By Ethan Goldstein
Separation anxiety is hard to deal with, and Clark Undergraduate Student Council suffered a huge case of it at their final meeting of the year on April 17. The meeting exceeded two hours in length due to a filibuster by former treasurer Melat Seyoum, who maintained that the Model UN be granted not only a special budget request, but also $3,000 from the cumulative surplus, which is not available to fund clubs without special permission by the CUSC E-board, and only for purposes which explicitly benefit all of Clark.
The money in question is for the travel-associated expenses for eight members of Model UN to go to Georgetown for a conference, which cannot be paid for by normal grants since it is not until next year. With the registration fee already technically paid for with credit by an unnamed professor, Seyoum convinced council primarily on the basis of attrition. And so eventually the new Council vice-president William Cretinon, leading the meeting, approved her request of the E-board after having stood against it for the previous hour. The rest of Council who remained quickly followed suit and approved the motion.
While this act finally concluded the meeting, it wasn’t even the only filibuster-like move to be had. Camille Adeoye, running an event this coming Saturday called Cupcakes, Curls, and Conversations, also wanted more funding for her event. She eventually obtained her funding, only to follow up by inviting only female Clarkies to the event. Judiciary member Lauren Rosenburg pointed out, however, that Student Council requires that all events be open to all members of the Clark community. Adeoye eventually relented, and clarified that she would be alright with men attending the event too, female-focused as it is.
And so Student Council finally concluded for the year, a new E-board in place and new monies to be allocated come fall. And despite entertaining the idea of an extra meeting, Cretinon made it clear that we have a whole summer to wait before new motions will be entertained by a new council. I wish them luck.