Student Senate Discusses Funding ROTC Ball with $30 Cover Charge
By Gauri Mangala, Managing Editor
The Monday, Feb. 17 meeting of Student Senate opened with an announcement from President Pat McKenna ‘20 regarding the Intercultural Development Inventory (IDI). Any senators who wish to take the IDI can sign up through Student Senate.
Nataelle Pitts ‘22, a representative from the Center for Career Engagement came to talk to Senate about the summer externship program and urged students to consider applying.
ROTC came with a budget request for $2000 for its military ball. ROTC representative Kurtis Grey ‘21 told the Senate that while the Budget Management Committee (BMC) questioned the constitutionality of the event, especially due to its $30 coverage charge, he believed that there is a precedent of cover charges, citing instances of conference trips asking students for money. After much discussion over the openness of the event, the club’s request was fully allotted, even with a (BMC) recommendation of zero.
Muslim Student Association was allotted $7,500, with no BMC recommendation, for a protest concert on Friday, Apr. 3, by Mona Haydar, a Middle Eastern rap artist.
Two clubs, El Club de Desayuno, a mental health club meeting in the Religious Life Center, and Lifting Club, were recognized by Student Senate.
Student Senate will reconvene Monday, Feb. 24.