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Student Council was running late this week due to a long budget appeals meeting. Combined with a short agenda, the meeting ran quicker than usual, and opened with President Peter Gardner ’08 declaring that he “feel[s] like Hugo Chavez.”
Youngjun Heo ’09, along with Educational Representative Elisha Ann ’08, represented SAO to the Student Council at this meeting, quickly running through a few points of interest for the organization.
Heo particularly mentioned trouble with receiving itemized receipts from some of the food-establishment SAO shops from, but Student Council members were quick to mention that SBC will accept hand-written receipts which include a telephone number, date, and signature.
A larger concern is SAO’s desire for an ‘Asian Mentor.’ “I know this is costly, … but it would be nice to have someone in the administration who could be a mentor for the Asian community,” explained Heo. “But this is obviously out of your [Student Council’s] hands.”
Members of Student Council weren’t so sure this was beyond their reach. “Nothing is out of our hands,” said Gardner, and Financial Representative Sarah Roberts ’08 mentioned that she had already asked Dean of Students Jim Larimore about the issue.
Heo and Ann also hoped that more members of funding bodies could attend their events. “Last semester, Tamara was the only person from FFS who came to any of our events,” said Heo. He explained that, if more members of funding bodies like SBC or FFS came to SAO events, those members might be willing to support the group more.
The centerpiece of the $10:$1 campaign, in which Gil Kemp will match every student donation by an order of magnitude, will be Student Groups Advisor Paul Apollo ’09 in a bear suit, which Student Council plans to pick up on today.
“Everyone will give more money if they see Paul in a Smokey the Bear costume,” declared Gardner.
The campaign has the Alumni Council particularly excited. Gardner, who attended Council meetings over the past weekend, noted that “the alums are feeling like they need to be stepping up.”
Currently, students have donated $1.00 to the campaign. “We’ve got $11 for the campaign. I have put in a dollar,” said Gardner. “It was a symbolic gesture. And I WILL put more in.”