By: JIM IRIZARRY
Additional funding was a common theme during last Friday’s meeting of IU South Bend’s Student Government Association (SGA).
Of the four groups that submitted proposals for additional funding, three were approved at the meeting.
The History Club’s proposal for additional funding for their trip to northern Michigan was approved. The club wanted to ensure that students who normally would not have the funds to pay for the trip would still be able to go. Many senators held the club’s proposal in high regard for its clarity and preparation.
“This proposal is exactly what we [in the SGA] want to see,” SGA Senator Shail Bhagat said during the approval process.
The Political Science Club was also among the clubs that had their funding proposals approved. The club will be showing the movie “Food Chains.” The approved funding will be used to cover the copyright screening costs for the movie.
Finally, a group of 30 students from the Vera Z. Dwyer College of Health Sciences will be traveling to Belize during spring break. They will be providing demonstrations on health and fitness to schoolchildren. The approved funding is covering the costs for two demonstration kits, so that the group can leave the kits for the schoolchildren in Belize after they leave.
In other SGA news, two new appointments were made at the meeting. The SGA officially recognized Adam El-Ammori as the new Chief of Staff to President Stephen Salisbury.
It was also announced that Chief Justice Craig Johnson of the SGA’s judicial council has resigned his position. It is unclear if Johnson will stay on as an associate justice, which has been offered. Replacing Johnson as Chief Justice will be Ryan Murray.
The SGA recognized various events coming up around IUSB over the coming months. Pack the SAC, sponsored by the Latino Student Union, will be held March 23. The Dwyer College of Health Sciences will be conducting Project H.O.P.E. on April 22 from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. It will be held at the clinic in the Education and Arts Building.
It was announced that the SGA meeting on March 31 has been cancelled. Many members of the SGA will be participating in activities for Cesar Chavez Day, as well as the Undergraduate Research Journal Conference scheduled for that day.