Council approves $88K operating budget
2013-2014 budget allocates funds for committees, athletic department
According to its newly passed budget, Student Council will spend $88,563 in the 2013-2014 academic year. The total budget, approved at Council’s representative body meeting Tuesday evening, will be generated primarily from Student Activity Funds, with the remaining $24,000 coming from non-SAF spending.
The top two highest-spending departments approved were Student Organization Support at $15,000 and Student Life at $9,225. The budget will be sent to the Student Activities Committee for final approval.
In the budgeting process, Council addressed the topic of ticket scanners at basketball games. Currently, students must print out their tickets, but the Athletic Department is looking into purchasing new scanners for $9,000 that would be able to scan digital tickets on students’ smartphones.
The Athletic Department is asking Council to cover part of the cost. Council’s Athletic committee was originally allocated $500, but a motion was passed to increase the SAF funding for the committee by $1000.
“I think a vote to add an additional $1500 for the scanners … wouldn’t be outrageous,” said Council President Eric McDaniel, a fourth-year College student. The motion passed with a 10-9 vote, and $1500 was allocated out to the committee out of the $2000 requested.
Also at the meeting, A Cappella Council President Rachel Mink, a second-year in the College, briefed Council on the a cappella community’s problem with securing rehearsal locations. The Registrar’s Office stopped groups from rehearsing in academic areas, leaving many performing arts groups without spaces to practice. Mink said several of the restrictions were based on negative stereotypes of a cappella groups, and will be a major issue in the coming weeks as a cappella concerts approach.
“It feels kind of disenfranchising right now,” Mink said.