May 18, 2011

Senate passes club budgets

Student Senate passed club budgets for next year during its regular meeting last Thursday after the Appeals Committee finalized the process.

Much of the discussion about budgeting was led by junior Treasurer Gordon Barratt, who explained the process and answered a few questions about budgets for specific clubs for those interested.

Last week the Finance Committee finished going through budgets requests and the preliminary amount budgeted came out to $96,000. Senate then formed an ad hoc Appeals Committee to go over budget appeals.

After appeals had been considered, the finalized amount recommended to Senate was $106,446. This is an overall increase from last year, but the number of clubs requesting budgets increased from 56 to 73.

A member of the Anthropology and Sociology Club who was in attendance questioned Barratt as to why one of the club’s events had not been budgeted. Barratt determined that the Appeals Committee had overlooked a page of ANSO Club’s appeal form. The budget was amended to remove the club for reconsideration next week.

The club budgets were approved Tuesday by the Student Life Committee.

Senate also returned to discussion on the constitutional amendment first considered on May 5. The amendment was proposed by junior Senator Sam Frank and would add language to the new constitution to restrict members of Senate to “degree-seeking students.” In effect, this would bar post-baccalaureate (post-bac) students and professors from running for Senate.

One concern brought up last week was whether post-bacs pay the student activity fee. Senior Senate President Sam Claypool presented information from Dean of the College Larry Breitborde that post-bacs do not pay the fee.

Some members of Senate, including freshman Esther Farler-Westphal and senior Molly Stein, felt that post-bacs should not have a say in how the money from the activity fee is used.

“I think post-bacs are an enormous resource to campus,” senior Vice President David Barton said, “and we’d be fools not to utilize those resources if [they’re] offered to us, but to give them voting rights and privileges that maybe they aren’t as entitled to would be weird. And should they not be allowed to serve on Senate, I don’t think that those resources are lost.”

Others, including Barratt and senior Maxwell Galloway-Carson, strongly opposed the amendment. Barratt proposed an amendment to Frank’s amendment which would provide an exemption for “interim or non-voting members.”

Barratt’s proposal was tabled. The original amendment under debate did not pass.

Senate approved its consent agenda, as amended, to give The Knox Student $1,000 for new computers. Momentum and Neuroscience were approved as new clubs, and Cricket Club was denied club status.

Charlie Megenity
Charlie Megenity (formerly Gorney) is a senior double majoring in political science and economics. He previously served TKS as managing editor and as co-news editor while working as the weekend reporter for The Galesburg Register-Mail. Over the summer of 2012, Charlie interned in Wisconsin with Patch.com, an online hyperlocal news source, where he covered the August 2012 Oak Creek Sikh temple shooting; he will return to Patch during the summer of 2013. He is also the journalism editor for Catch magazine.. Charlie has received three awards from the Illinois College Press Association for newswriting and design, including a first place award for front page layout. He was the 2013 recipient of the Theodore Hazen Kimble Memorial Award in Journalism for a feature story published in The Knox Student. His work has also appeared in The Huffington Post.


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