hughes
Social Chair: Ben Richards
Philanthropy Chair: Erica Fada
Facilities Chair: Akhil Shanishetti
IT Director: Becca Rymsza
Director of Publications: Kathryn Fatina
Spring Quarter, 2016:
Fall Quarter, 2016:
Mysteries of Slivka Section
This section will serve to catalogue Slivka’s historical mysteries.