Student Government approved two new clubs for official recognition on Wednesday, Oct. 3 at the weekly meeting.
Following the perimeters of the new bill now used for approving clubs, Devin Dimmig presented the intentions of the first club, Cards for a Cause. This club is designed to teach members how to play card games, organize tournaments, and raise money for selected charities.
The founders of the club stressed that this is not a gambling club. Participants would contribute about $5 to play, and could win small prizes.
“Gambling is not an issue at all,” said Alexandra Brown, junior communication studies major.
The profits from the tournaments would be donated to a charity of the club’s choice. Currently, they are focusing on Susan G. Komen for the Cure.
Some SG members doubted the club’s ability to fund themselves as they requested no funding. They questioned if Cards for a Cause would have enough supplies to hold a tournament and give away prizes.
After briefly debating, the significance of the club proved to be vital to the campus.
“There is a void for card playing at the College,” said Kyle Magliaro, senior marketing major and executive vice president of SG.
She’s the First, a non-profit organization founded by a College alumnus, was the other club to be approved by SG. The goal of She’s the First is to raise money to sponsor girls in developing countries so they can become the first in their families to graduate high school, college, or even the first to become literate.
Jamie Primeau, senior journalism and English double major and Signal Editor-in-Chief, pointed out that the girls chosen to be sponsored really care about education. Without an education, most of these girls would have limited possibilities for significant achievement. Some of the sponsored girls hope to become doctors after graduation — a dream practically impossible for them without the proper schooling.
According to SG, there were no potential weaknesses in the club, but instead “promise, a clear concise mission and dedication.” SG also recognized the potential of the club to co-sponsor with other student organizations, such as sororities.
Voter registration sign-ups in the Towers have been successful, reported SG. “We were so surprised by how many people were so enthusiastic,” Dimmig said.
SG advisor Magda Manetas announced memorial services for two students who passed away last semester. A ceremony for Ryan Alley will be held Friday Oct. 12 at 3 p.m. in the Spiritual Center. Alley was a senior marketing major, who passed due to injuries following a car accident.
Another memorial service will be held for Paul Traina, a junior sociology major who suffered a brain aneurism. It will be announced later in the year, according to Manetas.