• SGA List of Demands

    Contained in this document is a list of demands by the St. Olaf
    Student Government Association as it pertains to the matters of
    the COVID19 pandemic, racial injustice and international student
    interests at this time.

    Pandemic Related

    Whereas all on campus college facilities will be filled beyond their capacity in the Fall considering that more students than ever will be on campus as evident from the rental of two extra housing units for students by the college.


    Whereas as the current state of the Covid 19 global pandemic demands the avoidance of crowded spaces and social isolation.


    Whereas students will be returning from all parts of the state and globe and face a high chance of contracting the virus on their travel and bringing back the virus with them.


    Whereas it is evident from the current summer hygiene and sanitation practices adopted by the school and experienced by the ~100 students currently living on campus, that the administration has not made any significant sanitation adjustments to mitigate the present pandemic.


    Whereas many categories of high risk and immunocompromised students cannot accept the risk associated with returning to campus in the fall for health reasons.


    Therefore we demand that the school do the following:

    1. Actively roll out and make available an online option of every class allowing students who can, to opt to take that option thereby countering the impending overcrowdedness of the campus and the increased risk posed especially to students who do not have the option to take virtual classes.
    2. Increase the frequency of cleaning of all campus spaces and this must include cleaning on the weekends.
    3. Provide a guaranteed hazard pay to St. Olaf employees whose jobs put them at a high risk of contracting the Coronavirus including student custodians.
    4. Continue to work with students, staff and faculty who are at a high risk for the virus and will be on campus in the Fall. Ensure that metrics for flagging the Coronavirus do not discriminate against people with preexisting conditions who may have those symptoms for reasons other than COVID19.


    Race Related


    Whereas St. Olaf, as its allied institutions, is historically, institutionally and systemically racist.


    Whereas Minnesota and the world witnessed the brutal lynching of George Floyd and has since witnessed calls to action by various individual and institutional stakeholders in the global Black Lives Matter movement.


    Whereas Black members of the college community, most recently of note being Professor Michelle Gibbs, have articulated how the racial and cultural dynamics of St. Olaf continues to hinder the success of black people at St. Olaf.


    Therefore we demand that the school do the following:

    1. Actively overhaul the Board of Regents to include a body that is more ethnically and racially diverse and invested in strategically addressing St. Olaf’s culture and systemic racism. This overhaul must include addressing the current selection criteria and intentionality behind who is invited to join the group.
    2. Work with the faculty of the Race and Ethnic Studies department to design St. Olaf specific antiracist training modules addressing recent and historical issues of race and racism on the Hill, which will be made compulsory for all faculty, staff and students.
    3. Launch campus specific conversations regarding individual, institutional and systemic racism on campus.
    4. Hire more Black professors and support them in their pursuit of tenure.
    5. Additionally, launch investigations into the faculty who have been named in the horrific accounts of racism on @stolafanonymous. Faculty who have demonstrated a history of racism or any other kind of prejudice should be fired.


    International Student Related


    Whereas the SEVP declaration of 7/6 puts international students at risk of sudden deportation.


    Whereas international students currently abroad will be unable to return to campus in the Fall for in person classes due to state sanctioned antagonistic policies.


    Whereas a lack of prompt information leaves international students with insufficient time to take actionable steps, considering the current restrictions on international travel, and places international students at a greater risk than any other student of being unable to return home and
    possibly experiencing homelessness.


    Whereas beginning last year it has been made compulsory for international students to accept the school’s international student health insurance.


    Whereas the cost of the compulsory health insurance has been almost doubled without prior notice and with COVID 19 as justification.


    Therefore we demand that the school do the following:

    1. Give all admitted and enrolled international students who are currently abroad including the incoming class of 2024 the option to: take classes online or take classes at a convenient nearby institution with the assurance that their credits will transfer. This is to ensure that no student has to give up their education due to state sanctioned policies or St. Olaf’s negligence.
    2. Give written confirmation that the hybrid model allows international students to remain on campus even if classes transition to being fully online mid-semester under the SEVP policy. This is to mitigate the panic around the risk of deportation to ensure students that they will not be deported mid semester should the classes move online.
    3. Demonstrate their commitment to safeguarding the education of international Oles through financial means, political means (by engaging with the state) and legal means.
    4. This fall, the school website must include a page that serves as an archive location of the minutes for every administrative, faculty, and board meeting regarding COVID-19 related changes or student-visa impacting decisions. This page has to be accessible to current international students and their guardians within a day of the meeting’s conclusion. The school’s transparency of information will give international students an earlier and better chance to navigate and plan ahead for sudden disruptions to their education, visa status, and living situation.
    5. Remove the compulsory requirement of accepting the school’s international student health insurance and return the choice of picking a suitable health insurance.


