SMC elects, appoints new senate members

first_imgWhile the United States celebrated the 226th anniversary of its Constitution on Sept. 17, Saint Mary’s students worked on amending theirs.  Kat Sullivan, Saint Mary’s student body president, said the Student Government Association (SGA) is set to modify the student senate this year in the interest of transparency. Sullivan said the senate will include nine senators, who will represent each student class, and the Belles Connect scholars, which is a group of students otherwise underrepresented for socioeconomic reasons. “There are two members from each class either elected or appointed and one Belles Connect representative that will sit on the Senate and vote,” Sullivan said.  The Saint Mary’s senate, which has been in existence for only one year, is responsible for making sure SGA spending reflects students’ needs. Maddy Martin, vice president of SGA, said the senate decides how best to allot the budget. “The goal of the senate is to be cost-effective and beneficial to SMC as a whole,” said Martin. “The senate is the single voting body in student government. They act as sort of a checks and balances for the rest of the interest groups on campus.” On Tuesday, SGA announced the newly elected freshman and senior senators. Mary Clair Burchett will represent the first years, while Chelsea Fordon and Hannah Mudd will vote on behalf of the seniors.  The second freshman seat currently remains vacant, and no one ran for the sophomore and junior class positions this year. Sullivan said the freshman seat will be filled by appointment after a formal application process that is open to interested first years. Junior class president Nicole O’Toole said she attributes the absence of senators from these classes to a lack of understanding of the relatively new student government body. “I don’t think it’s a lack of interest, it’s just the second year of this program,” O’Toole said. “No one knew what it meant to be a senator.” Sullivan said she believes uncertainty about the restructuring of the senate is discouraging students from participating in it. “People are still unsure about how the structure works. A lot of girls expect it to be like last year,” Sullivan said. “We’ve reformatted it but we’re still improving and adjusting.” Stephanie Bridges, the director of Student Involvement and Multicultural Services (SIMS), advised the boards of the classes lacking senators to appoint someone from within their board, Martin said. Bridges’ familiarity with the administration’s guidelines makes her a perfect guide during the upcoming year’s ‘trial run,’ Sullivan said. Martin said she and Sullivan rely on Bridges when it comes to questions of the College’s policies. “Stephanie acts as an advisor,” Martin said. “Kat and I will go to her for anything and with everything because she is aware of policies and procedures of the college.” Sullivan said the appointment of senators to fill the empty positions will hopefully be carried out at the first senate meeting. “Since no one ran in the senator elections for the classes of 2015 and 2016, Maddy and I have reached out to the 2015 and 2016 Class Boards. They will appoint senators within their Class Board,” Sullivan said. “We will have a motion to include the appointed senators at the first senate meeting. If this is approved by all voting members, then we will move forward.” Sullivan said once the leadership roles are filled, senators should continue to reach out to the student body to engage their peers in the senate’s work. The meetings themselves are organized in a town hall-like fashion to encourage inclusiveness, she said. “We want the Senate to be more approachable so they can contribute to issues more closely related to the concerns of the students,” Sullivan said. “We want to communicate with everyone very openly, we want to be as transparent on campus as possible.” She said, overall, communication between the student government and the body it represents should extend both ways.  “We want students to be more aware of what each board does,” Sullivan said. “Even the all school formal – RHA [Residence Hall Association] is responsible for its production but people think SGA hosts that.” Echoing this sentiment, Martin said SGA leaders want students to recognize the purpose of student government. “Collectively we want people to understand the role of SGA,” Martin said.  Sullivan said her executive, non-voting role involves ensuring people carry out their designated responsibilities. She said this aspect of her job as SGA president essential during the current time of transition and shifting responsibilities.  She also said the responsibilities of all members of student government are greater relative to their counterparts at other schools due to the size of Saint Mary’s. “Because our school is so small, we have a lot more responsibility compared to other students,” Sullivan said.  Martin said senate members have opportunities to work with high-level administrators at the College. “Administrators trust us,” Martin said. “I find it so cool that members of our Senate are on boards that hear the intimate details of the highest level of the College’s administration.”  Sullivan said the senate has many responsibilities around campus beyond simply allocating funds. “There are so many different aspects that the [senate] focuses on throughout campus, like the Sophia program which specializes in academics,” Sullivan said. “The new constitution even addresses changes within a senate, so if this happens again how we will handle it.” Sullivan said that for those interested in pursuing a senate position in the future, the role requires a minimum of two hours a week between the senate meeting and class board meetings. “We added more non-voting members in addition to the executive members already sitting on the senate. The purpose of the senate is to have an outside body [to] voice student needs.” To read the student constitution online, visit the SGA Portal on Orgsync.last_img read more

