Following an executive order signed Oct. 16 by Loyola’s student government president, Arrupe College — Loyola’s two-year college which offers associate’s degree programs — will now have a representative working with Loyola’s student government consistently.
Arrupe College became part of Loyola in 2015 and aims to offer opportunities for students who are concerned about tackling a high cost and difficult course load. Around 350 students are enrolled in Arrupe College, which offers three degree programs — business administration, social and behavioral sciences and arts and humanities — according to Sarah Shaaban, who advises Student Government of Arrupe College (SGAC).
The executive order created the Arrupe College Student Liaison position and was implemented by Student Government of Loyola Chicago (SGLC) President Anusha Mannam. The vice president of SGAC, Carlos Martinez, will serve as the student liaison, according to the order.
Mannam, a senior international studies and political science double major, said the addition of the new position had been on her mind since last year, and after meeting earlier with SGAC’s president Jacque Stefanic, she decided to sign the executive order. Mannam said she and Stefanic agreed an executive order was the right choice because it only creates the position for one year, so if something doesn’t work out, the position isn’t permanent. If the bill were to be introduced in the Senate instead of signed as an executive order, it would be more permanent, Mannam said.
“With Arrupe College being new, we hadn’t established any sort of relationship with them, and we wanted to change that this year,” Mannam, 21, said. “So we thought this position would be a good way to hear about what Arrupe’s doing, as well as for Arrupe to hear what we’re doing, and see where we could collaborate.”
As Arrupe’s liaison, Martinez will be able to participate in conversations at SGLC’s Senate meetings, but won’t be able to vote because he’s not a senator, he said.
Martinez, a sophomore studying business administration, attended his first SGLC meeting last week and will be required to attend meetings every two weeks, per the executive order. He said he understands why there’s a disconnect between Loyola students and Arrupe students, but he hopes to help Loyola students understand Arrupe’s role within the university.
“It makes sense that not everyone’s going to know who we are, we’re a new college,” Martinez, 20, said. “But I just want to help SGLC and Loyola in general understand Arrupe and learn more about Arrupe.”
Shaaban said the new position will help Arrupe students become more integrated in happenings at Loyola and help Arrupe become better represented.
“I’m very excited for them, I think it’s a new collaborative effort between SGLC and SGAC in which they’ll be able to have their voice heard at a larger table and represent Arrupe College to the larger Loyola community,” Shaaban said.
Shaaban said Martinez is planning to invite members of SGLC to Arrupe for a tour so they can better understand the school.
Arrupe and Quinlan School of Business also began a mentorship program this year, which aims to help Arrupe students grow academically by interacting with their Quinlan counterparts, The Phoenix reported.