Depleted general fund leads to college collaboration
A lightning-fast Student Government Association meeting this week brought to light a shrinking general fund which Finance Committee Chair Greg Lalonde said is normal for this time of year.
The general fund, a shared pool of funds from which colleges can pull money for appropriations, is down to $206.29. A phenomenon that Lalonde said usually happens during the second semester.
“Earlier in the semester there aren’t a lot of friendly amendments,” he explained. “So if there is something going through your college, you get the money that you can get from your college and then whatever is left over you pull from the general fund.”
Now that the general fund is being depleted, colleges with less money, such as graduate school ($729.37), will have to rely on friendly amendments from colleges with larger pocket books, such as education ($3,528.53), liberal arts ($2,823.09) and business ($2,139.90), to help fund student and organization appropriations.
Lalonde urged senators filing appropriations to speak with other college presidents before filing to help arrange funding for bills.
SGA President David Neef opened the meeting by swearing in Associate Justice Savannah Lloyd, who the senate approved at last week’s meeting.
SGA Vice President Robin Roy reminded students that applications to fill current vacancies are due Thursday, Feb. 6, and can be picked up in the SGA office on the second floor of Lafayette Hall.
Community Outreach Committee Chair Annie Perret announced Campus Cleanup will be March 15 from 10 a.m. to noon.
Before adjourning, the senate introduced five appropriations to be voted on at next week’s meeting.