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Bye Bye Birdie | 8 Malkan talks makeup Author and activist Stacy Malkan comes to Aquinas to discuss the ugly side of everyday beauty products. page 2 Bull riding in Detroit | 5 theSaint Friday, March 16, 2012 Volume 31, Issue 12 Let’s see some Student Senate reforms! >>NEWS AQ in Japan |2 After the Fukushima power plant disaster, Aquinas students stepped up to the plate and helped out. More sustainability |3 Aquinas’ Center for Sustainability brings a trash to treasure program to campus. >>A&E John Carter review | 8 John Carter hits theaters with aliens, Mars and battles. Katherine Mata checks it out. Sushi? Yes please! | 8 Editor-in-Chief Matt Kuczynski checks out Sushi-Yama, Grand Rapids’ (literally) underground sushi shop. >>SPORTS Phil the Gymnast |6 Staff Writer Alyssa Freese talks to resident Aquinas gymnast Phil Gifford. Men’s tennis | 5 Men’s tennis have been serving up a storm. Kay Borst has the details on AQ’s nationallyranked tennis team. Aquinas volleyball coach resigns By George VanDenDreissche Staff Writer Dave Rawles, Aquinas’ women’s volleyball coach, announced his resignation from the head coach position on Monday, March 5. Coach Rawles has been with the program for the past five years. He is responsible for the saving the women’s volleyball program and bringing the program back to life. Rawles took over the Volleyball head coaching job in 2007. That year, the Saints finished in last place with a 0-14 record. However, Rawles was able to turn around the program the next year by going 10-4 in league play and finished third in the conference. In the 2010 season, he coached the team to the Wolverine-Hoosier Athletic Conference Tournament Final. During his tenure Rawles accumulated a 108-71 record. At press time, Coach Rawles was unable to be reached for comment. Rawles resigned, stating he needed to spend more time with his full time business. His coaching position was a part time position and discussions about his resignation had been underway since last year. Aquinas Athletic Director Terry Bocian said, “The fact that the volleyball coaching job is a part time position (as are many of our coaching positions) puts strain on the head coach.” “He put a lot of effort and enthusiasm into the program for which we are very appreciative. He rebuilt the program. We wish him all of the best in his future endeavors,” said Bocian. A replacement has not been named as of press time. Earlier this week, there was a posting on the Moose calling for any staff member interested in the job. E G AN CH ? E T NA E S E TH Aquinas’ student government reforms ready for vote By Rachel Luehm Staff Writer “Senators who are currently part of senate—most of them—are in senate only to get their clubs money,” said Annie Parks, Director of the Student Senate Diversity Committee. “It doesn’t represent the student body, it represents clubs and orgs.” In response to concerns such as these, the Student Senate Ad Hoc Exploratory Committee on Restructuring was formed during the first senate meeting of the year. Led by seniors Annie Parks, Matthea Brandenburg, and Daniel Meloy, it has been working on new bylaws that will change Student Senate from a club-based entity to a policy-based entity that more accurately represents the student body. The committee looked at structures of student senates at other liberal arts schools that are comparable in size to Aquinas, exploring how their governments worked and if their structures would work at Aquinas. The committee deduced that the new structure should be more policy based and focus on student needs such as the current policies on food, smoking, sustainability and campus speakers. Currently, Student Senate at Aquinas consists of 2-3 members from each club on campus, along with a few senators-at-large selected from the general student body and the Executive Board. 11 percent of the Aquinas student body is a member of an on-campus club or organization. Members of the committee on restructuring are proposing this change to accommodate a higher percentage of the student body by creating senate positions based on class level instead of club status. This new structure will mean the number of senators will go down as well, from 77 to about 23. Under the proposed structure, each class will have 5 representatives, and the Executive Board will remain unchanged. Combined, these branches will have voting power. The Treasurer and the Parliamentarian –both appointed members—along with 12 non-senator members from the student body will be non-voting members of Senate. These 12 additional members, according to Brandenburg, “are there to increase transparency and have the ability to influence the committee, but cannot vote at the Senate meetings.” “They can, however, vote within their committee,” she continued. The Student Senate committee structure will also be changed if the new reforms pass. Under the new rules, Student Senate will be broken down into four committees that focus on specific issues that students may have. The Treasurer’s Committee will focus on budgeting for clubs, the Traffic Board on parking tickets, the Grievance Committee deals with issues students may have with The Senate and the Commuter Committee will seek out and address concerns that commuters may have. F i n a l l y, t h e c o m m i t t e e h a s proposed creating a Registered Student Organization Assembly if the reforms pass. This assembly will have veto power over Senate votes and certain Treasurer allocations that exceed $1000 for clubs, which is the new limit for allocations. The assembly will be composed of a representative from each club in order to increase collaboration. The Vice Chair will be in charge of the assembly meetings. The proposal will be voted on Wednesday, March 21 by Student Senate. Preliminary straw polls showed the measure passing. Romney leads latest GOP primary rounds By Yasmeen Ahmed The Saint Reporter With Mitt Romney, Rick Santorum, Ron Paul and Newt Gingrich left in the running for the 2012 Republican presidential nomination, the primary elections are heating up. So far, Romney has won the most primary elections, with Santorum close behind, followed by Gingrich and Paul. On February 28, Michigan held its primary. Michigan native Romney secured the win, even with concerns that Santorum may steal the Michigan gain from Romney. Santorum came in second, with 38% of the vote, compared to Romney’s 41%. Romney also claimed victory in Arizona recently, becoming the frontrunner once again over Santorum who was rapidly catching up with three wins in Colorado, Minnesota and Missouri in early February. Many predicted that Paul would take Alaska and Idaho and that Gingrich would take Georgia, his home state, and possibly Tennessee. Romney was slated to take Massachusetts and Ohio remained a swing state. However, the results on March 6 revealed Romney claiming Ohio, as well as Alaska, Idaho and Massachusetts. Gingrich did in fact win his home state Georgia over, while Santorum took Tennessee, Oklahoma, and North Dakota. Paul had no wins. Freshman Mara Marin feels confident that Romney will sweep the remainder of the delegations and claim the Republican presidential nomination. “I figured Romney was going to win, I’m not a big fan of any of the primaries but Romney’s defeat was no surprise,” she said. “I also think Romney will be the main republican running against Obama because he seems like the most popular to the majority of people.” Although Romney is showing a strong lead among the current candidates for the GOP presidential bid, the race is far from over. As of print time, Romney has 484 of the needed 1,144 delegate votes needed to win. Santorum, Gingrich and Paul trail Romney’s lead with 239, 136, and 69 delegates, respectively. The final nominee will be known towards the end of June as the remaining primaries wrap up. The next scheduled primary events are the Missouri Republican county caucus on March 17, followed by the Puerto Rico primary elections March 18. COURTESY GAGE SKIDMORE In the lead: Former Massachusetts governor Mitt Romney is currently in the lead in the Republican primary elections. Romney edged out Rick Santorum 41% to 38% in the Michigan primary. Meet the new boss. . . In Charge: The Student Senate e l e c t i o n r e s u l t s h a ve b e e n announced, and the winners are: Brandon Heritier, Chair; Chuck Hyde, Vice-Chair; Kaela Bouwkamp, Secretary (L to R). Congratulations to Aquinas’ newest leaders! Read us anytime, anywhere at COURTESY AQUINAS COLLEGE CAMPUS LIFE

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