What we had to was have each member sign a waiver at every play day. We held meetings on campus. The only thing we were able to do with equipment was clean equipment. No airing up or firing (dry or otherwise) of the markers. We talked a lot of shop and planned events at the local field.
We were able to receive funding from the Student Senate by allowing anyone interested to join. It was one of the more expensive clubs on campus for th senate. The only fees on play day for each player was the $2 or $3 to fill the CO2 tanks (this was circa 2000-2002). The field fees, equipment costs and paint was included on our funds from student senate. If you're trying to secure funding from your student activites/club groups, emphasize your priority on safety and open opportunity for all the students. Hopefully, you can allow all people who want to play a place/opportunity to play. Show that there is a good interest, get a list of names fo people interested. Approach as a club...people who are interested in playing...not necessarily competing. Talk to Norm (the owner/operator of Field 51) about having your club events there at Field 51. I know at the local field near Farmington, because of the amount of business we provided to the field we were able to get a discount field fee for our players and also a discount of paint. We just had to pay the field in advance with numbers of people coming and numbers of cases of paint. That is something to talk to Norm about, he's a great guy and is already striving to keep his prices rock bottom for players. For our club members we had some old Pro Carbine and Model 98s that were club equipment that eliminated rental costs and also some masks. Each player was allowed one or two hoppers of paint...depending on the event. Club members always had the option of buying more paint on their own if they wanted. Our school was diligent on giving players a free opportunity to play...the Student Senate oversees the clubs on campus and distributes "Student Activities Fee" money that is collected as part of tuition and fees for each student. I'm not sure if UNE has something similar. Also, we had to do fundraising on a regular basis to put effort into getting funds.
If you're serious about getting a club together for UNE, I'd contact the UMF Student Senate to see if you can get copies of the old constitution/documents of the Paintball club at UMF. I'm sure they must have old documents on file. I'd send you to the club directly but they're currently inactive. http://studentorgs.umf.maine.edu/~senate/index.html They have good info on their website too about sample constitutions and stuff.
Norm might have thoughts about how to conjure up some equipment. Get you a quote and stuff. Also, ask the UMF Student Senate if they'd be interested in parting witht heir equipment if they still have it. Also, look into buying a field rental package...you know 10 markers, 10 masks, 10 tanks. Just a thought.
Oh yeah, we had the all th equipment stored at the Campus Police building, seeing as they weren't allowed in the dorms anyway. It was also a good way to not get them stolen or abused. Checked in and checked out for club events only.
My $0.02. It is doable. It's costly and requires alot of effort. So make sure there is serious interest and make a professional presentable proposal.