Congress Updates

by The Cowl Editor


Congress Updates


by Thomas Beaton ’22

Student Congress Publicity

On Tuesday, November 5, Student Congress welcomed Joe Stanley, dean of global education. The Center of Global Education has resources to advise students through the study abroad process and offers faculty-led abroad programs.

Dean Stanley mentioned that Global Education has new initiatives including Civ in London and Providence College School of Business (PCSB) in Shanghai. The Civ in London program is currently open to the class of 2023 and the PCSB in Shanghai will be sending its first students in Spring 2020. 

Dean Stanley also mentioned that the Center of Global Education is trying to streamline scholarships, provided through Santander Bank, for studying abroad by combining the application process to the study abroad program and the scholarships.

One piece of legislation voted on regarded the Math and Computer Science Club. The club’s goals are to promote career awareness and hold math and computer science themed events, such as a coding competition and a Pi Day event. The club was approved.

On Tuesday, November 12, Student Congress welcomed Gail Dyer, associate vice president of General Counsel. General Counsel provides legal advice and services to administrators with respect to all legal issues affecting the College.

A Student Congress member expressed concern as to what General Counsel does in respect to Title IX and No-Contact Directives. General Counsel advises Title IX coordinators and Student Affairs on Title IX issues and mentioned that legislation at the federal level will change how these cases are treated in the future. 

In terms of No-Contact Directives, General Counsel usually does not come across these issues dealt by the Dean of Students Office and the Office of Public Safety.

One piece of legislation was voted on regarding Chess Club. Chess Club’s goals are to teach and play chess among the student body. It was recommended to the club to look into holding a chess tournament open to the community. The club was approved.

On Tuesday, November 19, Student Congress held an open forum for Congress members to raise concerns or ask questions reaching across campus to the executive board and the Office of the Dean of Students.

Concerns were raised regarding whether under Fr. Kenneth Sicard, O.P.’s presidency day-to-day life would be affected. Dean Gaffney felt that little change would be felt by students, however with new leadership, some faculty and staff may see an opportunity for progress.

If any students would like to raise a concern or ask questions, they may email studentfeedback@providence.edu.

Next meeting, Congress will vote on three pieces of legislation. The first is a bill to pass the National Association of Black Accountants (NABA). The second is a recommendation regarding a community service opportunity instead of a fine in the Office of Residence Life and the Office of Community Standards. The third is a statement of position in favor of the passing of a highly debated communications minor to be voted on in Faculty Senate on Dec. 4.

Congress Updates

by The Cowl Editor


Congress Updates


by Thomas Beaton ’22

Student Congress Publicity

On Tuesday, November 5, Student Congress welcomed Joe Stanley, dean of global education. The Center of Global Education has resources to advise students through the study abroad process and offers faculty-led abroad programs.

Dean Stanley mentioned that Global Education has new initiatives including Civ in London and Providence College School of Business (PCSB) in Shanghai. The Civ in London program is currently open to the class of 2023 and the PCSB in Shanghai will be sending its first students in Spring 2020. 

Dean Stanley also mentioned that the Center of Global Education is trying to streamline scholarships, provided through Santander Bank, for studying abroad by combining the application process to the study abroad program and the scholarships.

One piece of legislation voted on regarded the Math and Computer Science Club. The club’s goals are to promote career awareness and hold math and computer science themed events, such as a coding competition and a Pi Day event. The club was approved.

On Tuesday, November 12, Student Congress welcomed Gail Dyer, associate vice president of General Counsel. General Counsel provides legal advice and services to administrators with respect to all legal issues affecting the College.

A Student Congress member expressed concern as to what General Counsel does in respect to Title IX and No-Contact Directives. General Counsel advises Title IX coordinators and Student Affairs on Title IX issues and mentioned that legislation at the federal level will change how these cases are treated in the future. 

In terms of No-Contact Directives, General Counsel usually does not come across these issues dealt by the Dean of Students Office and the Office of Public Safety.

One piece of legislation was voted on regarding Chess Club. Chess Club’s goals are to teach and play chess among the student body. It was recommended to the club to look into holding a chess tournament open to the community. The club was approved.

On Tuesday, November 19, Student Congress held an open forum for Congress members to raise concerns or ask questions reaching across campus to the executive board and the Office of the Dean of Students.

Concerns were raised regarding whether under Fr. Kenneth Sicard, O.P.’s presidency day-to-day life would be affected. Dean Gaffney felt that little change would be felt by students, however with new leadership, some faculty and staff may see an opportunity for progress.

If any students would like to raise a concern or ask questions, they may email studentfeedback@providence.edu.

Next meeting, Congress will vote on three pieces of legislation. The first is a bill to pass the National Association of Black Accountants (NABA). The second is a recommendation regarding a community service opportunity instead of a fine in the Office of Residence Life and the Office of Community Standards. The third is a statement of position in favor of the passing of a highly debated communications minor to be voted on in Faculty Senate on Dec. 4.

Congress Updates

by The Cowl Editor


Congress Updates


by Thomas Beaton ‘22

Student Congress Publicity

Fr. Brian Shanley, O.P.  discussed various topics including the school’s position as compared to other competing schools. It was mentioned that the endowment of the school was lower than other schools. In order to grow the endowment, the school asks for donations and raises tuition, however with the raising of tuition more financial aid will be needed.

Fr. Shanley also discussed that the school’s goal to grow diversity and inclusivity will continue to be goal of the school through the admissions process.

Student Congress also introduced a new bill regarding the dissolution of certain clubs and organizations on campus due to inactivity. The bill will be voted on at the next meeting.

Student Congress meets every Tuesday at 5:30 p.m. in Ruane LL05 and is open to everyone.

Congress Updates

by The Cowl Editor


Congress Updates


by Thomas Beaton ’22

Student Congress Publicity

On Tuesday, September 10, Student Congress welcomed Greg Waldron, senior vice president for institutional advancement. 

Institutional advancement encompasses many offices ,including but not limited to, alumni relations, major gifts, and college events.

Members of the congress raised concerns about Homecoming, a new event that includes Late Night Madness and other on-campus events during the weekend of Oct. 4-6. Waldron mentioned that students were involved in the planning process, and that the goal of moving Late Night Madness to the Dunkin’ Donuts Center was to make the event more inclusive to students, friends and families.

On Tuesday, September 19, Student Congress welcomed Bob Driscoll, vice president and director of athletics.

Driscoll discussed that each year student-athletes undergo sexual assault awareness programs. He also hopes to begin a new program open to student-athletes for mental health beyond that which is offered at the Personal Counseling Center. If proven successful, he hopes to expand the program campus-wide.

With discussion surrounding student-athletes being paid on college campuses across the country, Driscoll expressed no interest in paying student-athletes.

One congress member asked if there are any plans to open the Friar Development Center to the entire student body. Driscoll said that the Friar Development Center was not funded by the College but from private donors, and the facilities will, thereforebe reserved for student-athletes only. Despite this, other athletic facilities, such as Glay Field and Hendricken Field, are open to all students.

Student Congress meets every Tuesday at 5:30 p.m. in Ruane LL05 and is open to everyone.