Senior Joe Padilla sat outside of the Temple Student Government office last Monday holding a stack of student organization bills in his hand.
Padilla, the new TSG allocations chair, was introduced to the general assembly last Monday but actually began working a couple of days earlier. He said in just those few short days, he became very familiar with the TSG office.
“I spent more time in that room this past weekend than I have in class today,” Padilla said. “But the people I work with, they’re great.”
Padilla, a business management major, was selected as allocation chair after interviewing with TSG officials. He is replacing former Allocations Chair Arsie Solomon, who resigned from the position on March 20. Solomon said she would remain active with members of the allocations committee despite her resignation.
Padilla said he has been involved with the allocations and internal operations committees during his time in TSG. He said one of the reasons he joined TSG is because “it is a great way to learn about what goes on around campus.”
After struggling to properly fund all of its student organizations last year, TSG applied for and received a larger allocations budget of $170,000 for the 2005-2006 school year. For several weeks, TSG chairpersons and executive board members have cited student organizations that have not used all of the money allotted to them as one of the biggest concerns in the allocations process.
Padilla said his goal is to “help student organizations get the money they want.” He said he wants to foster more communication between TSG and the student groups.
“A lot of organizations don’t know the proper way to fill out the application,” Padilla said. “If there are any ambiguities about the process, I hope that people are open to contact me about it.”
In addition to Padilla, President Oscar Chow took time out of his weekly report to introduce another new face to the general assembly in Historical Committee Co-chair
Scott Blanding. Chow said the committee is currently creating “a DVD for students by students.”
Blanding said he and Co-chair John Funk are looking for students to assist in the production of their DVD project. According to Blanding, the DVD, an idea Chow has discussed since the start of the school year, would be used to help recruit prospective students to Temple.
“The purpose of promotional DVD is to give students who have never been to Temple or Philadelphia before, an introduction to the city and life on campus,” Blanding said.
Blanding said the committee would like to finish the DVD by the end of the semester so it can be sent to students over the summer and played on the TV screens in the Welcome Center of the TECH Center.
One of the newest committees in TSG, Blanding said the Historical Committee is also committed to documenting events around campus by utilizing different types of media.
“We want to create a bank online where anyone can access images and other documents,” Blanding said. “It can end up being a great way for students to gain experience, develop their skills and possibly build a resume in the [film and media arts] area.”
Tyson McCloud can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org.