Olivia Alvord, Staff Writer
Between classes, work, and spending time with friends and family, getting involved on campus and staying informed is sometimes difficult. To start your semester off right, here is a recap of the first two Associated Students of Saint Martin’s University (ASSMU) meetings of the semester. If you want to stay informed about club budgets, campus events, or just want to voice a concern, consider attending the weekly ASSMU meetings held every Thursday at 11:00 a.m. in the Trautman Union Building (TUB).
First, let’s talk about what the Senate and Executive Board are up to this semester. President Andrew Garcia is working on his speech for the Annual Scholarship dinner, slated to take place on Wednesday, Feb. 5 at 5:30 p.m. in the Norman Worthington Conference Center. He is also working with university administration in hopes of creating a few new senator positions for the coming year. Senator of Life Sciences, Jansen Daquel, is also hoping for some new positions on the senate, particularly one representing the new nursing major. He has been working with the nursing department to discuss expectations and hopes concerning a Senator of Nursing position. Jansen has also been looking into public health internships for students, so stay tuned for more information, or email him for updates. Executive Secretary Hannah Salapka has been busy sorting through feedback forms from the past year’s Whine, Dine, and Shine event. She is hoping to have organized and distributed these to the corresponding departments, soon. Senator of Arts and Sciences, Amanda Chappell has been working hard with the National Alliance on Mental Illness (NAMI) to create a campus chapter.
“NAMI is the nation’s largest grassroots mental health organization that provides advocacy, education, support, and public awareness so that all individuals and families affected by mental illness can build better lives,” said Chappell.
If you or someone you know is interested in leading or being a part of this chapter, feel free to email her or talk to her after the next ASSMU meeting. On another note, Jocelyn Bonilla, Senator of Business, is looking to start a food pantry at Saint Martin’s. If you are interested in helping with this project, let Bonilla or the Senator of Commuter Students, Isla Barlet know. Senator of Engineering Realani Rulona reminded everyone at the meeting about the Annual Engineering Banquet that will be happening on Feb. 21. There will be a cost to attend, and those hoping to take advantage of the opportunity will need to RSVP by Feb. 12. If you have any questions, feel free to contact her.
Next on the agenda were memorandums. There were three on the table at the Jan. 23 meeting. The first memorandum was for Saint Martin’s University Future Educators Club (SMUFE) concerning the Northwest Council for Computer Education (NCCE) Conference that club members plan on attending from March 4-6, in Seattle. The memorandum was for $1,100 for hotel costs and fees. The club worked hard to find a low-cost hotel in advance and managed to orchestrate a deal with the manager to get a brief grace period for the payment could be secured from ASSMU. Secretary of SMUFE, Laura Rooney was there advocating for the club. The memorandum was eventually fully-funded after much debate, and defenses from multiple unaffiliated students.
The second memorandum was requesting $2,500 to pay for food at the Lunar New Year Celebration put on by the International Club. The event is happening Wednesday, Jan. 28 at 5:00 p.m. in the Norman Worthington Conference Center. The festivities will include performances, games, prizes, and a photo-booth. The cost analysis of $2,500 is based on the amount of supplies needed to feed 200 people using Bon Appetit’s catering services and discounts. After much debate, the Senate finally decided to fund this memorandum at $2,082 with the intention that the money would feed the anticipated number of attendees, minus club members.
The third memorandum on the table was for a cricket machine, put forward by Senator of Cultural Diversity, Jayci Gomes and co-signed by Senator of Clubs, Nate Tuason, and Senator of Commuter Students, Isla Barlet. This memorandum asked for a total of $499 out of the ASSMU project fund, to purchase a Cricket Explorer Air 2, with all the tools included, and extended warranty. The intent behind the memorandum was that it be used by clubs, since the only Cricket on campus was purchased by Housing and Residence Life and is not accessible to anyone except Residence Life staff. By acquiring a Cricket and keeping it in a central location, such as the TUB, the idea is that it would give clubs an opportunity to make their own decorations for events as well as, t-shirts, etc. and hopefully save ASSMU some money in the long run. ASSMU says it will not fund t-shirts for clubs, and it will assess the cost of vinyl for t-shirt iron-ons, on a case by case basis. After some discussion, the motion carried for a total of $499.