Student Government approves funding for multiple student organizations


(R to L): Vice President Megan Sweere, Speaker of the Senate Ben Crawford, Vice Speaker Michael Snook and City Council Student Liaison Sam Schulte take part in the joint meeting between Student Government and Ames City Council on Wednesday. 

Zach Clemens

Student Government approved the funding for cultural student organizations, ISU sports clubs and Cyclone Cinema on Wednesday.

A resolution to fund Cyclone Cinema was unanimously approved by the Senate. Student Government has consistently funded Cyclone Cinema in the past, and because of unexpected increase in renovation at Carver Hall and operational costs, the funding must increase to $6,683 to meet the higher demand the cinema is receiving.

The Latino Heritage Committee will host a cultural night Nov. 7, and Student Government unanimously allocated $5,600 toward the event. The event will include ethnic food, music, dancing and performances. The purpose of the cultural night will be to encourage inclusiveness and provide insight into one of the many cultural groups on campus.

The ISU Swim Club is in need of funding to attend team events in the Midwest after an unexpected membership growth. A total of $339.90 is needed to cover van rentals to events in Wisconsin and Kansas.

Student Government discussed funding the Black Student Alliance for a Sunday dinner event that would enable the sharing of culture and traditions with the African-American community. This event would be free and open to all students, and Student Government allocated $4,000 for it.

“Sunday dinner is a tool to help bring together not only the African-American community but the ISU community as a whole,” said Jared Ingram, junior in kinesiology and treasurer of Black Student Alliance.

Sen. Danielle Nygaard expressed concern over funding an event that would be using disposable utensils and that Student Government had not done that before.

Speaker of the Senate Ben Crawford said that these Sunday dinners foster better relationships on campus and that “this [event] should be considered a good investment.”

The funding bill was passed with unanimous consent.

Student Government approved funding of $247.65 for the newly formed ISU Table Tennis Club to be able to attend events around the region. The group is planning to fundraise as well to afford the travel and registration fees for a tournament in St. Paul, Minn.

Kevin Boeckholt, junior in economics, was unanimously approved to be seated as the new chief justice.

The united residents of off campus were allocated $200 for a tailgate event at an upcoming football game by unanimous approval.