SGA moves $30,000 out of reserves to unallocated for the first time

The Student Government Association had to dip into the reserves account to move $30,000 to the unallocated account for the first time, according to Treasurer Cassandra Zullo.

She said this is not because SGA has been approving more money for clubs and events, but because the unallocated account started at “much less than usual” for this school year.

Candidate’s night for SGA elections will be Tuesday, March 31 at 6:30 p.m. in the Ecumenical Center. This is mandatory for all candidates, and the lottery for ballot placement will be held then. The SGA meeting will start at 7:45 p.m. that night instead of 7:00 p.m.

All nomination forms are available in the SGA and SILD offices, but must be turned in by Friday, March 27 to SILD. Candidates can only apply for one e-Board and/or one senate position.

Gender neutral housing will be available next school year in every residence hall except Peirce and potentially Towers, according to President Kendall Valente.

“When you check off housing, there is going to be a box that says gender neutral housing, and you can request it,” said Valente. “You will have to check off the gender you identify with and it will be a word box so you can type in whatever you want. …Then you will be put in with someone who identifies as the same gender as you.”

SGA allocated $8,900 for 500 copies of the spring 2015 publication of The Onyx. Nora Chan, vice president for The Onyx, said this is the same amount of money the club was allocated for last year’s publication.

However, they are ordering 200 fewer copies in exchange for “a bigger and better” issue that will include a cut-out feature on the cover, sections for the board and artist profiles that will be in color, according to Chan.

The Pride Alliance Club was allocated $3,487.90 for 560 T-shirts to hand out for Day of Silence on April 17. The day before, the Pride Alliance Club will be handing out the shirts along with badges that explain what Day of Silence is and other flyers and packets of information.

President Kimmy Awiszio said Day of Silence “is just to show support and remembrance of those who may have committed suicide due to hate crimes against the LGBTQ community.” Awiszio added the past three years, students have shown their support for the event.

The Journal of Critical Thinking was allocated $2,030.93 for publication of 400 issues. The club initially asked for $2,538.67 for 500 issues, but because they average 100 left-over issues a year, the extra issues were dropped from the budget.

The Fashion Club was allocated $1,500 for 200 T-shirts. The shirts will be handed out at fairs and other events at the end of this school year and going into the 2016-17 school year, according to Treasurer Samantha Pajer.

In other news:

• The All University Banquet’s first round of invitations goes out March 31 and are due by April 7. On April 8, all remaining tickets will be available online for “first come, first serve,” according to Sarah Cowdell.

• SGA allocated $2,500 for police details for the 2016 school year.

• The “Best of our Childhood” Musical Show will be held April 1 at 8:00 p.m. in Dwight Performing Arts Center. There will be songs, movies, TV commercials and more that reflect on childhood.

• The graduation fair will be held April 1 from 11:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. in the Form in the McCarthy Center.

• The U-Rock was given to Dan Costello.