By: RYAN LOHMAN
Editor in Chief
The Student Government Association Senate approved funding for two club trips at its Sept. 23 meeting.
The senate approved a motion to fund Chi Alpha Christian Fellowship up to $1,020 to reimburse costs its members will incur on a trip to the Fall Break Away, a retreat and training event for Chi Alpha members in Fort Wayne, Ind.
The money will pay for 12 of the 25 students who have signed up to attend the event.
Senator Levi Klopfenstein suggested offering enough money to pay for 15 students to go on the retreat, but Senator Rhonda Redman, who made the original motion, rejected the friendly amendment.
Sophomores Mimi Svoboda and Iyoma Eden presented Chi Alpha’s funding request to the senate and originally requested $1,000.
Eden said the club is “…a place of fellowship for students. It’s not just about coming together to learn about Jesus, but it’s about fellowship and family.”
Chi Alpha members need help paying the $85 fee for attending the event, Svoboda said, because “we’re college students. Most us can’t afford that.”
Both Svoboda and Eden were happy with the senate’s action. “We were surprised,” Svoboda said after the meeting. “They gave us even more than we thought. We are very appreciative of the SGA’s help.”
For Eden, the trip comes after a year of anticipation. She missed last year’s trip, she told the senate.
“I didn’t know anyone when I came here from Nigeria. It was awful,” she said. “Then I came to Chi Alpha and met all of my friends.”
The senate also approved funding up to $630 for IU South Bend’s Phi Alpha Delta chapter to send a representative to the Phi Alpha Delta Pre-Law Conference.
That representative will be SGA Senator Stuart Settle, who also presented the funding request to the senate.
The Phi Alpha Delta chapter at IUSB is new and Settle had a big role in starting it, he said.
“I will be bringing back a lot of information to the other Phi Alpha Delta students,” he said.
Settle abstained from the otherwise unanimous vote in favor of the request.