C.A.S.E. Hopes to Amend SGA Constitution, “Save Thousands”

Posted on February 23, 2009 by

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Update: Yesterday, SGA passed an amendment to give C.A.S.E. 25% of the budget.  C.A.S.E. will forfeit its right to special funding.  SGA is now looking for input from students about the amendment.  They ask that students stop in during SGA office hours to weigh in.  There will be a revote in two weeks.

By Jim Chandley

C.A.S.E. recently proposed to amend the Student Government Association’s constitution and separate itself financially from the SGA’s budgetary processes.

The proposal would allocate C.A.S.E. 28% of the SGA’s budget each year. The proposal included complete forfeiture of SGA special funding for C.A.S.E.

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Similar proposals have been made in the past, but have failed. C.A.S.E. said the proposal makes financial sense for all parties.

“We end up paying more that what we could if we were to book things sooner,” said C.A.S.E. President Elizabeth Humphries, “For example, when we bring in entertainers, we have to wait to book them until we have the go-ahead after Planning Day with our final budget numbers.” She added that booking these entertainers earlier would lower the cost substantially.

But, some student leaders are skeptical about oversight. “A lot of times [C.A.S.E.] spends money extravagantly. I would worry about how the money would be spent outside of the budget process,” said an anonymous SGA member.

In response to oversight questions, President Humphries says that C.A.S.E. is the most watched organization on campus. “We are the only organization to have a full-time professional staff member from the office of student activities hired specifically for the purpose of advising our organization. Melissa Charles will be overseeing our spending.” Humphries also said that C.A.S.E. will have to submit spending reports, similar to other clubs budgets.

Other SGA members are behind the proposal. “I think the proposal is great,” said SGA President Amanda Donegan. “The block-booking it would allow them to do would save thousands of dollars.”

Donegan added that the proposal would force C.A.S.E. to spend money wisely. “If they can’t use special funding, they will have to concentrate on only what they need for their events. And their constitution requires them to put on 13 events annually.”

Whenever such an amendment is voted on, the student body has two weeks to address the SGA on the matter before a re-vote.

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