Gathered Student Senate members prepare for their weekly meeting in Boyer Hall on Thursday, Feb. 19. (photo by The Pulse)

Gathered Student Senate members prepare for their weekly meeting in Boyer Hall on Thursday, Feb. 19. (photo by The Pulse)

By Ashlyn Miller
Student Writer

While government efficiency may be a common complaint on the national level, Messiah College’s Student Government Association offered a strong counterpoint, as they completed the shortest budget meeting in recent memory Thursday evening.

Andrew Dorsey, Vice President of Finance, presented the complete budget for Fall 2015 and was met with no questions from the Senate members.

After a discussion that lasted for less than a minute, the motion to approve the budget passed with overwhelming support. No Senate members were in opposition.

In other business, Senate members were presented with a motion to charter Messiah College Emergency Medical Services (EMS). The club previously ran without financial assistance from Student Government.

“EMS is considered to be strongly under the umbrella of campus safety, so therefore it is crucial that they have funds,” said Jacob Pelkey, Vice President of Organizations.

Zach Gibson and Louis Gallo represented the club with their proposal. Gibson provided a brief history of prior to the presentation of the needed funds.

“We are a student-based organization of fully licensed EMTs that respond to all medical calls on campus through a quick response, text-based system,” he said.

Gibson says that the organization has expanded greatly after receiving an initial grant of $5,000 in the spring of 2012. They were able to purchase and equip their unit with baseline Basic Life Support (BLS) equipment and provide more defibrillator units for the college. Messiah previously owned just two for the entire campus.

Messiah College EMS started responding to calls during the Fall semester of 2013, and expanded to 24/7 coverage in Spring 2013. Gibson says that Messiah EMS responded to 55 text alerts last semester.

Gallo presented the budget for the club, which allocated registration fees for the EMS text alert system, training fees for technicians, and needs for additional medical supplies.

“Especially during the (rec sports) seasons, we run low on needed materials like bandages and ice packs,” he noted.

Student Vice President Abigail Daley facilitated the vote, and the motion to charter the EMS club passed with the majority.

“(With the additional funds) we are hoping to offer CPR training for any interested Messiah students, and continuing education for our EMTs,” said Gallo.

Gallo says that any students interested in EMS can contact himself or other members of the club to participate in a ride-along experience.

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