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STUDENT focus Student Government, Inc. Fall 2013

NEW DINING OPTIONS COME TO QUEENS CAMPUS BY CATHERINE MIN KIM This year, more dining options have been added for the students on campus. Students can now enjoy frozen yogurt at Red Mango or enjoy classic diner food at the Red Storm Diner. Red Mango is located on the first floor of St. Augustine’s Hall next to the Library Cafe. An assortment of flavors is offered that are changed every week, but the Original Tart flavor is always served. Different toppings ranging from baked ones to fruits are accessible for self-serve. Red Mango is open from 7:30 AM to 7:00 PM Monday through Thursday and 7:30AM to 3:00PM on Friday.

Sophomore Christine Chung said, “Last semester, I heard that Red Mango moved into Stony Brook University, and I was so jealous! But, when I heard that Red Mango was coming to St. John’s, I was thrilled. Red Mango’s frozen yogurt is one of my favorite treats of all time whether it’s sunny or snowy, and it’s awesome that it’s right on campus. Now, I can go grab some awesome frozen yogurt whenever I want!” The other new dining option, the Red Storm Diner, is located at the SGI Courtyard. CONTINUED ON PAGE 2

TECHNOLOGIES SAVE EARTH AND IMPROVE STUDENT LIFE

As part of an initiative to preserve the environment and our cell phone batteries, SGI has put in place electronic charging and refillable water bottle stations around campus. This technology station, found in the D’Angelo Center, supplies students with chargers for devices from iPhones to Androids. Benjamin Anvarrete, a junior found using the chargers at DAC said “They’re very convenient because I lost my charger yesterday, and I went to the bookstore to buy one, but they didn’t have the type of charger I needed.” CONTINUED ON PAGE 3

BY WANDY ORTIZ

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Students embrace Johnny Thunderbird outside of Carnesecca Arena during the 2013 Dribble for the Cure event.

IN THIS ISSUE Dining Options.........................1, 2 Technologies Save.....................1, 3 Committee Spotlight....................2 Relay For Life................................3 Committee Spotlight....................4 Around St. John’s...........5, 8, 12, 13 Rep/Committee Roster.............6, 7 Letter to the Community.............9 Operating Budget...................10,11 Organizations Budget...........12, 13

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FROM PAGE 1, “NEW DINING” This 50’s style diner offers classic food such as burgers, milkshakes, and breakfast food. Students can eat inside the diner to enjoy their meals or take it to go. Meals are offered for dinner meal exchange from Monday through Friday. Although there is an extensive array of food to choose from on the menu, there are only a few options actually offered for meal exchange. The Red Storm Diner is open from 5:00PM to 2:00AM on Mondays through Thursdays, 5:00PM to 3:00AM on Friday, 8:00PM to 3:00AM on Saturday, and 8:00PM to 2:00AM on Sunday. The Red Storm Diner is the late night dinner option that students can choose, and students can go to Red Mango to enjoy a nice snack with friends. Sophomore Judy Wu said, “Red Storm Diner’s great after a late lab class!”

COMMITTEE

SPOTLIGHT

Eight questions with Caitlin Lopes, the Chairperson of the Student Affairs Committee. Q: Which committee are you a part of? A: Student Affairs Committee Q: What is involved in order to join your committee? A: Simply come to a meeting; the committee is open and there is no deadline in order to join. Q: When does your committee meet as a general body? A: Meeting times for the Student Affairs Committee are Wednesdays at 4:30pm. Q: What are your goals this year as a committee? A: Our goals as a committee for this year are to provide the student body of St. John’s University with bigger and better events, including both Winter Carnival and Relay For Life. Q: What has your committee successfully accomplished recently? A: Our most current accomplishment is promoting Relay For Life and starting the awareness of Relay For Life earlier. Q: What’s new and exciting that is happening this year? A: This year we are excited to bring new events to campus. Events like Winter Wonderland with snow and fundraising even more for Relay For Life with our theme of Candy Land. Q: What makes this year’s iteration of the committee different compared to years past? A: The variety of events and the quality of events. We are looking to make the classic events better and give students something to talk about all year long. Q: What makes this committee an important asset to St. John’s? A: We are always looking to make the student body happy. We want their input to how the events are going and what they want to see so it can truly be student events.

