SGA funds history club trip, reflects on benefit dinner

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By: Mira Costello


At their April 1 meeting, the Student Government Association did nothing.

April fools!

In fact, they approved a special funding request for the History Club. In the past, the club has taken trips to the Upper Peninsula and Mackinac Island of Michigan, but has not traveled there in five years.

Morgan Carson and Dr. Tim Willig, president and advisor to the History Club, presented an amendment to a funding request that was approved two years ago by the SGA, but never materialized as the trip was postponed due to Covid-19. 

In total, the club requested $2,950, which would partially cover transportation, lodging and admissions. They explained that the 23 students attending the trip would each pay $80, adding to a total of $1,840 to contribute to the total cost.

While the senate was prepared to approve the request, Senator Ariel Watts proposed a motion to cover the full amount of the request as well as half of the student fee, which would lower the student cost to $40 and increase the amount of SGA funding to $3,870. The motion passed unanimously.

Senator Watts shared a quote by David McCullough – “history is who we are and why we are the way we are” – to emphasize what a valuable opportunity the trip could be for students.

Students need not be history majors or members of the History Club to attend the trip, as sign-up will be on a first come, first served basis. The trip will take place in May and include visits to historical sites, museums, Tahquamenon Falls State Park and more.

In committee reports, Senator Lia Azcuna of the Philanthropy Committee reported that the SGA’s Student Emergency Relief Fund benefit dinner was a success and received resounding positive feedback from those who attended. Many tickets were sold, but Senator Azcuna said an official figure for the amount of money raised will be available soon.

The Student Government Association meets every Friday from 5-7 p.m. in SAC 206. All students, faculty, staff and community members are encouraged to attend, as well as to present funding requests for their clubs, conferences and events. 

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