SGA votes on first funding requests of the school year

[Athena Venetsanakos]

The Student Government Association voted on funding requests from the Equestrian, the Nutrition Networking, the Wildlife and the Comic Book clubs during its weekly meeting on Sept. 20.

The meeting began with an open forum, which addressed parking on Salem End road during the weekend, the increase in laundry prices and the power outage on Sept. 19 which disrupted the Wi-Fi.

Sophomore Beck Govoni said about the increase in laundry prices, “The thing that upsets students the most about the whole situation is that they haven’t been given a reason for the increase in price.”

Comic book Club was approved for $1,600 to lead a trip to SuperMegaFest Comic-con in October.

The Equestrian Club was allocated $1,811.25 to fund a trail ride at Bobby’s Ranch in November as well as a funding request for $1,200 for an apple picking trip co-sponsored by Wildlife Club in October.

Nutrition Networking Club received $912.50 for a field trip to see the documentary “Embrace” at the Solomon Pond Mall in October. While the request was approved, the motion will remain pending while the club registers with Student Involvement and Leadership Development (SILD).

SGA Secretary Dayna Marchant enjoys funding requests because she “gets to put faces to the names of clubs, “making the approval process more personable.”

SGA President Ezequiel De Leon agreed with Marchant, adding this is the first time senate voted on funding requests this year.

After the approval of the funding requests, De Leon told senators he met with Ralph Eddy, Sodexo Dining Services Director, to address student concerns about nuts in both vegan and nonvegan desserts. He also spoke with Dale Hamel, Executive Vice President, about handicapped accessibility for the McCarthy Center.

SGA Vice President Patrick O’Connor reported the first club presidential meeting was successful. It focused on club space and supplies. He also told senators to be attentive of club officer’s needs when being spoken to by them.

Horwitz approved a FinCom request for the Wildlife Club for $500 to fund a whale-watching trip.

The meeting ended with an impromptu swearing in of sophomore and senator Kevin Pena.