Learn more about all of SGI’s Standing Committees at http://bit.ly/sjucommittees 2


FROM PAGE 1, “TECHNOLOGIES SAVE” “The location is nice because it’s where people hang out the most. But at the same time, there are a lot of outlets all over campus that people could use, so I feel like it wastes money.

But it’s good for people like me who don’t have a charger. One thing I don’t like about them is that they rely a lot on human nature. Like do you really expect people to leave their phone and trust that no one would take it? If I walked away from here for 30 minutes, there’s no guarantee that my phone would still be here. But overall, they’re very useful”. (Keep in mind that at the charging station, there is a clearly written advisory to please keep track of devices at all time). The image on the right is an example of the refillable water stations that can be found in residence halls and other locations. One interestfing feature the new systems boast is an electronic count of how many plastic water bottles have been saved by refilling reusable

ones, it helps keep Johnnies aware of the impact they are making on our ecosystem. Hopefully, it will continue motivating students to keep using all those free water bottles they’ve gotten this semester! Gabrielle Mineo, a freshman here at SJU says about the water bottle stations in residence halls and in campus buildings, “I definitely see myself recycling more and reusing my water bottles more often than I usually do. Not only do these stations provide water to drink, but they also promote the reuse of water bottles & saving the environment.” If you haven’t gotten a chance to use either of these brand new facilities, make sure you get the chance to check them out and see what you think!

RELAY FOR LIFE IS COMING SOON!

April 4, 2014

BIT.LY/SJURELAYFORLIFE

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COMMITTEE

SPOTLIGHT

Eight questions with Jasiel Martin-Odoom, the Chairperson of the Research and Development Committee. Q: Which committee are you a part of? A: My Committee is Research and Development. Q: What is involved in order to join your committee? A: It is open to new members indefinitely. We are always looking forward to increase our membership. Come join the family!! Q: When does your committee meet as a general body? A: We meet every Thursday from 7pm to 8pm in DAC 210. Q: What are your goals this year as a committee? A: For this year, our goals are to provide research into various major areas of campus that students have concerns with, i.e. Residence Life, Facilities, Public Safety, Student Life and others. We intend to use the research we gather, with the help of the Student Services Committee, to make a solid case for change on our campus as well as provide policy suggestions to certain issues that will arise especially as a result of the unique position we are in with regards to our rebranding process. Q: What has your committee successfully accomplished recently? A: Currently, we have completed extensive research into the possibilities of taking our school’s year book from print version to an online edition. We have polled information from different sources and have come up with a specified group of alternatives that we have submitted to the Executive Board of Student Government Inc. and the Vice President for Student Affairs, Dr. Kathryn Hutchinson. We also have made this information available to the senior committee in case they need it in their preparations for senior week and graduation-related activities. Q: What’s new and exciting that is happening this year? A: I am excited for the immense change we are going to be spearheading on this campus due to the very unique position of our committee’s functions in relation to the needs of the school. Q: What makes this year’s iteration of the committee different compared to years past? A: This committee is different from last year in that everyone from the co-chairs to the committee members are very dedicated to the committee and to our goals. Q: How is this committee’s tasks delegated? A: The committee is sub-divided into three sub-committees with each one under the purview of one of my three co-chairs: Jialun Mike Wang, Arcangelo Petretta, and Laura Dease.

Learn more about all of SGI’s Standing Committees at http://bit.ly/sjucommittees 4


