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Board to revise budget for 2010-11 academic year

Ashley Charnley | Thursday, September 23, 2010

The budget for the Saint Mary College 2010-11 academic year was at the forefront of discussion at Wednesday’s Student Government Association (SGA) meeting.

The Board voted to have the budget reviewed, and it will be brought up for approval again at next week’s meeting.

Student body president Rachael Chesley said one of her main goals is to positively use this money to make it more visible on campus.

“What’s important to remember is this is our money, and we want to make sure whatever the money is used for, we would use it to make our mark this year,” Chesley said.

The SGA budget goes to a wide variety of units on campus, including club and organization sponsorships, allotments and programs and events on campus.

SGA treasurer Megan Griffin outlined the budget for the Board to help be clear where the funds would be going.

Issues over the amount of money going into the Capital Fund, which will be used to improve the campus in general.

Griffin said there has been feedback from students about what they would like to see on campus.

Chesley said the money will be used carefully since it is money that comes from the students and needs to be used for them.

Some members of the board were concerned about the Capital Fund because it comes from student fees. Senior Emma Hoffman, student trustee, said she wants to be sure there is student input in the decisions made about spending the money in the Capital Fund and that it is directly benefiting students.

“The students are deciding how much they want to give for that. So, maybe if we could even encourage more events on campus,” Hoffman said.

Chesley said she understands their hesitation, but told the Board the money will be used carefully and with full input.

“We will have to be critical by saying, is this benefiting the student body?” Chesley said.

Members also raised concerns about the amount of money that was allotted to the class boards, which changed this year.

“In the past, [class boards] have been done by a certain number of people in the class,” Griffin said. “We did the same amount for every class, which is a $500 increase from last year.”

Senior Katie Cuda, community commissioner, suggested money could be used to pay for Junior Moms’ Weekend or Senior Dads’ Weekend — events that currently cost parents money to participate.

The budget was voted down and a revised budget will be brought before the Board Sept. 29.