ASUC Postpones Finalizing Budget

Photo: ASUC Senators deliberated over the 2010-11 budget before moving on to the issue of divestment, which has recently divided the senate.
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ASUC Senators deliberated over the 2010-11 budget before moving on to the issue of divestment, which has recently divided the senate.

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The ASUC Senate did not finalize the 2010-11 budget at last night's meeting, instead steering its full attention to determining the fate of a vetoed bill targeting companies involved in alleged Israeli war crimes.

Though plans had been under way to finalize the 2010-11 ASUC budget, a prolonged appeals process will delay final approval of next year's finances until the last meeting of the senate this academic year. ASUC officials are unsure of exactly how much money the student government currently has and a preliminary budget will not be determined until next week, according to Student Action Senator NhuNhu Nguyen, who sits on the Finance Committee.

Despite a April 26 deadline, the appeals process-during which student groups contest proposed budget allocations-is still ongoing, Nguyen said in an e-mail.

When reached after multiple requests for comment, Finance Chair Alan Ni could not provide exact figures detailing the finances of this year's senate.

Finance Committee Chair Huda Adem, an independent senator, said that for the most part, student groups will not see reduced allocations compared to last year. She added that allocations are determined based on groups' seniority on campus and adherence to the funding application process.

"The only reason we would dock points is if they did not meet those criteria," she said. "Otherwise we tried to use the money to sustain groups and match their budgets from last year."

According to Adem, established groups typically enjoy annual increases of about $50 to $100.

However, sophomore Nick Anastasiades, editor-in-chief and co-founder of Caliber Magazine, said fighting for a few hundred dollars of funding at senate meetings is not worth the effort. Although the group requested $3,410 in funding, a secondary proposal only allocated $577.50 to the publication. He added the staff of the two-year-old magazine puts more effort into attracting advertising revenue than relying on student government funding.

"I've learned not to count on the ASUC for anything," he said. "We completely appreciate the ASUC's support but we can plan to sustain ourselves without the help."

Nguyen said student groups should speak in front of the senate in order to have a better chance of getting increased funding.

"The student groups should come to the senate to speak about their programs so the entire senate can see the experiences that we support," she said in the e-mail.

Independent Senator Christopher Franco said senators' options other than student government funds should be considered in order to ensure that money goes to those who most need it.

"We really want to make these resources available to all student groups because the contingency fund is an emergency fund by nature and is supposed to be a last resort for all student groups," he said.

A final vote on overriding the March 24 veto on the divestment bill was not available as of press time.


Contact Allie Bidwell at [email protected]

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