Dear Members of the Carleton Community,
I am writing to share with you my personal regret that the student association adopted a motion to discontinue support for the Shinerama program. This is a program to which Carleton students have contributed nearly a million dollars over the years. It has been very successful and I myself enjoyed volunteering with the students at the South Keys Mall this fall. It is, however, the students’ right to donate their time and funds to the charity of their choice. We have wonderful volunteers on campus and I am sure that they will continue their efforts to contribute to society and to those in need.
The motion which was approved by the student association contained language which was not appropriate and which has raised considerable concern. I know that Carleton students are fine young scholars who wish to be responsible and considerate. I am sure that they did not intend to offend by the preamble to their motion, but I also sure that they now understand the effects of that language. I understand that they will be revisiting this issue and that the President of the student association will be putting forward a motion to reconsider the matter. I am convinced that our students will do the right thing and take the appropriate course of action.
I thank you for your messages, your patience and understanding as well as your concern. I also wish everyone an excellent final week of the semester.
Roseann O’Reilly Runte
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