Oct. 31, Nov. 7, Nov. 14 ASSMU Meetings

Grace Gillespie, Staff Writer


Oct. 31 Meeting

On Oct. 31, Associated Students of Saint Martin’s University (ASSMU) called a meeting to order at 11 a.m. President Andrew Garcia was absent due to the board of trustees meeting that took place at the same time. Vice President Cung Le announced that Saint Martin’s University is in the top 50 transformative universities, an outstanding accomplishment. On the contrary, the Senator of Clubs, Nate Tuason, released information about club officers acting unprofessional online. Club officers and members are putting down other clubs on social media, and this behavior is not following our benedictine values. 

Tuason states, “This is kind of high school-ish and I would hate to have to bring this up to advisors, but I will if need be. If you have a problem, please come to me directly.” 

A representative from the Lacey Makerspace came to talk to clubs directly at the end of the meeting to have them use the Makerspace to create items for their clubs. These items can be used for clubs doing fundraising. The representative, as well, discussed that clubs can negotiate a special rate for their club to afford to use the Makerspace. The meeting was adjourned at 11:24 a.m. 

Nov. 7 Meeting

On Nov. 7, ASSMU called the meeting to order at 11:03 a.m., opening with some inspiring words from Woodrow Wilson; “You are not here merely to make a living. You are here in order to enable the world to live more amply, with greater vision, with a finer spirit of hope and achievement. You are here to enrich the world, and you impoverish yourself if you forget the errand.” 

Andrew Garcia announced that the board of trustees meeting he attended last week went extremely well. Garcia informed students that they are hearing our student needs, and they are thrilled about all the student engagement on campus this year. 

Garcia stated, “[It is] the most engagement the board has seen in a really long time.” 

On a bright note for clubs this semester, clubs are receiving a lot of cash advances. There has been an allocation of $6,000 this semester. It is important that clubs spend the money they possess or return it back to the treasury for other clubs to use. A statement was mentioned by the senators not to hold onto the money because it does not roll over, and letting other clubs use the excess funds shows your club’s stewardship in our community. This meeting was adjourned at 11:34 a.m. 

Nov. 14 Meeting

The ASSMU meeting on Nov. 14 had many absences and not much to report on. The Senator of Business, Jocelyn Bonilla, could not be present for the meeting, but sent in an email saying that the $75 surcharge for all business courses is mandatory, and will not be changed. This fee helps with the competitive wages for business professors. Bonilla is more than willing to explain this to people in person. The Senator of Commuter Life, Isla Barlet, could not attend, but left an email saying that she is aware of the parking issue. There is not enough parking for students on campus. However, additional parking is not a priority due to money and space complications. Lastly, Senator of Clubs, Nate Tuason, announced he is testing out a club calendar. Once developed, his goal is to send this calendar to everyone. That way, students are aware when club meetings are, and club times do not conflict with each other.

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