Volume 47, Number 9 - December 14, 2009

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OTHER OPTIONS: Students like Yessenia Chacon, 20, a secondary education major, have resorted to other options to fundraise for their organization or cause. Photo by Paula Omana/Falcon Times Staff.

Clubs seek fundraising options

By Rebeka Silva

North Campus clubs and organizations have been forced to seek other options for fundraising to replace the traditional sale of Otis Spunkmeyer cookies once offered by the student life department.

According to Jaime Anzalotta, director of student life, the company is not making the cookies available to the College because of contract determinations.

The temporary lack of cookies to sell was assumed to leave student organizations with no fundraising, but it has proven the opposite.

“Organizations are coming up with their own creative ways of fundraising,” Anzalotta said. “Tropical Beat sells donuts and Model UN sells pizza.”

Before organizations plan any fundraising, they must fill out the appropriate paper work and be assigned a designated location and time.

According to Ervin Joseph, a student organization clerk in the student life department, organizations are allowed to sell a variety of different snacks, along with pizza, chips, and candy, but are restricted against selling items like beef patties, in accordance with a contract the campus has with Lackmann Culinary Services.

Besides limiting the sale of some snacks, the agreement also prohibits the selling of goods around the locations of the cafeterias or the cafes. Organizations are allowed two locations: in the main entrance of building one, or in front of the computer courtyard in building two.

Joseph said student organizations have two options: they can either purchase the snacks on their own and student life reimburses them, or they can ask student life to purchase the goods before hand.

Evelyn Rodriguez, student organization coordinator, said that they [student life] are looking to start a similar agreement with another company that offers similar products and prices to take the place of the former contract with Otis Spunkmeyer.

“We’re looking for something with low prices for the students who are selling so they can make a profit,” Rodriguez said, “that’s our main concern.”

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