With 69 recognized clubs and organizations on campus, collaboration is key for clubs and student government.
When so many different groups wish to organize activities, it is The Associated Students of La Verne’s, job to ensure the funds are going to the right place.
“There’s a lot of different requirements that clubs have to meet in order to receive funding at the end,” ASULV Vice President of Finance Adam Alvarez said, citing important club events like club fair, the club presidents round table, and key presentations for clubs requesting over $1,800 of funds.
Director of Student Life Barbara Mulligan and three senators at large, Alvarez attended every club presentation to evaluate each group’s plan for the semester.
“It definitely goes back to what are the students going to get out of this,” Alvarez said. “Is it going to help out our university and the students that actually attend here?”
ASULV funds a number of diverse organizations, from fraternities and sororities to animal rights clubs to clubs stressing political engagement.
The College Democrats Club is in its second year and growing quickly.
Dedicated to increasing student efficacy and offering members networking opportunities through trips and speaking engagements, funding is important to the club.“You have to connect it (the presentation) to the four mission statements of the university,” said College Democrats president Anthony Reyes, who recently delivered the five-minute presentation to ASULV. An ASULV senator at large himself, Reyes understood what clubs are expected to deliver in their presentations.
During his presentation, Reyes highlighted a club trip to Lake Tahoe, where members will build a rapport with their state chapter. It was important to stress the trip’s focus on leadership and team-building, Reyes said.
Although ASULV effort to make the process as fair for all clubs as possible, Alvarez said sometimes the process isn’t the easiest.
“Paperwork is going to be paperwork,” he said. “If anyone does have any questions, we’re always here. I’m always open to club input as well. If they have positive and constructive input on the matter, I’m sure we could change something.”
“I really believe learning is a mutual process,” College Democrats vice president of external affairs Edgar Ortiz said. “The ASULV can learn a lot from the students and their constituents on what’s needed to be done around school. There’s still a need for students to be educated on the ASULV and all the work it does on behalf of the student body.”
A strong relationship between the groups and student government continues to create new opportunities for La Verne’s student body.
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