The Aquinas Financial Aid department functioned as normal during the government shutdown. Darcy Kampfschulte, director of Financial Aid, confirmed that loan disbursements have been coming in on time for this semester.
On December 12, Aquinas featured a bilingual mass to celebrate Our Lady Guadalupe. Campus Ministry hopes to have more bilingual masses in the future.
Tullycross, the rural Irish village that hosts Aquinas’ Study Away program, was recently awarded a grant for 2 million U.S. dollars from Ireland’s Rural Regeneration and Development fund.
The San Ysidro port of entry already had a list of 3,000 migrants awaiting their asylum claims to be processed when the migrants arrived, and the center was processing fewer than 100 claims a day, according to the Associated Press.
The Board of Trustees recently approved a 4 percent increase in tuition rates and a 2.9 percent increase in the cost of room and board. This increase follows the trend of public and private schools across the country, in keeping with rising inflation and the rising cost of running any well-maintained, technologically up-to-date institution.
Moving forward, the entire wireless system is being upgraded this year via an $800,000 investment by Aquinas. The investment is going towards assessing the current wireless system, replacing wiring and the aging infrastructure.
The Center for Sustainability has provided a platform for students to exchange the things they’ve forgotten about in their closets for clothing they genuinely love.
Grand Rapids has recently begun to develop urban agriculture initiatives throughout the city, trying to increase access to locally grown, sustainable produce.
A wide variety of women participate — from recent graduates to stay-at-home mothers and even Dominican sisters — and they are encouraged to interact in whatever ways they may need, be that at formal events or personal meetings.
“You better watch out” — this time of year is notorious for online “Secret Sister” gift exchange scams.