ASG Report: 5/19/2009

On May 19, the Associated Student Government (ASG) held their weekly board meeting, which began at 3:33 p.m. Despite the absences of board members Vicki Ma, vice president of finance and communication, and Ramish Ahmad, associate justice of external affairs, the ASG went about conducting their Tuesday meeting as usual. The absences of both Ma and

Ahmad, however, resulted in the board failing to post their weekly updated budgets.

The first item on the ASG’s agenda was a funding request from the College’s Campus Crusade for Christ (CCC) group.

Bill and Vonette Bright first launched Campus Crusade for Christ in 1951. The underlying concept was to “win the campus today and change the world tomorrow.” Even after fifty years, the mission has remained the same. Today, the College’s ministry of Campus Crusade for Christ is a network of vibrant, growing movements on 1,029 campuses in the United States and beyond.

The CCC requested $300 in order to stage an event later in the spring quarter. Though the date has not been finalized, it has been scheduled to take place around lunchtime, spanning from 11:30 a.m. to around 2:30 p.m.

The event will include Frisbee-throwing in front of the library, a picnic to be catered by Food Services and the attendance of the College’s ice cream club. Additionally, the event will give people and students a forum to talk and socialize, as well as share a gospel message to participants.

At least 100 people have been invited to the event via Facebook in addition to the 25 members of the club. In turn, the CCC plans to purchase enough food to serve at least 75 individuals.

The motion to approve the funding request was passed 3-1-0, with only Burke Colquhoun voting against. Colquhoun felt that the CCC’s plans for their event were not well organized and rushed, adding that he wasn’t sure how comfortable he was having a “crusade” on campus.

Another item on the agenda, continuing a three-week process in working with the ASG, was the College’s Art of Living Yoga and Service club. The club has been working with the ASG on their funding request to attend a two-week youth service camp called the International Association of Human Values: Sierra Empowerment Project.

The Art of Living, which had reduced its request from an original $14,000 to a current $11,100, announced further changes to both their application for the project and possible courses required to attend the event.

A motion to table the request until June 2 passed unanimously (4-0-0). Members of the ASG felt that there has not been any fundraising for this trip and that there were conflicts of interest in the group’s plans for attending the event.

Another item brought up on the agenda by ASG President Amanda Alva included a funding request for Students Offering Support in Sobriety. The group, which had an event on May 13, seeks to address issues such as dating, drugs, alcoholism, and a wide variety of other afflictions faced by young individuals.

After completing the agenda, it was announced by the ASG that newly-elected Environmental and Social Responsibility Representative Carolyn Dewitt would shortly be joining the ASG board members, as the position is currently not filled.

The meeting was adjourned at 4:25 p.m.