By Gabe Hance – [email protected]

The CSB/SJU joint Senate meeting, on Feb. 13, began with SJU President Michael Hemesath speaking about the incident on the Link two weeks ago.

He encouraged students to engage in respectful and uncomfortable learning environments in order to have healthy discussion with people of different viewpoints and uphold the Benedictine values in their daily lives.

Hemesath believes it is up to the senates to lead other students in times of tension and only the students can change negative culture on the Link.

The next speaker was Provost Richard Ice from Academic Affairs. Ice addressed changes to the new course curriculum for the fall semester. Ice then stated the proposed curriculum changes will be voted on this spring by the faculty.

The joint meeting was continued with SJU Senator Matt Rengo and and CSB Senator Leah Carey promoting “Day at the Capitol” on Wednesday, Feb. 22. The event encourages students to meet with their state representatives and senators.

Next on the agenda were representatives from Outdoor Univeristy. Outdoor University requested $500 from each senate to fund their annual maple syrup festival. Both senates passed funding unanimously. The funds will allow the event to be free for CSB/SJU students.

The Outdoor Leadership Center (OLC) asked both senates for $825 to help lower prices for laser tubing, reduce cost for the triathlon and to pay filming rights for upcoming film showings. Both senates unanimously allocated $425.

The Peer Resource Program (PRP) requested $925 for six different events. PRP looks to give students the opportunity to climb rock walls at Vertical Endeavors, solve puzzles in an Escape Room, attend Music Collage, participate in a mock PRP Wedding, camp overnight in the Arboretum and compete in the Fruit at the Finish triathlon. Both senates split the total cost and unanimously allocated funding.

Lastly, Johnnie Bennie Intercampus Cycling, lead by two first-year SJU students Friedrich Odermann and Zach Kennedy, requested $15,000 for start-up cost fees.

After much debate and tension, the CSB Senate voted 15-1 in favor of providing $7,500. The SJU Senate debated further. The funds were amended to $5,000 and passed 12-4.

The next meeting of the SJU Senate will be at 9:20 p.m. on Feb. 20 in Brother Willie’s Pub.

The next meeting of the CSB Senate will be at 5 p.m. on Feb. 22 in Gorecki 120.