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THE STUDENT NEWSPAPER OF ST. LAWRENCE UNIVERSITY - FOUNDED IN 1911 Vol. CVHI No. 12 Friday, December 12, 2003 • www.liehillnews.corh Canton, New York Young Thelmo Executive Board Takes Charge Last Wednesday Carla C. Hunter Contributing Writer Wednesday was a night §>'f \firsts\ at Thelmo. Traditionally, the last Wednesday of the fall semester marks the transition from the cur- rent Executive Board to the newly elected Executive Board. But this time of transition was also special because for the first time the Thelomathesian Senate convened in its hew home in the Student Center, the Governance Room. During the meeting, the individu- als stepping down from their posi- tions shared a synopsis of their term and conveyed thanks to the Senate for having had the privilege of shar- ing the experience with the Senate. Former Secretary Adam Caster '06 spoke about his term, citing activi- ties that-Thelmo had produced such events as the Haunted House and the Craft Fair/Study Break. Then he went on saying that although \he will be stepping down as Secretary he will be returning as Vice Presir dent of Senate Affairs.\ He stated that although \this transition marks the completion of several terms*, it also marks the : Commencement of the new Executive Board's term and that hopefully the continuation of work, dedicated to making St. Lawrence a better place for all stu- dents.\ Allison Turcotte '04, former Vice President of University Relations, is quite proud of \doubling! the size of Thelmo Storage with the assis- tance of Kelly Davis\ as well as \fill- ing all but two Tripartite Commit- tees.\ Everyone enjoys die Storage that Thelmo provides in the base- ment of Lee Hall, but few realize the work that the Vice President of Com- munity Relations must put into the project annually so that we can all utilize the space: Turcotte is greatly - looking forward to contributing to Thelmo as a Senator next year, . Former Vice President of Senate Affairs, Alexis Kostuh '04 was dirilled with the work that the Sen- ate, Executive Board and Chairper- sons contributed, allowing us to have such an incredible turnout at the most recent election. Over 1000 students came out to vote in the '.election Of the new Executive Board, which has never happened in recent University history. In conjunction with the strong voter turnout, Kostun was a key spokesperson for the University's new online voting system, which will be implemented in the Spring Semester. The system will be available to be utilized by all- of the Student Organizations on ^ campus. Hopefully the convenience of online voting will continue this upward trend in election turnouts. Travis Babcock '04, former Thelmo President, outlined several worthy causes a.t the beginning of his term as President and was happy to be able to reflect on the progress that he and the Executive Board, collectively made. Babcock identi- fied a need for increasing the diver- sity on campus, while raising aware- ness and tolerance.. Babcock also had issue with the 0.5 point grading policy as he felt that it might, not be as precise in representing student achievement as well as other scales might be. Currently one of the Thelmo Tripartite Committees is working with Academic Affairs to assess if we would be able to imple- ment such a policy change at St. Lawrence. Also the conversation regarding the merit of imposing a Non-Fraternization policy at St. Lawrence was begun at Thelmo un- Photo by Jackie Roy- Former Thelmo President Travis Babcock '04 passes the gavel to the 2004 President, Peter Snedeker'06. der Babcock's recommendation. Currently the Faculty Council has issued a \stance on the issue encour- aging the adherence to a code of Professionalism, but is reluctant to create an official policy condemn- ing it. Lastly; the Parking System was reviewed and improved under the efforts of the Executive^Council. The symbolic stepping down of these individuals may mark thexon- clusion of their active terms, but also opens the doors for our new Executive Board and all thatthey hope to bring to the St. Lawrence community. No More Pub - Student Center to Open After Winter Break Weeks of Construction Finally Come to an End; Grand Opening Ceremony mFebruary Val Stacker Staff Writer Photo by Mark Hall The nearly completed Student Center - the fences, noise: and construction vehicles will soon be gone. After months^of hard work throughout the year and the path across campus blocked, the building will be open fovuse next semester.. Security Finds Suspicious Loiteyer Unknown Individual Now Banned from Campus When we all return, from winter break, the new Student Center is predicted to open the doors to the St. Lawrence campus. After 10 years of planning and .fundraising, the building is finally near completion. Director of Co-Curricular Education Kate McCaffrey proudly describes the effort involved in the process and shows off the -numerous floor plans and designs that were part of the planning. \I am'so* excited to see it open!\ she says. Many oth- ers on campus share this enthusi- asm.. .The first floor of the new Student Center is based on food and relax- ation. The would-be \PubV - which will now be called The\ North Star Cafe - will be die main dining ser- vice in the center. Students who enjoy pizza will be glad to hear that there is a new stone oven for good pizza! There witTalso be a Caribou II coffee shop, as the first one will re-.. main in the bookstore. Finally, Jack's Snack Shoppe will move to the Stu-. dent Center and be called Jack's Corner. There is an outdoor patio where students can-eat, as well as many tables and chairs placed all throughout the building. Students are not restricted to eating on the first floor. Like the Pub, students can' get. warm by the fireplace while eating, not just on the first floor, but the second as well. Entertainment is easy to find on the first floor. The billiard and game room will be next to the dining area in a separate, offset room. The films that were once, seen in Gulick The- ater will now be shown in the Laurentian Room. Instead of typi- cal auditorium seating, the room is. set up with chairs and couches. McCaffrey says there sho'uld be .enough room to comfortably seat movie goers as there are typically no more than 100 people who show up for a single showing. Another option'is to sit in the balcony area, accessible from the second floor and sit on. high seats and tables. The movie screen drop's from the ceiling on the second floor. Films can be viewed from both floors of the room. There is an elevator in the building that stops on all three floors, and it is wheelchair acces- sible. The mailroom will also move to the new center. Mail boxes will no longer be opened by key, but with a combination lock. Any mail that accumulates during the break will need to be picked up at the UC stu- dent mailroom. In addition to ac- cumulated incoming mail \and any package notices, students will find an envelope confirming their com See New Center - Page 4 Geoff Faiella Staff Writer Security responded to a report last Thursday, December 4, about an unknown man in Gunnison Chapel, but before Security could arrive, the man disappeared. He was spotted again on Sunday night wandering campus.- Security ob- .tained identification from the man, and upon questioning, was re- ported to have said he was \visit- ing friends .\Upon further question- ing the man was unable to show any affiliation with the University, and was escorted off campus. The man will receive a letter of persona non grata, and is banned from campus. Should he return, he will be arrested for trespassing. • On Wednesday, a medical team responded to a call from the Munroe Family Climbing Wall. A student fell while using the wall, and was trans- ported to Canton-Potsdam hospital for surgery. The. student broke his leg in two places. A slew of thefts -occurred this week. A bike was stolen on Decem- ber 4 from outside Dean Eaton. An- other bike was reported stolen from Priest College oh the same day. The Office of Security and Safety re- minds the student body to register your bicycles in order to help in the recovery should it be stolen. In other news, a student was ar- rested by Canton PD on Monday night for attempting to buy alcohol with fake identification from the Mobil Gas Station on Main Street. The bookstore reported an incident of attempted shoplifting on Tues- day. The student was.apprehended before leaving the store. The stu- dent Judiciary Board will hear the student's case. In This Week 's Edition The Rooster Comes Q New ..Campus Pro SLU Buddies Punk Rock in Underground Page 2 Page 6 Page 8

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