ASG in Review – Vol 53 Issue 4, Nov. 17, 2017

 

The Associated Student Government (ASG) has meetings the first and third Monday of every month. If students would like to meet their representatives or voice an issue, they may attend. Meetings are held from 3-5 p.m. The final meeting of the quarter is Monday, Nov. 27 in the boardroom of the 1000 Building. Students can also go to the third floor of the PUB to the Student Life Office on most weekdays and meet their representatives there.

Mini Grants

Volleyball

The SCC Volleyball Team is going to play in the 2017 NWAC Volleyball Championship starting Nov. 16-19, at the Tacoma Trade Center.

The team requested the maximum amount of money they would need to stay the full three days, which they will if they play in the All-Star Game. If they don’t, they will return the money they didn’t use. The ASG Vice President, Nam Pham commented that, “I hope you use (the mini grant) to the last penny!”

The mini grant would cover hotel rooms, transportation, and meals at $6 for breakfast, $10 for lunch, and $10 for dinner.

Club Affairs Officer Fatoumata Jammeh asked the Volleyball representative if they’d considered taking the Cheer Squad with them, but the representative said they didn’t have the budget.

Pham asked the presenter why money for the trip wasn’t in the Athletic Department budget annually, and the presenter said it was because they didn’t always qualify to go.

Requested: $4,456
Granted: $4,456

Environmental Club

The Environmental Club plans on taking an educational trip to Olympic National Park from Dec. 1-2, staying in Kalaloch Lodge, and visiting Ruby Beach, Hoh Rainforest and Lake Crescent.

Their mini grant would cover transportation, which includes a van trip and a ferry trip; the entrance fee to Olympic National Park; food and lodging.

Originally, they’d requested $20 per meal for each student, but Rezina Habtemariam, the director of student life, recommended the ASG look at the contrast between this mini grant request and Volleyball’s mini grant request, which included $10 meals.

After some discussion, it was decided the mini grant would be approved partially– the money the club members will get for food will be decided at the next ASG meeting, on Nov. 27, 3 days before the club leaves for their trip.

Requested: $2,463
Granted: $1,563

Discussion

There was a report on the Halloween party by the International Peer Mentors, who partnered with the Adventure Builders Club and the International Club to put on the event.

According to the presenters, there were 300 people in attendance, and they’d expected 250.

The presenter said that mainly, the food was okay, but, “Students demanded not just snacks, but drinks.”

Pham commented that, “People expect to have real food. You can’t just feed them candy.” He added, though, that the event was still great.

Recognition

Lowtide Lounge’s Policy Proposal

Eberth Arias, former ASG Sustainability Officer and current A&E Events Coordinator, presented a new set of rules for the Lowtide Lounge (also known as the game room, on the first floor of the PUB, by the Ebbtide).

According to him, “There were incidents of students smoking or vaping, being destructive, disruptive behavior.”

The new rules focus on prohibiting hate speech and violence, being respectful, not smoking in the PUB (or anywhere on campus besides the smoking shelters) and not misusing the equipment.

When the PUB was remodeled several years ago, Arias explained, the game room was not going to exist, but students advocated for it. “Students made that room happen, and I want to continue with that tradition,” he said. Arias had the ping pong table fixed when it was broken, and the pool table, “which was held together by duct tape, basically,” Arias said, was reupholstered.

The room “Used to be male dominated,” Arias added. He wants to make it a place that is open to everyone–a safe place. This is why he wants to have students consistently have their student IDs checked by an attendant at the door, so only students are allowed in.

The rule change was approved by a unanimous vote.

Tech Fees for Music Building’s Computers

The music students, though they pay the TSS fee just like all SCC students, were erroneously left out of the fee structure, so TSS is proposing they include them. This will provide the music building with up to date things like projectors, computers, printers, and software.

The way the budget will be restructured, there will be no TSS fee increase, and the money for tech will run out at the same time it usually does.

The ASG unanimously voted in favor of this change.


By NELLIE FERGUSON, Political Reporter

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