After a four-hour meeting last Thursday, Fort Hays State University’s Student Government Association passed the Allocations Bill for the 2010-2011 fiscal year.
SGA met in the FHSU ballroom of the Memorial Union to determine the allotted money for FHSU organizations.
Coming into the meeting, eight organizations were recommended to receive zero funding. Out of the eight zero-funded, two groups managed to escape zero funding.
“We are happy with the funds we were able to receive,” President of Model United Nations Club senior Erin Frownfelter said.
“It was not what we asked for to begin with, but we will just have to work harder to raise funds for next year’s Model UN.”
Model UN requested $4,000, but ended up receiving $1,140.
Lines Journal, on the other hand, received the $1,500 they requested and escaped zero funding.
“Some clubs remained zero-funded, and we were fortunate enough to at least get some funding,” Frownfelter said.
Campus Scouts, Fringe Theater, Kotatsu, Los Girasoles, Students for Sensible Drug Policy and Tiger Wild all remained zero-funded.
“The rest of the organization (Fringe Theater) and I are incredibly disappointed in being zero-funded,” President of Fringe junior Marc Hertel said.
“We are going to hold our heads high and make do with the money we do have. We hope to come back strong next year and let SGA know what a big mistake they made.”
Funding for Fringe Theater was voted on four times during the allocations meeting; each resolution failed.
“We knew going in what the hot issues for debate would be, and our Senators were prepared to fight for their constituents,” SGA Vice President sophomore Tyler Thompson said.
“It is a showcase for what is great about democracy. I enjoyed watching the bill evolve and our Senate debate.”
The money some organizations received varied slightly in comparison to their recommended amount.
“I was not surprised by any of the funding levels. As a member of the Allocations Committee, I was able to see this bill evolve from requests, to hearings, to our personal recommendations, to the final committee recommendation and finally to the bill we had in front of the Senate,” Thompson said.
The Athletic Bands received $3,000 less than their recommended amount. Fort Hays Honor Society dropped from a recommended amount of $8,670 to $5,350.
CSI was moved into a subcategory under SGA. This made CSI receive zero funding, and increased SGA’s funding by $1,200, making its total $41,350.
Rodeo Club also experienced a bit of a decrease in the money they received. The club received $49,389 rather than $53,389.
“The most interesting aspect of the meeting this year was the passion with which members described their organizations,” SGA Humanities Senator senior Devin Konkel said.
“It is easy to see that students on campus who belong to an organization are truly passionate about being involved.”