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SGA Wrap Up: April 26, 2016

This week’s SGA meeting began with a moment of silence for former Emmanuel Student Alicia Storti who recently passed away. The meeting also featured a presentation from the Colleges of the Fenway Intramural Sports, Ashlee Jeannot ’17, and a discussion on the recent movie filming at Emmanuel.

Colleges of the Fenway (COF) opened their presentation with statistics on Emmanuel student’s participation in intramural sports. 253 students participated in COF intramural sports in the 2015-16 year; 63 percent male and 37 percent female. They hold various events such as volleyball, soccer, and their annual Turkey Trot, which also collects canned goods.

In the spring, COF increased their advertising at Emmanuel with more posters and hosted more events on Emmanuel’s campus. COF is also a student employment opportunity and they will be hiring more Emmanuel students in the fall.

Jeannot was present at the meeting to discuss the upcoming summer program S.T.A.R.T. Jeannot put this program together with the help of Jeff Smith and Dorice Griffith. The mission of this program, replacing the former ECPulse, is to give incoming first year students the tools to lead and manage the shifting intercultural changes. In late May, the program will select 20 incoming students of the class of 2020. The program will run August 28 to September 2.

Students who participate in S.T.A.R.T will be guaranteed a work study position and will be able to apply for open leadership positions on campus. Jeannot hopes that students will take what they have learned at S.T.A.R.T and apply it to these leadership and employment positions, thus affecting more of the Emmanuel community.

Dan Darcy thanked clubs for holding events on the weekends and contributing to the EC Weekends initiative.

According to Dr. Rissmeyer, 81 members of the class of 2019 have temporary housing numbers that places them in St. Anne’s. There are 25 beds left open in the system, St. Joe’s, Peabody, and Notre Dame, where some of these students will be placed. These students will be placed based on seniority. Emmanuel has also secured seven more CityView apartments and potentially two more Trilogy apartments.

Those students with questions regarding housing should attend a meeting on April 27 in the Loretto Lounge at 6pm. Dr. Rissmeyer and Dan Darcy will be present to answer students questions.

Dr. Rissmeyer also noted that a system is being worked on for students to book study rooms during finals. Anastasia Yogas ’16 voiced her hope that the new Julie Hall will have study spaces available for all students, both residents and commuters. It was also proposed that the hours of certain buildings be extended several weeks before finals when ‘crunch time’ begins.

MaryCatherine Dunne ’16 turned the discussion to the recent filming of Patriots Day on campus. There were concerns about the disruptions the filming caused. Students were not informed they would have restricted access to the Administration building and Wilkens Science Center during the filming and as a result some students were removed from study rooms.

Marcie Paez ’18 felt that students should have been notified of the filming at least a few weeks in advance so they had time to prepare not only where they would study, but whether or not they would even be on campus because of the simulated gunshots.

Dr. Rissmeyer then apologized saying that, in hindsight, Emmanuel should have approached the student body with an open conversation to share the information rather than a portal announcement and email sent the day before and the day of.  A suggestion was made to send an email to the Emmanuel student body explaining the college’s reasoning for allowing the filming on campus.

All students with concerns regarding the filming are encouraged to reach out to Dr. Rissmeyer via email.

Abigail Matheson is the Editor in Chief of The Hub. She can be contacted and on Twitter @abbimathy.

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