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Groups seek funding for New York City trip

Ashley Charnley | Wednesday, February 27, 2008

Members of the Intercultural Learning Community Program (ILCP) and the Center for Women’s Intercultural Learning asked the Board of Governance (BOG) for funds Tuesday to send 24 Saint Mary’s students to New York in April to explore Ellis Island.

“We are going to a lot of things that are important to America but there are also a lot of things that are internationally significant,” ILCP member and president of the German club Sarah Davenport said.

The program hopes to expose students to places of importance to the multicultural identity of the United States, like the United Nations headquarters and Ellis Island, said Davenport and fellow ILCP members Meghan Ferrara, Karolyn Wojtowicz, Kelley Fitzgerald and Jeanne Choquehuanca.

The trip is scheduled for April 4-6, but the group is still searching for money to pay for it. They are hoping to change that through fundraisers. The program will be holding a trivia night on March 13 in the Student Center Lounge that will be open to all three campuses. Teams of six will be charged an entry fee and the winning team will be given a cash prize.

The ILCP will also hold a raffle for a Saint Mary’s sweatshirt and sell hot chocolate to help raise money. The group is hoping to raise the money in order to “see the richness and the culture New York has to offer,” Ferrara said.

In other BOG news:

– Student body president Kim Hodges said there will be a Chicago Bus Trip on March 15. Students interested in going must pre-register with BOG.

– The Student Activities Board (SAB) will be having breakfast in Le Mans Hall on March 10 said SAB president Cassie Callon. Panera bagels and juice will be served.

– Women’s Appreciation Week will be March 10-14, said Abby Hinchy, president of the Student Diversity Board (SDB). The board will be giving out 500 flowers in honor of the week, in addition to showing a movie.

– Theology on Fire will be held tonight at 8 in the Student Center Lounge, said Mary Frantz, Campus Ministry commissioner.