RVC College Rep guide
Distribution: Officers and college reps of Rice Vegetarian Club
In September 1995, Rice Vegetarian Club reorganized its vegetable
cutting and food preparation scheme along the lines of Rice Recycling,
by introducing one or two college reps at each of the
undergraduate colleges. Each college will have a turn at vegetable
cutting, once every 4-8 weeks. Furthermore, each rep is responsible
for RVC publicity at his or her college. In a specific college's week,
the college rep(s) for that college will be expected to gather up 4 or
5 volunteer vegetable cutters. Guidelines for cutting vegetables and
for getting cutters are discussed below.
College Rep duties
- Pick up fliers (every 2 weeks or so) either from the RVC dinner
or from the publicity representative and hang them up at high-traffic
points at your college. You will receive an email notice when fliers
- When it's your college's turn, arrange 4 or 5 people to cut
vegetables. You don't need to get someone with a car (though that
wouldn't hurt at all) in that group, as someone who's experienced has
to come to supervise the cutup and most of the officers have cars
- Stay in contact with the mailing list maintainer to get updates
on who on the veggie club list is from your college. A refresher list
should be sent to you when it's your college's turn to handle cutting,
and a reminder should be mailed out to your college members, but if
you don't see either, speak up at once - it makes everyone's job
Getting Vegetable cutters
- The president will call and email the rep to remind the rep of
his or her week on that Monday. The rep should call people on Tuesday
or Wednesday night, as Thursday night is often too late, and conflicts
with pub night.
- The president will give the college rep a reminder call on
Thursday. If the college rep has people by this time, he or she should
let the president know how many people have been rounded up. If the
college rep is having difficulty finding people, this is the time to
let the president know so that the president can look for a backup
plan. This is also time to plan for transportation.
- Vegetable cutters do not have to be vegetarians -- anyone
interested in RVC is ok
Guidelines for Vegetable Cutters
College reps are expected to inform their cutters about the following
- The cutup happens at the Hare Krishna temple (although we haven't
seen anybody freak out because of this, it is entirely conceivable
that somebody might, so better to establish this right away)
- A ride will be provided. If the vegetable cutter has a car,
encourage this person to drive one of the cars
- Vegetable cutting includes a free lunch afterward
- Meet at 10:00 AM Saturday morning. For Jones and Brown, meet at
Jones College Commons; for all other colleges, meet at Wiess College
- Cutters will be back at Rice by 1 PM, after having lunch
Vegetable Cutting rules
The RVC program follows far stricter rules of cleanliness and hygiene
than are usually required for food preparation. The college rep is
expected to be familiar with these rules, and should convey them to
the cutters. The kitchen manager (usually an officer) will also know
Someone with experience will always be there, and they will show you
where the bowls, knives, food processors, cutting boards, etc. come
from and go back, as well as the buckets, brooms, mops, etc.
- Wash hands thoroughly before cutting
- In the wash-room, there are 2 sinks, a ceramic one and a metal
one. The ceramic one is for hand-washing and washing eating
utensils. The metal one is for washing vegetables and buckets.
Kitchen supplies (cutting boards, knives, etc) get washed in the large
sink in the kitchen.
- NO TASTING WHILE CUTTING!!!!! This rule cannot be
emphasized enough; although there is little temptation when peeling
potatoes, please be very careful about this one when you're peeling
apples, slicing strawberries, grating carrots, etc.
- As a corollary of the above, we must also observe peak cleanliness
in and around the kitchen and food-serving areas when at the temple. If,
when you're having lunch, you're hungry for seconds, please wash your
hands before using serving utensils. Further, do not eat in the kitchen or
remove food from the kitchen or counter areas.
- Throw away all trash in dumpster. Sweep and mop vegetable cutting
area as appropriate. Throughly rinse off all cutting boards, knives,
etc, before returning them.
Guidelines for the President
The president is responsible for selecting the college reps. College
reps do not have to be vegetarians, but they do have to be serious
about RVC. Ideally, college repping should be a good training ground
for future officers, so freshmen and sophomores are the best
choices. If a college rep doesn't perform the needed duties, that
person can and should be replaced.
The president must also make up the college rep schedule. This should
be made at the beginning of the semester. The president also must
contact the appropriate college rep each week -- do NOT settle
for answering machines or roommates!
Ideally, there should be 2 reps at each college, but this will
probably never happen at any college other than Jones! The president
should also maintain a "backup-list" in case a college rep has
difficulties getting cutters; the backup-list should include people
who would be willing to cut vegetables on short notice.
Guidelines for Publicity Reps
Publicity reps should make fliers available to the college reps at the
dinner before the week(s) advertised in the fliers, and should let all
the college reps know when the fliers are ready. As much as possible,
the publicity rep (or a delegate) should actually put the fliers in
each rep's mailbox.
Guidelines for all officers
All officers should be ready to be kitchen managers. A kitchen manager
should know how to use the blenders and other machines in the kitchen,
as well as the locations of all cutting boards, knives, buckets,
brooms, mops, etc.