The Undergraduate Student Government unanimously passed a resolution on the Tommie-Johnnie rivalry at its meeting Sunday night. The resolution is a response to the offensive T-shirts the university banned, which “do not promote a healthy sense of school pride, sportsmanship, or competition,” according to the resolution.
Vice President of Public Relations Corey Dahl submitted the resolution, stating, “the Undergraduate Student Government supports only positive expressions of competition and school spirit.”
“One place St. John’s did win was in the place of sportsmanship,” Dahl said. “It’s important we look at how we represent our school.”
Even though the Tommie-Johnnie game was Saturday, Oct. 2, Dahl said it was important for the USG to make a “public declaration as to what our council thinks.” The resolution cites The Church in the Modern World, a Catholic document passed at Vatican II, as well as the university’s mission, vision and convictions statement and the preamble of the USG constitution.
The resolution was unanimously passed.
Irish Society Club approved
The USG approved a new Irish Society Club. Only two other universities have Irish society clubs, making this the third in the nation, according to Shane Curran, a representative from the Irish Society Club.
Curran said no clubs are available on campus for Irish students, even though the university has a strong Irish tradition.
The club hopes to promote awareness about Irish culture, host events and hold regular meetings. The Irish Society Club would also like to reach out to the greater Twin Cities area.
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