Around St. John’s

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To  the  St.  John’s  University  Community,     Student  Government,  Inc.  (SGI)  is  the  official  representative  of  the  undergraduate  student  population  and   the  parent  organization  of  all  the  undergraduate  student  organizations  on  the  Queens  campus.  The  SGI   Floor  is  comprised  of  the  Executive  Board,  the  10  Standing  Committees,  and  the  body  of  Representatives   working  to  promote  the  mission  of  St.  John’s  University.  In  an  effort  to  continuously  promote  transparency,   SGI  is  releasing  its  2013-­‐2014  Financial  Report  to  inform  the  St.  John’s  Community  about  the  reasoning  and   work  that  produced  this  year’s  allocations.     Revenue   Each  year  SGI  is  tasked  with  producing  a  budget  effective  for  the  fiscal  year  beginning  July  1st  and  ending  on   June  30th.  The  annual  fiscal  budget  is  carefully  constructed  to  foster  collaboration  and  ensure  efficient   productivity  amongst  the  student  body  and  student  organizations.  SGI’s  budget  is  derived  from  the   following  sources:  a  portion  of  the  student  activity  fee,  CO-­‐OP  revenue,  SGI  totes  and  ties  revenue,  and  any   previous  fiscal  year  surplus.     Budget  Breakdown   The  2013-­‐2014  SGI  Budget  is  divided  into  five  sections:  Student  Organizations,  Organizational  Support   Services,  Operating,  Government,  and  Committees.     • The  Organizations’  budget  encompasses  the  allocations  to  the  undergraduate  student  organizations   based  on  their  self-­‐prepared  budget  proposals,  along  with  the  amounts  allocated  to  the  Greek   Councils  and  the  SGI  Budget  Committee  Special  Allocations.  All  of  the  organizations  are  classified   under  1  of  10  categories:  Academic,  Cultural,  Greek  Life,  Honor  Societies,  Political,  Religious,  Social   Justice,  Special  Interest,  Programming  Boards,  and  the  Vincentian  Yearbook;   • The  Organizational  Support  Services  budget  encompasses  the  allocations  for  services  SGI  provides   for  student  organization’s  use  including  but  not  limited  to  OrgSync  software,  Facilities,  and  Public   Safety  expenses  for  programming  by  recognized  organizations;   • The  Government  budget  is  comprised  of  the  allocations  for  SGI  administrative  expenses  and   initiatives  along  with  class  senator  and  committee  allocations;   • The  Committee  budget  includes  the  individual  budgets  for  each  of  the  10  standing  SGI  committees.     SGI  wants  it  to  be  understood  that  funds  for  student  organizations  are  allocated  based  on  several  factors   including  the  organization’s  budget  proposal,  their  earned  income  account  balance,  fulfillment  of   requirements  as  an  organization,  service  hours,  and  the  quality  and  value  of  prior  programming.   Additionally,  the  3  programming  boards  –  Resident  Student  Association,  Student  Programming  Board,  and   HARAYA:  The  Pan-­‐African  Students’  Coalition  –  receive  funding  for  collaborative  programming  that  is  open   to  all  students  to  attend,  and  thus  are  allocated  budgets  that  are  in  proportion  to  their  events  planned  in  a   fiscal  year.       This  fiscal  year’s  budget  reflects  SGI’s  commitment  to  serve  its  peer  student  constituents.  The  SGI  Floor  has   voted  on  and  approved  this  budget,  having  kept  in  mind  the  opinions  and  needs  of  students,  student   leaders,  student  organizations,  and  others  that  comprise  the  St.  John’s  University  Community  as  a  whole.     In  conjunction  with  the  University’s  Vincentian  Mission  and  Core  Values:   Truth,  Love,  Respect,  Opportunity,  Service,  and  Excellence     Sincerely,   The  2013-­‐2014  Executive  Board  &  Floor  

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Student Government, Inc. Allocated Operating Budget 2013-2014 Anticipated Revenue Anticipated 2013-2014

Revenue Source

Activities Fee

CO-OP (Student Printing & Distribution Center) Vineyard Vines Totes & Ties

TOTAL REVENUE

$

1,130,000.00

$

25,000.00

$

1,160,000.00

$

5,000.00

Notes

Student Government Inc. receives a portion of the Student Activity Fee as their annual budget.

The CO-OP generates periodic revenue and provides services to student organizations as well as the general student population. Vineyard Vines Totes & Ties containing the new St. John's University Crest will once again be sold by SGI.

