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