ASNMU Update – Childcare scholarship, shuttle to hockey games discussed

Margaret Ylitalo

Off-campus representative Dani Thoune, off-campus representative Justin Brugman, College of Business representative Alysa Diebolt and College of Arts and Sciences representative Chris Hoffman were voted into the External Affairs Committee at the Monday, Nov. 15 ASNMU meeting. Their positions on the committee have not yet been decided and will be discussed over the next week to be announced at the Monday, Nov. 22 meeting. The purpose of the External Affairs Committee is to bring issues that affect higher education at local, state and national levels to ASNMU.

$192.60 was spent of the $350 budget on gas and hotel costs for Thoune, Diebolt and off-campus representative Benjamin Stanley to attend the Student Association of Michigan conference at Lake Superior State University in Sault Ste. Marie, Mich. last weekend.

Diebolt presented fundraising ideas for restarting the Childcare Scholarship fund, which would provide scholarships to NMU students with children for daycare. Ideas included penny wars in dorm halls, a 24-hour dance titled All Day, All Night. Dance! Dance! and a pop can drive. Thoune brought up the possibility of making the fund an endowed scholarship, which would make the fund unavailable for a time, but would help ensure the fund’s longevity.

On-campus apartments representative Kyle Brock presented a proposal to begin offering a Wildcat Shuttle ride to men’s hockey games. He said that now, when students drive to the Berry Events Center for hockey games, they must pay a $2 parking fee, though students may have already paid for parking passes. Also, students might attend more hockey games if they were given an option to ride on a bus to games instead of walking when it is cold outside, he said. Brock said the Wildcat Shuttle might leave from the entrance of Meyland and Magers Halls, because it is close to many residence halls and apartments. The buses would cost around $60 an hour and would run about four hours per night, Brock said. At two nights per weekend, the shuttle service would cost about $500 each week. External sources of funding for the buses are being looked into.