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Members approve new treasurer, funds

Mary Kate Malone | Tuesday, February 15, 2005

Before closing their meeting to the press Monday, the Council of Representatives approved the new student union treasurer. Mike Marshall will replace current treasurer Claire Fadel beginning March 1.

Fadel praised Marshall for his dedication to the student union during the past year.

“Mike has a lot of experience,” Fadel said. “He is very dedicated and he is going to be a great fit.”

Student body president Adam Istvan said after closing the meeting the Council voted to allow two clubs to receive money for events that exceeded their respective budgets.

Istvan disclosed information regarding the clubs appealing for money, but would not reveal specific details of the allocations.

Silver Wings was given money to help stage an Easter Egg Hunt for South Bend children in the spring.

A Life Uncommon was also allocated funds to help pay for Jessica Weiner to speak on campus during Eating Disorders Awareness week.

The money given to the clubs comes from the $16,000 collaboration fund – money set aside to help groups stage large events that might exceed their budgets. The Council encourages clubs and organizations to collaborate their resources and then ask the Council for money to cover the remaining difference.

“The fund is set aside for clubs throwing events that are co-sponsored by another student organization,” Istvan said. “If they throw larger events than they have funds for, it allows them to still pursue it.”

Istvan said the meeting was closed because the student union constitution demands that issues regarding allocating money not be discussed in an open meeting.

“The constitution says the meetings must be closed for collaboration fund appeals,” Istvan said. “If we end up denying money to a group, we don’t want people to be quoted because that can cause conflict.”