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USG Approves She’s the First and Society of Visual Arts

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By Sarah Huffman

This past Thursday, United Student Government (USG) approved two new clubs: She’s the First and Society of Visual Arts.

She’s The First was passed as a chapter of a national organization. Representatives from the club said they are a non-profit that works with students to provide education for girls in low-income countries. They said they noticed that people at Fordham are interested in these types of issues, such as gender inequality. They said they hope to not only branch out and fundraise for their chapter of the national organization, but also to reach out to the Bronx community and help girls in the local area.

The Society of Visual Arts is a club that seeks to give students on campus a place to make art. Representatives from the club said that because there is not a lot of room in dorms and commuters have little space, there are few places to make art. They plan to provide space for anyone to come in and work on individual and collaborative projects. They said they were sponsored by the visual arts department at the club fair and saw a lot of interest.

The Senate approved USG to cosponsor the vigil that was held last Friday night by the Jewish Student Organization (JSO) and Campus Ministry. The vigil was meant to honor those killed at the shootings in Pittsburgh and Kentucky. Executive President Connor Sullivan, FCRH ’19, presented the sponsorship and asked to give $100 to pay for half of the candles.

Senator Brian Daaleman, FCRH ‘19, presented a statement concerning the bias incidents on campus. The Senate edited it to also reflect the events in Pittsburgh and Kentucky. The statement not only condemns the actions of the bias incidents, but also asks the Fordham community to reflect on and criticize what happened. Senator Daaleman said hateful incidents will not stop unless the Senate pushes the university to do something about it. He encouraged those in attendance to hold people accountable if they witness someone express hateful thoughts.

The Senate chose ASILI as club of the month because of its work to put on Taste the World. They chose Senator Margaret Rothfus, FCRH ’20, as senator of the month because of the work she has done as Chair of the Dining Committee.

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