Club hockey team receives funding again
Student Government debated the FGCU Hockey Club’s funding once again, but this time, the hockey team won’t be walking away without any funding.
The hockey club was granted $50,000 that it had previously asked for but was denied due to finance code violations. SG changed its mind after the hockey team refunded the tryout fees to all members. The club was also found not technically in violation of the finance code because it did not receive any activity and service fees, which means it did not have to return the money from the tryout fees. The bill passed 28-2 on Tuesday.
Not every senator was in support of the bill. “I want to fund them but I just want to point something out. I don’t want to use analogies here, but let’s just say that the top CEO of a company commits embezzlement and they get caught for it and go to jail,” Sen. Jeremy Forbes said. “A judge isn’t going to say, ‘Oh, you paid the money back, so you’re fine.’ I think there needs to be a message sent saying that if you want to get money from us, you should have done things right the first time.”
Other senators, however, felt as if further punishment was unnecessary.
“We’ve already punished them a little bit, they get the message,” Pro Tempore Jessica Scanlon said. “They need the funding, they have a (national tournament) to go to, it looks great on our university, and they aren’t in violation of the finance code. There’s no reason to not fund them at this point so let’s let them go get us a championship.”
The majority of the senators agreed.
“I think they’re meeting us halfway,” Sen. Kelly Barrett said, “and we should meet the other half.”
Now that the hockey club has the funding it needs, the Eagles will be able to travel to Virginia in January to compete in a national tournament.