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After being proposed to Senate on May 9, the Associated Students of Linfield College’s $375,000 Budget for the 2011-12 academic year underwent several changes at the May 16 Senate meeting.
The changes that were made were a $3,000 cut from the Capital and Equipment Fund, a $2,000 cut from Intramural sports and a $500 cut from General Management (GM). The combined $5,500 was moved to the Student Center’s budget. By the end of the changes, GM had $72,652.21 left, IM sports had $13,000 left and the Capital and Equipment Fund had $19,000 left. However, the Student Center received a total of $24,119.05.
ASLC Business Manger sophomore Tylor Edison said that after being proposed, the budget went to Senate’s Club Support and Finance Committee. The committee decided to submit a change to the budget for $3,000 to be moved from the new Capital and Equipment Fund to the Student Center.
“If senators want to talk budget that’s great,” ASLC President junior Rachel Coffey said. “Students should know where their fees are going.”
Coffey said that everyone who submitted a budget received cuts but that there was a natural 7 percent increase in student body fees overall.
“I wish we had taken out work study when looking at it [the budget] because once you take out work study, you get a better perspective,” Coffey said.
Junior Katie Patterson proposed the $2,000 cut from the IM sports fund as an amendment for the original motion to cut $3,000 from the Capital and Equipment Fund. Her argument for the Student Center’s increased budget was that all year students have voiced that they want a student union; however, the Student Center is already available to them so it only makes sense to revamp it. This would require additional funding since the Student Center budget originally received less money this year than last year.
“It’s hard to say who needs the money because we want to improve all areas,” Coffey said. “If students want a new center that’s great, but any time you give money you have to take away from somewhere.”
Another argument made during Senate for IM sports’ budget cut was that this year’s budget will still have money left over by the end of the academic year.
“I don’t think that it was a good choice to take from IM sports because most of the money that didn’t get used was for work study that didn’t get filled out,” Edison said in an email. “I think that there could be a potential problem next year if everyone takes advantage of these paid positions.”
Coffey said that the old Cabinet member is supposed to assist the new member when designing budgets because the new person doesn’t know how things will work based off of the previous year.
“It wouldn’t be impossible for IM sports to receive extra funds if they run out of money and it’s an emergency, but it’s not ideal and we don’t like to be in the negative,” Coffey said.
Coffey said that the Capital and Equipment Fund was created so that clubs could acquire the equipment that they need since the Activities Council does not grant such things. Coffey said that she and sophomore Thomas Bryan, ASLC vice president of business and finance wanted to ensure a way for clubs to receive this money since certain clubs need more than others, such as Lacrosse. Other clubs that fall under this fund are the Linfield Ultimate Players Association (LUPA), Rugby Club, Tennis Club and Water Polo.
“Budgeting this year was interesting being on the other side of things, and it was a good experience; but, I wasn’t expecting Senate to run that long,” Coffey said. “It was the first time in a few years that there was a long debate and new proposal given at Senate.”
Apart from additional monies allocated to the Student Center, the Republican Club was de-chartered during the meeting so its allocated $60 went back into the Club Fund.
This year, Coffey said she opted to raise club funds by $10. She said she realizes that it isn’t a large amount, but in the past clubs were given $100 each. However, allocating club funds becomes problematic when one has to take into account that not all clubs are spending their funds, Coffey said.
“Everyone has all of these great ideas, and then there are budget cuts and you have to pick and choose,” she said. “But, I have a lot of faith in all of my Cabinet members, and I look forward to the great things that they will do next year.”
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Glen Ford, vice president for Finance and Administration/chief financial officer (CFO) of Linfield College, presented the 2011-12 college budget to Senate on May 16. The presentation was a final step in Ford’s student-involved budget process.
Ford began the presentation with an anonymously written poem describing the importance of the students within the college atmosphere. He went on to explain how the budgeting process works and acknowledged seniors Katherine Patterson and Arielle Perkins, who served on the College Planning and Budgeting Council and Budget Working Group.
Ford’s presentation provided a breakdown of expenses and revenues for the college from the 2010-11 year and the budget for the 2011-12 year. The expenses are mainly comprised of personnel and departmental operating, with 83 percent of expenses going to those areas. The revenue mainly contains tuition, room, board and food, with 91 percent of revenue coming from those areas. The slideshow presentation also included next year’s projected tuition growth.
Ford says he thinks students should know what the college is doing with the money they pay in tuition.
“The college will continue to be very transparent in the development of the budget,” he said. “We will always include students in the budget process so that we can gain from the students’ perspective.”
Associated Students of Linfield College Vice President junior Bradley Keliinoi said that Senate was privileged to hear from Vice President Ford about the budget and to have an administration that is open and accessible.
“I’ve heard that a lot of colleges have a non-transparent budget. I hope [Senate] appreciates it [Ford’s presentation]. I know I did.”
Keliinoi encourages students to look at the budget and to get involved in its creation.
“They should definitely be right there at the table talking back and forth with the administration saying ‘these are our priorities,’” he said.
