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Board of Governance: Group discusses issues with CCAC

Ashley Charnley and Mandi Stirone | Wednesday, April 16, 2008

Student body vice president Sarah Falvey announced that she attended the third Community/Campus Action Coalition (CCAC) meeting as a proxy for student body president Mickey Gruscinski at the Board of Governance (BOG) meeting Tuesday.

At the meeting the CCAC addressed issues including approving the mission statement of the coalition, she said.

Falvey read the mission statement aloud to BOG.

“CCAC will be a viable mechanism to enhance partnerships and build positive long term relationships within the campuses and community in order to address safety in residential neighborhoods, build stronger neighborhoods and enhance the quality of life for all,” she said.

In addition, the CCAC addressed three major issues the community has been having with students, she said.

The first issue was “illegal use of single-family housing that violates zoning ordinances,” Falvey said.

Another problem was “unruly off-campus behavior,” during Senior Week in particular, she said.

The third thing addressed was promoting safety for all residents, she said.

“We might try and set something up that’s like a neighborhood watch for students, and set up some kind of off-campus list serve,” Falvey said.

Both Notre Dame and Saint Mary’s were praised during the meeting for their efforts in the Rebuilding Together project this past weekend and for students’ efforts in general, she said.

“They commended us – not just Saint Mary’s but Notre Dame as well and all off-campus students – for our efforts so far,” she said. “For the efforts of the members of the CCAC for really working together. We’re creating something positive, and it might not seem like it but we are making great strides.”

In other BOG news:

uThe Board of Trustees will be arriving on campus tomorrow and staying through the weekend, Gruscinski said.

uThere will be a memorial mass for the victims on the shooting at Virginia Tech, chief of staff Lauren Theiss said. The mass is at 9 p.m. in Holy Spirit Chapel in LeMans Hall. Afterward candles will be lit and the list of the victims’ names will be read. BOG will hand out black ribbons in the Student Center atrium during breakfast, lunch and dinner hours in memory of the victims, Theiss said.

uAs a part of Hunger and Homeless Awareness week there will be a “Faces of Homelessness” panel, made up of residents of the Center for the Homeless, will be held in the West Wing of the Noble Family Dining Hall on Wednesday from 5:30-7:30 p.m., said Falvey.

uBOG is sponsoring a bus trip to Chicago on Saturday. Students can get tickets at the front desk of the Student Center.

uSaint Mary’s is teaming up with Indiana University-South Bend (IUSB) to hold joint community productions of their monologues, women’s issues commissioner Becki Faunce said. The production will be held at 7 p.m. at the Century Center. Tickets are $10 each.

uSeveral sessions on salary equality in the workplace will be held in Carroll Auditorium from 1-5 p.m. on April 22 as part of the “Bridging the Gap: Reaching Pay Equity in Indiana” forum, Faunce said.

uThe Center for Spirituality is bringing Dr. Barbara Fiand to campus Thursday at 7:30 p.m. in the Little Theatre in Moreau Center for the Arts to discuss “Awe-filled Wonder: the Interface of Science and Spirituality,” Falvey said. This lecture is part of the Madeleva Lecture series.

uThe new BOG members will be commissioned at the Church of Loretto at 7 p.m. on Monday, Theiss said.