SG notes: Oct. 5

Student Government held its sixth meeting of the semester, covering two fund requests and three club recognitions.

First, the president and vice president of the proposed Spanish Club presented again to the council in hopes of having their club re-recognized on campus. The club will provide Spanish language and culture related activities for the Wilkes community, host cultural events and educational trips and participate in community service. A motion was made to approve the club and was passed.

Next, The Indian Cultural Association presented to the council for the second week in a row with the request of re-recognizing their chapter. This club will encourage diversity and share Indian culture through meetings, events such as Diwali and Holi and community service. A motion was made to officially re-recognize the Indian Cultural Association and was passed.

The proposed National Alliance on Mental Illness, or NAMI Club, presented to the council this week, introducing a student run and operated program which focuses on bringing awareness to mental health on campus. By partnering with NAMI State Organizations and city of Wilkes Barre affiliates, the club hopes to end the stigma on mental illness and promote holistic wellness to its peers through services on campus, vigils, walks, presentations and projects such as the Green Bandana . Any students currently enrolled at Wilkes will be eligible for NAMI membership. Members will present to the council again at the next meeting, when voting will take place.

The GeoExplorer’s Club presented to the council for the second week in a row their fund request for the Spring Break 2023 to Hawai’i. They recapped the itinerary, the value of the trip to students and budget breakdown. With plans to fundraise and apply to grants throughout the fall semester, the council motioned to table the discussion until the Nov. 9 meeting, requesting budget updates and progress from the GeoExplorer’s club. This motion was passed.

For the final presentation, Student Government proposed plans for fall events on campus and requested funds from the budget. They are planning to bring donuts and apple cider to campus on the greenway on Oct. 20, free to students. There was also discussion for a Student Government sponsored trip to Broyan’s Corn Maze in Nescopeck, which includes outdoor games and activities, animals, food vendors, and a pumpkin patch. Tickets will be $10 at a discounted group price and will be open to 55 people on a first come, first serve basis. Voting is to take place next week.

Student Government is starting Member of the Month and Club of the Month. After votes were cast, sophomore Destiny McKeiver and the Animal Welfare Club were deemed the winners for October.

Student Government will meet again Oct. 19 for its seventh meeting of the year.