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.

Senate Recap: Oct. 21st

  • Senate heard from Sindy Fleming from the Multicultural Affairs Office after hearing updates about a Thank You card for Carleton and the status of our Senate Resolution on the MCD & MCG Curriculum. Sindy discussed plans to have a workshop for faculty deal more intimately with the MCD and MCG GE requirements.
  • Senate then heard discussion on a proposal that enumerated the Sustainability Senate subcommittee’s recommendations for the Sustainability Task Force. The initiative, however, was tabled for further discussion citing some concerns.
  • Three student organizations (St. Olaf Global Brigade, St. Olaf Leaders Abolishing Slavery, & Refugee & Asylum Seekers) presented for consideration of receiving the Caf Fast and, after much discussion, SOLAS was chosen.
  • The Senator of the Week is Senator Sarah Bresnahan, Mohn Hall Senator!
  • If you have any questions, comments or concerns email stumolan@stolaf.edu

It’s On Us St. Olaf

Hey Oles! Student Government Association, the Wellness Center, and the Sexual Assault Resource Network (SARN) have teamed up to bring the White House’s nationwide sexual assault prevention campaign, “It’s On Us,” to St. Olaf.

It’s On Us is a movement intended to fundamentally change the way we think about sexual assault in our communities. It is a rallying cry to recognize that we need to foster an environment that does not tolerate sexual assault and harassment. It is a request for action by raising awareness, holding ourselves and each other accountable, and looking out for someone who cannot consent. It is time to start a culture change at St. Olaf; it is time to recognize It’s On Us. All of us.

To join the campaign at St. Olaf, like the facebook page http://www.facebook.com/itsonusstolaf and use the hashtag #itsonusStOlaf to continue to raise awareness on social media platforms.

Show your individual support by signing the St. Olaf Pledge to End Sexual Assault.

Show support from your student organization, extra-curricular, or athletic team by taking a group photo holding a sheet of paper saying “It’s On Us,” followed by your group/org’s name. Email the photo to itsonus@stolaf.edu.

If you have any questions, please email itsonus@stolaf.edu.

Senate Recap: Sept. 30

St. Olaf’s Student Senate brings together a variety of student leaders from across campus. On September 30th, the Senate met and heard from the Carleton Student Association and learned at the inner workings of their organization and began talks of collaborating with their organization in the future. Next, the Senate heard for Professor David Van Wylen about the Sustainability Task Force. He highlighted that for change to occur, it needed to come from the students rather than just the administration. Further, the Student Curriculum Initiative asked for Senate’s support when talking to the faculty about rethinking the guidelines for the MCD and MCG General Education requirement. This group wants to have these GEs deal with more issues dealing with power, inequality, and privilege to give St. Olaf students a broader sense of the world’s view. This report was given by Sociology and Anthropology students.

Reverend Al Sharpton Tonight!

Al SharptonHey, Oles! St. Olaf’s Political Awareness Committee is excited to host Reverend Al Sharpton, longtime civil rights activist, political adviser, and commentator.  Sharpton is one of the most prominent voices in the civil rights conversation—he is who the country looks to for comment when civil rights issues arise.  Through his radio show, TV show, and written work, issues he advocates for range from but are not limited to gun violence intervention, equal treatment of people of all races and sexual orientations, and criminal justice reform.

The event will take place in Skoglund gym, starting at 8 pm. Doors will open at 7:45, so come early because it is expected that this will be an event with high attendance. We hope to see you there.

Inside the Fall Block Party

fbpmodSGA is so excited to have Oles back on the Hill and what’s a better way to kick off a great year than with the SGA Fall Block Party?! The Block Party will be on Friday Sept. 5th and Saturday Sept. 6th and is filled with activities for all Oles!

Friday’s activities start at 5:00 pm on the Quad with the annual Co-Curricular Fair from 5-7, sponsored by the Student Organizations Committee (SOC). Come chat with org leaders and find some awesome ways to keep busy on campus! All of SGA will be there as well to answer your questions about our individual branches, tell you how you can get involved, and hand out some free swag! Along with our Co-Curricular Fair will be dinner on the Buntrock Plaza. Enjoy a meal with you friends while dining beneath the trees in an adirondack chair in the (hopefully) beautiful weather! Make sure to change into your beach wear, because at 10:00 pm the After Dark Committee (ADC) is putting on an end of the summer beach party in the Pause. The dance will go from 10-1.

Saturday will kick off at 2:00 pm. Join SGA and all our branches on the Quad for a cool back-to-school treat and plenty of activities including live music from campus bands, inflatables, yard games, and even a mini service project! The Student Activities Committee (SAC) is hosting comedian Chloe Hilliard in the Lion’s Pause at 7:30. Come early to get good seats and great laughs! ADC will help us round out with their club sport mixer at the base of Old Main hill from 8-9:30 pm. We hope to see you all there to help us kick off a great year!

A note from the President & Vice-President

Rachel And NickHey, Oles!
Thanks for stopping by Student Government Association’s new website. This summer we have been busy working with our Executive Team to ensure that this year will be the best year yet at St. Olaf. We want to make sure that we are doing the kind of programming that YOU want to attend, and that our campus has the best policies for our community.
One of our main priorities this year is to ensure transparency between the student body and SGA. We want to make sure our friends and classmates know what we are all about! To sum up SGA, we are comprised of 10 branches, which you can read all about as you click through their different pages on our site. Our branches range from the Student Activities Committee, which programs fun events like campus movies and Homecoming Week, to the Board of Regents Student Committee, which facilitates conversation between the student body and the Board of Regents. Additionally, Student Senate is a part of SGA, and you’ll be getting information about elections for open positions in the next few weeks!
We are dedicated to making SGA the best it can be, so keep your eye out for our videos throughout the year that will help promote events and initiatives we’ll be taking. Be sure to stay connected through our Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, Snapchat, and of course, Oleville. Email RachelandNick@stolaf.edu with any questions or campus ideas!
Best,
Rachel Palermo
SGA President
Nick Stumo-Langer
SGA Vice President