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Saint Mary’s explores gender violence issue

Ashley Charnley | Thursday, September 25, 2008

Saint Mary’s College will examine the issue of gender violence through a symposium next Wednesday and Thursday, Women’s Issues commissioner Becky Faunce said Wednesday at the Board of Governance (BOG) meeting.

Several organizations and departments on campus will come together to present a movie Wednesday at 5 p.m. on gender violence in the Vander Vennet Theatre. The following day, a panel session will be held from 5 p.m. to 7, Faunce said.

Professor Luzmila Camacho-Platero, an assistant professor of Spanish at Saint Mary’s, organized the speakers for the panel, which includes two Saint Mary’s professors, a professor from Ohio State University and a speaker from the YWCA.

“They will be talking about all different forms of violence against women,” Faunce said.

Saint Mary’s is continuing its Theology on Fire lecture series from last year, Missions commissioner Sarah King said.

The lecture, “What Does it Mean to ‘Vote Catholic?'” will take place next Wednesday at 8 p.m. in the Student Center Lounge. Political science professor Amy Cavender will speak.

“Please come show your support, especially considering the school’s value of justice this year,” King said. Saint Mary’s wants its students to be informed by the time the Election Day arrives in November, King said. Saint Mary’s Campus Ministry is sponsoring the lecture series.

Sodexho, Saint Mary’s food services, is trying to bring a little piece of home to the dining hall. Food services will be accepting students’ family recipes and choosing one a month, Student Services commissioner Catherine Meadors said. Detailed plans for the event are preliminary, but students will receive a chef’s coat from Sodexho if their recipe is chosen.

Spes Unica, the new academic building on campus, will begin serving lunch from 12:30 p.m. to 2 during the week, Meadors said. It will have a make-your-own deli bar that students can charge as a meal on their plan.

There will be a Salsa Night next Thursday from 8 p.m. to midnight in the Student Center Lounge, Student Diversity Board president Adriana Rodriguez said. For the first hour there will someone there to help teach people how to salsa correctly.

Hall Council elections will be held today until 11:59 p.m., Resident Hall Association president Maura Clougherty said. Students can go on PRISM to vote for each residence hall council.