STORY BY BETH LEVALLEY
Organizations were front-and-center, but student elections appeared on the horizon at Thursday’s Student Senate meeting.
Senate had their first one-time funding request of the year and allocated $1,810 to the Drake Men’s Ultimate Frisbee club for its Exit 69 tournament.
The tournament will be in Maple Plain, Minnesota and will occur September 26 to the 27.
Mitchell McCarthy, a Drake Men’s Ultimate club captain, spoke to the Senate about the tournament.
“It’s a good way to judge where we’re at,” said McCarthy. “We’re also looking at improving our freshmen that will greatly improve our chances at nationals.”
The club placed third at regionals last year, and with many returning members, they hope to place higher this year.
Members of Senate had many questions for the club, and Treasurer Trevor Matusik reminded them that the Senate is there to support student organizations.
Matusik said a similar request was passed last year for the same tournament. He also said that one-time funding requests like this were passed most of the time last year.
When a senator asked what the budget was for the year, Matusik was cautious in describing how Senate allocates the money.
“As far as what’s going to be done to make sure that spending limit is enforced, I’m not sure,” said Matusik. “All of the requests I’ve seen are worth of Senate funds, in my opinion.”
Senate will have to spread those funds around a little bit more this year, as numerous clubs are attempting to take off.
Sen. Jared Freemon announced that there are already four requests to become new organizations at Drake, including a hammocking club and a Spikeball club.
Student Senate also finalized the amendments for the Certified Election Rules, the Rules and Regulations for Student Senate and the SAB bylaws.
During campaign season, students running for Student Senate will be allowed to purchase their own sandwich board if the Office of Student Life has run out.
Because of an incident involving spray chalk last year, spray chalk is now prohibited at Drake University. Regular chalk is still allowed.
SAB also added the Free Movie Friday co-chairman to the executive board. They will be required to attend two of SAB’s events.
“(Free Movie Friday) will still have its own separate budget, so this is just to make sure things are going smoothly,” said Vice President of Student Activities Erin Griffin.