For the final GSBA Senate meeting of the fall 2019 semester, the senate gathered one last time and went over bills that needed approval and discussed plans for the next semester.

The meeting began with GSBA President Michael Tanaka to give an executive report to the senate. Tanaka proudly announced that the Undergraduate Professional Development Grant had reached its endowment goal of $50k, allowing the grant to become self-sufficient.

The final donations came from two donors, along with the numerous donations from Gonzaga University community members from over the past three years.

“That means the university will take some of [the money] and invest it, making it self-sufficient,” Tanaka said in regards to the process of endowment.

The meeting continued with the approval of several club funding requests. 

The first funding bill approved was a $3000 request for GU Ski and Snowboard Club to fund their annual skiing trip to Schweitzer over winter break. The funding will go towards the lodging for the trip.

This trip is the most popular one that the Club offers its members, but it comes at a cost.

“This is their most expensive trip,” said Kenadee Swail, School of Business senator.

The Society of Women Engineers was approved for $2999.50 to fund their trip to the WeLocal Conference in San Diego, where the members will be able to network with other people going into their field.

The Black Student Union was approved for their request of $3000 to fund their 2020 cultural dinner. The events theme is “The Shades: Blackness in Exploration”. The funding will go towards food for the event, along with decorations. The event is highly anticipated and is expected to sell out.

Men’s club volleyball request for funding for new uniforms was also approved. The club was approved for $1556. The new uniforms will be kept by the players for their time on the team at GU, and if they are to lose them the person will have to buy a new one.

The Hawaiian Pacific Islanders Club request for $3000 for their annual luau was approved by the senate. The funding would go towards food provided by Sodexo, and the cost of renting Hemmingson Ballroom. This event is the biggest Pacific Islanders event not only at GU, but also the greater Spokane Area.

The American Society of Mechanical Engineers requested $1700 from the senate to fund the building of a rocket that will be entered in the Intercollegiate Rocketry Competition to compete in the 2020 Spaceport America Cup in New Mexico. The funding request was approved.

The final funding request was from the Free Riders Club, requesting $2015 for registration and travel fees for the International Freeskiers and Snowboarders Association World Qualifying Tournament. The club will compete in several competitions at the event. The request was approved by the senate.

The GSBA senate meetings will begin for the Spring 2020 semester on January 27th at 8 p.m. on the third floor of Hemmingson.

Lindsey Wilson is a staff writer. Follow her on Twitter @lindseyrwilson1.

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