    Signed: St. Olaf Student Government Association Executive Team.

  • Painting After Dark!

    Well, folks! Midterms and midterms are over, so it’s time to destress! Come join ADC this Friday, November 9th in the Buntrock Crossroads at 9:00 PM for an evening of painting. Whether its to shake off some stress or just because you’re feeling creative, come have a wonderful time painting with us! We hope to see you there! 

  • Spidey the Mentalist!

    Hello Oles! Boy, do we have a treat in store for you this week! This Friday, November 2nd, get ready to be tricked by one of the greatest mentalists around: Spidey! Please join ADC at the Pause Mane Stage at 8:45 PM to enjoy what is bound to be an amazing show. Spidey, for his incredible illusions, has been featured on NBC, Fox, Netflix, Discovery, and TMZ. He’s a cast member of the CW’s “Masters of Illusion,” and has even performed for celebrities like Jennifer Lopez and Neil Patrick Harris. If you want more information from ADC, have no fear! We will be tabling in Buntrock on Wednesday and Friday to give you more information about the show. This is an event you don’t want to miss, so prepare to be amazed and we hope to see you there! 

  • Karaoke Night!

    Hello everyone! I know you’ve all been waiting patiently for this and I’m very happy to announce that ADC is back with another absolutely awesome event! This Friday, September 29th, at 9:00 PM, ADC will be hosting a Karaoke Night at the Pause Mane Stage. We know how Oles love to sing, so please join us for a night of good tunes and good times! We hope to see you there! 

  • Back-to-School Bonfire!

    Hello everyone and welcome back to the Hill! It’s definitely already looking like an awesome semester, as, last Friday, ADC brought you the “Shut Up, Just Dance” dance and this Friday we’re going to turn up AGAIN. Come join ADC at the Thorson Fire Pit at 9 PM this Friday (September 14th) for s’mores, music, and a good ol’ fashioned bonfire. It’s the perfect place to make new friends or just hang around with your old ones. It should be a fun outdoors night full of good tunes and delicious (and free!) snacks, so we hope to see you there! If in the sad case that it does rain, we will just be moving the fire into Buntrock at the Crossroads, but so far the weather is looking up this first week of school! Welcome back, Oles! Looking forward to seeing you all soon! 

  • Student Org Financial Training

    September 11, 11:00 – 12:00pm at Viking (Club Sports must attend)

    September 11, 6:30 – 7:30pm on Pause Mane Stage

    September 12, 6:30 – 7:30pm on Pause Mane Stage

  • Senate Recap 5/8/18

    This week representatives from IT presented on the state of IT and wifi at St Olaf and their future goals and plans. Sarah Freyermuth, SGA president-elect, presented the SGA budget for the 2018-19 school year. All three organizations under the Board of Student Media (the Quarry, the Manitou Messenger, and KSTO) presented their budgets as well. The St Olaf EMTs also presented on their budget for next year, which will be funded from the SGA budget by a pre-budget line item.

     

    Senate Minutes 5.08.18

  • STOmazing Race!!

    Join ADC in celebrating Stochella by going on a scavenger hunt around Northfield! You can form a team of 2-6 people and go to different Northfield locations while playing minute to win it games. Prizes will be awarded for 1st, 2nd, 3rd, best photo, and 1 random team. Sign up at ADC’s table on 5/9 and 5/10 between 4:30 and 7:30 p.m. or by going onto www.oleville.com/adc/stomazing-race.

  • May 10th: Voting on Constitutional Changes!

    Hello all,

    On Thursday, May 10th, students will vote on the two constitutional changes outlined in the documents below. One document refers to changes that would occur to the Honor Council Constitution, and this change requires approval from more than 1/2 of students voting. The other document outlines changes to the SGA Constitution (a name change for DCC),  which requires approval from more than 2/3 of students voting. Thank you for your attention to the documents attached, and we will email a link for voting on May 10th! Please feel free to reach out with any questions.
    Thank you!
    Jauza Khaleel (she/her/hers) and Tim Bergeland (he/him/his)

    SGA President and SGA Vice President

    Honor Council Constitutional Reforms

    SGA Constitutional Changes – DISC

  • Stuff-a-Wizard!

    Come join ADC for a build-a-bear style event where you can stuff your own Harry Potter themed animals free of charge! Friday, 4/27 at 9 p.m.