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SPB discusses proposals to improve, promote student life

By Kelly Rodriguez


Student Programming Board President Stefanie Shedrock discussed agenda items for spring term during their weekly meeting on Jan. 25, including Club Rush, chili cook-off, a T-shirt swap and The Clothesline Project.
SPB, a recognized student organization funded by the Office of Student Engagement and Success, has seven members. According to the club’s constitution, the purpose of SPB “shall be to create programs that appeal to the student body by providing an array of diverse activities throughout the year in which all students are encouraged to attend.”The board discusses club proposals for campus events at their weekly meetings and coordinates with Laura Pantano, assistant vice president of Student Engagement and Success and board adviser, to make approve funding decisions.Pantano said SPB’s budget is $32,500 for the year. She said expenditures are allotted for the funding of campus organizations and functions throughout the year. As of Jan. 31, total expenditures totaled approximately $12,788.Club Rush
Club Rush, a three-day event, sponsored by the Office of Student Engagement and Success, is a marketing event for clubs to advertise to students the dozens of student clubs on campus. Pantano said SPB will be providing food at the event.
The event is from 1 p.m.-5 p.m. Feb. 6 and 7 in Room 204 and 207 of Main Campus Building and 1 p.m.-5 p.m. Feb. 9 in Room 145 of Brooks City-Base Campus.
Chili Cook-Off
SPB was approached by the Psychology Club for roughly $700 to fund the chili cook-off. Shedrock said the proposed date for the cook off is March 23 at Main Campus. Although the date is tentative, Shedrock said planning for the event is underway.

The Psychology Club and SPB have co-hosted the cook-off for the last two years.

Shedrock said clubs can register to be a part of the cook-off, and judges at the event will be given Dixie cups that will be used to taste test.

She said two winners will be chosen at the event — “Peoples Choice” will be judged by the student body and “Judges’ Choice” which will consist of department and student organizations’ votes.

Judges’ Choice prize is $400 and will be put toward a scholarship or club party. Peoples’ Choice award  is $150.

“A raffle will be held as well and the prize will include movie and SPB shirt and a $25 gift card to the bookstore,” Shedrock said.

Last year’s participants included seven student organizations. Judge’s Choice winner was awarded to the Biology Club and People’s Choice to University Voices, a singing group comprised of students, faculty and staff. University Voices regularly performs at graduation and other university-related ceremonies.

I Love My University T-Shirt
Shedrock said the board is discussing an “I love my university” T-shirt giveaway during the week of Feb. 14. If approved, the board is asking for members of the student body to bring in “any old university T-shirt and in return receive a new Texas A&M-San Antonio T-shirt.”

T-shirts will be available in all sizes and exchange locations will be available at both campuses.

Pantano said the club will launch the T-shirt swap in February and will assess then whether it will be an ongoing event.

The Clothesline Project
SPB also has coordinated with Student Life and Wellness for the “I love for my university” T-shirt giveaway that will later contribute to The Clothesline Project in April to raise awareness for victims of domestic violence for both men and women.

Participants are encouraged to decorate T-shirts and hang them on a clothesline “to be viewed by others as testimony to the problem of violence against [men and] women,” according to The Clothesline Project website.

“It’s a therapeutic way for victims or survivors and maybe family members of victims to express how they feel about something that occurred to them,” said Disability Services Coordinator Jolene Des Roches. “No names will be allowed,” she added.

Des Roches said this is the third year her office has coordinated The Clothesline Project and that the project has received personal support from Dr. (Maria Hernandez) Ferrier, university president.

The Clothesline Project will be held at both campuses. Des Roches said that if her office receives enough donated T-shirts, they will hang in a display reaching from the banisters downward and color coded with the type of abuse that has occurred. Any T-shirts that can not be used will be donated to Goodwill.

SPB meets at 12:30 p.m. every Wednesday. The board is adding an additional meeting at 4:30 p.m. on the last Tuesday of the month in Room 237 of Main Campus. The additional meeting time is to offer students additional opportunities to either join or support the club. For more information email Laura Pantano at

About the Author

Kelly Rodriguez
Aspiring journalist, music enthusiast and avid record collector. Full time student at Texas A&M San Antonio, pursuing my B.A In communications, after which I hope to obtain my Masters, and if the wind sails the correct way attend Grad School. Easy going and open to constructive criticism.

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