Clarion, Pa.- While everyone else was making the most of their first, and most likely last, leap day at Clarion University, the Student Senate convened for its last meeting before winter break. The meeting was called to order at 7:30 p.m. in Gemmell 246 with President Jarrett Boxley presiding. After taking roll and assuring all the senators were present, the meeting’s business began.
The main subject of Monday night’s meeting was the appropriations committee and how it would allocate financial support to different clubs, projects and organizations.
The first topic the appropriations committee reported was the fan bus for the men’s basketball game at Mercyhurst on Tuesday. Funding for the fan bus was denied, and upon discussion, poor timing was cited as the reason for the denial of funds.
Next on the list of those seeking financial assistance was the Model United Nations Club. As stated by a guest speaker and member of the Model United Nations Club, this year the organization will be representing Fiji and its interests at a conference in New York later this year.
The speaker stressed that any assistance would be appreciated. The appropriations committee agreed to donate $716 to the Model United Nations Club. Lastly, the Equestrian Team was given a $1,166 donation by the committee.
Other subjects discussed at the weekly meeting were the 2016 Relay for Life, which will be held on April 15 and 16.
After the meeting, Sen. Devon Vallies talked about the responsibilities and requirements of being a student senator and the process of how one becomes a senator. He said that one of the biggest positives of being a student senator was the ability to acquire leadership skills.
Late in the spring semester, students with a minimum grade point average of 2.5 can apply online to become a senator using CU Connect. Prospective senators send in their biographies and then are voted on by the other members and student body.
Student Senate is no longer accepting new submissions for joining the Recognized University Organization. Vallies did want to inform the student body, so students new and old will apply for positions to represent their classes and peers starting in the fall 2016 semester.