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Student group asks for sponsorship

Ashley Charnley | Thursday, November 6, 2008

Saint Mary’s Communicative Disorders Club asked Board of Governance (BOG) to help fund their trip to the American Speech-Language-Hearing Association (ASHA) convention during the Board’s meeting Wednesday night. The convention is being held in Chicago from Nov. 20-22.

The club represents Saint Mary’s newest major on campus, Communicative Disorders, which began last year, Amanda Blackwell, president of the club, said.

“The reason we are asking for sponsorship is so that we can be a prominent voice on campus for people who have communicative disorders,” Blackwell said.

The convention consists of seminars and learning sessions for the students, a graduate school fair and other networking opportunities, Blackwell said.

“It’s where 12,000 speech language pathologists and audiologists from all over the world come together and share the most current research and talk about the most pertinent issues pertaining to our field,” Blackwell said.

The group would like to share the information they receive at the convention with their fellow classmates, Frannie Shelburn, vice president of the club, said. They hope to give an information session to students as well, she said.

After voting on the co-sponsorship, student body vice president Sarah Falvey said the Constitution Oversight Committee met for the first time Monday and began discussing possible amendments to the Constitution.

“We are going to try and hold a Constitution Forum in the next two weeks,” Falvey said. She wants to give students the opportunity to voice the changes they would like to see made.

One of the changes she said she would like to look into was the time frame for student government elections, although Election Commissioner Francesca Johnson would have to propose any changes.

The Constitution currently states the elections should be held during Heritage, which is traditionally the second week of the second semester, and then turnover occurs on April 1, Falvey said. The committee would like to decrease the amount of time between the elections and when the new elected officials actually take office.

Pushing back the elections would also give the Board the opportunity to finish the Constitution in time for students to vote.

“I would like to have the Constitution revised so that students can vote on it at the same time they vote on the president and vice president, and I don’t think we can have it done by the second week of school,” Falvey said.