SG unanimously approves funding for special projects

Student Government unanimously passed eight pieces of legislation at last night’s full Senate meeting, two of which were the first special Senate projects ever.

One of those projects, sponsored by Sen. Kate Mudd, will provide $735 to Alpha Kappa Alpha to host a “Pink Goes Gl My Ex Doesnt Love Me But I Love Him How Can I Get Him Back obal” event. Mudd said she is excited about her project.

“They came to us with a need and explained what they were hoping for,” Mudd said. “I saw no reason why they shouldn’t have funding to do something this awesome on campus.”

The project will raise awareness for various organizations, including Invisible Children, Mudd said.

Another special project SG passed was Sen. Jesse Parrish’s proposal to provide $150 for the UK chapter of Big Brothers Big Sisters to attend a gala where it will be recognized for its work.

The meeting opened with a guest speaker who discussed the importance of organ donation. Justin Rasner, a former senator for the College of Medicine, spoke to the Senate about the Gift of Life Challenge.

“SG used to be the primary sponsor of this event, and in the past few years it’s died down,” Rasner said.

The challenge is a competition between UK and the University of Louisville to collect signatures for people to become organ donors. The winner is announced at the UK-U of L basketball game, and Rasner urged the senators to participate in this year’s challenge.

Two amendments to the SG Constitution were passed later at the meeting, one concerning the changes to the Leadership Development Program and another about Senate seats for the Graduate School. Constitutional amendments must pass through the Senate twice before they go into effect, so they will be heard again at the next full Senate meeting.

Elliot Neuman, a first-year dentistry student, was confirmed as the College Of Dentistry senator. The seat was left vacant after a write-in candidate failed to complete the administrative paperwork, and Senate President Tyler Montell said Neuman expressed great interest in the position.

The Senate confirmed Joe Garramone as the Senate Clerk and confirmed appointments for executive staff and executive committee chairs unanimously.

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