EUSGA opens up about travel fund, spring elimination of appeals process

Category:  News
Wednesday, April 17th, 2019 at 10:57 PM

Edinboro University Student Government Association (EUSGA) recently announced some big changes, both regarding a new way to distribute funds for student travel and the cutting of the appeals process for the spring. Although students received emails pertaining to these updates, there were talks around campus as to what these changes really mean and how they work, so The Spectator conferred with SGA Parliamentarian Dristin Myers to answer these burning questions.

In regard to the new student travel fund, the previous process was to ask for those funds from EUSGA through a club presentation that broke down the travel costs.

In this update, they’ve first allotted approximately 10 percent of all student activity fees to go toward “academically-oriented” student travel, which “will be divided among the College of Science and Health Professions, the College of Arts, Humanities, and Social Sciences, the School of Education, and the School of Business in proportion to each School/College’s percentage of the student body,” according to the email sent on behalf of EUSGA and Edinboro University Interim President Michael Hannan.

Instead of presenting to EUSGA on why a club needs funding for academic travel and “professional development opportunities,” those interested (clubs and individuals) will present to the respective academic dean to possibly receive the funding.

“This change will also benefit individual students who would like to travel to present at a conference. That is a new benefit for Edinboro University students. In the past, individual students did not have the ability to request funds [from EUSGA] for academic travel,” Myers stated, as it had to be through a club.

Then, when asked why the appeals process was eliminated this year, Myers explained that all student budgets and organizations received a 14 percent cut in order to get the budget balanced. EUSGA typically must set aside funds for the appeal process (in case an organization wins an appeal), but they found that this year they would have had to cut all club and organization budgets by 19 percent in order to do this.

Myers elaborated: “In the past, only a handful of clubs appealed their budgets, and due to the university’s low projection of enrollment, it was in the best interests of the student to not hold the appeals.” This way, more funds can be allotted to each club to accommodate the changes due to the travel fund.

This isn’t to say that if a club or organization has concerns about the budget given to them that they can’t bring them up. SGA encouraged students to reach out to the E-Board.
 

The organization also recently held elections. Voting closed Wednesday, with those running for EUSGA president being Kaitlyn Orlando, along with any additional write-in options.

The next SGA meeting will be held on April 22 at 4:30 p.m. in Compton 107A. There will be the introduction of the newly voted upon congress members.

Livia Homerski | edinboro.spectator@gmail.com

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