Summer Senate kicked things off by funding five organizations a total of $5,405 during their brief one-hour meeting today:
- Senate funded LULAC $1,404 so that they could send four students to their national convention in Albuquerque, New Mexico in July. LULAC (League of United Latin American Citizens) will be using the money to pay for convention registration fees.
- Sigma Lambda Gamma received $1,110 in funding to attend their national convention in San Antonio, Texas in July. The sorority is required to send two girls.
- Senate funded itself $1,430 so that the three Student Body Officers could go to convention.
- Senate funded ALPFA $450 to pay for their national convention at the end of July. The funding will cover the registration fees for three students.
- Sigma Lambda Beta received $1,011 to go to their national convention.
One28 is requesting $5,000 for their annual Fall Retreat, which will be held in October. Senators felt that it would be better to wait until the last summer meeting to vote on this request.
LEAD is requesting $2,000 so that they can pay for the keynote speaker of their annual Crain Leadership Conference (free for any SMU student that wants to attend). Again, since the conference will take place in October and the money isn’t needed until August, Senate decided to wait to vote on this request.
Summer Senate has $25,000 to fund during their three meetings. Today’s actions leave $19,595 left. The last two meetings will take place on July 11 and August 8 at 2 p.m.
*Update: During Summer Senate’s August 8 meeting it was learned that Sigma Lambda Beta had to return $600 of their funding because the registration receipts were for prior debt. Under the rules, Senate cannot fund debt. Therefore Senate technically funded $4,805 during the first Summer Senate meeting.