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Representatives discuss SMC requirement changes

Ashley Charnley | Tuesday, September 18, 2007

College administrators have discussed the possibility of changing the general education requirements for a Saint Mary’s degree, student body vice president Kelly Payne told the Board of Governance Monday.

Payne said College administrators want students to be a part of the process.

“They really want students involved since we are going through it right now,” Payne said.

She said the College was preparing different sets of general course requirements that students would be able to review and vote on, guaranteeing student involvement in the administration’s final decision.

The chief information officer of the Information Technology Resource Center (ITRC), Janice Thomasson, discussed the Center’s importance to Saint Mary’s handling of data and information, and its daily impact on students’ lives.

“[Technology] affects you in every way,” Thomasson told the board.

She also advertised a program that would allow students with a demonstrated interest in IT to shadow staffers in Thomasson’s office.

“We’ve got a shop very willing to work with you if you want to go into a very well-paying job in Information Technology,” she said.

Junior Whitney Young made a co-sponsorship request to the Board to help finance an upcoming lecture that will bring published author Courtney Martin to campus on Oct. 29.

Young has been working with Feminist United to get Martin, the author of “Perfect Girls, Starving Daughters,” to speak at Saint Mary’s about topics she said were relevant to young women and their self-image issues.

“The book talks about how women spend a large amount of time obsessing over becoming perfect,” Young said. “It discusses how women have better things to do with their minds and bodies than to scrutinize over all this.”

The lecture, she said, will be open to the public as well as Notre Dame, Holy Cross and Saint Mary’s students.

Kelly Maus, Student Activities Board coordinator, said the board will form a Food Services committee for Saint Mary’s. The purpose of the committee, she said, is to create a venue for students where they can voice their opinions about the dining hall.

There will also be online surveys asking students about their levels of satisfaction with the services and Web sites where they would be able to leave suggestions for Food Services.