SGA allocates over $4,000 for Gatepost journalism convention

The Student Government Association allocated $4,288.98 to The Gatepost for a trip to the three-day Spring National College Media Convention in New York City, which the group has attended for the past two years.

This trip will be held March 11-14. The cost for four students and their advisor to register for the conference is $560. Two student rooms cost $888.34 and the advisor’s room costs $750.64 at the Sheraton Hotel for two nights. Bussing will cost $1,610 and food for the four students and advisor will cost $480.

Kaila Braley, Editor-in-Chief of The Gatepost, said additional staff members who wish to attend will be paid for through The Gatepost’s advertising revenue. Braley added that this conference will allow staff members to learn invaluable skills from other professional and student journalists such as layout, writing, editing and journalism ethics.

SGA also passed The Puzzle Club’s constitution with three opposing and one abstaining from voting. SGA senators asked for clarification about the duties of eBoard members as well as suggestions for revising the constitution.

President and founder Kevin Fitzgerald described the new club as a place for students to engage in “every type of puzzle anyone can think of”- from crosswords to riddles to Sudoku.

A safety walk around campus will be held on Tuesday, Dec. 9 at 6:00 p.m. Students will meet in the McCarthy Center lobby with President F. Javier Cevallos, among other administrators. Students are encouraged to attend to discuss lighting problems, potholes or other safety concerns on campus.

In other news:

Amending the SGA constitution has been tabled until next Wednesday, Dec. 10.

The last bi-weekly meeting with dining services will be Thursday, Dec. 11 at 2:00 p.m. in the Marketplace in McCarthy Center for students to have an open discussion with dining staff.

Hospitality tables with stress balls, candy, and baked goods will be set up Dec. 9-11, courtesy of SGA, as a stress release for students.

Ezequiel De Leon, sophomore, was the recipient of the “You Rock” award.

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