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Saint Mary’s to host weekend conference

Sarah Mayer | Tuesday, February 3, 2009

Saint Mary’s students may notice an influx of guests on campus this weekend as the College hosts 115 students from other colleges and universities for the Indiana Residence Hall Organization Conference this weekend, senior Katie McInerney said at Monday’s Board of Governance (BOG) meeting.

McInerney, a resident advisor in McCandless Hall, presented a co-sponsorship asking BOG to help supplement costs of the conference.

“Based on the economy and other situations, we are having issues,” she said. “The problem is, at other schools, college students come and sleep on the floor. Since we are an all women’s college they would not let us have boys and girls together on the floor and they told us we had to house them in a hotel.”

While the hotel fees were incorporated into the price the delegates are paying to come, the College is trying to keep the costs as low as possible so every student can attend, she said.

The co-sponsorship also asked for funds to help offset the costs of the programs for the conference and a movie being shown Friday night.

“The movie will be shown here on campus and everyone can go see it so it will benefit the entire campus,” McInerney said.

After the co-sponsorship was passed, student body vice president Sarah Falvey talked about the Women Honoring Women banquet held in late February.

“The banquet is a really great way to honor women faculty and staff,” Falvey said. “We already have received nine nominations and we are still accepting them until Feb. 17.”

In other BOG news:

uLittle Sib’s Weekend will be Feb. 27-28, Residence Hall Association president Maura Clougherty said. Registration for the event has ended.

uStudent Activities Board coordinator Michele Peterson announced that the movie “Twilight” will be shown the afternoon of Feb. 21 in Vander Vennet Theater in the basement of the Student Center. Showings will be at 1:30, 3:20, 5:30, 7:40, and 9:50. While the event is free, students will need tickets that will be distributed on Feb. 19.

uWomen’s Studies majors started a formal petition to make a Women’s Studies class required under the General Education requirements, women’s issues commissioner Becki Faunce said. Those involved people are going around the dorms with petitions and need 250 student signatures before they turn it in.

uSophomore Parents Weekend will be Feb. 13-15, class of 2011 president Meg Griffin said. Over 250 parents are planning to attend.

uClass of 2009 president Jenny Antonelli said planning for commencement and Senior Week has begun. The annual Senior Lunch will be the Monday of Senior Week and all other activities will be planned around it.