Student Government allocates monthly funds

Zach Clemens

Student Government approved funding for multiple student organizations and events during the weekly Senate meeting on Wednesday night in the Campanile room.

The ISU Ski and Snowboard Club, Rodeo Club and Circle-K were allocated funding for various events with a unanimous vote from the senators.

The Stupka Symposium, which will host an undergraduate research symposium, was not approved by for funding with a unanimous vote.

“It is a great event but a very clear violation of our bylaws,” said Sen. Cole Staudt, junior in political science. “We don’t fund anything they are asking for.”

The Event Management Club, which is hosting a conference with speakers and other activities, requested $5,000 in funding from Student Government. The funding was also not approved.

The GENRE music club requested $1,357.97 for a new drum kit that club president Justin Booth, senior in event management, said would affect about 50 different students. The funding was approved by a vote of 33 to 3.

A resolution that calls for allowing food during student organizational meetings was approved with unanimous consent and will be sent to university administration.

“For small clubs it helps retain and recruit members, and for big clubs it creates more involvement,” said Trey Forsyth, senior in agricultural business and member of the CALS council. “It’s no different than students bringing food in to the classroom every day.”

The Senate voted down a bill by a vote of 14 to 20 that would have eliminated the monthly allocations process. The process was supposed to streamline the funding procedures but it has created some confusion.

“It just makes sense [to change back to funding as requests come in],” said Sen. Steven Valentino, junior in political science.

In regard to bylaws and procedures, Sen. Zackary Reece, junior in political science, said he likes the monthly allocations process and thinks it makes different organizations do their homework.

A bill that would fund a dinner with the new Student Government’s president and vice president, along with all senators, was approved by a vote of 24 to 12. The dinner will be April 14 and would include leadership from numerous student organizations. It would allow leadership to open a dialogue with the new executive and legislative members of Student Government.