Marching band wins appeal for senate funding

Shippensburg University’s marching band nearly lost its funding from Student Senate for failing to turn in its paperwork on time to the Student Group and Activities Committee (SGAC).

All student clubs and organizations must go through SGAC in order to be senate-recognized. The original deadline for clubs to turn in their paperwork was Sept. 30 but a lack of response prompted Student Senate to extend the deadline to Oct. 7.

Clubs and organizations that fail to turn in their paperwork on time lose their funding and are no longer recognized as a campus organization for the year. The SU marching band submitted an appeal to regain its funding and senate recognition.

The appeal was first denied by SGAC and then voted upon by the entire Student Senate. On Oct. 17 the Student Senate voted to approve the appeal. However, a motion was passed to issue a penalty to the SU marching band, though specifics have not yet been decided.

Before the public meeting on Oct. 17 the Student Senate met to discuss the appeal in a closed caucus, causing the public meeting to start late.

The marching band was unable to submit its paperwork on time to SGAC because of the impeachment of its secretary, who allegedly holds the responsibility to file the paperwork with SGAC each year.

The former marching band secretary was impeached on Oct. 6, the day before SGAC’s extended deadline.

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