At Monday night’s Student Government meeting, four new organizations were approved on campus, and new freshmen senators were appointed.

The senate approved the creation of four new organizations: Mustard Seed, a non-profit organization to help third-world countries, Spikeball Club of SIUE, an intramural club for a sport based loosely on volleyball; Fulbright Student Association, the largest student exchange program in the U.S.; and Blueprint, a Methodist campus ministry group. 

All four new campus organizations were approved by acclamation.

Student Body President Mackenzie Rogers then appointed and swore in three freshman senator members: College of Arts & Sciences freshman Hannah Coleman, freshman nursing student Megan Sands and College of Arts & Sciences freshman Marcus Kwasa.

The board opened the floor to their guest speakers: Leah Yuhas representing St. Jude Research Hospital and Alex Bailey from the Wagner Potters Association. 

Yuhas and St. Jude asked for $350 to expand their events this year.

“We are a non-profitable event [whose] proceeds go to St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital. We do year-long fundraising and then we have a celebratory event here on campus for all of our fundraisers. Basically, St. Jude pays for pretty much every single thing we do, so the only thing we’re requesting funds for is just to be able to hold the event on campus,” Yuhas said.

Her request for funds was denied because of a deadline conflict. While Student Government did not allocate those additional funds, St. Jude’s Up ‘Til Dawn is still scheduled for Nov. 3 in the MUC.

Bailey spoke at the meeting about funding for the annual Turkey Feast with a visiting artist. They requested funding to bring in renowned ceramics artist Ray Chen. Through the event, students will interact with and attend lectures by Chen. 

“It is a two-and-a-half-day event. When the artist gets in town we schedule critiques over in the Art & Design Building. The visiting artist will do demonstrations and give a lecture on his or her work,” Bailey said.

Student Government’s next meeting is on Monday Sept. 24.

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