Senate approves RSOs, loses senator

Katie Hillman – Staff Writer

CLARION, Pa.- Clarion University’s Student Senate held its final meeting of the semester Dec. 5 decked out in ugly Christmas sweaters.

The meeting started with the senators giving Shawn Hoke’s wife a get-well card for him as she updated everyone on his condition. Hoke, senate faculty adviser, passed out in Pittsburgh during a provost search, resulting in a concussion and causing him to have a seizure. His wife reported that he is currently resting in good spirits and is set to return the following week.

Kait Nedrow, president of the Student Athletic Training Club, attended the meeting and persuaded the senate to allocate her club $1,200 to attend a conference. There are 16 student athletic training students on Clarion’s campus, and 12 of those seek to attend the Eastern Athletic Training Conference Jan. 5-8. During the conference, students will participate in educational seminars on topics including concussion testing and treatments and new surgical procedures.

Attending students plan to bring back and “use everything they learn in application,” Nedrow said. They attend every sporting event from practices to games on Clarion’s campus, and use what they learn to act as their health care in their clinical process.

This  would be the largest group of students that Clarion has sent to this conference.   All senators agreed to the proposal.

A representative from the CUPellas  sought for the group to become recognized as an official recognized student organization (RSO) on campus. The CUPellas are an on-campus acappella group that has been working together for a year and a half. Known to be a female choir, they attend different events throughout the university and community.  CUPellas will be open to all students in the future.

During the fall semester, they recruited eight new members and want to become officially recognized so that they expand and find more talented people that want to sing.  Senators agreed  to the CUPella’s request; they  gained  recognition as a student organization.

With the lack of any  member present from the Xquisite Dance Team, their request to become an RSO has been tabled to next semester.

Requests to become an official RSO continued with Marisa Cunningham, a representative from the Nutrition and Fitness Club of Clarion University of Pennsylvania. This club formed after Clarion added the nutrition and fitness major.

They have many activities and projects planned for next year, including zip bikes, a concept based  from Zip Cars, a Turkey Trot and a healthy food stand. The senators approved their request, gaining  the club  official recognized.

Senator Eric Zavinski announced his resignation from Student Senate. Zavinski has a scheduling conflict due to a class being held during the time of the senate meetings next semester. Because of the nature of his problem, Zavinski’s resignation was approved without the senators requiring a vote.

During the last week of the semester, the senators will be running a money machine in the bookstore. The money machine gives students the chance to win one of  50 textbook rental scholarships at $250 each. The machine will be set up Tuesday through Thursday of finals week from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m.

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