Gamer’s United Club proposal needs revision due to “red flags”

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Melissa Garcia, Staff Writer

This past Friday’s Associated Student Government meeting began with the eSports club requesting a grant of $850 for assistance in coaching. 

“We just want to promote a healthy and competitive environment for future professional players who want to continue pursuing eSports as a professional career,” student Brian Arizmendi said. 

The board moved to allocate $850 from the student body trust funds. 

“I think this is a great community thing you guys can do and can be very collaborative and you guys can deepen a lot of relationships with each other, and encourage more people to join,” Vice President of Operations and Finance Robert Roysner said. 

The Gamer’s United Club also requested a grant of $2,400 to increase student body activity and boost the social aspect of campus life. 

“So many red flags come with this proposal — what we do as Associated Student Government is providing programs for the student body at large within our current semester,” Advisor Christopher Johnson said.

Johnson continued on to state requesting stipends for club members, providing gas and reimbursements are not something the ASG has done. 

“I just want to acknowledge Davis and Julia as they’re representing this budget, it is on us that we are unclear of what it is that a club can request a grant for,” Vice President of Internal Affairs Cameron Black said.

The board asks the club to revise its budget with more rules in place for a better outcome and a more efficient way to be able to allocate the funds to them.

Unofficial LGBTQ+ club member Forrest Sauerwein wrote a letter to the board and Commissioner of Clubs Divya Ramesh read it out loud for discussion by the board. Sauerwein stated issues he’s noticed or has been brought to his attention that affects the inclusivity and general environment of being on campus for LGBTQ+ students. 

“This is legislation. This isn’t ASG, this is legislation that says we need to have gender-neutral bathrooms,” Johnson said. 

ASG President Allegra Kabukapua Kalombo, discussed results from the giveaway held on Tuesday, April 12. Student responses regarding issues they were facing around the school were primarily facilities operating hours like the library and cafeteria.

She states a board meeting will be held this upcoming week regarding these issues to be worked on.

Johnson announced the Live Commencement will be held at 5 p.m. on Friday, May 13, at La Playa stadium. The graduation ceremony will be live-streamed and is open to 2020 and 2021 graduates who weren’t able to have a ceremony. Kabukapua Kalombo will be one of the grand marshals and the speaker to introduce the national anthem singer. The student speaker for the event will be Lisandra Barrera and the faculty speaker is Ignacio Ponce. 

On the ASG website, each of the candidates running for the 2022-23 school year have bios and video campaigns. Voting for this election will take place from 9 a.m. on Monday, April 18 to noon on Friday, April 22.

The ASG will reconvene to discuss more updates for the school year in person at their senate room located in the CC building next Friday, April 22.