By Megan Collins
The Student Government Association’s (SGA) biannual appropriations meeting took place Tuesday night.
The appropriations meeting is crucial for any Registered Student Organization (RSO) that asks for funding from SGA. SGA’s budget for this semester was $27,423.35. Of the 34 RSOs that asked for funds, only 21 were heard before the SGA ran out of money to distribute. The 13 RSOs that were not heard received zero funding.
Of the RSOs that were able to speak before the senate, only 18 were granted funding. Even though the senate stopped distributing funds after hearing 21 RSOs, $11 was rolled over to the spring 2012 budget.
“The SGA sponsored a variety of groups that will directly impact campus effectively,” said Elizabeth Horn, the chair of appropriations.
Prior to the appropriations meeting, a committee of SGA members ranked the RSOs based on their applications. The ranking of the RSO determined when the organization was able to ask for funding during the meeting.
Each RSO is represented by a senator and one member of the organization, both of whom have the chance to explain to the senators why their organization should receive financial assistance. SGA members can cut organizations’ budgets before voting on whether the RSO will receive funding.
Alpha Phi Sigma received the most money from SGA’s budget. The organization originally asked for $5,665, but after cuts, received $4,272.42. KRACKLE, a conference organization, received the second largest amount of the SGA’s budget, totaling $3,642.77.
The College Republicans received the smallest amount of funding, $82.50. The funding covered a banner to represent the group.
Chi Alpha also received funding from Tuesday’s appropriations meeting. The budget included funding to attend a conference in Indianapolis, as well as money to fund a benefit for the Salvation Army. After some discussion, Chi Alpha received $1,040. Jade Collins, 19, French major from Pipa Passes and RSO representitive for the group was really excited to get the money they received because a lot of students don’t have the capabilities to travel.
“We are happy we get to offer scholarships to students to give them opportunities for leadership training to develop leaders in our campus and organization,” said Collins.
Kappa Delta Tau was another RSO that successfully presented its budget to the senators. After asking for $870 to help fund an EKU SAFE program, KDT received $220.
“I’m grateful for what we got, and we will do the best with what we got,” said Claire Carr, 21, senior occupational science major from Dayton, Ohio and the RSO representative for KDT.
Not all highly ranked RSOs received funding, however, and a few budgets were heavily debated among senators. One such budget was that of EKU VETS. The VETS presented a $2,435.51 budget that would fund a trip to a national convention in Las Vegas. Some senators said they thought the RSO was too dependent on SGA for money because they had asked for funding in prior meetings. After the senators cut the VETS original budget to $1,890.51, they voted to not grant any financial assistance to the VETS.
Elizabeth Horn, appropriations chair, said her role as chair is to facilitate and advise senators, and added that she supports the decisions of the senate because each person was elected for a purpose.
“I stand by the decisions made by the senate, and I put my trust in them,” Horn said.
Horn said she encourages RSOs to contact her with any concerns, questions or suggestions regarding the funding process.