Brownies frowned upon?

A deeper look into the rumors of a bake sale ban
Melanie Buskirk
Staff Writer

Members of campus clubs, such as the new club NerdCore, are frustrated with the rumor of a bake sale ban circulating around the College Center.
According to Jess Gray, Vice President of NerdCore, a bake sale ban could heavily impact the group’s activities.
“The majority of our club members live between 40 minutes to an hour away, and for the school to set that regulation means more money coming out of our pockets because the only way we as a group can perform activities like bake sales is for us to go twice the distance over at somebody else’s house,” Gray said.
Bake sales are a common way for many clubs to raise money for group activities, but are they really the only way for our groups to raise money?
Pete Lacey, Vice President of Student Services, and Sarah Finnie, SC4’s Club Advisor, say no.
According to the data from the winter 2014 semester, clubs actually did not make that much money for their cause. For example, during the winter semester, the Gay-Straight Alliance only made $58.50 through bake sales.
“For such a lengthy process to go through for so little profit,” Lacey said, “it just doesn’t make sense.”
However, contrary to popular belief, bake sales have not been banned.
Instead of a ban, it is simply just more difficult to get an application to have a bake sale approved. Student government, as well as SC4’s administration, is trying to push the students to think outside of the box.
“Whether they do an event in the club or they have to do an event outside of a club, everyone does bake sales,” said James Woolman, Vice President of Student Government.
In order to individualize clubs and break the monotony, the Student Government voted to restrict bake sales to a group event, with more than one club hosting the bake sale at a time. “I would like to see a bake sale, but I would like to see two or three clubs doing it,” said Woolman.
The supposed “ban” on bake sales is on a trial run this semester, with its purpose being to encourage clubs to individualize themselves with trademark events, similar to the Gay-Straight Alliance’s Drag Show and Marketing & Management’s flower sales.
According to Woolman, who is also a member of the Marketing & Management club, unique events help establish a club’s presence, and bring more people in if they expect it.
To sponsor these new events, special appropriations have been increased for clubs that need it. Although we will see far less homemade delights on campus, be prepared to be delighted by the creative events sponsored by the clubs.

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