Kelly Deranek, Saint Mary’s senior, presented a proposal asking for funding for Dance Marathon. The event is in its fifth year at the College and raises money for the Riley Hospital for Children in Indianapolis. One of the final things SGA has done for the students of Saint Mary’s College is to help fund one of the bigger events on campus — Dance Marathon. Chesley and Smith were shadowing the current president and vice president in preparation for their terms in office. They will continue to observe until they are sworn in to office and, after elections for the other offices this week, the new class officers will also be attending the SGA meetings. “The event’s goal is to celebrate the hard work Dance Marathon has done all year to raise money for the hospital,” Deranek said. “It promotes awareness of the hospital but the Marathon night is all about fun.” In preparation for their upcoming term as leaders of Saint Mary’s Student Government Association (SGA) beginning April 1, juniors Rachael Chesley and Laura Smith attended Wednesday’s meeting. Chesley and Smith were voted in as SGA president and vice president, respectively, for the 2010-11 academic year during the election Feb. 26. Dance marathon will be held in Angela Athletic Facility from 8 p.m. March 26 to 8 a.m. March 27. The event is for Saint Mary’s, Notre Dame and Holy Cross students. Deranek said they are expecting around 550 people, which is the largest attendance the event has ever had. The marathon is 12 hours of dancing with live entertainment and a DJ. It also includes food, games, last minute donations and a counting of how much money was raised. Hoffman also said she and the current SGA vice president and junior, Megan Griffin, were attempting to initiate a Saint Mary’ s heritage course. The course would be one credit and would teach students about the origins and founding values of the College. “The year is coming to a close very quickly and our term in office is almost over,” current SGA president and senior Jenny Hoffman said. “It’s time to think of what final things you would like to accomplish for the student body.” The board members for the event have already begun fundraising, but because all the money has been donated to the hospital, they still needed funding for the event, Deranek said. SGA has started to prepare for the end of the 2009-10 term and will meet only three more times before the newly elected officers are sworn in on April 1. Some of the suggestions made by the SGA members included vending machines in the Student Center and new vacuums in the dorms.
Topics : The government announced on Wednesday it is finalizing a third stimulus package as it reallocated Rp 27 trillion (US$1.8 billion) to fund the healthcare system.Finance Minister Sri Mulyani Indrawati said the government would reallocate up to Rp 10 trillion from the portion of the state budget that was set for ministries and institutions, as well as Rp 17.2 trillion in funds earmarked for regional administrations.“These resources will be useful for them in handling COVID-19-related issues immediately as part of our broader plan to mitigate the effects of COVID-19,” Sri Mulyani told reporters. The government was currently finalizing the third stimulus package, which would prioritize healthcare services and cash transfers, she added.“However, we are still assessing the scope, mechanisms and the target for the third stimulus but we are in a very flexible mode that allows us to react properly.”Read also: Government allocates $8b to stimulate economy as businesses, workers suffer from COVID-19 impactsIndonesia’s economic growth outlook was expected to deteriorate to around 4.5 to 4.9 percent in the first quarter and may further plunge in the second quarter this year amid weakening economic activities, the finance minister said. Sri Mulyani said that low-income households and individuals working in the informal sector would be given financial assistance. She did not provide further details.“The third stimulus will be prioritized for health care, including hospital needs and medical devices, as well as give people a social safety net,” she said, adding that the government was still evaluating the previous stimulus packages.The first stimulus package, worth Rp 10.3 trillion, was announced Feb. 25. It provided staple needs and mortgage subsidies for low-income families, as well as fiscal incentives for travel-related industries. The second one, worth Rp 22.9 trillion, included individual and corporate tax breaks.Indonesia has 227 confirmed cases of COVID-19 and 19 deaths. Globally, the pneumonia-like illness has infected over 200,000 people and claimed at least 8,000 lives. read more