Inter-Hall Council, What’s That?

Inter-Hall Council (IHC) is the collaboration of all Residence Hall Councils.  The council is comprised of the Hall Council Presidents from each residence hall, two co-chairs, and an advisor.  The mission of IHC is to be a forum to share ideas as well as to host campus wide events.

Each year IHC hosts two to three events.  Our most popular event is Casino Night.  Casino Night give students the opportunity to dress up and come try their luck at our variety of casino games.  At the end of the night, students can trade in their chips for a chance to win various prizes.  Every year it is a huge hit.  Other IHC events have included Fear Factor and rented hot tubs set up in the Quad in March.  These events promote student involvement in their Residence Halls as well a greater sense of community here at St. Olaf.

This semester’s program is a Lip Sync Battle -Jimmy Fallon Style- Friday, November 21 in the Pause at 6:30. Hope to see you there!

For more info about what IHC is up to, be sure to like our Facebook page!

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Addressing Sexual Assault: Town Hall on Nov. 18

Dear members of the St. Olaf Community,

This year has been a challenging one— there have been multiple reports of Oles sexually assaulting our peers and our friends. Although it’s easy to feel frustrated, angry, and upset about the fact that members of our community have committed sexual assault, we have to remember that an increase in reporting means that more people are comfortable talking about sexual assault. Increased conversation about sexual assault is important because the first step in eradicating a problem is identifying it. As we move forward with the year, we encourage you all to remember that there are many resources on campus to report sexual assault and to seek support, which are listed below.

As many of you have read, there was a report of someone committing sexual assault at the Pause on the night of Halloween. This is not the only reported case of sexual assault this school year at an SGA event. This calls into question whether SGA branches should be hosting events where people are committing sexual assault. However, it is apparent that sexual assault has happened at our dances in the past, but it was underreported. The fact that more people feel able to report sexual assault is a step in the right direction, but we want to strive to foster an environment on campus where sexual assault is no longer tolerated.

We need all of your voices to determine how to move forward. On Tuesday, November 18, we will be holding a Town Hall Meeting/ Campus Conversation at 6:30pmin the Lion’s Pause in place of Student Senate. Here we will discuss what we can do to stop sexual assault on our campus. We will also seek input on whether SGA should continue hosting Pause Dances. Come to listen, or come with ideas to participate.

There will be more information coming later this week because this Campus Conversation is a component of our It’s On Us Week of Action. Thank you all for your time, and we hope to see you next week as we decide how to address this problem within our community.

Best,

Rachel Palermo
SGA President 

Nick Stumo-Langer
SGA Vice President 

The SGA Executive Team

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Confidential resources on campus include:
-Sexual Assault Resource Network. SARN advocates can be contacted at (507) 786-3777 or the SARN office in Buntrock 113.
-The College Pastors, located in Boe Memorial Chapel Undercroft.
-Boe House, Counseling Center located at 1308 St. Olaf Avenue, contact (507) 786-3062
Student Health Services located in Tomson 160, contact (507) 786- 3063

The Dean of Students, Area Coordinators, Public Safety Officers, and any administrations, faculty and staff are resources that are required to follow up after a reported incidence of sexual assault, but will do so with respect for the privacy of those allegedly involved with the incident.

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Senate Recap: Nov. 11th

The Student Senate convened on Tuesday, November 11th:
  • Senate began with information about the Sexual Assault Campus Conversation. We were reminded that in place of a Senate Meeting, there will be a Wellness Swiped event at 6:30 on Tuesday, November 18th for a Campus Conversation to discuss sexual assault with as many students as possible on campus including at Pause dances.
  • We also heard about the Lion Pause’s stable financial status and some of the new changes that have occurred this year.
  • Senate then heard a summary of the Board of Regents meeting held in October on a variety of college wide issues. Senator Davis highlighted how St. Olaf is among the average of other schools regarding statistics surrounding sexual assault and safety on campus.  Senate also learned that the athletic department’s top requests are to hire a full time athletic director, strength and conditioning coach, and an ice rink.
  • Finally, Senate discussed changes to the bylaws and policy manual regarding the Election procedures that included making the process more transparent and codifying the structure of the Election Commission.
See you next Tuesday in the Pause!

Fall Caf Fast a Success!

St. Olaf Leaders Abolishing Slavery (SOLAS) would like to extend a huge thank you to the 800+ students who signed up for the Caf Fast this year!
Thanks to your commitment, SOLAS was able to contribute $1665.40 to Breaking Free’s* Women and Girls program. This program’s mission is to provide aid, advocacy, housing and support to hundreds of sex trafficking victims in Minnesota. We hope that by skipping a meal at the cafeteria, you considered the many women and girls who are still being trafficked for sex and recognize how we all can be vehicles for social justice within our community.
If you would like to continue to support our efforts in ending sex trafficking, please be on the look out for our Adopt-a-Family program this holiday season. This program will allow St.Olaf students to give presents and gift cards (for food, clothing, gas, etc) to women, girls and their children who have been trafficked in Minnesota.
We thank you very much for your help and agreement to fast.
Best Regards,
SOLAS
*Breaking Free is a non-profit organization based out of St. Paul, whose mission is to educate and provide services to women and girls who have been victims of sex trafficking. In addition to providing support groups, led by survivors of sex trafficking, Breaking Free provides legal advocacy, educational and career opportunities, safe housing, and therapy to hundreds of women and girls. In addition, Breaking Free educates former traffickers and johns, in an effort to stop the demand for sexual exploitation. Breaking Free continues to be a voice for the oppressed, as they work closely with government and judicial officials, law enforcement, and local communities to bring attention to the trafficking of Minnesota’s women and girls.

