Senate awards grants, derecognizes clubs

On November 6, 2012

On Sunday, Nov. 4, the Student Association Senate met and awarded grants to two clubs and derecognized 10 others.

The senators heard proposals from Sikh SA and Singapore SA.

Sikh SA requested $1,500 for the Panjabi Gala. Sikh SA expects 150 to 200 people to attend the event. The gala will provide a Panjabi experience with a Sikh disc jockey to set the atmosphere.

The club requested $1,500 to help pay for the venue, DJ, transportation and security.

The Senate decided to award Sikh SA $650 from the New and Innovative Line to help pay for transportation and security. The motion was passed in a 14-1 vote, following a vote to award the club $800, which did not pass, 1-14.

The senators agreed the club could have done the event with only $500, but since Sikh SA has a small budget, they believed the extra $150 would help fund future events.

The Singapore SA asked the Senate for $1,000 to help fund its International Cosmic Bowling Night, which will serve as a fundraiser for the Make-A-Wish foundation.

Singapore SA already raised enough money to pay for catering and transportation for the event. They requested the Senate help cover the cost of the lanes.

The club is renting 40 bowling lanes at Transit Lanes and expects 300 people to attend the event. The Singapore SA hopes to fundraise $7,500 through ticket sales and advertisement deals to donate to Make-A-Wish.

The Senate awarded Singapore SA the $1,000 grant they asked for from the Co-sponsorship Line on unanimous consent.

The senators liked the club's ambition and hoped awarding the grant would encourage other clubs to be ambitious in coordinating events.

The Senate ended Sunday's meeting by derecognizing 10 clubs

Bahai, Educational Opportunities Program SA, Hindu SA, Hip Hop SA, Students for Justice in Palestine, United Socialist Movement of the Americas, Geography, Minorities in Health Related Professions, Pharmacology and Toxicology Club and Political Science have not fulfilled their requirements and did not respond to their council coordinators' attempts of communication.

SA President Travis Nemmer described the clubs as "beyond the pail." The clubs have been delinquent for as long as five years.

A motion to derecognize all 10 clubs wholesale was passed by a vote of 13-2.



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