BOG addresses `Vagina Monologues'
By SHEILA EGTS
The Saint Mary's Board of Governance drew up a statement released at last night's meeting voicing its support of administrative decisions about issues raised by the "Vagina Monologues."
According to student body vice president Kristen Matha, the statement expresses full backing of the administration as well as concern for student rights and academic freedom. Hard copies of the statement will be mailed to students on- and off-campus today to ensure that "students understand their right to reach their academic ambitions."
While the statement advocates academic inquiry, Matha said that BOG encourages this specifically "within the parameters of the student handbook." Student rights and academic freedom are supported as long as they comply with the guidelines of the Catholic tradition and mission at Saint Mary's.
"We feel that a strong working relationship with the administration is a necessity. It's clear that student groups on campus realize that from the programming that has resulted," said Matha referring to events such as the Sexuality Series, "Womyn with Wings" and guest lecturer Katie Koestner.
Student body president Michelle Nagle said the statement was prompted by questions from students about their rights for academic freedom.
"We noticed a lack of understanding about what academic freedom entails, and it is our duty to educate students," said Nagle. "We respect the position of the administration and this now is a time for working together with them especially after the "Vagina Monologues' issue last year."
In other BOG news:
u BOG donated $12,000 to the building of the student center. "Even though we won't be here to see the fruits of it, we are behind this amazing project on campus," said Matha.
u Saint Mary's College Affiliation of the American Chemical Society was granted $1,500 for an upcoming conference.
u BOG granted a total of $5,000 to Midnight Madness with $1,000 contributing to programming and $4,000 to be used for prizes.
All News Stories for Tuesday, February 12, 2002