Local News: SGA Passes Funding Applications, Recognizes New Campus Organizations (4/12/22)

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Psi Chi President Alex Bansbach presents a request for funding at the April 12 SGA meeting. Psi Chi has two students attending the Midwestern Psychological Association conference April 21-23 in Chicago.

Photo by Kayla McCain

In their first session since the Student Government Association (SGA) elections, SGA members heard requests for funding from the American Choral Directors Association (ACDA), Psi Chi and Hannah Jones of Delta Tau Alpha.

Senators also voted unanimously to recognize Corn Hole Club, International Student Association (ISA), and Young Americans for Liberty as student organizations for the 2021-22 academic year.

Application for funding from the American Association of Choral Directors

ACDA, an organization for those interested in choral music as a student or for a future career, President Lauren Jenkins and Vice President Ella Crader presented their request to the senators. They requested $1,400 to help cover hotel costs to attend the Southwestern American Choral Directors Association (SWACDA) conference from February 28 to March 3.

Eight of the 13 students who attended the conference were selected to be part of the Collegiate Honors Choir of 135 students. The choir was formed by the states present at the conference, including Texas, Missouri, Arkansas and Illinois.

Due to a change in student leadership in mid-February, Jenkins became president and soon began seeking funding for the trip. The music department agreed to cover the hotels, but Jenkins said to stay in good standing they wanted to reimburse the department.

College of Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics Senator Anna Carpenter felt that since they would be reimbursing the music department rather than individual students, it was something senators should not approve.

“If they had come to see us before and we had paid for them to stay at the hotel, it would have been a different story, but we don’t reimburse individuals, we reimburse the department for what they did”. I do,” Carpenter said.

There was a lot of back and forth between senators, about the wording of the resolution, the change in leadership and the nature of the request. Treasurer Sophie Machen used the discussion period to clarify what this funding request means for ACDA students.

“If you approve of that, it would be like they’re reimbursing the department,” Machen said. “If you don’t approve it, they have to reimburse the ministry themselves. … It is not up to us alone to reimburse the department; [ACDA] wanted to reimburse the department anyway.

Many senators expressed their support for funding the request while asking questions. Most of the questions were directed to the Board of Directors regarding a department’s reimbursement process for students.

The resolution eventually passed, with a “no” vote from Carpenter.

Psi Chi Funding Request

Psi Chi, the International Honor Society for Psychology Students, President Alex Bansbach has submitted a request for $440 for two students attending the 2022 Midwestern Psychological Association (MPA) conference in Chicago.

Bansbach said attending this conference was one of the highlights of his college experience and wants more students to experience it.

“I am the only current member of our board who has ever visited MPA in person,” Bansbach said. “It’s been one of the highlights of my college experience, and so we’re trying to kickstart that with our members.”

The request for funding was adopted among the senators unanimously.

Delta Tau Alpha Funding Application

Jones attended the Delta Tau Alpha, an honor society for students in agriculture, at the April 7-10 convention and was elected the organization’s national parliamentarian.

She asked for $325 to help cover registration fees and hotel costs that remained after her ministry covered some of it. Jones and another member of the Sikeston, Missouri campus attended the convention.

The request was adopted quickly and unanimously by the senators.

The SGA meets weekly on Mondays in the UC Ballroom at 8 p.m. To watch this week’s meeting, check out Arrow’s live stream on Facebook.

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