SBC Minutes (October 1st, 2017) – Rock Climbing and Pterodactyls

Editor’s note: This article was initially published in The Daily Gazette, Swarthmore’s online, daily newspaper founded in Fall 1996. As of Fall 2018, the DG has merged with The Phoenix. See the about page to read more about the DG.


Outsiders is a club for outdoor enthusiasts. Outsiders requested $1200.00 toward 100 additional passes for rock climbing. Outsiders was forced to wait-list several students who signed up to go on their weekly rock climbing trip due to insufficient funding for tickets. Full funding was proposed and passed unanimously.  

Van Coordinator

Van Coordinator Aamia Malik ‘18 requested $1000.00 to to purchase 125 one-way SEPTA passes and to go toward the creation of an accident fund. The SEPTA tickets would be distributed to students who need to travel to the airport at the start of fall break, replacing the fall break airport shuttle. The remaining funds would go toward an accident fund, which would allow the Van Coordinator to cover any damages or ticket fines incurred by student van drivers. Malik intends to request more funds from SBC once it becomes clear how much is needed for upkeep of the vans. The proposal passed unanimously.

Swarthmore Christian Fellowship (SCF)

SCF requested $4427.85 in total, with $3036.00 going toward registration for their biannual retreat and a concert and the remaining $1391.85 going toward food for various events. The Committee noted that the group has $1390.23 on hand which had previously been allocated toward food, and thus should not need additional funding for food. The Committee approved SCF for $2436.00 and referred the group to the Dean’s Office, which may provide the remaining $600.00 needed to cover registrations.

Psi Phi

Psi Phi is a group for science fiction and fantasy enthusiasts. The group requested $151.89, with the intention of using $61.89 in purchasing materials to create three new sets of PVC wings for the group’s annual Pterodactyl Hunt and using $90.00 to purchase a subscription to the CBS streaming service. The Committee referred the group to the Movie Committee, which holds subscriptions to several streaming services. There was a revised proposal for $61.89, which passed unanimously.


LaunchDeck is a group that hosts hackathons and provides materials to students interested in building mobile applications. The group requested $2200.00 to buy three used iPhone 6Ss, a new Google Pixel, and a new Google Pixel 2. Full funding was proposed and passed unanimously.

SBC Discussion

SBC discussed setting a cap for emergency funding. They also discussed the possible creation of an auditing committee. SBC will amend its bylaws to introduce the auditing committee.

Katie Pruitt

Katie '20 is from McLean, VA, majoring in economics and minoring in political science. In the little time she isn’t studying, going to class, or working on The Phoenix, you can find her listening to podcasts or rereading the same ten or so books for the millionth, billionth time. She doesn’t know what she wants to do after college and she wishes that people would stop asking her about it.

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published.

The Phoenix