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Relief effort, new Student Center celebrated

Bale, Kelly and Rangel, Erica | Tuesday, March 1, 2005

Meeting for the last time in the conference room of the Haggar Student Center, Saint Mary’s Board of Governance celebrated on Monday its move to the new Student Center and the end of its “Love Makes the World Go Round, Show Your Love” tsunami relief campaign.”I know we were a little iffy at first,” student body president Sarah Catherine White said. “But we pulled through and we are well beyond our goal.”Student body vice president Mary Pauline Moran attributed much of the fundraiser’s success to the theme “Show Your Love” and because the campaign lasted the entire month of February.”I think the fact that we waited was good, it gave everyone a chance to reflect on the event,” Moran said. “I think people wanted to donate but didn’t know when or where [to donate] and this provided them with the opportunity.”BOG’s goal of $1341, or $1 per student, was nearly doubled with a final total of $2610.10. White, Moran and executive treasurer Molly Welton presented the final check to history professor Dr. Cyriac Pullapilly. Pullapilly will pass the Saint Mary’s funds onto the Salesian Fathers of India, who help raise and educate orphans and street children.”All of the student body cooperated and contributed … we should keep up this spirit,” Pullapilly said. “I thank you on behalf of the Salesian Brothers for the people of India who will benefit from this.”Pullapilly continued, “It’s such an amazing thing. I am so proud of these girls for putting together a successful campaign. It says a lot about the ladies that come to Saint Mary’s.”White, Moran and Welton also presented BOG with a poster that will be signed by members and displayed in the new student center thanking students for the funds they raised.White also acknowledged Welton, whom White said put a large amount of work into organizing the fundraiser and helping it run smoothly.BOG placed containers in each of the residence halls and other locations on campus to collect donations. A face-to-face collection was also done in a series of three “Night Knocks.” Members of BOG went to each dorm room asking each resident for $1.BOG approved a co-sponsorship through the Student Academic Council for three seniors and three freshmen from the Social Work Department to travel to Mexico during spring break. The students will be attending the El Salvador Encounter where they will do service work and attend various workshops. A brown bag lunch presentation about their trip is scheduled for when they return.

In other BOG news:u Student Activities Board will hold a “write the troops session” tonight at 8 p.m. in the Le Mans Lobby.u Saint Mary’s Alumnae will be on campus from March 14-20. Alumnae will participate in activities like Midnight Madness and will also attend lunch with current students throughout the week.u The second part of Senior Formal tickets are being sold this week. Money is due Wednesday and table signups are due on Friday.