ASDVC approves funding to provide meals to remaining Inter-Club Council meetings


Halie Spol

Peter Swenson presents budget breakdown for providing meals to ICC meetings at the Margaret Lesher Student Union on April 03, 2018.

Halie Spol, Staff member

The Associated Students of Diablo Valley College voted “yes” on a proposal to provide meals to the four remaining Inter-Club Council meetings of the semester.

“We’ve had a lot of requests for snacks or meals at meetings because there is a lot of people there and it is long, so we figured that the last couple meetings of the semester we would try to oblige them,” said the president of the council, Peter Swenson.

Swenson asked ASDVC for $886.25 to help pay their total of $2,386.25 needed to provide these meals to the council meetings. The remaining $1,500 will be paid for by the Inter-Club Council themselves.

Swenson presented a set meal plan for each of the four remaining meals of the semester, and all the food will be purchased from DVC’s cafeteria.

“Everyone likes food and I have a feeling this will boost (meeting) attendance,” said Swenson.

Council meetings are a requirement for any club on the DVC campus. The clubs must send one representative to go to the meeting each week.

Swenson had to defend his budget that was based on the amount of food for 75 council attendees and not based on previously low attendance. He said, “I’ve never seen food here go to waste.”

The council will be the first organization on the DVC campus to have an actual provided meal time at their meetings and it will take place before the meetings start.

Also, at the meeting, Diversity Affairs officer Michael Gaetos let ASDVC know about their plans for the upcoming Diversity Day.

Gaetos said, “Diversity Day will be a cultural awareness event and will take place in the commons, give all the clubs opportunity to table, celebrate diversity and everyone will be welcome.”

Lastly, because it is near the end of the spring semester, the DVC Budget Committee presented their proposed budget for the 2018-19 school year.

Student representative of the committee, Sophia Bayatmakoo, said, “The income we have calculated for the next semester will be $225,800, and we have calculated that we will spend the whole entire amount, which would be great.”

ASDVC’s budget of $225,800 is used in a variety of ways on the campus from funding club needs to improving campus quality.

Bayatmakoo said, “We first calculated that we would get ($11,553) left but we came to the conclusion that campus needs more water bottle refilling stations and we need more money for clubs, club requests or other organizations on campus, such as speech and debate.”

To deal with the $11,553 budget excess, the budget oversight committee increased the funding for on-campus clubs from $20,000 to $25,000 and changed the budget for ASDVC water bottle refill stations from $0 to $6,553.

If you are curious about ASDVC or the Inter-Club Council, their meetings are always open to the public at the Margaret Lesher Student Union conference room. You can attend ASDVC meetings on Tuesdays from 2 p.m. to 4 p.m. The council meetings are on Thursdays from 3:30 p.m. to 5 p.m.