News From Student Senate

By Kate Bennett

Student Senate met for their weekly meeting on Wednesday, Nov. 29. A mental-health workshop is being put together with a tentative date of Feb. 13, 2018. Club representatives were reminded that clubs need to get their club rosters together for the spring semester. Club rosters need to have the names and ID numbers of students who are involved in the club.

The Multicultural International Student Club was instated. The purpose of the Multicultural International Student Club is to create a space for students from different backgrounds to meet. Their funding request for $200 was approved by the Student Senate. The $200 will pay the speaking fee for a talk given by a previous SMCC student who was covered by BBC and whose story was also featured on “This American Life.” The speaker currently lives in Portland, Maine, and has signed a book deal which will be launched on June 20, 2018, in New York City. The talk took place on Monday, Dec. 4, at 3 p.m. at SMCC.

The Business Club’s funding request for $5,700 to go towards their NYC trip this coming April to visit Wall Street was approved. The Veterans Club had a bake sale next to the Ask Desk in the Campus Center on Monday, Dec. 4, from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. There was a College Council Open Forum meeting on Nov. 30.

The Southern Poverty Law Center Club held an open table on Nov. 29 and 30. This was where people went and filled out cards and got to see what their community cares about. The SPLC explained that there was lots of interest in their group and the activity during the tabling.

The Student Activities Committee has put on many activities recently. On Friday, Dec. 1, they held a Winter Craft Night at 6 p.m. in the Student Center. They put on a Stress Reliever Craft Night on Monday, Dec. 4, at 7 p.m. in the Student Center. On Dec. 6, they had a movie night in Jewett Auditorium, showing “Frozen.”

The next Student Welfare Committee meeting will be on Dec. 15. Ethan Wells is offering the position of Seawolves mascot as work-study. Talk to him for more information.
A reminder that all residential students have to fill out an intent-to-return form if staying on campus in the spring. A different form will be sent out regarding winter break. Residents can leave their things in their dorm rooms over winter break only if they are going to be in that same room next semester.

On Wednesday, December 6th, the Student Senate met and announced that on Wednesday, December 13th, an election will be held for the Student Senate’s Director of Records. Club representatives were reminded that itemized lists are needed when clubs submit funding requests.

The Astronomy club made a funding request for $290 for a star party and the request was approved. The funds are too pay for pizza, drinks, paper, plates, utensils, wood, and lighter fluid. A new telescope was recently donated to the club and will be used at the party to look at the stars. There will be a campfire with marshmallows and a meteor shower is expected on the day of the star party.

Rainbow League for Social Justice requested $200 for a semester ice cream social. Everyone is invited to attend the ice cream social. The funds will be used for ice cream, toppings, silverware, and drinks. Their funding request was approved by the Student Senate.

The Business Club’s funding request for $340 was approved. These funds will be used for an semester end ice skating event for international students with the business club. There will be a potluck and ice skating at Thompson’s Point. This event is open to all students and will be taking place on Sunday, December 17th.

The Student Senate meeting ended after deciding on a new meeting time for the spring semester. Starting January 23rd, the Student Senate will be meeting on Tuesdays at 5:00pm.

Photo: Members of the Business Club present a $750 dollar check, funds for which were raised by the O.R.E.O. Fun Run. The funds raised will be donated to Hurricane Maria Children’s Relief Fund of Puerto Rico, Kingwood Branch Library, Children’s Division of Houston, Texas, and Harry Chapin Food Bank of Southwest Florida.

From left to right: Haleigh Barrett, Celetta Richard, Gianna Dudley, Nathalie Mitchell, Thomas Dolloff, Matthew Brown, Steven Ntibandetse, Kristy Howarth and club advisor Steve Strand.
(Business Club participants not pictured: Joey Mullins, Raffaella Morabito, Taylor Markee, Kayla Tinsman, Yu Shi.)

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