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Monday, March 27, 2023

During the Student Senate meeting Tuesday, about 15 members of the Pro-Life Alliance took to the lectern to address their concerns about the upcoming speech of Dr. Jack Kevorkian.

After members of the alliance and a student senator voiced their opinions, Senate President Robert Agrusa said he would make a committee that would look into changing the relationship between Student Government and Accent.

Mark LaBelle, the alliance's chairman of activism, said Accent paid Kevorkian ,50,000 to speak on campus.

Kevorkian is known for his admittance of assisting about 130 of his terminally ill patients in their suicides.

Though he was sentenced in 1999 to 10 to 25 years in prison, he only served eight years.

While Accent is an SG organization, the Senate has no say in what speakers the organization brings to campus.

LaBelle said Accent contacted Kevorkian and offered him the appearance around the time of his parole.

"We want to know why our money is going to the wallet of a killer," LaBelle said during the first part of the meeting.

"He and his actions are being endorsed by our university," he added.

After no senators argued against the alliance's concerns, Agrusa said he would establish a committee that could possibly change statutes to allow the Senate to oversee what speakers Accent chooses.

Other members of the alliance backed up LaBelle's opinion that student funds should not be spent on Kevorkian.

Katherine Schinn, president of the alliance, said though she supports freedom of speech, the importance of the matter is what student money is used for.

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"What does it say about our school when we invite someone who had his medical license revoked?" Schinn asked.

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