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Student Senate approves secretary, discusses residential life

first_imgThe Senate met Wednesday evening to approve sophomore Mae Raab as the new Student Union secretary for the remainder of the 2015-2016 school year and discuss recent announcements regarding housing changes.Student body president Bryan Ricketts nominated Raab for the position, citing her commitments to the Green Dot initiative and to fostering a “a safe and inclusive campus for all,” as a valuable addition to the administration. Raab will take the place of former secretary, sophomore Sibonay Shewit, who replaced senior Daniel Selhorst as student body chief of staff.“Mae’s communications will be an asset as she crafts the minutes for our various committees, but more importantly, she is in it for the team and values the interpersonal relationships that she is able to build wherever she goes,” Ricketts read from his letter, addressing the Senate.“I trust she will ably lend her skills to catalyze change on behalf of the student body,” Ricketts said.Raab previously served on the residential life and gender issues committees, where her efforts aided in the completion of Dorm Week and the It’s On Us campaign launch.Following the approval of Raab’s nomination, sophomore Rebecca Blais, director of internal affairs, resigned from her position, stating that her goals for the semester come into conflict with a stipulation of the Student Union Constitution that states, “Election Committee members may not campaign for any ticket while holding this position.”In a statement, Blais said, “One of the duties of Director of Internal Affairs is to serve as a non-voting member of the Election Committee; therefore, in respect of the duties of my position and the Constitution of the Undergraduate Student Body, I am formally resigning my position on Cabinet in order to pursue a position in the next term of Student Government.”Members of Senate proceeded to successfully vote on closing the previous semester’s discussion of Diversity Council leadership in order to move forward with other agenda items. The Diversity Council leadership had chosen not to attend the Senate meeting, according to Nidia Ruelas, student body vice president.“We will be talking to Diversity Council about moving forward, … talking and working through issues, in terms of discussion about what it means to be in leadership and the kinds of responsibilities that exist,” Ruelas said.The Senate proceeded to discuss recent announcements about future adjustments to housing, exchanging questions and giving feedback. Zahm House senator and sophomore John Julien addressed the rumors of removing common rooms from five-man rooms, which are often used as spaces for social gatherings, in order to accommodate overcrowding.Julien and sophomore Wilson Barrett, the Keenan Hall senator, raised concerns about the impacts such actions would have on tight-knit dorm communities. Others expressed worries about effectively targeting overcrowding in dorms and the lack of transparency in the announcement of the temporary dorm movements.Pangborn Hall is currently planning an open house for the residents of Walsh Hall, Badin Hall, and Morrissey Manor, according to Pangborn Hall Senator and sophomore Taylor Still.Tags: Bryan Ricketts, Nidia Ruelas, student senatelast_img read more

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NOEL Ó GALLCHÓIR BRINGS HIS ONE MAN Mac GRIANNA SHOW TO GORTAHORK

first_imgA ONE-man show on the life of Seosamh Mac Grianna will be performed in Gortahork next week after a successful show in DublinA large crowd gathered in the Teachers Club in Parnell Square in Dublin last weekend for three productions of the one-man show on the life and writings of the famous Rann Na Feirste and Donegal author who died in 1990 aged 90.The show ‘Idir dhá cheann na hImní’ written and performed by Noel Ó Gallchóir, gives a dramatic insight into the eventful, troubled and tragic life of Seosamh Mac Grianna as well as showing his great imaginative style of writing. The use of stage lighting, music and some props helped to encapsulate the audience with childhood stories and different aspects from his books ‘An Druma Mór, An Grá agus an Ghruaim and Mo Bhealach Féin’.He is considered as one of the Greatest Writers of 20th Century Ireland.The Teachers Club, Parnell Square (managed by Annagry man Tadhg Mac Phaidín) was an ideal venue for those living in Dublin and those who had an interest in Mac Grianna’s work.All three shows boasted a great atmosphere and a packed house where the audience were treated after the drama to music from Donegal singers Maria McCool, Brian Danny Minnie Ó Domhnaill, Máire Ní Choilm, Caitlín Nic Niallias and members of the famous ‘Na Casaidigh as well as Cathal ‘banjo’ Ó Curráin. The proceeds from the event were given to the Peter McVerry Trust for the homeless. The show in Gort a’Choirce next week..The local Glór na nGael group have organised an Oíche Dhrámaíochta in Halla Na Paróiste, Gort a’Choirce next Monday 2nd February @ 8.30pm which will feature the one man show on Seosamh Mac Grianna and other musical items.All are welcome. NOEL Ó GALLCHÓIR BRINGS HIS ONE MAN Mac GRIANNA SHOW TO GORTAHORK was last modified: January 28th, 2015 by John2Share this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window) Tags:gortahorkNoel Ó GallchóirONE MAN SHOWSeosamh Mac Griannalast_img read more