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Group makes resolutions prior to annual turnover

Mel Flannigan | Thursday, March 31, 2011

Student Senate passed two resolutions during its final meeting Wednesday evening in anticipation of the April 1 turnover.

As the current senators close their term, student body president Catherine Soler began the meeting with a heartfelt expression of gratitude for the year’s accomplishments.

The first resolution formalized meetings between student government and local law enforcement.

Student Senate voted to insert a clause into the constitution stating the student body president must arrange and lead three meetings per year between student government leaders and law enforcement leaders.

“One of the key parts of the agreement is we that we will meet with the police, not just the police will meet with us,” Chief of Staff Nick Ruof said.

Ruof said this initiative, begun this year by student body president Catherine Soler and vice president Andrew Bell, needs to be codified into the constitution for future leaders.

“Although Pat and Brett have been here and seen the importance of this, five years down the line there are people who have never experienced this,” Ruof said. “We wanted to put it into the constitution that these future leaders of student government must meet with the police.”

The meetings will take place during the months of August, January and April. Though student government begins a new administration April 1, the previous student body president will also be present at the meeting held in April to help with the transition.

Chair of Academic Affairs AJ McGauley said Soler, Bell and Ruof have put forth a great deal of effort into the relationships they have established with law enforcement leaders throughout the year.

“This epitomizes what should be going on during the last Senate meeting,” McGauley said. “It really crystallizes what has been going on this whole year.”

The second resolution congratulated the Notre Dame Fencing Team on winning its eighth National Championship this past Sunday.

The resolution said the team beat Penn State 174 to 168 to win the championship. The title was the team’s first since 2005.

This victory also signified the third national championship the team has won under Irish coach Janusz Bednarski and the second national championship for a Notre Dame athletic program this year.

“It’s tradition that the Student Senate commends an athletic team when they win a national championship,” Bell said.