Student Government notes: Oct. 23 weekly meeting

Sara Ross, Staff Writer

This week’s agenda for the Oct. 23 Student Government meeting featured a number of club-related discussions and a report from the Operations Committee,

The Wilkes College Democrats came in for a second discussion concerning their fund request for the first annual Independence Dinner, being held at the Pennsylvania Convention Center.

This dinner will be hosted by the Pennsylvanian Democratic Party on Nov. 1. There will be prominent speakers, including Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi, Governor, Tom Wolf and Senator Bob Casey. The Wilkes College Democrats received their total requested amount of $1,200 for the trip in a passing motion of 25 in favor, nine opposing and one abstaining. 

The Wilkes University Winter Guard made an appearance as well, as they would like to receive club recognition. Their mission is to cultivate a community of color guard members that will compete at the collegiate level. If recognized, they would attend the Tournament Indoor Association competition (TIA). They are currently TIA Region II champions.

The Winter Guard has already been quite active with holding events, volunteering and fundraising. Last year, they hosted a Spin Clinic at the YMCA, along with an exhibition competition at a local high school.

A few of their fundraisers, where they have partnered with the Wilkes University Marching Band, have included gift wrapping around Christmas time and T-shirt sales. The will be returning to next week’s meeting.

Executive Board Treasurer Kevin Long, had another Operations committee report this week. As of now, there is still some construction going on at the Farley Library, the University Towers parking garage and Ralston. The Jewish Community Center (JCC) on River Street is being demolished as well.

For the class reports, the freshmen class finalized their idea for their social coming up during the winter, and it will Hawaiian luau-themed. Sophomores had their Root Beer Float social this past Wednesday, Oct. 23, alongside Casino Week’s Bingo event. The juniors are still having their Bluetooth speaker sale, and will soon have a blanket sale as well. With the seniors, they decided on a Rock and Roll theme for their Downtown Establishment Tour on Nov. 9.

A few last pieces of news included events from the Programming Board. They will be hosting Freak Week, which will involve a series of festivities like a Mobile Escape Room, Laser Tag, a Cupcake Giveaway, Ghost Hunters, Halloween Bingo and a T-Shirt Giveaway. It will be taking place from Oct. 28 to Nov. 1. Programming Board is also planning to have a T-shirt giveaway and a trip to Reaper’s Revenge. Finally, on Nov. 14, 16 and 17, Wilkes University will begin hosting performances of the theatre production “Nine” until Nov. 17.