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Guest speakers bring propositions to Board

Allison Rider | Tuesday, September 20, 2005

Three guest speakers addressed the Saint Mary’s Board of Governance (BOG) at the group’s Monday meeting, all bringing different propositions and ideas to the floor.

Senior accounting major Anna Bauer came to BOG with the hopes of obtaining funding in helping the accounting club make a trip to Washington D.C. for a one-day tax-maker conference in November.

The Board accepted the club’s request, deciding to provide $100 for each member going on the trip or a flat rate not exceeding $1,500, provided an open forum/discussion is available to the school after the club’s trip.

The Photography Club also came to the Board to request official club recognition on Saint Mary’s campus and after deliberation by the Board, was granted permission.

A school representative hoping to bring a new chapter of Active Minds on Campus to Saint Mary’s was present at the meeting. Active Minds is an organization that tries to get students to be proactive about mental health and also works to de-stigmatize mental illness.

The chapter would bring more resources and information to the campus for students dealing with mental stress or issues, the representative said, and would give students the opportunity to discuss personal problems with peers in similar situations. The Board hopes to consider the group proposal in the future once a more concrete constitution is provided.

Student body president Kellye Mitros gave a report on last week’s “Save the School” address.

She also reminded the Board that the Vatican II conference is taking place this Friday and Saturday and encouraged members to attend.

“It sounds like it’s going to be really fun,” Mitros said.

A decision is expected next week on the BOG Alumni commissioner.

Student Activities Board commissioner Meghan Cahill announced that a volleyball spirit game will take place tonight at 6 p.m.

Student Diversity Board president Amanda Shropshire introduced a “list of performers” for the school bonfire that will take place Oct. 5 at the soccer fields. Participants will include the Notre Dame Step team, the Saint Mary’s Irish dance club and Ballet Folklorico.