Opinion: Conversations about abortion should be about people, not politics

Malia Carson – [email protected]

The culture wars and confusion surrounding abortion shames and marginalizes individuals and couples. Mainstream abortion rhetoric is largely political, polarized and hateful, yet the message painfully ignores the individuals who face and live with making an extremely personal, and often difficult decision to end a pregnancy. (more…)

Opinion: Removal of student Trustees leads to even more “conflicts”

Zach Eichten – [email protected]

It has recently come to the attention of the St. John’s and St. Ben’s Senates that the Boards of Trustees have been deliberating removing both the student and faculty voice from the Board of Trustees. The Student Trustee, an elected position to the Board of Trustees represents the students of St. John’s and St. Ben’s on their respective boards. This position is one of the most valuable and direct connections the students have to voice their concerns to both the administrators and trustees. (more…)

Trustee boards to vote on student and faculty presence

Hanna Pioske – [email protected]

This May after the spring semester has ended and students have left campus, the CSB and SJU Boards of Trustees will each vote on whether or not to remove the student and faculty representatives from their boards.

Such a move would strip the voting rights of both the student and faculty representatives on the executive board. However, the student and faculty representatives would continue to be able to serve as voting members on the academic affairs, building and grounds, student development and marketing and enrollment committees. (more…)

Opinion: Trustees silence student/faculty voice, reasoning unclear

Matt Rengo – [email protected]

In May, the CSB and SJU Boards of Trustees will be voting on a recommendation to remove the student and faculty representatives from their positions on the Boards. Currently, the student Trustees are elected by the students as members of their respective Senates, and charged with the duty of representing the interests of the students at the highest level. Similarly, the Faculty Senate elects representatives to advocate for the interests of the Faculty. Both of these are considered members, with seats at the table and full voting rights. These positions have been in place, in one form or another, since the late 1990s, and have worked for 20 years to represent the interests of the students and the faculty—the two largest stakeholders in the college and university. (more…)

Debate of the Week: Spring vs. fall semester

Suntina Spehar – [email protected]

The reemergence of songbirds, the lengthening of days, the sweet smell of spring and of course, track season. The spring semester is such a beautiful time of the school year. There is nothing better than living on an amazing campus such as ours and watching the trees bloom and the grass turn green. Even the squirrels come out to say “hello.” In the fall semester, we see the degrading of all of these wonderful things. The trees turn bare, the grass fades into a deadly brown, and, keeping our West-Coast friends in mind, it gets frigidly cold. (more…)