By: Ashley Bergeron
On Nov. 4, the Student Government Association met to discuss funding requests, future events and committee activity.
Bio-Chem Club President and Treasurer Joel Rael, who is also an SGA senator, presented a funding request of $136.59. This would reimburse the cost of refreshments for the club’s Oct. 20 event featuring Molly Fox, an IU South Bend graduate attending IU Dental School, who discussed the process of applying to dental school and shared her experience. Senator Rael abstained, and the senate funded the request in full.
Next, International Student Organization President Shamiso Chigadza and Honors Program Representative Thanelie Helser presented a funding request of $800 for their Thanksgiving Pie Festival. The senate funded the request in full, and the event will be held on Nov. 18 at noon in the Grill, giving international students an opportunity to learn about Thanksgiving and try traditional American pies.
Honors students Sophia Azcuna and Caitlin Hickey also requested $500 for their Honors class service project for St. Margaret’s House. They are planning to put together holiday gift bags for the children at the shelter and will use the funds to purchase craft kits and small gifts. Both events will have arts and crafts while the Christmas one will also include a gift. The senate funded the request in full.
In his report, Staff Adviser Scott Strittmatter discussed Potato Night, an event Titan Productions will host on Dec. 6. There will be various potato foods, such as French fries, hash browns, baked potatoes and potato chips. There will also be a potato-related craft.
Senator David Saleh also discussed the Raclin Sock Hop, which will be held on Dec. 9 at 7 p.m. in Northside. It is a one-hour performance featuring a choir, jazz ensemble and more. Afterward, there will be a reception with hot chocolate and popcorn to enjoy. The Raclin School of Arts is partnering with St. Vincent DePaul Society. Attendees are asked to bring a canned good or nonperishable good with them in lieu of an admission fee. Students interested in volunteering to help run the event can contact Senator Saleh at firstname.lastname@example.org.
In committee reports, Senator Hailey Franceschi of the Student Engagement Committee noted that there will be two upcoming red-out athletic events games, where IU South Bend supporters should come to the games wearing red to show their Titan pride. The first double-header game will be on Nov. 9 at Holy Cross, with women’s basketball beginning at 5:30 p.m. and men’s basketball beginning at 7:30 p.m. The next red-out game will be on Nov. 16. It will be a home game and will have the same times as the Holy Cross game.
The SGA meets every Friday from 10 a.m. to noon in SAC 206. Meetings are public, and students are encouraged to attend.