Mercy through Mary club approved, receives funds at FUSG meeting


Mercy through Mary, a new student life club, received a total of $190 in funding after being recognized by Franciscan University Student Government at Student Government’s Oct. 24 meeting.

According to Fall Bill 44, the Mercy through Mary club will seek to promote consecration to the Virgin Mary across the campus of Franciscan University. Despite reports of extensive questioning of the club’s purpose at the informal Student Government meeting on Oct. 22, the club was recognized by the senate without opposition, allowing it to petition the body for funding.

The newly recognized club immediately did so with Fall Bills 45, which allocated $140 for the purchase of promotional material, and 46, which allocated $50 for buying pizzas for the club’s weekly meetings. Each bill was approved unanimously.

Senate Majority Leader Joseph Starcher announced that the budget process for next semester would begin after the meeting. Clubs would have a week from then to submit their budgets in order to have them considered, he said.

Other business from the meeting:

Justyna Smykowski was confirmed to fill the final seat on Student Government’s judicial branch.

Fall Bill 42 allocated $550 to Leah Miller for a Center for Leadership capstone project.

Fall Bill 48 allocated $450 to the Outdoors Club for its spelunking trip on Oct. 28.

Fall Bill 43 allocated $270 to the Scanlan Society for the rest of its events this semester.

Fall Bill 49 allocated $84 to the Pep Band to buy hot chocolate and hand warmers for one of the band’s performances.

Student Government will next meet Oct. 31 at 11 a.m. in the St. Leo Room.