FUSG considers demolition block party for students

Christopher Dacanay
Sports Editor

Franciscan University Student Government (FUSG) discussed during its Wednesday meeting the possibility of a future block party for students involving demolition with sledgehammers.

Senior President Alex McKenna proposed the party as a solution for a promise made last year by the Rev. Dave Pivonka, TOR, the university’s president. Pivonka said he would throw a party for students if they completed the 2020-2021 academic year without being shut down due to COVID-19.

McKenna said that, since the school was not shut down that year, Pivonka owes the student body a party. McKenna suggested the idea of a block party where students would be given sledgehammers and allowed to demolish four of the Assisi Heights apartments.

McKenna said snacks would be offered, and safety of students would be prioritized. The heights to be demolished would be those that are currently unoccupied, said David Schmiesing, FUSG’s adviser and dean of personal vocations.

Funding for the event, McKenna said, would be through Franciscan’s president’s office and not through FUSG.

McKenna said there is room to develop the block party idea or for different party themes.

“The sky’s not necessarily the limit, but it’s certainly open,” he said.

Additionally, McKenna encouraged senators to participate in the upcoming constitutional convention. The convention, which will involve redrafting the student government bylaws, will be held March 25-27.

Senior Treasurer Molly Propson said FUSG’s contingency funds are at $10,819, and the total funds spent this semester equal $7,105.

Senior Executive Assistant Joshua Costello said a walking rosary will take place at the rosary circle every Wednesday at noon so that students in Austria can pray a walking rosary simultaneously.

Other legislation:
Spring Bill 48 allocated $269.84, covering snacks, to Franciscan Beat for its 12-hour danceathon.
Spring Bill 47 allocated $31 to Grace McCormick for face painting at the Baron Brigade’s lacrosse kickoff event.
Spring Bill 45 allocated $15 to the Computer Science Club for pizza.
Spring Bill 46 failed unanimously but attempted to allocate $3.18 to FUSG for duct tape.

Student Government meets every Wednesday at 11 a.m. in the St. Leo Room.