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Men’s tennis hits their stride The Aquinas men’s tennis team has won 11 straight matches. Reporter Brian Kalchik checks out the details, inside. page 7 Volume 31, Issue 13 Senate reforms? Complete. Restructured >>NEWS Resourceful Women |2 The annual day-long Resourceful Women’s conference comes to Aquinas to discuss women in Congress. GOP Update |3 Reporter Brendan Hoffman tracks the latest primaries, caucuses and delegate counts, inside. >>A&E Black Keys in review | 5 Reporter Sarah Branz checks out the latest live arena show from the basement blues duo. Meanwhile Movies! | 5 Do you know about Wealthy Street Theater’s weekly classic shows? We have the details. >>SPORTS | 7 The Aquinas Women’s LAX team has had an up and down season in their new league. Softball Success 21 Jump Street | 6 theSaint Wednesday, March 28, 2012 Women’s Lacrosse Lenten retreats at Aquinas | 2 | 8 Staff Writer George VanDenDreissche checks out the key to Aquinas’ softball victories Student Senate quietly passes bylaw changes that will re-shape Senate functions in coming years By Sarah Branz The Saint Reporter On Wednesday, March 21, the Aquinas College Student Senate voted to restructure the format of Student Senate for the upcoming academic year. By a count of 44 “for,” 13 “against” and four “abstaining,” the motion to restructure the makeup of Student Senate was approved. The new Senate organization will be comprised of five representatives from each class in addition to an executive committee comprised of a Chair, ViceChair, Secretary, Parliamentarian and Treasurer. “The new senate structure has elected class reps instead of club reps and we are making plans to hold elections for the incoming sophomoresenior classes in mid-April,” said Josh Theil, outgoing Student Senate Chair. “Next year, Student Senate will meet every two weeks on Wednesdays; it will have many of the functions of the old senate but it will focus on representing students and addressing their concerns.” The new structure will shift senate’s focus on being a body that is more focused on student representation than club representation. However, clubs will still be represented in a different governing body. “The passed proposal will create a RSO (Registered Student Organization) Assembly,” said Theil. “This group will consist of one group from every club and they will deal with club collaboration and issues.” While there was limited debate about the proposal itself to restructure the student government, there was much debate as to the details of the restructuring. One largely debated topic was whether or not to keep the $400 annual stipend for class senators. This amount was voted upon under the new Senate Reconstruction proposal. One of the arguments against it was that the money could be better spent on clubs and organizations, and SARAH BRANZ / THE SAINT that the time working w i t h t h e s e n a t e There will be changes made: Aquinas College’s current Senate body votes on issues brought before s h o u l d b e f r e e l y them on March 21 during their regular meeting. During this meeting, a measure was passed that will given. The debate, dramatically shrink Student Senate’s size and shift its focus. however, ended with the decision to senators would receive a $400 stipend. principal of Congress Elementary, keep the stipend. Although originally designed to thanked the senators for coming to This led Senator Paul Fahey to take effect January 2013, the changes read to the kindergarten and first-grade suggest that it be raised to $800 annually to the Student Senate structure will students as part of the Schools of Hope in order to better compensate those who take effect at the beginning of next the Program, and invited them back for live off-campus and must drive to attend academic year. another session. meetings, as even this difference would In other Senate news, senators were The next Student Senate meeting only amount to $10 per hour. encouraged to speak for a cause as part will be April 5 in the Wege Ballroom. In the end it was decided that of Speak Out Day. Also, Bridget Cheney, Honored poets in a classroom near you! Aquinas seniors Rian Bosse and Lori Verbrugge nab Academy of American Poets World News Update By Chuck Hyde The Saint Reporter Myanmar Nobel Peace Prize winner and symbol of democracy Aung San Suu Kyi was recently released after fifteen years of house arrest. According to MSNBC, she is now registered for the country’s parliament and running as the opposition leader in an upcoming election. After a long and forceful military rule, the government is finally relaxing its grip on the people of Myanmar. France COURTESY LORI VERBRUGGE COURTESY RIAN BOSSE Local literature: Aquinas College seniors Lori Verbrugge (L) and Rian Bosse (R) took home awards from the Academy of American Poets this year. By Laura Rico Staff Writer T h i s y e