Allocation of Funds Allocated Budget 20132014

Organization Budgets

SGI: Special Allocations

$

100,000.00

$

286,845.00

$

5,500.00

IGC: Special Allocations

$

ALFSA

$

Organizations Allocations IFC

30,000.00 9,500.00

Panhellenic Council

$

11,000.00

ORGANIZATION BUDGET TOTAL

$

494,845.00

Tri Council

$

Organizations Support Services Budget

52,000.00

$

55,000.00

Security/Cadets

$

90,000.00

Concerts

$

50,000.00

$

15,000.00

(Student

OrgSync ASCAP/BMI/SESAC Direct TV

SUPPORT SERVICES BUDGET TOTAL

Operating Budget

$ $ $

$

4,000.00 8,000.00

Equipment

$

8,000.00

Postage

Contingency Printing QuickBooks

Department CoSponsorships

OPERATING BUDGET TOTAL

Allocated funds that are from the ALFSA Greek organizations.

Allocated funds that are used by members of Inter-Fraternity Council for programming and activities.

Allocated funds that are used by members of the Panhellenic Council Greek organizations for programming and activites. All allocated funding that is used by three member council of the Tri-Council for programming and activities.

Notes

Encompasses the payment of facility bills from all events executed by SGI recognized organizations.

Encompasses the payment of all security needed for all events executed by SGI recognized organizations to maintain campus civility. Funds used to supplement a portion of the total cost to plan and execute an annual music event for the general student population.

Funds to maintain the Co-Op and restock inventory. The Co-Op provides services to student organizations as well as the general student population. OrgSync is a Campus Engagement Network that connects students to organizations, programs, and departments on campus in a private online community. Music copyrighting fees, etc.

SGI provides DirectTV Services for the D'Angelo Center televisions.

Allocated Budget 20132014

42,000.00

Supplies

The total funds that all SGI organizations received this fiscal year.

800.00

$

NY Times Readership Initiative

Funds used by the Greek Budget Committee for educational and leadership training activities and events.

222,800.00

Support Staff Salaries Auditing Fees Legal Fees

The funds to support academic and leadership training programs that reflect the University's Vincentian values for the student community. Requests are open to all SGI recognized organizations, recommended by the SGI Budget Committee, and are approved by the SGI Floor.

Allocated Budget 20132014

Facilities Cost for Student Organization Events

Co-Op/Xerox Printing & Distribution Center)

Notes

$ $ $ $ $

15,000.00 10,000.00

6,000.00 8,000.00 400.00

$ $

50,000.00 2,500.00

$

6,000.00

$ $

4,500.00

Notes

Funds are used for the salaries of the office support for the entire fiscal year. Usage of all annual auditing fees.

Fees for contract review throughout the year.

Used to repair, replace, or modify any SGI equipment, including the Co-Op.

SGI funds NY Times delivery to increase readership amongst the student population. Funds are used for office supplies from Staples and Proftech. Mailing supplies and services.

Unexpected expenditures that arise, that are not generally categorized under another area. Supply for all printing purposes.

Annual budget for Quickbooks, an accounting system to track expenditures. SGI's collaboration funds with various departments for the fiscal year.

152,400.00

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Government Budget

Allocated Budget 20132014

Gift for Incoming Freshmen Class

$

7,500.00

SGI Awards Night/Inauguration SGI Meetings/ Conferences

$ $

3,750.00 1,500.00

SGI Administrative Expenses

$

40,955.00

$

1,500.00

Senior Gift - Senior Scholarship Fund Donations Senators

Secretary

GOVERNMENT BUDGET TOTAL

Committee Budget

Academic Affairs Committee Budget Committee

$

5,000.00

$

81,000.00

$

141,705.00

$

500.00

Notes

The gift for the freshman class this year was a class shirt. We hope to make this a lasting tradition to promote Red Storm and class pride with St. John's newest family members.

Funds used for the Annual SGI Awards Night and Inauguration Ceremony of the incoming members for the upcoming academic year. Funding that covers all SGI Meetings/Conferences.

Allocated funds that are spent by the SGI Floor for educational and leadership traning programs that reflect the University's Vincentian values.

Along with the funds raised from various fundraising initiatives, SGI also donates 5,000 to the Senior Gift, the Senior Scholarship. Encompasses all charitable donations on behalf of SGI.

Funding for year long programs by the Senior Senator, Junior Senator, and Sophomore Senator. Funds used to carry out initiatives with the Freshmen Committee.

