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The SGA voted to pass this year’s student organization budget on February 7.
The bill passed but did not have legislation concerning the Kappa Sigma interest group as it originally had. The SGA voted to pass this year’s student organization budget on February 7. The bill passed but did not have legislation concerning the Kappa Sigma interest group as it originally had.
President Jordan Smith, last year’s Budget Committee Chair, said a major struggle with passing the budget is trying to get out budget information by a certain date.“Every year we have groups who come after the deadline and that is why we keep enough money in the reserves,” said Smith. To ensure equity amongst organizations Smith added that the “[SGA has] a fluctuating deadline to ensure that all student groups get money.”
The original budget bill proposal also contained the approval of the interest group Kappa Sigma. Smith said, “I don’t support pork rolling the Kappa Sigma bill into the budget because it’s an underhanded political move that would hold hostage groups money unless a controversial issue is quietly resolved.”
The Kappa Sigma legislation was struck from the bill before it reached the Senate floor.
After the finalized budget bill was submitted and voted on Senator Andrew McClung said, “the bill passed smoothly.” McClung worked closely with the budget committee on several projects including securing a musical talent for Ampersand Day.
Addressing questions brought up about the implications of the senate’s decision Smith said, “I recognize where this fear of administration taking our power stems from; however, moving forward the best plan of action is to proceed with determining if this group will be beneficial to the culture of Emory & Henry College.”
The SGA will be looking to vote on the Kappa Sigma interest group March 7. “If they are deemed to be an incoming group that can help foster stronger community relationships then they should be welcomed with open arms,” said Smith. “But if they are deemed non-beneficial to campus right now then it is justified that the E&H community not recognize their nationally affiliated group.”