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Smaller enrollment leads to shortfalls

Kelly Meehan | Tuesday, September 21, 2004

Due to decreased enrollment at Saint Mary’s, the Board of Governance will face a budget cut of roughly $9,000, students said at Monday’s board meeting. Students spent the meeting reviewing and approving the budget. “This is the primary budget that we need to approve, and I will have Student Diversity Board, Residence Hall Association and individual class allotments next week,” treasurer Molly Welton said. Student Activities Commissioner Lauren Fabina told the board that next week is Saint Mary’s Pride Week, and Pride Week T-shirts will be sold for $6 all week in front of Haggar Hall. Ticket vouchers for the Emerson Drive concert will also be available Sept. 26-27 and can be redeemed Sept. 29 to Oct. 1 for the actual concert ticket. Tickets will be $5 for students and $10 for public. “This should be a really big event with a huge turnout,” Fabina said. Admissions commissioner Katie Press said this year the College will have 19 tour guides with 10 students serving as backups. She also said the admissions office has an unusually high amount of freshmen interested in hosting prospective students. “We have not had too many prospective students yet, but I imagine that within the next two to three weeks the numbers will really increase,” Press said. Mission commissioner Mary Beth Swyart told the board the College is asking students to help keep energy costs low by turning off lights when not in use or taking shorter showers. Junior class president Danielle Lerner reported the junior class will be selling pop and pizza after this week’s Notre Dame football game. “Since the game will be so late, the dining hall will be closed and this will be a great way for everyone to enjoy some food afterwards,” Lerner said. Freshmen elections will be held today, elections commissioner Anna Bauer said. If a run-off is necessary, it will be held Thursday. A total of seven tickets are running, Bauer said.