Student Government approves allocations for symposium, blood drives


Franciscan University Student Government (FUSG) met Wednesday, Feb. 1, to vote on the passage of three bills.

Following the opening prayer and the approval of the minutes from last week’s business meeting, Treasurer Danny Butters announced that the contingency fund was sitting at $11,829.97. Butters reiterated he expects another allocation from the school in the number of $35,000-40,000 to be made in the coming weeks.

The consideration of new legislation began with the reintroduction of Spring Bill #1, which had been tabled the previous week. The bill asked that $250 be allocated to the Graduate Counseling Association (GNA) for a talk on “The Positive Role of Fatherhood” by Dr. Anthony Isacco of Chatham University.  The money would be used for a speaker stipend and refreshments. Sens. Louis Heisler and Emily Mathias both spoke up in support of this bill, and it was approved without objection.

Spring Bill #2, also for the Graduate Counseling Association, was un-tabled for this meeting and called for $200 to be allocated for the GNA’s symposium on “Opportunities in Scholastic and Professional Psychology,” to be held in mid-April. The $200 will be used to buy refreshments and gift cards for the speakers. The bill passed without objection.

The final piece of proposed legislation was Spring Bill #9, which called for $209.70 to be allocated to the Red Cross Club. The money will be used to buy pizzas for blood drives on Feb. 3, Feb. 21 and April 19. Representing the club was its president, Erin Zembruski. The bill was passed without objection.

Notable during the meeting was the increased number of empty seats at the table, as FUSG currently has five legislative seats and two judicial seats open. During the announcement portion of the meeting, Chief Justice Ben Idzik addressed the body to tell them how the special election would proceed and that any interested candidates should send him an email with intent to run.

The special election will be held next Wednesday, Feb. 8, during the weekly business meeting.

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