BY BETH LEVALLEY
With around $10,000 left in the budget, members of the Student Senate brought up the issue of fiscal responsibility once again.
Senate discussed budget issues after giving $813 to the Women’s Ultimate Frisbee Club for a tournament in Iowa City the weekend of Feb. 27. Because the team requests one-time funding from Student Senate so often, the senators discussed whether allowing sports clubs to request annual funding would be a better option.
This tournament is unsanctioned, which means it contributes to the unofficial national ranking, but not Drake’s official national ranking. This caused senators to have reservations.
“The unsanctioned portion of this causes a bit of a hold-up, and also knowing they will be coming within the next week for more funds is a bit concerning,” said Senator Olivia O’Hea.
This discussion will continue throughout the semester and more specifically, during executive member meetings within the next few weeks.
Throughout the night, Student Senate allocated $7,130.60 to three different organizations that applied for one-time funding requests.
This included allocating $4,781 to the Coalition of Black Students (CBS) to cover lodging and registration to attend the Big XII Conference at the University of Kansas. Members of CBS hope to learn about events that can help foster inclusiveness at Drake.CBS has a budget set aside for the events they will put on after this conference.
Anthony Pawnell, Vice President of CBS, described the goal of CBS by comparing it to a dance.
“Diversity is saying everyone can come to the dance,” said Pawnell. “Inclusion is saying, ‘Would you like to dance?’”
Pawnell concluded by saying the best way to help with the climate is by allowing students to go to conferences and bring back what they learned to campus.
Drake Weightlifting Club needed $1,536 in order to cover costs associated with paying the Knapp Center weight room staff. After a mix-up with the weightlifting club’s annual funding, Senate had to allocate this money in order for the club to continue practicing at the Knapp Center.
First-year Nathan Paulsen was inaugurated as Facilities and Technology Senator-at-Large. Paulsen will be replacing Anthony Meyer.
Paulsen was active in his student government in high school, and he knew he wanted to make a difference at Drake.
Paulsen said, “I have some ideas of my own, but the first step is to just get informed.”