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SMC elects SAB, SDB, RHA leaders

Caitlin Housley | Thursday, March 3, 2011

Six new leaders have been elected to top positions in Saint Mary’s Student Activities Board (SAB), Student Diversity Board (SDB) and Resident Hall Association (RHA).

Juniors Allie Courtney and Caitlyn Wonski have been elected as president and vice president of SAB.

Courtney said they plan to continue to improve SAB events.

“We want to increase participation in SAB events on campus and subsequently increase the spirit for Saint Mary’s in the student body,” she said. “We really want to unite the student body through common interests in events and creating programs and events that students enjoy together.”

They also want to improve SMC Tostal by incorporating a daytime carnival with free food.

Courtney and Wonski also plan to reinstate SAB’s Midnight Madness, a class competition that was cancelled three years ago.

Wonski said their first goal is planning the Belle’s Bash event for the first weekend back to school in the fall.

“We just want to let the student body know that we are so appreciative of their support and we hope to continue improving the quality of life on campus for them,” Courtney said. “We do this because we want everyone to love Saint Mary’s as much as we do.”

Juniors Kelly Reidenbach and Guadalupe Quintana will serve as president and vice president of Student Diversity Board. They said they hope to promote diversity at Saint Mary’s and teach the student body that diversity does not mean minority.

First on their agenda is motivating students to get involved with the board, Quintana said.

“We always talk about the change we want to see in the world,” Quintana said, “and SDB is the perfect place to start. We have the power and opportunity to be the voice for those who are not so well represented or whose voice is not heard…[our job] is very rewarding.”

Reidenbach also said they plan to organize the International Meet and Greet that will take place next semester.

Junior Kat Nelson will serve as president of RHA, with sophomore Sarah Copi as her vice president.

Nelson said the theme for RHA this year is “There’s No Place Like Home.”

First on their agenda is to meet with the advisors and vice president of Residence Life at Saint Mary’s. Next, they plan to recruit board members and to create a budget for the upcoming year.

Nelson said she and Copi plan to schedule a forum where students can come and voice their expectations for RHA next year.

Turnover is scheduled for April 1.