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Group awards funds to Dance Marathon

Justin Tardiff | Tuesday, March 21, 2006

Student government officers awarded an additional $1,500 co-sponsorship to the Saint Mary’s Dance Marathon committee at the Board of Governance (BOG) meeting Monday night, adding to the $2,500 BOG awarded the committee earlier this year.

Freshman class president Francesca Johnson, freshman vice president Pauline Kistka and Dance Marathon president Amy Dardinger presented the current amount of money allotted to the Dance Marathon and answered questions related to the event. They also showed a video from the Riley Hospital for Children – the Indianapolis-based hospital that will receive the money raised from the Dance Marathon. The video focused on other dance marathons that have happened at colleges and universities across Indiana.

“[Preparations have] been rolling along very successfully,” Kistka said.

$5,011 has already been raised through January’s Battle of the Bands, dorm Chapstick and carnations sales as well as other fundraising events, Kistka said.

“We want this money to go directly to the children,” Kistka said.

Additional BOG funding was necessary, she said, to make sure the full amount would go to Riley Hospital for Children.

“We did not want to ask for more money than we have raised,” Johnson said.

While the group is trying to solicit several companies for food donations, Johnson said due to the large number of people expected to attend it would be “impossible” to rely on donations.

“Money for food is our biggest [expense],” Kistka said.

Senior class president Lauren Condon moved to approve the co-sponsorship for the total $1,500 as well as a $500 donation from BOG that would go straight to the hospital – both of which passed.

The group then discussed what it could provide for the Dance Marathon beyond the co-sponsorship and donation.

“I’m not saying that we give all $3,800 [that is left in our budget],” student body president Kellye Mitros said when questioned about an amount.

Condon motioned to provide a $500 donation for next year’s Dance Marathon committee as a nest egg so that the group did not have to start from scratch.

“[The committee has] been so prepared every time they come in here,” Mitros said before the group approved the extra donation.

Following the vote, technology commissioner Ashley Enright said the Writing Center computer cluster in LeMans Hall had been moved to the SURV center in 20 LeMans Hall. She said this cluster does not have a printer.

A discussion about printers on campus ensued, with questions arising about the potential for a future print quota – such as putting a cap on the number of pages each student can print.

Enright said the Department of Information Technology would like to avoid a quota and is trying to keep costs of printing down.

In other BOG news:

uMidnight Madness is Friday. Festivities begin at 10 p.m. and prizes will be given out all night.

uAdmissions commissioner Annie Davis said Saturday is Accepted Students Day on campus. Tour guides are still needed and should contact Davis if interested.

uResidence Hall Association president Jackie Wright said next week is Residence Hall Pride Week. Events are planned throughout the week, including a pool party in Regina, a Spa Day in LeMans, lip-synching in McCandless and a decorating contest in Holy Cross.