Student clubs face budget cuts

Syeda Sameeha

All budgeted EC clubs are facing cuts in their funding because of reductions in the allocation provided by EC administration.

Student Government Association (SGA) president Madiha Ahmed explained that the Fee Allocation Board (FAB) created their budget based on the amount of proposals presented last year.

“They [FAB] allocated as much money as they knew they could allocate, but at the end of the day the budget they got from the President's Office was different from what we had allocated for the year before,” said Ahmed.

EC president Troy VanAken acknowledged that these cuts could have been a result from the decline in this year’s student enrollment, but not entirely.

“Having fifty less students on campus would have an impact on the total number of amount of student activity fees [organizations] would have to work with, but I don’t think that would be substantial though, and it shouldn’t have a profound impact,” said VanAken.

While larger clubs like The Leader, Union Board and SGA have to make adjustments to their budget after these cuts, it is the student clubs with less members that have been hit the hardest.

Black Student Union (BSU) is facing a budget cut of $3,000.

“It’s difficult to continue to build our name and reach out and be a support to the minority body here on campus when our budget and means to fund any event is drastically cut,” said BSU student president Rebecca Hill.

“We pretty much will not have Black History Month because we don't even know where to put the money,” added Hill.

Hill also highlighted the lack of transparency of what was going on.

“I think a lot of clubs are facing it [budget cuts], but we just don't know where this is coming from. It's definitely impacting us,” she said.

Ahmed; however, believes that despite the adjustments and cuts to the budget, each club can survive on the amount.

“I don't think any budget is too small per say; they can still put on their events,” said Ahmed. “The Fee Allocation Board also looks at what these people have done with their money before and how they allocated their money before.”

In response to the budget changes, SGA added an amendment to its constitution at their September 20 meeting, stating all funding proposals can only be presented to SGA if a club has “exhausted their resources to go through CO-OP.”

CO-OP is short for Cooperative Funding and is a fund that is normally where non-budgeted student organizations can go to request money.

“Our funding is a little bit different this year,” explained SGA parliamentarian Alex Schultz at the meeting. “You guys will learn more a little bit in depth, but some of these bigger proposals we end up talking about—we may not have enough funds for it, but CO-OP might.”