a r, t h e A c a d e m y o f American Poets’ Prize for Colleges and Universities was awarded to Aquinas College Seniors Rian Bosse and Lori Verbrugge. Bosse received the first place prize, and Verbrugge received Honorable Mention. Both students will have their work published in the Sampler XXIV and have a chance to read their work at the Sampler launch on April 23 at the Cook Carriage House at 6:30 p.m. Mary Jo Firth Gillet, a well-published poet, will present the awards. Verbrugge said, “I was really thrilled to have gotten an Honorable Mention in the contest. I love words and writing, but haven’t written much poetry, so it was a thrill to have my poem even make it into the top ten!” Bosse said, “When I first found out that my poem had been selected, I was very honored. Not only is the Sampler a great publication for such a small school like Aquinas, but the past winners of the A.A.P. prize have been wonderful poets. Last year’s winner, Laura Hartness, is someone I’ve worked with quite a bit here on campus and I really admire as a poet, so being recognized with such talented writers is certainly something special.” The prizes are funded by alumni interested in supporting young writers. Dr. Tony Foster and Linda NemecFoster, who also created and endowed the Contemporary Writers Series, have generously taken on this role. Rian’s poem, “Throwing Stones” captures a childhood memory told with moving description, [and] Lori’s poem, “Sanibel Island,” celebrates this magical place with striking imagery and sound devices. English Professor and Sampler coordinator Miriam Pederson said, “I’m very pleased their poems have been recognized for their memorable offering to readers. We can participate in these poems. They encourage us to savor our memories and our relationship with the natural world.” A reading featuring the works of the top ten finalists is scheduled for Tuesday, April 17 at 12:30 p.m. in the Loutit room. Beginning March 11, Mohamed Merah carried out attacks on French paratroopers and Jewish citizens. Fox News reports that Merah had claimed contacts with Al Qaeda in the past, but recent investigation has shown little support for this. He was killed in a gunfight with police and is believed to have acted alone. The lack of police prevention and their failure to take him alive has caused much uproar. Political change may also occur in the country. A new presidential election is not faring well for Nicolas Sarkozy, says TIME. He has lost much of the popular support in France, and it seems that Sarkozy may have serious contest for the position. Afghanistan According to CNN and Fox News, Army Staff Sgt. Robert Bales may face 17 counts of murder in the upcoming trial for his alleged shooting rampage in Afghanistan. Several lawyers believe that the charges may not stick, however, due to a lack of a crime scene: the victims’ bodies were laid to rest immediately according to Islamic burial tradition. If charged with even one count of murder, Bales could face life in prison with chance of parole, or perhaps even the death penalty. South Africa CNN reports that the Shell oil company is planning to begin a controversial natural gas drilling Read us anytime, anywhere at technique known as “fracking” in South Africa. The practice involves injecting water and chemicals into the shale rock to drive the natural gas out. This would occur in the Karoo, known as being one of South Africa’s most beautiful and unspoiled areas. Locals are worried about the effect the drilling would have on the environment and water supply of the area. Currently the drilling is under debate, with no action being taken yet. Japan A magnitude 6.4 earthquake shook Japan’s northern coast on Tuesday. However, according to officials, tsunami-causing conditions are not expected. A small rise in sea levels could occur. No injuries were reported from the quake, and no building damage was reported. Japan’s 54 nuclear power plants, of which all but one are currently offline for inspection, also survived the quake unscathed, according to AP reports. Syria T h e S y r i a n g o ve r n m e n t h a s accepted U.N. / Arab League envoy K o f i A n n a n ’s p l a n f o r c e a s i n g violence and fostering peace in Syria, according to an Annan spokesperson on Tuesday. Annan’s proposed plan, which entails establishing a process for addressing the Syrian population’s concerns, freeing currently imprisoned protesters and political opposition, and a U.N. supervised stop to armed violence, encompasses main points of a presidential statement endorsed by the U.N. Security Council. Annan is now touring China and Russia in hopes of bolstering support for the plan. Syrian President Bashar AlAssad’s violent crackdown on Syrian protest activity has continued since last March. According to opposition activists, at least 53 more people were killed Tuesday.

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