Chimera’s budget takes a plunge

Category:  The Arts
Wednesday, September 27th, 2017 at 5:10 PM

Clubs on campus are always in need of funding. For the 2017-2018 school year, some organizations feel they are being handed the short end of the stick. One of those organizations is Chimera, a highlight book of the best projects made by art and literature students at Edinboro.

According to Francis Demaske, faculty advisor for Chimera, the budget has dropped every year he has been involved.

Chimera, in its 15th year of publication, has a budget of $10,700, down from over $23,000 just a year ago.

Demaske was informed in a meeting with SGA that the reason for the decrease in funding is the fact that “Chimera does not have exposure beyond the campus.” In an interview with Demaske, he became very vocal on how he felt about the decision.

“That is absolutely not true,” he said in regard to exposure.

“Chimera gets distributed and enters international competitions that the book has won in. The publication has been featured in magazines and won competitions over other large schools in Baltimore, Washington, New York and Chicago.

“The competition level is very high but Edinboro is still able to compete and that is how we (the school) get exposure.”

Demaske then stated that “This (Chimera) is the biggest published piece that gets our name out there. Edinboro is right on the cusp and I believe if we lose this, it could be bad for us and especially the art department.”

A meeting was scheduled for Sept. 25 to discuss the SGA budget. The meeting was canceled hours before it was supposed to be held.

For now, we don’t know what the reasonsm are for the cuts, but Chimera is moving on like it normally would.

“We will find a way to increase the budget somehow, because we know how important this piece is,” said Demaske.

“The only problem right now is quality. Compared to other schools, Chimera is able to be leaps and bounds better than other publications because of a large printing budget.”

Demaske is hopeful that Chimera will be able to fundraise or recieve more money from the university, but only time will tell.

Gabriel Hypes is the arts editor for The Spectator. He can be reached at ae.spectator@gmail.com.

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