Providence College Student Congress Updates

by The Cowl Editor on March 23, 2017

Congress Updates


by Sabrina Guilbeault ’18
Asst. News Editor

After the shooting that occurred off-campus on early Sunday morning, Director of the Office of Safety and Security Jack Leyden, Lieutenant John Dunbar, Director of Emergency Management Koren Kanadanian, and Director of Citizenship and Off-Campus Life Stanley Vieira met with the Congress for a panel discussion regarding and improving the emergency response system (FriarAlerts) used for emergency notifications. The panel explained the process of sending out Friar Alerts and the timeline that occured the night of the shooting.

They encouraged feedback from students, fielded concerns, and took note of suggestions offered by Congress.

Students on Congress asked what kind of resources were being offered to the students who were at the house during the incident. Dean of Students Steven Sears explained that the Providence College students who live in the house were offered on-campus housing and made counseling resources available to them.

Sears encouraged students who were involved or know of students involved in the incident to come forward so that appropriate resources can also be made available to them.

Campus Ministry
Father Peter Martyr, O.P., also attended the meeting, and told the Congress what Campus Ministry has done since his last meeting, and how they went about taking some of the suggestions Congress had.

Fr. Martyr explained that he is very excited about the collaboration Campus Ministry has participated in with other clubs on campus this semester, and spoke about the success of the new Peer Ministry program.

Furthermore, he told Congress that five new Dominicans will be coming to campus next year, and welcomes students to reach out if they wish to get more involved with Campus Ministry.

Old & New Business
As for old business, the bill to approve the Sustainable Development Club as a new club on Congress was passed.

Electons for next year’s executive board for Student Congress and the Board of Multicultural Student Affairs will begin on Tuesday, March 28 on 9:30 a.m. on Sakai and will last until Wednesday, March 29 at 4:30 p.m. Interested in getting to know who is running? Meet the Candidates Night will occur this Sunday in McPhail’s from 6:00 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. Candidates will deliver their platforms and pizza will be served.