Allocated Budget 20132014

$ $

20,000.00 500.00

Elections Committee

$

5,000.00

Events Review Committee

$

400.00

Organizations Committee

$

1,500.00

Public Relations Committee

$

5,000.00

Research & Development Committee

$

350.00

School Spirit Committee

$

45,000.00

Student Affairs Committee - Traditional Events

$

65,000.00

Student Services Committee

COMMITTEE BUDGET TOTAL

$

$

143,250.00

TOTAL ALLOCATED BUDGET 2013-2014

$

1,155,000.00

500.00

Notes

Funds allocated for Academic Forums, the Who’s Who Among College Students selection process, Meeting of the Minds Dinner, and the Professor of the Year selection process, representing SGI in selecting speakers for the Academic Lecture Series and facilitates academic focus groups within the student body.

Handles organizations’ special allocation funding requests, and after thorough review, recommends all allocations to the elected representatives of SGI for approval. Organizes and facilitates all elections of Student Government, Inc. including Freshman Representative Elections in the Fall, as well as Executive Board and College Representative Elections in the Spring. With the assistance of SGI members, this committee attends and evaluates the quality of programs funded by SGI. Their analysis is essential in assisting with making future recommendations as to the direction of SGI funding for student organizations & University-wide events. Responsible for regulating established organizations’ activities on campus; handles the formation of new organizations by making recommendations of applications for the Power to Organize, permanent recognition of organizations, and reactivation of lapsed organizations. Primary body for the dissemination of information concerning Student Government, Inc. Responsibilities include the Spring Activities Fair, SGI recruitment, suggestion boxes, approval of organizational publicity, and allocation of advertising space in the Torch to SGI and all organizations. Produces and compiles several surveys through St. John’s Central and other means to gauge student opinions and morale. The data gathered plays an integral role in enabling proposals to be made to the Administration and Executive Board, to guide change and improvements on behalf of the student body. Promotes St. John's pride by providing students with merchandise and the RedZone Student Section, helps with the coordination of activities, and plan away trips to out-of-town games. The committee is responsible for the promotion of season tickets as well as organizing game day giveaways, as well as pre-game and post-game social activities. Responsible for the coordination and execution of all marquee events of SGI. These events include the Winter Carnival, Relay for Life , and various other charitable projects and activities. Works with the other members of SGI to help with events such as Family Grad Dinner, Awards Nights, and all other SGI events. Works with the Research and Development committee to identify student concerns, conduct appropriate research on the subject, and work with SGI to propose solutions to the Administration. This committee will also coordinate the SGI Monthly Focus program.

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2013-2014 Organization Budget Allocations Organization Category

Number of Active Organizations Minimum Maximum Median Mean Mode Total Academic Allocation Number of Active Organizations Minimum Maximum Median Mean Mode Total Cultural Allocation Number of Active Organizations Minimum Maximum Median Mean Mode Total Greek Life Allocation Number of Active Organizations Minimum Maximum Median Mean Mode Total Honor Society Allocation Number of Active Organizations Minimum Maximum Median Mean Mode Total Political Allocation

$ $ $ $ $ $ $ $ $ $

Allocated Budget 2013-2014

Notes

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Advertising Club, American Chemical Society, American College of Healthcare Executives,

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$

$ $ $ $ $ $ $ $ $ $

34

14

$

$ $ $ $ $ $

3

American Pharmacists Association, Biology Students Organization, Criminal Justice 300.00 4,100.00 Assocation, Economics & Finance Society, Entrepreneurial Society, Homeland & Corporate Security Club, Lambda Kappa Sigma (Pharmacy), Legal Society, Management Society, 400.00 Marketing Club, Math Club, NABA (National Association of Black Accountants), Physicians 621.36 Assistant Association, Society of Physics Students, Society of Professional Journalists, 400.00 Speech & Hearing Association, Sports Management Club, Student Psychological Association, 13,670.00 Tau Omega Chi (Toxicology)

