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Student Alliance passes three budget proposals at last meeting of the semester


By Kayla Tucker – Editor-in-Chief

The Grand Rapids Community College Student Alliance passed three budget proposals for clubs looking to go to conferences.

The first proposal was from Gamma Theta Upsilon, one that was postponed at last month’s meeting. The two members requested $3,389.40 for a conference they were invited to be apart of that will take place in California in April. The funding is expected to cover travel, hotel and food costs for the two students and one adviser attending. The vote passed, with 19 in favor, 12 opposed and two abstained.

“I’ve been doing a lot of research for this,” said Stacey Murphy, president of the Gamma Theta Upsilon club at GRCC, about the conference. “I’m really excited to have my third time speaking at an academic conference and connecting with people who are doing the same research I’m doing and this will hopefully help me in my future.”

The second proposal was from the Anime Club, who requested $2,272.48 for a 25-person trip to Chicago’s Anime Central conference. The cost of the trip totals to around $4,000 and the club has supplied almost half of that through fundraising. The proposal passed unanimously.

The third and final proposal was from the Hispanic Student Organization, who requested $1,568.61 for a Hispanic Leadership Conference in Chicago next February, an amount only 30 percent of how much the club is actually spending on the trip. The club officers chose 16 students out of 32 who applied to go to the conference, based on attendance, participation, GPA, a written essay and if they contributed to fundraising the event.

The proposal passed unanimously.

Graham Sniesak, operations director for Student Alliance, said after all the proposals passed today that the extra allocations fund for next semester is still over budget at around $18,000.

GRCC’s Chief Information Officer David Anderson updated the student leaders about the technology on campus. Anderson said the wireless internet’s capacity has increased by 30 percent since the spring, making it run faster. The department is thinking about adding another wireless network for academic use only.

Anderson then opened the floor for student feedback. One student requested a more mobile-friendly Blackboard app so students can do more work on their phones. There was discussion of how long students could use their student email for after leaving the college.

Student Alliance wrapped up their meeting sending off the students with a “see you next year.”

“Next semester were looking at having (GRCC professor) Eric Williams … come in and talk about campus climate and that survey that was taken last year,” said Brandon Sinclair, president of Student Alliance. “We want to have the Academic Governing Council come in and talk about what they do and we want to have and end of the year celebration of all the work that we’ve done.”