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Members share Monk memories

Justin Tardiff | Tuesday, April 12, 2005

At Monday’s Council of Representatives meeting, student body president Dave Baron asked the council to share its fondest memories of outgoing University President Father Edward Malloy. Baron planned to use their input to help him compose a resolution that will thank Malloy for his service to the University.

Former senior class president Darrell Scott spoke of Malloy’s swift response to the events of Sept. 11, 2001.

“My most inviting memory of Monk occurred when I was a freshman. After three weeks of school, we had the most shattering events take place [on Sept. 11, 2001]. Father Malloy was instrumental in crafting a response for that day of crisis,” Scott said. “Showing leadership and sharing hardship meant a lot to students.”

Student body vice president Lizzi Shappell remembered Monk’s solidarity with students choosing to do service after graduation.

“When I have helped with the senior send-off for seniors doing service work after graduation, I loved seeing his dedication to students who make that risky choice,” Shappell said, “It shows his respect for those who choose to serve others.”

Club Coordination Council President Beth O’Shaughnessy remembered Monk for his interaction with the family of Chad Sharon, a Notre Dame student found dead in the St. Joe River in the fall of 2003.

“I saw Monk interact with Chad’s family and Monk was so supportive and showed the true colors of the Notre Dame family and it felt like we really were all in it together,” Marchal said.

The Council also approved four new officeholders.

Adding two new members to their council, the sounding board of the student body president took one step closer to assembling itself completely.

Student body president Dave Baron nominated Vijay Ramadan for the position of academic delegate. Vijay will represent the student body and be a voting member of the University academic council.

“Vijay will be one of the few students who sits on a policy-making body of the University. He has a fine degree of professionalism and he is articulate in his convictions,” Baron said.

Newly-elected sophomore class president Erin Mulholland nominated Kyle Karches as liason for the freshman class council for the 2005-2006 term. He will serve as a resource for incoming freshman representatives and help ease the transition from high school student council to Notre Dame’s student government.

“Kyle is a really great people-person. As a liason he will work to acclimate the freshman to a new government system. He is really qualified for this position,” Mulholland said.

Council members also approved James Leito as judicial council president. In this role, he will be charged with several responsibilities including overseeing campus elections and sitting on the executive committee for the judicial council.

Baron, speaking on behalf of former judicial class present Brin Anderson who could not attend the meeting, told representatives that Leito’s student government experience makes him a perfect fit for the job.

“James gives a tireless commitment to student government. He is qualified for this position,” Baron said.

Representatives also approved Steven Miller as a non-voting member of COR. Miller will serve as director of communications, a new position created to help bridge the gap between student government and the student body.