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SGA budget approval not hindering events

By Susan Walley
Staff Writer

The SGA Senate approved its budget with 21 votes Oct. 3.

This year the Student Government received $145,000 for its total operating budget from student fees, according to the SGA Annual Budget 2007-2008.

This budget is used not only to fund SGA sponsored events, but additionally provides the entire budget for the Association of Campus Entertainment (ACE) as well as contributing to other events such as Family Day and Parent’s Weekend.

The SGA is required to have a budget proposal approved at the beginning of each semester. The budget was approved at their Oct. 3 meeting.

On Sept. 24, SGA President Dwight Humphrey and Vice President Barry Burch both said they were unaware that the Senate had yet to approve the year’s budget.

“It is a problem, I know. I had assumed it had already been passed,” Burch said.

At the Oct. 3 meeting, Burch explained that the budget “wasn’t approved within 30 days because we had other business.”

At earlier meetings, the Senate has discussed the issues of voter registration, support our troops and campus cards but taken no formal action.

As discussion became lengthy, twice senators attempted to table approval until the Oct. 10 meeting.

Sen. Katera Brannon said that the meeting, approaching two hours, had gone on too long.

Sen. DaTwon Canty moved that discussion be tabled in order to allow the Senate time to examine the budget and be prepared with questions.

Treasurer Katina Bowie had distributed the budget at the Sept. 26 SGA meeting.

Sen. Lyndsey Daniels requested clarification regarding the difference between allocations for hotels and for travel but received no answer while Sen. Canty asked about the guidelines regarding funding for clubs and organizations and received no answer.

Both Canty and Daniels, along with Sen. Kelvin Barnes voted against the proposed budget.

SGA advisor and Director of Student Life Robert Cooper said that the delay in the budget has been caused by recent changes within the SGA office.

The budget, he explained, is put together over the summer. This summer, however, the SGA said goodbye to administrative secretary Kay Oxendine who was just recently replaced by Lori Carter.

SGA governing documents require a minimum of three budget reports a semester, as deemed necessary by the President.

Cooper explained that the SGA Treasurer typically works closely with the office’s administrative secretary to be trained, but as Carter did not fill the vacancy until after the start of the semester, they ran out of time for training over the summer.

“It’s been a hectic year, which has caused problems. Everything isn’t as smooth as it should be,” said Cooper.

The delay in passing a budget did not caused delays in programming though. ACE still received its $25,000, budget to provide entertainment, and homecoming, which takes $9,000 from the SGA budget, was not affected.

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