Student government discusses six new bills, elects senatorial representative for graduate students

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Student Government met on Wednesday Feb. 26 to discuss six bills, including approval of a new justice and a special election filling a senatorial position representing graduate students, bringing student government into a full senate and judiciary.

Spring Bill 25 was a request to appoint junior Meg Gargulinski as a new justice. Gargulinski is an economics and marketing major, captain of the Franciscan University Lacrosse team and a member of Alpha Chi Honor Society. The bill passed unanimously and she was sworn in at the end of the meeting.

At the conclusion of the meeting, the senate held a vote to elect Alex Zumpano as senatorial representative for graduate students. She is a second-year graduate student and has attended Franciscan for five and a half years. Zumpano was elected as senator unanimously.

Spring Bill 28 was another request from the newly recognized Young Americans for Freedom club for $700 for transportation to the Conservative Political Action Conference on March 6-8 in Washington D.C.   The club is requesting $400 for two rental vans and $300 to pay for gas. The club has presented a similar bill prior to being approved by Student Life.

Fourteen Franciscan University students will be attending the event. Senator Clare McCallen added that students from Franciscan received an invitation to separate, private meals with Rick Santorum and Rand Paul.  The bill passed almost unanimously with one senator against the passage.

Latinos for Christ presented spring Bill 23 in order to reallocate $800 from previously canceled events to their event on April 5. The club requested $700 to cater authentic cuisine from Pittsburgh, and $100 for utensils, plates, napkins and other supplies needed to serve the food.

The co-presidents and public relations representative of Latinos for Christ were present to represent the club.  The senate passed the bill unanimously.

Latinos for Christ also presented spring Bill 24 requesting to reallocate $150, plus allocate $20 for their virgin margarita fundraiser on March 20 and April 4. The group originally requested $150, for a blender and supplies, however student government offered to allocate them more money to buy a better quality blender that can be used for other fundraisers and Latinos for Christ meetings.

The Student Senate passed the bill unanimously.

The allocation of $130 for gasoline for Student Government’s airport transportation for spring break was presented in Spring Bill 26. The funds received through the last bill passed concerning airport transportation were found to be insufficient due to the number of students needing rides to the airport. The bill was passed unanimously.

Spring Bill 27 allocated $270 to the St. John Bosco Society to pay for Sodexo to cater food for their catechist commissioning ceremony on Sunday, April 27. Senator Brian Kirby, vice president of the St. John Bosco Society, was there to represent the bill. Around 50 to 60 graduating catechist seniors are expected to attend the event. The bill passed unanimously.

Toward the end of the meeting, Vice President of Student Life David Schmiesing thanked members of student government for their input concerning the capital campaign presentation given last week. He thanked them for “fulfilling that role of Student Government’s mission.”

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