By Ben Pults
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This past Monday night, the St. John’s Senate (SJS) was called to order in front of a larger-than-normal crowd.
They began the meeting with an open forum to address rising cultural tensions between students, on-campus groups and the CSB and SJU Senates. There was also one request for funding.
Several students at the forum said they felt excluded or unsafe at CSB/SJU because there is a lack of support from the Senates, as well as an overall lack of Senator and student participation at intercultural and diversity events.
President Cummings and other Senators responded to a majority of students’ responses with comments regarding what they can do to boost participation at on-campus club events and how they can help the CSB/SJU community come together. Fr. Doug Mullin stated that this issue can be worked on at both an administrative and student level.
The Student Athlete Advisory Committee (SAAC), presented by SJU senior Sam Olson and SJU junior Jack Koehler, requested funding for their event on March 25. SJU sports teams will partner with Kids Fighting Hunger to package meals for those in need. They requested $3,000 to cover the expenses of the meal pack ingredients, and the motion to allocate those funds passed 17-2-0.
The next St. John’s Senate meeting is a joint meeting with the St. Ben’s Senate, which will take place at 9:20 p.m. on Monday, Feb. 5, in Quad 170, the Founder’s Room.