SGA allocates $2,509 to Pride Alliance Club for popular speaker

[Amanda Martin]

SGA swore in 13 new senators and allocated funds to the Pride Alliance Club, Brother 2 Brother (B2B) and Gaming Club at its meeting, Tuesday, Sept. 27.

The Pride Alliance Club was allocated $2,509 to bring Jon Gilroy to campus this November and speak on topics such as cerebral palsy and sexual orientation.

Rylan O’Day, president of Pride Alliance said of Gilroy, “He’s the first speaker we are hoping to have this semester and he’s actually a personal friend that we met through our NELGBT conference that SGA has sponsored us going to before. … He talks a lot about loving yourself and taking what you have and making the best of it.”

B2B was allocated $1,450 for their first annual Hallows Eve event. The cost will cover decorations, a photo booth and a DJ.

When asked by a senator why funds were needed for an external DJ rather than the inexpensive and student-run club WDJM, Kevin Pena, finance chair of B2B, said, “He’s an upcoming entrepreneur, so we’d like to support him and he’s local in Framingham.”

Gaming Club was allotted $1,380 for their annual Last Man Standing event, which typically draws 100 students, according to Heather Welsh, president of Gaming Club.

“This event is our biggest event of the year,” said Welsh.

During this week’s open forum, several issues were touched upon, such as flies in the Dining Commons, broken and misplaced equipment in the Athletic Center, inconvenient Ram Tram operation schedules and sprinklers functioning in the rain.

Ezequiel De Leon, SGA president, plans to meet with Dale Hamel, executive vice president of the Office of Administration, Finance and Information Technology, later this week to address the concerns brought up in the open forum.

SGA swore in 13 new senators and when asked to repeat the oath, students were encouraged to omit phrases that may make them uncomfortable, such as, “So help me God.”

Dayna Marchant, SGA secretary, reported spending the last week working to improve pep rally procedures. She said, “After I MC’d the homecoming pep rally on Friday, the men’s and women’s rugby teams asked how they could get in on that event and I did notice that only varsity sports were being represented. So, I’ve been in contact with athletics and now men’s and women’s rugby and any other sports clubs that are looking to join will be represented in the next pep rally.”

Additionally, Senator Beck Govoni, a sophomore, gave De Leon the U-ROCK for the week.