Atsu keen to embrace Everton chance

first_img The Ivory Coast international has not played since October and is still a month away from full fitness but is effectively the only back-up striker to Lukaku. “A lot will be down to how Arouna Kone adapts to being fully fit. It is a big area we are going to keep an eye on,” said Martinez, who denied reports he was ready to sell the striker. “At the moment it is difficult to say when he is going to be fit but I have an incredible confidence in him. “I am very happy, today, at the start of the season, with the business we have done.” Loan signing Christian Atsu admits he seized the opportunity to join Everton and play in the Barclays Premier League as he does not know when he will get his chance at Chelsea. However, Atsu, who joined Chelsea on a five-year contract from Porto last September and was immediately farmed out to Dutch side Vitesse Arnhem, is not yet thinking about long-term plans. “I can’t tell you the future but I don’t know how long it will take for me to get back to Chelsea,” said the Ghana international. “Looking at the players Chelsea has my playing time would not be much and for me I have to play football as a young player. “Right now I am really focused on Everton and at the end of the season we will see what will happen. “I think Everton is a really good club and I am here to work hard and to help the team. “This is my first season in the Premier League and it is a really high level for me and a big opportunity to prove myself and also to help the team.” Atsu is Martinez’s fourth signing this summer after Lukaku and Gareth Barry turned their loans into permanent deals and midfielder Muhamed Besic joined from Hungarian side Ferencvaros. Martinez said he was “not desperate” to bring in any more signings in this transfer window but much may depend on the fitness of Arouna Kone. Press Association The 22-year-old will spend the coming campaign under the guidance of Roberto Martinez at Goodison Park, following in the footsteps of Romelu Lukaku who did exactly the same last season before signing permanently this summer. Some of his comments mirrored those of Lukaku, who said after he completed his £28million deal that he wanted more pitch time and did not think he would get it at Stamford Bridge. last_img read more

South Korea fans to sue over ‘mental anguish’ after Ronaldo fails to play in preseason friendly

first_imgSome South Korean fans are demanding compensation after Portuguese superstar, Cristiano Ronaldo failed to make an appearance in a preseason friendly between Juventus and a K-League all-star team on Tuesday.Ronaldo remained on the bench for the entire duration of the match for Juventus despite having been contracted to play 45 minutes of the match.The match had also been set to start at 8:00pm but kick-off was delayed by about an hour, with Juventus only arriving at the  Seoul World Cup Stadium at 8:15 p.m.The irate Korean fans – about 63,000 of them – many of whom had gone to the game to see the forward in action, began chanting the name of Ronaldo’s rival Lionel Messi.Reports indicate that the fans are demanding the 70, 000 they paid for the match tickets, the equivalent of GH¢319; 1,000 won each (GH¢4.56) for the ticket commission fee and 1 million won each (GH¢4,560) for  “mental anguish”.The K League, who manage pro football in South Korea has also sent a letter of protest to Juventus FC for its breach of contract regarding Ronaldo’s gametime.They described the Italian champions as arrogant and irresponsible due to their actions before and after the match in the letter.Juventus had reportedly demanded that the length of the match to two halves of 40 minutes each and have a 10-minute halftime break, threatening to cancel the match unless the demands were met.The K-League has also sent complaints to the Serie A and the Asian Football Confederation.“We’ve sent a letter to Juventus to protest against the club’s breach of contract, including Ronaldo’s nonappearance,” Kim Jin-hyung, the Public Relations Officer of the K League, said in a press briefing after the game.“The kick-off time was delayed about an hour and Ronaldo did not play. That’s the problem. Juventus had been confident that they could hold the match on time despite their tight schedule.”Ronaldo was also expected to meet the Korean fans after the game but this did not happen either.The K-League has contacted TheFasta, who set up the match with Juventus, to measure the damage for the breach of contract.“Ronaldo didn’t play, and Juventus didn’t hold a fan meeting either. “We will precisely calculate the exact amount of damage and ask TheFesta to pay the penalty.”LawsuitThe South Korean fans have spoken to a law firm in the capital Seoul, Myungan to initiate the legal proceedings.“Normally in such cases the plaintiffs will be refunded the price of the tickets, but I put this under a special case since the company, through false advertising, took advantage of the football star’s fans,” a lawyer from the law firm told Reuters.“As for the mental anguish part, I’d like to say some of them are raucous fans, the real avid fans. So for them it is very painful because they love Ronaldo and want to protect him, but they can’t, given the situation,” he addedlast_img read more