Senate addresses two funding requests, opens discussion regarding ASCMC and RA positions, Feb. 12

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On Monday, Feb. 12, Senate granted funds to the Muslim Student Association and the African Student Association. The Muslim Student Association plans to invite Dr. Sherman Jackson, a professor at University of Southern California, to present a talk on “Islam in America.” The talk is scheduled for Friday, Mar. 30 and will be held in Pomona. The projected turnout for the talk is about 50 students, 10 of whom are CMC students. The association requested $750, but the recommended proposal from Senate is $450 for food and honorarium fees. Senate does not usually fund honorariums, but would be able to offer funds for food and beverages. Diversity and Inclusion Chair Maya Love ‘20 noted that D&I may be able to offer honorarium funding. After discussing the cost breakdown for the event, Chair of Student Engagement Elliot Behling ‘19 motioned to offer $300 in funding for refreshments instead. The motion passed with nine votes for and four votes against. The African Student Association requested $250 to attend an African film festival in Downtown Los Angeles on Saturday, Feb. 17. The requested sum would be mostly allocated towards transportation costs. CMC students make up about one-fourth of the total 20 members; the rationale for requesting such a large sum of money is that the club intends to request funding from the other 4Cs for four separate events during the semester. Administrative Affairs & Appropriations Committee Chair Connor Bloom '19 noted that this funding scheme is much more convenient as it would reduce the inconvenience of recurring small-sum funding requests for the rest of the semester. Love stated that she would be willing to offer discretionary funds if the club requires it. A motion to provide funding in full was passed unanimously.

Following up on the discussion from the last Executive Board meeting, President Pro-Tempore Thomas Schalke ‘18 updated senators on the discussion regarding a potential conflict of interest for students hoping to become both an ASCMC officer and a Resident Assistant. Schalke opened the floor to the senators to voice their thoughts. They questioned whether someone should be taking on those two roles simultaneously, given the high emotional and mental capacity required for both jobs. Schalke is awaiting the Dean of Students’ insights on the matter.

Environmental Affairs Chair Sam Becker ‘19 reminded the Senate that the Environmental Affairs Committee and SPEAR will be hosting a garden-to-table on Friday, Feb. 16 from 5 to 7 p.m. The event will feature produce grown both outside Beckett Hall and in local farms, as well as the new greenware program. This program is a dining ware checkout system free for all CMC students, staff, and faculty, brought to us by the Sustainability Fund and the ASCMC Environmental Affairs Committee.