STORY BY BETH LEVALLEY
Student Senate voted down three out of five one-time funding requests for different student organizations this week.
The Drake Outdoor Leadership Club proposed a hiking trip to Estes Park, Colorado for $2,500 to explore the Rocky Mountain National Park, gain a further understanding of the outdoors and become more well-rounded members of society in the process.
For the first time since President Kevin Maisto headed the table, there was a tie in the votes to fund this trip.
“ I didn’t think I’d have to vote this year,” Maisto said. “I agree, though. I personally would rather see direct activity on campus with our funds.”
While many senators were hesitant about funding what they thought was “a vacation,” the leaders of the outdoor leadership club were passionate about the trip, not only because of the experience they gain but because of the promotional effects it has over the next year.
“Last year we got featured on Drake’s Instagram account, and at the activities fair this year, students would come up to us and say, ‘Oh, I saw this on Instagram last year.’” said Mackenzie Busekist, a member of the Drake Outdoor Leadership Club.
The club has other events throughout the year, including rock climbing at Climb Iowa, a sunrise s’mores event, kayaking, a camping trip, a meteor shower hike and prairie restoration.
Senators debated whether bringing twelve students involved in leadership had enough effect on the Drake community to fund the trip.
“I just don’t see what this brings back to campus that their smaller scale events don’t do,” Sen. O’Hea said.
Student Senate also denied $1,525 to the Men’s Ultimate Frisbee Club for transportation and lodging to their Chicago tournament.
The club has not fundraised since the last time they requested money, and they also were late in turning in their request form.
In order to alleviate pressure on Associate Dean of Student Jerry Parker, Meghan Blancas, the accounting department and other departments within the university, a rule that states that one-time funding requests must be submitted three weeks prior to the event was implemented this year.
“The form is very unclear,” said Ultimate Frisbee club Treasurer Mitchell McCarthy. “It says you have to have it in three week before (the event), but they really mean Senate has to hear of it three weeks before. I guarantee there will be other organizations that make the same mistake.”
The Panhellenic Council, IFC, and Office for Sexual Violence Response and Healthy Relationship Promotion joined together to host a speaker, Mike Domitrz, about sexual assault and relationships on campus.
The event was held last Thursday, October 1st.
Student Senate is not allowed to fund for Greek Life activities, since they are all national organizations, and the members pay dues each year.
This funding request presented a loophole, where the reimbursement would go to the Mentors of Violence Prevention and then split between the two organizations later.
While the content of the motion was agreeably positive, the structure and technicalities pushed Senate to vote against the motion.
“In the handbook it says if an event funded by Student Senate is advertised before proper allocation, Senate has the ability to turn down on that notion,” Treasurer Matusik said. “This is simply because we don’t want people advertising that activity that is dependent on the funds received from Senate.”
Two one-time funding requests were passed this week, including $5,500 to cover ten students going to Cairo, Egypt for the Model Arab League Conference and $2,500 to cover five students going to San Diego State University for the National Students for Justice in Palestine Conference.