Senate Recap: Nov. 4th

Tuesday was a great meeting for Senate:
  • First, St. Olaf’s IT presented and, among a myriad of different projects and feedback presenter Perrin Bishop Wright discussed why the WIFI on campus has been spotty and possible new online registration and room  draw systems.
  • After that, the Senate discussed changes to the Elections System in order to make it more transparent, equitable, and up-to-date.
  • SAC Bylaws were changed and the Senate passed a proposal with student recommendations for the Campus-wide Sustainability Task Force.
Stay warm, everyone!

Why No Wi-Fi?

Dear Students,

We want to help! You should have reliable Wi-Fi access in all buildings. If you don’t, something is wrong, and we need to hear from you.

Mac users have especially struggled with Wi-Fi problems. College campuses around the world are plagued with similar issues. We have a potential fix that has helped a number of students using Mac OS and urge you to give it a try.

You can find the fix and get in touch with us about your Wi-Fi problems at stolaf.edu/wifi or by dropping by the IT Helpdesk. We want to help however we can, and this starts with hearing from you.

Sincerely,
Your Friends in IT

Vote Today!

Hey Oles!
Are you ready to vote today? It is incredibly important that we exercise our right to vote, because we can leave a lasting impact on our community through our choices!
Not registered? No problem. Minnesota has same day registration! This means you can show up on Election Day and register with your St. Olaf student ID. There is no excuse not to vote!! If you have questions about this please email Emma Youngquist (youngqui@stolaf.edu), or ask any PAC member. PAC members will be tabling by the stairs on the way up to the Caf to answer your Election Day questions.
Not sure who you should vote for? Pick up a voting guide from PAC on our No Bull Board!
After you vote, be sure to join PAC for a viewing party in the Den starting at 8:00pm. We’ll provide pizza and cookies while we watch the results roll in!
Further, please remember that Buntrock is a polling place so you must leave your partisan gear in your dorm. This includes any campaigning materials: shirts, laptop stickers, buttons, etc.
Remember that your vote is important, and make your voice heard on Election Day!
Happy Voting!
Emma and the Political Awareness Committee

Senate Recap: Oct. 28th

Senate convened for an effective meeting on Tuesday, October 29th, 2014.
  • The subcommittees gave reports of their progress so far in the year.  The Bylaws subcommittee is changing the Election Guidelines.  The Internal Affairs is working with three things; figuring out if we should have new constituency senators, increasing MCO stipends, and looking at a better way to distribute the Capital Improvements Fund.  The Student Feedback and Projects Committee wants to have a 24 hour study space and are gathering arguments to have that discussion.
  • Don’t forget to check out the Haunted HotELL in Ellingson this Saturday.

Be safe this Hallo-Weekend!

Halloweekend At Olaf

BooYahYah and Happy Halloween, Oles! Not sure how you want to spend your Halloween weekend? Check out some of these SPOOKtacular events that are going on around campus!

During the day on Friday you can stop on by Buntrock to snag some Spider Webs on a Stick, more commonly known as Cotton Candy! This sweet treat is a great way to kick off your sugar rush! SAC will be tabling by the Cage from 1-3.

Be sure to stock up on candy because the youth of Northfield will be coming around decked out in their costumes! Check with your Residence Life Staff for more details on how to sign up your room.

Feel like going to the movies? SAC will be showing The Shining in Viking Theater all weekend long! The 7:30 showing on Halloween will feature some monster munchies and blood red punch!

If you’re in search of some horrifying harmonies visit Boe at 9 for some spooky organ music. It’ll definitely set the mood!

That night you can head on down to the Pause for the annual Halloween dance, sponsored by ADC! Who doesn’t love a Halloween bash! This year’s theme is Rocky Horror Picture Show! You can groove like a ghoul from 10-1.

Saturday you’re certainly in for a frightful evening as well! Walk on over to Ellingson Hall for the annual Haunted House, put on by the Ellingson Hall Council. This year’s theme is Haunted Hotell so pack your bags and enjoy your!

We hope you have spooky, sugary, and safe Halloween!

Senate Passes Resolution in favor of Student Curriculum Initiative

Hey Oles!

SGA Senate recently passed a resolution supporting a student-led initiative for curricular change at St. Olaf! In September, Senate was approached by a group of students concerned about aspects of St. Olaf’s curriculum, specifically the MCG and MCD requirements. These students sought Senate’s support in their effort to work towards curricular change through the Curriculum Committee and other relevant stakeholders. The Senate voted in favor of acknowledging gaps in St. Olaf’s curriculum, recognizing the need to begin a conversation about renewing the GEs, specifically the MCD and MCG requirements, and supporting the student group in their efforts to achieve this goal. If you have thoughts, comments, ideas, or concerns about this initiative, please email Curriculum Senator, Olivia Slack at slacko@stolaf.edu or Student Curriculum Initiative leader Sam Adams at adamssc@stolaf.edu

For general Senate questions, please email SGA Vice President, Nick Stumo-Langer at stumolan@stolaf.edu.