250.00 5,000.00 African Students Association, Caribbean Students Association, Chinese Cultural Association, Chinese Students & Scholars Association, Gaelic Society, Haitian Society, Italian Cultural 700.00 Society, Jewish Students Association, Latin American Student Organization, PARE, Polish 1,025.00 Culture Club, RAAZ, Taiwanese Students Organization, Vietnamese Cultural Organization N/A 14,350.00 Alpha Kappa Alpha, alpha Kappa Delta Phi, Alpha Phi Alpha, Alpha Phi Delta, Alpha Sigma

400.00 Alpha, Delta Phi Epsilon, Delta Sigma Theta, Gamma Phi Beta, Iota Nu Delta, Kappa Alpha 1,400.00 Psi, Kappa Phi Lambda, Kappa Sigma, Lambda Phi, Lambda Phi Epsilon, Lambda Pi Chi, 800.00 Lambda Pi Upsilon, Lambda Theta Alpha, Lambda Upsilon Lambda, Omega Phi Beta, Omega 994.12 Psi Phi, Phi Beta Sigma, Phi Delta Chi, Phi Iota Alpha, Pi Delta Psi, Phi Sigma Sigma, Pi Kappa 800.00 Phi, Pi Lambda Phi, Sigma Beta Rho, Sigma Chi Beta, Sigma Gamma Rho, Sigma Iota Alpha, Tau Kappa Epsilon, Theta Phi Alpha, Zeta Phi Beta 33,800.00 250.00 750.00 525.00 487.50 N/A 6,825.00

Alpha Kappa Delta (Sociology), Alpha Kappa Psi (Business), Alpha Psi Omega (Theatre), Beta Alpha Psi (Accounting), Gamma Iota Sigma (Risk Management), Gamma Kappa Alpha (Italian), Phi Alpha Theta (History) Phi Eta Sigma (Freshman), Phi Lambda Sigma (Pharmacy Leadership), Psi Chi (Psychology), Rho Chi (Pharmacy), Roger Bacon Scientific, Sigma Delta Pi (Spanish), Watson Pre-Health

500.00 550.00 550.00 533.33 550.00 1,600.00

College Democrats, College Republicans, NAACP

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Number of Active Organizations Minimum Maximum Median Mean Mode Total Religious Allocation Number of Active Organizations Minimum Maximum Median Mean Mode Total Social Justice Allocation

$ $ $ $

8

$

$ $ $ $ $ $

3

9

350.00 5,200.00 550.00 1,156.25 N/A 9,250.00 250.00 300.00 250.00 266.66 250.00 800.00

Number of Active Organizations Minimum Maximum Median Mean Mode Total Special Interest Allocation

$ $ $ $

Number of Active Organizations Minimum Maximum Median Mean Mode Total Programming Board Allocation

$ $ $ $

Total Vincentian Yearbook Allocation

$

30,000.00

Overall Organization Budget Allocation 2013-2014

$

286,845.00

$

$

3

Catholic Student Community, Coptic Society, Grace Fellowship, Intervarsity Christian Fellowship, Korean Campus Crusade for Christ, Muslim Students Association, Sinai's Radiant Liturgical Praise Dance Team, St. Vincent de Paul Society

300.00 750.00 500.00 505.55 N/A 4,550.00

One Campaign, STAND, Students for Global Justice

Earth Club, Fashion Club, Habitat for Humanity, Los Unidos, Otaku Brigade, Sequoya, Step Ya Game Up, Team RV, The Animal Rights Awareness Club

44,000.00 78,000.00 50,000.00 57,333.33 N/A 172,000.00

Haraya: Pan-African Students' Coalition, Residents Student Association, Student Programming Board

The Vincentian Yearbook is subsidized for every graduating senior.

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SGI MEETING TIMES: SPRING SEMESTER

EXECUTIVE BOARD President | Elizabeth Sheehan elizabeth.sheehan09@stjohns.edu

Vice-President | Mark Benavides mark.benavides10@stjohns.edu

Secretary | Oscar Diaz oscar.diaz10@stjohns.edu

Treasurer | Emily Bargabos emily.bargabos10@stjohns.edu

Senior Senator | Johann Kerr johann.kerr10@stjohns.edu

Junior Senator | Jenny Rankin jennifer.rankin11@stjohns.edu

Soph. Senator |Michael Yu xufeng.yu12@stjohns.edu


SGI Fall 2013 Newsletter  
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