Student Senate kicks off semester

Amanda Betts – News Editor

CLARION, Pa. -Clarion University’s Student Senate kicked off the semester with  its first general meeting , discussing each committee’s plans for the year and allowing the new executive board to communicate their ideas as well.  President Katie Welsh opened the meeting, with Vice President Gabe Ackman, Secretary Brianna Shepherd, Treasurer Katherine McCann, and Vice President of Rules and Regulations Tatum Henderson also present.

According to McCann, the Student Senate budgets for the year have not yet been calculated.  The numbers will be finalized once  an audit has been completed.  Once the senate is able to record what they will have in the way of funds, they will be able to begin allocating money to on-campus organizations.

Representatives from the Clarion University Advertising Club requested more than their originally allotted amount of $1,000 for the club’s trip to a conference that will take place this semester.  According to the club’s vice president Gloria Pytlak the conference will allow for students to network with professionals from businesses  including Google and Facebook, as well as learn about topics  including millennial branding and digital marketing.  While $1,000 was previously allocated to the organization for the conference, they were present to request more from the Senate to accommodate for the club’s expenses on the trip.  When put to a vote, all senators aside from one, Tree Zuzzio, voted in favor of supplying the Advertising Club with their previously requested amount of $1000.

Zuzzio chose to vote against the decision because he felt that the request should be revisited by the Senate before a final decision is made. “They should receive the amount they are requesting now. It seemed like a very reasonable request to me,” explained Zuzzio.

Students that are members of on-campus organizations should begin re-registering their clubs on  CUConnect’s website.  If an organization is not registered, it will not be able to receive funds from the Senate.  The Campus Safety committee would also like to remind students that if they see a safety issue or structural problem on campus, they should inform the Student Senate   in order to address those issues..

The next meeting to be held Sept. 18 at 7:30 p.m. in Gemmell 246.  Before each meeting of the Student Senate, there will be a closed meeting involving only Senate members, after which the doors will be opened and nonmembers will be allowed to enter.

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