The Saint Mary’s College Student Government Association (SGA) passed legislation outlining the future structure of Senate and announced the dates of the upcoming College-wide elections in their meeting Tuesday. The student body election period will take place from Feb. 27 to March 1. Candidates for SGA, Residence Hall Association, Student Activities Board, Student Diversity Board, student body president and vice president may begin campaigning Feb. 26. The results of the elections on March 1 will be announced the following day. Senate and Class Board candidates may begin campaigning March 4 for the March 8 elections, with results announced March 9. Current juniors, sophomores and first years can campaign for Senate positions during this period. Incoming first years will round out the Senate with elections in September. SGA members will staff an informational table from Feb. 13-17 to introduce students to the future structure of SGA. Though the table’s location has yet to be determined, SGA members will inform them about the election process, executive secretary Emma Brink said. “We are committed to getting as many students as possible to participate in the elections, whether by running or voting,” Brink said. Brink said SGA hopes the presence of the informational table will increase voter participation in the upcoming election. Part of SGA’s new structure will involve incorporating creative ways to get more students to vote and promoting enthusiasm about running for Senate. In its meeting, SGA also approved legislation outlining the new structure of the Senate, which will now be comprised of fifteen students who represent diverse interests and student involvement at Saint Mary’s. The students will be divided by class year to guarantee fair representation of the student body, with positions allocated for four seniors, four juniors, four sophomores and three first years. “SGA is extremely excited to introduce the new structure to students and promote the new opportunities that students will have on the Senate,” Brink said.
Indianapolis, In. — Representatives from the Indiana DNR divisions of Law Enforcement and Forestry recently deployed out of state to assist with the effects of Hurricane Florence and wildfires, respectively.A team of 16 Indiana conservation officers, in cooperation with the Indiana Department of Homeland Security, responded to an Emergency Management Assistance Compact (EMAC) request from North Carolina to assist with swift-water rescue and flood evacuations in the wake of Florence. The team of Indiana conservation officers that had been trained in river rescue and dive rescue and recovery was assembled within hours of the request. The team deployed to North Carolina on Sept. 11.“Instructions were to come prepared to be completely self-sufficient, as there were no guarantees regarding food, water or even shelter once they arrived,” said Major Jason Lee of DNR Law Enforcement.The team was originally staged in Raleigh, but as the hurricane hit, the team began a series of moves that eventually brought the officers to just outside Wilmington, the city where Florence made landfall.Work involved rescuing people and their pets from flooded homes and vehicles at all hours. The team specifically worked in Pitt, Onslow and Pender counties, in Belvoir, Jacksonville and Rocky Point.The Indiana conservation officers worked with a variety of state and federal agencies during their nine-day deployment. Included was the U.S. Customs and Border Patrol, which provided helicopter evacuation services to the residents and their pets as Indiana conservation officers rescued them from high water.“I am extremely proud of the job our officers did,” Lee said. “Deployments to other states are strictly voluntary, and officers know up front that they will be away from home and family for an undetermined amount of time.“The work periods are long and typically in extreme conditions.”Lee said the conservation officers were wet for nearly nine days, either from the rain and flooding or from the 90-degree heat.“The bottom line is that our officers saved lives through their sacrifices, and I cannot thank them or their families enough for what they accomplished,” Lee said.Indiana conservation officers answered one late-night call for help with a boat-based rescue. A woman called 911, saying water was rising in her home. Indiana conservation officers found her in a wheelchair, chest-deep in rising water, holding her small dog.“The woman was hypothermic and would have likely not made it much longer,” Lee said. “It turned out that it was her 93rd birthday, and being carried to safety by our officers was one of the most meaningful presents they had ever given.”Regarding wildfires, the DNR Division of Forestry sent 27 individuals and provided personnel on one 20-person interagency crew to assist with wildfires in 10 different states— Oklahoma, Florida, Arizona, New Mexico, Oregon, California, Colorado, Idaho, Montana and Washington. Positions filled by Forestry personnel range from overhead management to on-the-ground firefighters.DNR Forestry has been mobilizing resources to all-hazard incidents such as wildfires since 1976.
The Ghana Football Association will host a media seminar on Friday December 21 for local journalists who will be reporting on the 2013 African Cup of Nations from South Africa.Resource persons will include officials from the Confederation of African Football (CAF), who will also address concerns about accreditation.The two-hour seminar scheduled for the conference room of the GFA at 10:00 am will also see participants share thoughts on the effective coverage of the tournament.The GFA will also unveil their programmes for the media at the tournament.