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Group debates decorating tunnel

Kristen Rice | Wednesday, October 12, 2011

Saint Mary’s Student Government Association (SGA) discussed during its meeting  Tuesday the possibility of decorating the Le Mans Hall Tunnel, which currently has plain walls.

The Le Mans Hall Tunnel connects the dormitory to the Student Center and allows for easier transportation between buildings during the winter months.

The current tunnel was renovated a few years ago. Members of SGA suggested in last week’s meeting there be an opportunity for students to create murals for the interior of the tunnel.

Emma Brink, student body secretary, said the plan is still in the works.

“We have not officially decided anything yet, but we all did come up with a lot of different ideas last week,” she said.

Nicole Gans, student body president, said any kind of decoration would be an improvement from the current stark walls.  

“Anything is better than creepy walls,” she said.  

Student Service Commissioner Laura Glaub said SGA has considered the option of having multiple murals in the tunnel to allow many different students to leave their marks.

Brink said the length of the tunnel would allow for multiple different murals.

 “We should have multiple murals because the tunnel is so large,” Brink said.

During Tuesday’s meeting, members drafted an email that will be sent out to Saint Mary’s students as early as this week.

SGA members said they wanted the email to be able to capture students’ attention, and wanted to avoid having a lengthy description about the project that would deter students from becoming involved.

Following Tuesday’s meeting, SGA will move forward with approving the email and sending it out to students. The email could be sent out by this week, giving students the time to work on their ideas over fall break if they choose.

Jackie Zupancic, student body vice president, suggested last week that the student body should be allowed to vote on the submissions.

If SGA chooses to move forward with the submission deadline, members agreed it would be Nov. 22, right before Thanksgiving Break.