Dear Miss Meghan…

May 3, 2011 mkroot2 0

Hi Miss Meghan,
I’m a virgin and it is not that I don’t want to have sex but the longer I do not have sex the harder it gets. I get nervous that my lack of inexperience will turn boys off. Quite the catch-22. How can I get this to change?
-Cherrie

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TPN Special Investigation: Gendered Wage Gap at College

May 3, 2011 pfsparklin 0

In an investigation into the issue of a gendered wage gap among tenure track faculty at St. Mary’s College of Maryland, the data show that by itself there is a significant difference in salaries for males and females. When statistically factoring in other variables, such as differences in base salaries for different departments and years of service to St. Mary’s, gender does not have a significant effect on salary above and beyond these other factors. However, gender is correlated with the departments that make less on average and to years of service. The departments that on average make less are more likely to have more women in them, and women are less likely to have more years of service teaching.

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Sustainability Fellow Not Sustainable

May 3, 2011 kpjernigan 0

At a recent President’s Council, the decision was made to suspend the Sustainability Fellow position. Though members of the administration noted the choice was one of a reallocation of limited resources, to some the suspension is a fundamental back-tracking on the College’s mission. The Sustainability Fellow was started in 2008 as a one-year fellowship held by a recent graduate. Its duties include researching and implementing sustainability efforts on campus

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Students Vote in Favor of Raising Student Fees

May 3, 2011 pfsparklin 0

Voting on the issue of raising student fees ended on Saturday, April 23 at midnight with a total of 33.3 percent of the student body voting on the referendum and 78 percent of the votes in support of the referendum to raise student fees, according to an email sent out by sophomore Joshua Santangelo, Student Government Association (SGA) Parliamentarian. Student fees will be raised $25 per student, per year in order to fund the SGA’s general operating budget which goes towards funding clubs and SGA sponsored events like on-campus films and World Carnival. This fee raise will go into effect in the fall semester of 2012.

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Forums Discuss Civility, Improving St. Mary’s

May 3, 2011 twier 0

While much of the controversy over the Chick-fil-a boycott has subsided, at least in outward expressions, many on campus have taken the aftermath to consider how St. Mary’s can be a safer, more open and respectful place where discussion about important and potentially divisive issues can happen in positive and constructive ways. Several recent meetings and forums on this issue have facilitated discussions on the presence of prejudice on campus, the role of civility, the difference between tolerance and respect, and what students, faculty and staff can do to build the type of community they would like to live and work in.

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College Plans Several Renovations, Projects for Summer 2011

May 3, 2011 awalls 0

As the semester is coming to a close and students plan their summers, the Office of Planning and Facilities are making plans for their own projects. According to Chip Jackson, associate vice president of planning and facilities, it is going to be a busy summer. The major project planned for this summer will be Margaret Brent Hall. After several years of talks and excavations, Margaret Brent will be moved from its present location behind Anne Arundel Hall to the parking lot next to the Campus Center.

College Welcomes New Interim Director

May 3, 2011 sdrees 0

Dave Zylak, former St. Mary’s County Director of Public Safety and, before that, the County Sheriff, officially entered his position as St. Mary’s Interim Director of Public Safety on April 25. Now in the Public Safety Office behind the Michael P. O’Brien Athletics and Recreation Center, Zylak is beginning to learn the intricacies of the College community and his own Public Safety staff, including safety and communications officers.

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Dove and The Point News Merge, Now The Point News Publications

May 3, 2011 twier 0

At the last Student Government Association (SGA) meeting of the semester, The Point News submitted a new constitution that would include The Dove Yearbook under its wings. The new media group, The Point News Publications, will now produce both the bi-weekly newspaper and the yearbook. This shift is the final outcome of conversations regarding The Dove’s future that started in the fall of 2010.

New SGA Executive Board for 2011-2012 Officially Sworn In

May 3, 2011 awalls 0

Last week the results of the election were sent out by all-student email. The winners were: Mark Snyder, President, Katherine Monahan, Vice President, Kevin Paul, Treasurer, and Francis Rodezno, Director of Campus Programming. Even though the academic year is coming to a close, these student leaders have already been planning for SGA next year.

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Slackwater to be Discontinued?

May 3, 2011 hsgrabenstein 0

The term slackwater is a nautical term, referring to the calm, glassy waters of the time when the tide is changing from coming in to going out. It’s a fitting title, then, for a scholarly journal that documents an area in transition; St. Mary’s County straddles the line between rural and suburban, and with the scientific advances of the naval base, between the technological future and the past. Slackwater the journal was originally conceived in the mid-1980s as the “Southern Maryland Documentation Project,” and in 1998 the first volume was published in its current form.