A group of Saint Mary’s students, faculty and administrators participated in the Homeward Bound 5K for St. Joseph County on Saturday. The Homeward Bound run/walk contributed to local organizations to fight homelessness and provide housing.Saint Mary’s Student Government Sssociation (SGA), organized a group of more than 40 members of the Saint Mary’s community to participate in the event. Saint Mary’s senior Kat Sullivan, who organized the event, said it was fun to dress up as superheroes and help local organizations.“We’re supposed to represent the superheroes of South Bend, the organizations that really give back to the community, so we were representing Center for the Homeless and Hannah’s House, so all the funds that we raised will go to those organizations,” Sullivan said.Duane Wilson, chair of Homeward Bound for St. Joseph County, said this is the seventh annual Homeward Bound 5K in St. Joseph County and the third year the Robinson Community Learning Center has hosted the event.“The Homeward Bound 5K is to bring awareness and raise funds for affordable housing and to support the homeless,” Wilson said. “Last year we raised $16,000 and [the money] gets divided up between five agencies that support the needs of homelessness, specifically Bridges out of Poverty, Habitat for Humanity, Hannah’s House, Center for the Homeless, Hope Ministries and the Robinson Community Learning Center.”First year student Elizabeth Chandler said she had a great time participating in the race with her friends and was happy she could contribute to helping Hannah’s House and Center for the Homeless.“The Homeward Bound was my first 5K I’ve ever done, and it felt so great knowing I not only completed this race, but I also helped fight homelessness and poverty,” Chandler said. “It was a really rewarding experience”.First year student Maureen Daday dressed up as Batman.“I thought the atmosphere was awesome because everyone was so excited to help the local organizations in South Bend,” Daday said. “People from Saint Mary’s really wanted to help out, and it was cool seeing all the students come together and run for a good cause, I will definitely participate in the Homeward Bound next year.”Bethel College, Notre Dame, Holy Cross and Saint Mary’s were asked to form groups for the event. Senior Kat Sullivan said that participating in events that benefit local organizations have made her realize how important it is to give back to the community.“I see firsthand what the Center can do for the South Bend community by working with the guests at the Center for the Homeless, so I realize how important events like the Homeward Bound 5K are,” Sullivan said. “… These organizations do so much for the South Bend community, and it’s important for us to give back.”Tags: Homeward Bound
Communications Committee studies audit survey findings The Bar’s Communications Committee is studying the results of an audit of the Bar’s methods of supplying information to its members.Chair Jim Lupino recently reported on the results of the audit to the Board of Governors, and on other committee activities.He said the committee, under incoming Chair Mike Glazer, will spend the coming months reviewing the audit findings, which looked at the Bar’s Web site operations, and the Bar Journal, News, and Journal directory.The survey showed that most Bar members still prefer receiving printed copies of the Journal, News, and directory and overwhelmingly see all three publications as useful and important. Younger lawyers were more likely than older lawyers to view an electronic version of the publications.Two-thirds of those surveyed said they have used the Bar’s Web site, www.flabar.org, in the past year, and just over half said they would like to receive e-mail from the Bar on such topics as CLE, breaking news, legislative updates, and member benefits.The firm that conducted the poll recommended some design changes for Journal and News and establishing a five-year plan to phase out the printed version of the directory. For the Web site, it recommended a complete visual, structural, and technical redesign and incorporating more video presentations and information.On another matter Lupino said the Communications Committee presented to the Bar’s Citizens Forum a question on whether lawyers should be able to include binding arbitration clauses in their client contracts, an issue raised in an ethics inquiry to the Bar.He said forum members overwhelmingly said such a clause might be okay for fee disputes but not for any other disputes, such as malpractice questions.He also thanked three departing Citizens Forum members for their services. They are:• Wilfredo J. Gonzalez, who has served on the Citizens Forum for four years and is district director for the U.S. Small Business Administration in Jacksonville and a former Peace Corps director in South America and Africa.• Diana Santa Maria of Davie. Santa Maria is active in The Florida Bar and the Academy of Florida Trial Lawyers. She is finishing her second two-year term as a lawyer member of the forum.• Gerri Rocker, director of corporate diversity and work/life planning for Ryder System, Inc. in Miami. She has served on the Citizens Forum since 2002. July 1, 2004 Regular News Communications Committee studies audit survey findings
Scheduling paperwork for an on-campus Halloween party Wednesday night was filed under the Black Student Assembly’s name, Undergraduate Student Government President Mikey Geragos confirmed to the Daily Trojan on Friday.As more than 100 students waited in line for the party, gunshots were fired after a physical altercation between two males not affiliated with USC. The shots were fired about 100 yards from the costume party “Freak or Greek,” which was held in the Ronald Tutor Campus Center’s ballroom.BSA is a student assembly in Program Board, which is under the purview of USG. Geragos also said internal paperwork for Program Board was filed under BSA’s name.BSA did not immediately respond to a request for comment.Though BSA’s name appeared on the event information, Geragos said the organization’s name was not attached to any promotional materials.“The paperwork for the event was filed under BSA’s name but I don’t believe any promotional materials had BSA’s name on it,” Geragos said during a phone interview Friday morning.All organizations must fill out a scheduling form to book an on-campus venue.USC’s Scheduling Office declined to release original paperwork for the event.Geragos said he does not believe any event funding came out of student government.“To my knowledge, I don’t believe any student activity fee went to fund the event,” Geragos said.Geragos emphasized that BSA did not disobey any rule in planning the event.“In no way do we, or should anyone, blame BSA for what happened,” Geragos said. “They followed all the rules.”At least 500 attended the party, according to student reports.The event was promoted by LA Hype through social media. Geragos said USG might consider new ways to evaluate third-party sponsorships.“We are looking into a more streamlined approach … so we are aware of all the partnerships going on,” he said.Sean Fitz-Gerald contributed to this report.