Saga of fencing club’s funds request continues

Nicole Rund

For the third student government meeting in a row, senators debated funding new gear for the fencing club. The original amount requested four weeks ago was $3,970. Thus far, senators have not definitively said yes or no to the request.

Last week, after 45 minutes discussion, senators halved the amount to $1,895. Fencing club members reported they had talked with Brent Ellison in the athletics department who said he might be able to give $300 towards new gear. Ellison also offered an opportunity next fall for the club to earn money setting up for basketball games.

Senators were unclear about what they voted on last week. At least one senator assumed they had approved $1,895 of the funds request and were discussing the other half this week. The minutes of last week’s meeting were read to clear up the confusion and it was shown that they had tabled the issue entirely until the Feb. 25 meeting.

After a lull in the discussion, vice president Ashley Jackson took a moment to remind senators that the students of LCC deserved an in-depth discussion of this issue.

Time ran out on the issue so the senate extended the discussion an additional 10 minutes. Council of Clubs chair Mariana Paredones told the senate that she would be leading a discussion on the COC’s budget at the next meeting. Senator Anastasia Vail motioned to send the issue back to COC for further review after budget training. After a brief discussion, the motion passed 4-0-0.

Senators were excited about the upcoming Northwest Student Leadership Conference this weekend in Portland. Senate adviser Barb Delansky reminded them to have fun at the conference. Delansky also advised them to be safe and pay attention to their surroundings because Portland is a big city, and they should not act like they “just arrived on the back of a farm truck.”