November 18, 2010
The Student Government Association’s student senate passed two pieces of legislation Wednesday night regarding the Bison Cycling Club.
Oklahoma Baptist University student senators voted for “Senate Resolution 4,” which granted a charter for the club as a fully functioning organization of OBU.
Passed unanimously, 17-0, reasoning for SR-4 included: “to promote community among the students and employees of [OBU] through the recreational sport of cycling,” and “to provide knowledge concerning cycling skills, wellness, and safety.”
“Senate Bill 3” was also concerning the newly established organization, by way of allocated funds for its start-up.
SB-3 utilized SGA’s restricted funds, which consist of funds leftover from years past, to the tune of $2,080 to “assist the establishment of the organization prior to gaining a budget from the Recreation and Wellness Center.”
The Cycling Club currently consists of 8 members, but desires to increase in size up to ten.
The funds will be primarily used to pay for the registration fees for races that the club plans to compete in over the summer, an estimated total of $1,428.
The remaining balance will go to offset transportation costs the club is expecting to incur over the semester as well.
There are technically two different cycling clubs: The Bison Cycling Club is the recreational club while “The Bison Bicycle Racing Sport Club” is the competitive team.
The racing club falls under the jurisdiction of the Recreation and Wellness Center, which takes charge of clubs wishing to physically compete.
Beginning next year, funding for the racing club will come from the RAWC rather than from SGA.
“Cycling is one of the fastest growing sports in the nation,“James Gonzales, president of both clubs, said.
“More and more people on campus are getting bikes and are interested in riding, whether that be competitively or recreationally.”
Monica Mullins and Gina Kraft are the clubs’ faculty sponsors.