Senate purchased two paddle boats and a dock for the school year. (Photo by Jared Huhta)
Senate purchased two paddle boats and a dock for the school year. (Photo by Jared Huhta)

Student Senate’s paddle boats officially launched Sept. 8 but were not available for two weeks due to the new dock being damaged after recent rainfall. The boats were available again Sept. 22.

The dock and two paddle boats are located behind the Roush house right off Lake SnoTip. Putting in paddle boats was the second place idea for last year’s Think Tank competition, losing out to senior Brian Menzie’s idea to renovate the library study room.

Senate donated $2,000 toward the paddle boat project.

“Senate thought this was what the students wanted, and we wanted to give that to them,” junior Tyson Kalischuk, senate treasurer, said.

The dock and the paddle boats required more monetary funds than the original $2,000.

“It was more than what senate appropriated,” Ron Coffey, vice president for student development, said. “Student senate provided $2,000. Then there was some carryover in some other money.”

Coffey said senate used funds leftover from the Huntington Union Building construction from the 2012-2013 school year.

As for maintenance of the paddle boats, dock and storage, Coffey said costs will be up to senate.

“Conceivably, any repair that is needed to the boat or anything else will be senate’s responsibility going forward,” he said. “It’s their project, so it will be theirs going forward.”

He said maintenance costs “should be low, in terms of financial impact, over time.”

The paddle boats are available between 8 a.m. and sundown but will not be available in the summer and winter months.

“We hope students respect this contribution,” Kalischuk said. “It was a large effort, and I hope everyone realizes that it’s a huge blessing to have paddle boats on our lake. It’s a project to better their experience at HU.”

Renting a boat has a similar procedure as renting Frisbees. The students turn in their IDs, fill out a liability form and then receive their life jackets.

Poll was conducted online Sept. 18 to Sept. 21.
Poll was conducted online Sept. 18 to Sept. 21.

Student body president Aron Tan said every student is required to wear a life jacket while on the lake.

The lake is deemed safe to swim in but due to liability issues, there is a fine for students that choose to directly enter the lake water.

“The paddle boats will be uniquely Huntington,” Kalischuk said. “There aren’t many schools that can offer a paddle boat ride before an exam. It’s something other schools don’t have.”