A Look Back Into The Cable Archives 4/21/2017

April 18, 1997: After a series of campus wide publications and surveys, Student Senate declared their position regarding quarters versus semesters. Senate reported that students overwhelmingly supported the current quarter system as opposed to switching to semesters. Students decided the academic diversity allowed under the quarter system outweighed the potential savings under a change to semesters.

April 17, 1998: A U.S. Representative was pushing legislation to end affirmative action on campuses nationwide. The proposed amendment would prohibit any college or university that grants preferential treatment during the admissions process to students because of their race, gender, ethnicity, or national origin from participating in HEA programs, such as the Pell Grant, student loans, and federal work study.

April 22, 2005: The College of St. Scholastica was awarded a $50,000 grant from the John S. and James L. Knight Foundation. The money would be used to establish and eco-industrial development initiative with state and local governments, businesses and individuals. The project included internships for CSS students and the development of a new class to teach students about ecological resourcefulness.

April 18, 2008: Tony Barrett stepped down as Athletic Director after three and a half years. Under his tenure, the Burns Wellness Commons was expanded, Nordic skiing and football were added, and Saints athletics moved from the NAIA to NCAA III. He stepped down to return to teaching economics at CSS, as he missed the classroom experience.

April 20, 2012: Students praised the new Benedictine Commons after it was finally opened for viewing. The space incorporated a contemporary feeling while taking advantage of St. Scholastica’s heritage by using an outside stone wall from the old building in the interior space. The full Science expansion would not be completed for another few months, but students were excited to use the Benedictine Commons.

April 19, 2013: The student body was divided over gun control classes after Student Senate was asked to support and provide funding for students to take gun safety classes off campus. The class would not have been associated with a particular club and would be open to any students who were interested. Senate voted against the proposal as the classes did not necessarily align with the Benedictine Values, and they did not want to fund something so controversial.

Compiled by Cable reporter Abigail Blonigen