On Friday September 23, Interim Director of Public Safety Dave Zylak held the first of a regular open hour at the Campus Center to address student concerns about Public Safety’s pending police commissions. A dozen students attended and asked questions about the commissions, sexual assault, and officer training.
Bon Appetit, the food service management company the College contracts with, obtained the wrong liquor license for The Pub on the advice of Bon Appetit’s corporate lawyers, delaying sale of beer and wine at the Pub for several months.
For several years, the notion of gender neutral housing has been tossed around campus at St. Mary’s College of Maryland. However last spring former Student Government Association (SGA) president Marlena Weiss and the rest of the SGA passed a notion showing their unanimous support of this new housing, according to current SGA President Mark Snyder. Progress was being made to make this a reality until Weiss graduated last May.“[Weiss] and [Assistant Director of Residence Life] Kelly Smolinsky worked together on this for awhile,” Director of Residence Life and Associate Dean of Students Joanne Goldwater said. “But they didn’t progress as quickly as I thought it would.”
Student Government Association (SGA) elections began this Friday September 23 and will run through Thursday September 29. Although there have been a plethora of students who have started campaigning, a large amount of positions remain open.
The Sustainability Fellow position, formerly held by Lisa Neu ’10, has been split into three student internships to be held by two upperclassmen and one first-year student for the academic year.
The decision was announced last semester, when less funding was available for the position due to the recent increase in required staffing positions for the College.
The date for the annual Airbands show has been moved to October 2 at 6 p.m. between the Michael P. O’Brien ARC (Athletic and Recreation Center) and the tennis courts, a change from its usual location on the Campus Center patio.
On Sept. 1st, St. Mary’s College of Maryland submitted a 30 page report to the Chairs of the Maryland House of Delegates and Senate Budget Committees, at their request, outlining a proposed $5 million annual increase in the College’s block grant. The report includes the exigence and plan for the additional money.
President Joseph Urgo and Chairman of the Board of Trustees, Molly Mahoney Matthews, are asking Governor O’Malley and the Maryland General Assembly for an additional $5 million a year to improve affordability and increase access to St. Mary’s College of Maryland.
All ten Public Safety officers and Interim Director of Public Safety, Dave Zylak, are currently in the process of obtaining official police commissions from the state of Maryland.