The American Sign Language (ASL) club saw several changes this semester, not all of them favorable.
In the 2008-09 and 2009-10 academic years, members of the club paid $10 to $15 apiece to buy T-shirts advertising the club. However, students have seen neither the money nor the T-shirts ever since.
“I’ve received several e-mails since I’ve been president … and no one’s asking for a reimbursement. They’re all asking for their T-shirts,” said Jacquelyn Streu, a sophomore majoring in interpreting who became president of ASL Club this fall.
The new club administrative board, comprised of Streu, Vice President Jessica Jackson, a communication sciences and disorders major, Treasurer Myra Richardson, a junior majoring in interpreting and signing and Secretary Sarah Staudacher, a junior majoring in elementary education and interpreting, said the club hopes to start fresh this semester. Last semester, the club was sponsored by student-paid Activity and Service fees, but they are now considered “inactive” because it neglected to submit a club constitution to Student Government.
“If we can get the name of the (T-shirt) company, we are going to try to get the money back, fight for it, do whatever we have to do to get T-shirts or money,” Streu said. “If we don’t get the money or T-shirts in … we’ll do a fundraiser ourselves to pay the members back.”
In addition to the missing money, Richardson said the club’s account is short $2,000, which it earned in a fundraiser last October when the club brought Keith Wann, a stand-up comedian with deaf parents, to perform at USF.
Richardson said the current club officers plan to meet with the Center for Student Involvement to determine where financial errors have occurred and if any missing information can be recovered. She said their account is nearly depleted.
“We have no names, no documentations, no receipts,” she said. “There should be a lot of money in our account.”
Eric McCray, a junior majoring in event interpretation, a club member and event coordinator, said last year’s president used her own money to pay for snacks at meetings.
“The meeting after … Kieth Wann, she brought two kinds of hot wings from Beef ‘O’ Brady’s and straight and curly fries, the big tubs,” he said.
For Streu, who said the club does have receipts for food, the answers are not forthcoming.
“Right now, what it looks like happened looks really bad on the people last year,” she said. “It could genuinely be that the company closed down and the records have been misplaced.”
Richardson said William Clements, last year’s club adviser and Communication Sciences and Disorders faculty member, took responsibility for the issues because of his position. He could not be reached for comment.