Student Government Discusses New Budget Rules for Clubs at Final Assembly Meeting

Student clubs and organizations presented monthly reports and  Student Government Association (SGA) discussed new budget rules at the final general assembly for the year on April 21 in the Bateman Center.

SGA announced at the meeting that club constitutions will be a requirement by Spring 2016 and will be uploaded to the student club webpage. Any club that does not send one will lose the funds SGA provides them, which comes from the Student Activities Fee.

“If you haven’t started working on that yet, it’s a good place to start bonding with your new officers for next year,” said DeAnna Nicholson, SGA President.

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From left to right: The Record, Enactus, Ultimate Frisbee and Orgullo Latino. Photo by Ben Auletta.

SGA is also considering cutting funding for clubs/organizations that do not participate in general assemblies.

“If you can’t share what you have been up to with us, why should we share our funding with you?” Nicholson said.

SGA is looking to set a hard cap of eight members when clubs go on paid conference trips. There is currently no limit and SGA is concerned with sharing their budget equally among clubs/organizations. They will discuss this more at the September general assembly.

Upcoming events the Student Life Office is assisting in include TD Bank Leadership Series: From the Killing Fields to the Whitehouse May 28, 2-3:20 p.m.; The Roaring Twenties Spring Picnic April 30, 12:30-2:20 p.m. in the Courtyard; Hemophilia Walk May 3, 10 a.m. at the Soccer Field; More Than Magic May 9, 7 p.m. in the Welpe Theatre; Student Leadership Celebration May 13, 12:30-2:30 p.m. in the Conference Center; Relay for Life May 15, 6 p.m-6 a.m at Duke Island Park, Bridgewater.

SGA senators Megan Hynes and Melanye Nunez were selected for NEW Leadership™ New Jersey at Rutgers University, a bi-partisan, residential program to educate college women about the political process and teach them to become effective leaders in their communities

Club reports

Orgullo Latino Club (OLC) hosted CRECER, a high school outreach program on March 26. The program emphasizes the importance of college and raises scholarship money for undocumented high school students. “They do an amazing job of getting students excited about coming here,” Nicholson said. OLC will host “RVCC Got Talent" May 1. They are still looking for participants.

Enactus went to the Enactus National Competition April 13-16, where they were awarded $500. They are continuing with Big Dan’s Bike Shop, a business that works with youth to promote entrepreneurial skills.

International Cultural Association and Muslim Students Association are hosting the multicultural fashion show “Culture shock,” April 23, 6 p.m. in the Conference Center.

Improv Club will host Improvaganza April 24, 6 p.m. The event will include performances from Improv Club, the rock band “The Nations” and magic from Conrad Colon, SGA Executive Vice President. The event is free and money raised from food will go to More Than Me, an academy for girls in danger of being sexually exploited in Monrovia, Liberia.

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The Improv Club. Photo by Ben Auletta.

Astronomy Club hosted “Out of This World Family Fun Night” with EmPoWER Family Success Center April 10. They will go to the Hayden Planetarium April 24.

BACCHUS hosted the mocktail party “Spring Break Blowout” April 9.  The participants’ favorite drink was “safe sex on the beach,” which they will serve at the Spring Picnic and other school events. They also hosted a kickball tournament April 23 on the softball field.

The Ultimate Frisbee Club will participate in the Philadelphia Tough Mudder in October. They are also setting up a game against York College of Pennsylvania and Ramapo College.

United Caribbean Students Club will host a hip-hop and dancehall jam session May 24, 7 p.m.-12 a.m. in the Cafeteria.

Cru raised $160 from a Rita’s Italian Ice sale to send to More Than Me. They had to cancel their movie nights planned last month due to copyright laws.

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Cru. Photo by Ben Auletta.

The Radio Club provided a DJ for BACCHUS’s “Spring Break Blowout.” They are figuring out a way to broadcast music but are having trouble with copyright laws. They are currently training DJs to create their shows.

Toastmasters Club hasn’t held any meetings but has had promotional tables. They are considering changing their name to “Public Speaking and Leadership Club” while retaining the Toastmasters International affiliation because some students confused them with a cooking club.

The Record held a drop off at RVCC for the Franklin High School “Sisters in Training for Life Prom Dress Giveaway" as part of EmPoWER Family Success Center's Prom Dress Drive. They donated 26 prom dresses and a dozen handbags, makeup items and shoes. They had the highest traffic on their website since September. Popular stories for the month included facilities repairs, new technology and Office 365 responses.

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SGA Senator Megan Hynes (left), SGA President-Elect Laura Nicholson (center) and SGA President DeAnna Nicholson (right). Photo by Ben Auletta.

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