Wednesday, February 29, 2012

Dean Bayless Sacked

Urgo sent out a brief email recently announcing the end of Dean Bayless's time here at St. Mary's.

(Click it for a larger version, duhhh)

According to sources that are probably marginally accurate, her contract was not renewed.  contracts are weird.  I guess it is like when you are playing baseball and you have a bad season so your contract doesn't get renewed, and you go play for a Minor League team, but you are so good there that you end up playing for an even better MLB league next year.  I think that was basically the plot of 30% of all baseball movies, and may be an indicator of Bayless's future.

I think a lot of people saw this coming, via new Prezzys coming in and 'cleaning house'.  The two did not seem to mesh completely in terms of philosophy.  And views on beer.  Wonder how they will find a new Dean.  I hope it is a long drawn out process that takes 1.5 years.

IDK how to feel about this.  Apparently she started in 2007, which means we've grown up with this college together or something, and leaving together (and both of us looking for jobs!)

Good luck in the future!

Also I refuse to post that image that compares her to a certain Harry Potter character.

Also, lolz:

Sunday, February 19, 2012

SGA Election

Congratulations to Reighart/White on this past election. 

Perkins/Thor, yall have another year, good luck in the future if you decide to run again.

Saturday, February 18, 2012

Definitely just saw Prof Holden at Point Lookout with a posse, possibly his family

Thursday, February 16, 2012

SGA Election 2012

SGA Elections!~  Lots of stuffs.

Reighart/White VS. Perkins/Thor.

IDK much about any of the candidates other than Becky.  Becky and I had a fake wedding once (with real cake) so that was fun, she was a pretty good fake wife, but maybe not as good as this one. Also Becky was Senator of the year her first year in the Senate, which is actually a major accomplishment and shows real dedication to the SGA and the ability to create actual legislation that isn't bullshit.

And she was a major driving force for GMSRF (The green St. Mary's revolving loan fund, which funds green initiatives on campus) along with other stuff like reusable to-go boxes.  And I don't mean she just went to meetings and signed stuff, but she actually did a lot of legitimate work on these things.

So that is my experience with one of the candidates, but it doesn't really affect me obv so make your decision, just be sure to vote.

New Constitution!  Some "facts," but first it would appear that President Snyder is trying to remove necessary information from the Constitution!  Sounds like terrorism.

  • Cleanup - IDK I guess some stuff got removed so that it isn't a jumbled mess
  • Removal of MHEC from Exec board.  Not really sure why, or where/how the MHEC representative will interact with the student body, but w/e.  Most people tuned out when the MHEC rep spoke anywayz
  • Director of Campus Programming is now selected by the President+Staff instead of being voted on by the Student Body.  President Snyder wants to remove our ability to vote!  Sounds like terrorism to me.  I thought we fought the Revolutionary War so that we would be able to vote!  Is Mark Snyder a colonial governor, appointed by King George III??? He does live in New England...
  • Actually the above is probably a good change, although probably not a necessary one tbh.  It's never a contested position and the Prez and VP generally find someone that they want to run anyway.  So IDK.
  • MAT students can vote now.  This was attempted a few years ago but not enough people voted.
There are some other changes that President Snyder didn't mention on the Constitution fbook page for some reason
  • The President now serves as the Head of the Student Life Committee.  I don't really understand the need for this change, it seems weird.  I wonder what the rationale was behind this.
  • Removed the ability of the President to call special sessions.  This was never really used, not sure why to remove it though.
  • Removed having the VP solicit committees report to the Senate monthly.  I think Prez Snyder really reduced the amount of reporting at meetings, which cuts down on time.

The funny thing about getting new Constitutions passed is that they usually fail due to lack of voting.  So really the best way to vote against the Constitution when there is an uncontested election is to just not vote (via people are less likely to vote).

Wonder if the new Constitution will pass.

Anyway, go vote yall (or don't idc).

Tuesday, February 7, 2012


Been hearing rumblings of people 'debating' at SGA meetings lately.  Not really sure what it is about via never going to them (anymore...sigh) so I talked to some informants to garner some information.

It seems there are two issues that 'people' are having with the SGA.
  • President Mark Snyder over break wrote up a new constitution over Winter Break (with limited input from the SGA?) which
    1. removes the MHEC (Maryland Higher Education Council) Representative position.  Without discussing it with the current MHEC Rep...
    2. changes the requirements for running for President/Vice President of the SGA that they must be on campus in the Spring Semester if they want to run.
Both of the proposed changes must be voted on of course before the changes go into effect.

RE:  Issue 1:  Apparently (via unsubstantiated rumors [via I didn't go]) the current MHEC-bro Mike Hullett did not know that there was this proposed change until the meeting and got upset and had the SGA table (AKA make everyone wait ANOTHER week to vote on it) the measure. Not really sure why he wants to get rid of the position, or discussed it with the current dude regarding whether or not we should have it. 

RE:  Issue 2:  Some speculation that this is via he does not support the White/Reighart ticket, and did this out of spite (via they are currently abroad, but this would not affect them).  Not all that likely via I don't think he is that silly/childish.  Other more reasonable reason behind it is probably that he feels that the new Prez should be trained.  Regarding Mark Snyder and training, from an anonymous SGA member:  "also, if mark is so concerned about training maybe he should have trained his senate" via the lack of legislation (srsly they need more legislation like this wonderful piece of legislation regarding All Capital Letter Emails).

One anonymous bro said on this issue "I think many talented student leaders who have put in their time at SMCM and took advantage of its great study abroad offerings should not be penalized for going abroad the semester before their term would start. The student body should not have to be managed in this way, we should be trusted enough to give power to any student leader, even those who have decided to study abroad for a semester. We know who can represent us well and those who run for this office take it seriously. Extra regulation like this is completely unnecessary and rather offensive when it seeks to possibly limit the chance of a qualified, well-intentioned student leader to lead the school if the student body so wishes it."

IDK Blog-readers.  What do yall think?  Are people taking SGA too srlsy???

Wednesday, February 1, 2012

Two Recent Student Creations

Two recent student made things to bring to yalls attention.  First is a video from Relay for Life.  It's pretty cute and well done, and Danny Patrick Thomas Ruthenberg- Marshall made itEDIT:  Apparently Shannon Vandever made it.  Sorry!

Other than the A capella it's p cool.

Next is an opinion piece in the terrorist newspaper (that joke literally never gets old) about making the campus living wage a reality, which I was paid one (1) beer to blog about.  You can find it here.  I thought it was really well written.