Groups ask Board for more funding

first_imgSeveral Saint Mary’s clubs and organizations asked for more funding at the Student Government Association meeting Wednesday. SGA recently gave out allotments, which is the amount of money each club or organization receives for the year to cover start-up costs for events. The Board’s Finance Committee will take three of the five appeals into consideration. Al-Zahra, a club representing the Middle Eastern and North African cultures, appealed the money allotted to it because funds were low following their first event, Kaitlyn Sahd, president of the club, said. “The purpose of club is to try and raise awareness of Arabic culture and issues on Saint Mary’s campus,” Al-Zahra vice president Caroline Proulx said. “It’s an outlet for [Muslim students] to help express their identity and what it truly means to be Muslim in the United States.” The Board voted to have the allotment appealed and it will be presented to the Board again once the Finance Committee reviews it, Rachael Chesley, student body president, said. Circle K, a club that encourages volunteering in the community, appealed their allotment as well. Club President Amanda Garrett said entrance fees to the national organization have changed, which made it harder for the club to hold its usual events. “We do a lot of volunteer activities throughout the year,” Garrett said. “We have parties for the Center for the Homeless and work with the convent here.” The Board voted for the Finance Committee to review Circle K’s allotment. The National Student Speech-Language & Hearing Association (NSSLHA) organization on campus also attended Wednesday’s meeting in search of more funds. Katie Staak, president of the group, said a fundraising event to sell apples would not be possible year because inclement weather destroyed their supply. As a result, the group’s budget for the year has changed. But Chesley said no new information could be added during the appeal to help keep the process fair. The Board voted against the appeal. Saint Mary’s Straight and Gay Alliance (SAGA) also appealed their allotment. Karen Borja, president of the club, said the group’s executives were new to the process and didn’t understand how allotments work. Treasurer Meg Griffin said the instructions and bylaws for the allotments were included in e-mails sent to club and organization presidents, and that student government was also available for questions. The Board voted against reviewing the appeal. The Social Work Club was the last to present their appeal to SGA. President Maria Kenney said she was concerned with the allotment because the club’s events don’t reach the minimum for sponsorship through SGA and their estimated revenue from club dues was not as high as anticipated. Kenney said the club hosts events with Hope Ministries and St. Margaret’s House in South Bend during the year. SGA voted to have their allotment reviewed by the Finance Committee.last_img read more

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United Airlines boosts Thanksgiving schedule: Busiest since March

first_imgStill, airline schedules and travel are down sharply compared with last year as coronavirus cases surge to record highs. So far this quarter, the Transportation Security Administration screened 32 million people at U.S. airports, down from more than 90 million over the same period last year.The coronavirus pandemic has turned the airline industry on its head: Executives are grappling with not only sharply lower revenue but demand that’s concentrated among price-sensitive vacationers traveling domestically. Customers also are waiting longer to book their flights, a sign they are holding out to see how the virus impacts travel.About half of United’s customers will likely book Thanksgiving flights less than a month before departure, the carrier said, up from about 40% of last-minute bookings in 2019.- Advertisement – A United Airlines airplane takes off at San Francisco International Airport.Gary Hershorn | Corbis News | Getty Images JetBlue Airways said last week it will add 25 nonstop flights between Nov. 20 and Nov. 30 from the New York City area to Florida, Puerto Rico, the Dominican Republic and Haiti.“As we head toward the holidays, we’re seeing signs of strong demand in certain markets,” said Scott Laurence, JetBlue’s head of revenue and planning. United Airlines said Monday it plans to boost its schedule during Thanksgiving week, expecting the busiest week since large swaths of the economy shut down at the start of the coronavirus pandemic in March.The Chicago-based airline said it is adding 1,400 flights to its schedule, a more than 9% increase during the week of Nov. 23 and is planning to “swap in larger aircraft when needed to accommodate last-minute demand.”Airline stocks surged Monday after Pfizer and BioNTech reported positive results from their late-stage Covid-19 vaccine trial.- Advertisement –center_img – Advertisement – – Advertisement –last_img read more

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Wikki Maintain Top Spot, Rangers Move Up

first_imgNFPLWikki Tourists consolidated leadership of the Nigeria league after they beat El Kanemi Warriors in a northeastern derby wednesday.The Bauchi club now have 37 points from 20 matches.Their match winner was former Flying Eagles striker Abubakar Lawal, who fired home in the 57th minute off a curling cross. However, Enugu Rangers are within striking distance of the table toppers after they pipped Kano Pillars 1-0 in Enugu, also wednesday.After a scoreless first half, defender Adamu Murtala sliced the ball into his own net in the 56th minute following pressure from Rangers striker Bobby Clement.In other games , Abia Warriors played out a 1-1 draw at home with bottom club Ikorodu United, Niger Tornadoes beat Plateau United 1-0 and Akwa United and Sunshine Stars played out a thrilling 3-3 draw.Share this:FacebookRedditTwitterPrintPinterestEmailWhatsAppSkypeLinkedInTumblrPocketTelegramlast_img read more

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