Student Government – Jan. 30, 2013

The Student Government meeting on January 30, 2013 was called to order at 6:03 pm in the Miller Room.


All College: $31,316.16

Conference: $2,640.00

General: $18,875.85

Leadership: $1,200.00

Spirit: $2,493.44

Student Government Total: $56,525.45


First on the agenda was a club report from the Speech and Debate team. Presenting was Melissa Caprio, president of the speech team. Meetings for the club are on Tuesdays at noon in Capin Hall.  They participated in a Junior Achievement Program as a part of their community service project, along with hosting two different tournaments. The first tournament was a high school forensics tournament, which raised about $600 for the club. They have a collegiate level tournament coming hope, and according to Caprio, should raise about $1,000 for the club. She said that the debate team participated in a debate camp over the summer, along with the speech team participating in a workshop. She said that the club does a lot of traveling. They have been to New Jersey, New York, Las Vegas, and Canada to name a few. They just got back from a tournament in Canada. They had five winners aout of the fourteen who participated. Students who are interested in joining should contact Professor Mellon.

The Running Club was there for a fund request. Robert Sperazza, president of the club and Samantha Blincoe, treasurer for the club, were there to present. They are requesting $600 for the Relay they will be running in on February 9th. The breakdown of the event is $5 per mile ran by Wilkes students. Last year wilkes students ran a toal of 37 miles, which amounted in $185. The money raised will go the Martin Luther King Fund, which is an organization that raises money for underprivileged homes in the Wilkes-Barre area.

A preliminary budget discussion was held. Peter Tuzzo, sophomore class treasurer, presented the budget in place of Amber Konopka, who could not attend. The dance will be March 22nd at Genetti’s at 7 pm. They are requesting $14,950 for the dance. There was a discussion about having two DJs at the dance.  “I know in the past we have used DJs in WCLH,” Ian Foley, Vice – President said, “We can stimulate those other options instead of using outside resources.”

The Operations Committee met during the week. Foley warned members of SG to be conscious of who is around them when they are swiping into the residence halls. Do not let anyone in that they do not know. Also, he said they will be adding an Ethiopian Flag to the SUB, to represent students that are attending Wilkes from Ethiopia.

The Council of Clubs will be on February 12th at 11:30 in the Miller Room.

The meeting was adjourned at 6:57 pm.