Student Senate 10/5

Jillian McNamara, Student Senate off-campus representative and Student Affairs co-chair,  discusses whether or not to allocate funds toward Alternative Spring Break. The senators voted to grant money to Alternative Spring Break, the Bearcat Winter Guard and the Kappa Kappa Psi service fraternity.

The 99th Student Senate appropriated funds for three on-campus organizations and swore in the new personal advisement liaison Representative at the Oct. 5 meeting. 

Organization Appropriations

The Organization Finance Committee introduced three clubs, and Senate voted on appropriating funds for the Bearcat Winter Guard, Alternative Spring Break and the Bearcat Marching Band.

The Bearcat Winter Guard asked for $1,490 to cover the registration cost of two competitions that the group attends during their winter season. Student Senate amended the proposed number and approved increasing the amount to $1,500.

Vice President of Bearcat Winter Guard Megan Lau said the money would go towards covering the cost of registration fees for the Mid Continent Color Guard Association and Winter Guard International competitions that the team competes in.

Alternative Spring Break, a service organization that fundraises and travels to provide disaster relief, asked for $2,000 for the organization's trip to Florida in March. During this trip, 10 members will go to Florida to help prevent flooding and restore seagrass.

“We did not get to go on a trip last year due to COVID-19, so this year we will be going back to the same location we did in 2020. This money will cover lodging, flights, food and transportation once we are in Florida for our group,” said Alternative Spring Break President Makayla Manna.

Student Senate voted to provide the organization with the full $2,000 for their Spring Break service trip.

Kappa Kappa Psi asked for $510 to fund the Bearcat Marching Band’s end-of-season banquet. During the banquet, the band is celebrated and recognized for the time and energy its members give to the BMB during the fall season. 

The event usually costs each individual $10 to $15. This year, however, the group will make it free so more people can attend.

“This money will go towards awards, refreshments and speakers for the banquet. The marching band isn’t recognized that much, so this event gives us the opportunity to do this, and the funding will allow us to make sure they are celebrated,” said Kappa Kappa Psi member Nick Shutts.

Student Senate appropriated a total of $510 to the Bearcat Marching Band.

New PAL Representative sworn in

Junior Ayush Kanauiia was sworn in as the new personal advisement liaison representative, a part of Career Services.

“I was chosen as part of Career Services to be our representative for Student Senate, and I am excited to get started,” Kanauiia said. 

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