Dean of Students Susan Hopp was also present at the meeting. She said that the experience of creating the ASLC budget closely mirrors the process of creating the college’s budget and that it is beneficial for senators to see how the college allocates its funds. She also said that the budget completely transparent for all students.
“I think it is important for students to understand how the college budget works,” Hopp said. “What is the revenue side, what is the expense side. It is helpful for [the students] to see the big picture.”
The board of trustees approved the budget during the Spring Semester trustees weekend May 13-15. They approved it on the condition that the college reaches enrollment projections for the fall and brings in the projected tuition revenue.
The budget slideshow that was shown to senators on May 16 is also available for students to view and can be obtained through club senators, residence hall senators or by contacting the ASLC Cabinet.
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The Associated Students of Linfield College budget increased 1 percent for the 2010-11 academic year; however, despite the overall increase, all but three segments were dealt budget cuts.
The ASLC Senate approved the budget unanimously with almost no discussion May 17, although the spreadsheet distributed to Senate was not the final version and edits were still necessary.
Of the 22 groups that receive funds from the ASLC, only the Club Director, Student Center and Linfield Activities Board received increased resources within the overall ASLC budget of $350,000.
Freshman Club Director Keevin Craig’s funding jumped from $619 to $1,423 — a skyrocketing 130 percent increase. Junior ASLC Vice President of Business and Finance Arielle Perkins said the extra money will pay for food at the fall’s Activities Fair.
In the past, the school has provided a barbecue at the event, but ASLC President Colin Jones, former club director, said the event did not take place this past year.
“I think [not having food] reduced attendance at the activities fair,” he said, adding that it especially decreased incentives for upperclassmen to attend.
The school cut the barbecue because it cost Sodexho more than $5,000 to pay for the event, Jones said. It will be a less expensive to get food from a different venue, which is what the Club Director’s budget increase will go toward.
The budget for Student Center Director junior Evan Hilberg increased 8 percent from last year, and the $18,988.80 he received is actually $446.80 more than he requested from the Budget Hearing Committee — comprised up of Jones, Perkins and Director of Student Activites Dan Fergueson.
His was the only position to receive an increase from the requested funding and his budget went up despite having cut Gameroom and CIC hours for the fall (“ASLC cuts operating hours of Gameroom, CIC,” TLR, May 7). But hours cut from those locations were redistributed to the Bike Co-Op, Perkins said. The budget increase was necessary to pay for work study positions there, as Perkins said there wasn’t enough money to pay those employees this year.
The final budget swell,
given to LAB, went to Wildstock and popular LAB events, Perkins said. Its budget increased $31,857.63 from last year for a total of $142,087.94. Part of the increase came from ASLC budgeting in the cost of a stage for Wildstock, which LAB usually gets from Activities Council (whose budget went down because of this allocation of funds). ALSC also gave money for different bands, Perkins said.
“We also gave them a little more money for the band for Wildstock just so they can have someone that people are interested in,” she said. “We want the student body fees to go to something they will enjoy.”
Every other group that receives money from ASLC took a cut, including all clubs for the second year in a row.
In the 2008-09 academic year, clubs received $100 each, but that number was reduced to $85 this year because of lack of use (“ASLC reduces club budgets by 15 percent,” TLR, September 18, 2009).
Now, they’re down to $50 per club.
“[Clubs] wait until the end of the year and then just ask for their remaining funds, which we want to discourage because what are they doing in the last couple of weeks? There’s not much you can do,” Perkins said. “We just don’t want to give them money if they’re not going to use it for things their clubs needs.”
She said that if clubs want to put on events, then they should plan ahead and request funding from the Activities Council.
The Budget Hearing Committee cut all the club budgets on its own, but other groups present proposed budgets to the committee.
This year, it had to cut $80,000 from the proposed budgets to reach to the $350,000 figure, which comes from an estimate of next year’s student body fees, Perkins said.
“We give them the money that we think that they absolutely need,” she said. “We tried to do it in a way that we didn’t take a bunch of money from one certain area, like club sports, but we tried to take it from different areas.”
But club sports — lacrosse, Linfield Ultimate Players Association, water polo and rugby and tennis clubs — suffered significant cuts. Rugby Club and lacrosse, which each requested about $10,000, were given budgets of $5,080 and $3,607.50, respectively.
These budgets are still 30 percent (lacrosse) and 36 percent (rugby) down from the sports’ budgets last year. Part of the decrease stemmed from an automatic 10 percent cut on each of their budgets because Rugby Club turned in its budgeting information late and lacrosse failed to show up for its budget hearing, Perkins said.
And, as of the May 17 Senate meeting, both lacrosse and rugby, among other clubs, were on ASLC’s decharter list for not turning in end-of-the-semester club evaluations.
Although it appears like more than $4,000 would seemingly disappear if these clubs were to be dechartered, this is not the case.
“The money rolls into Activities Council so the money is still available to other clubs,” Perkins said.
An $8,000 budget for athletic training was completely eliminated, too.
“I think that athletic training had asked ASLC to give a portion of their money toward them historically. But I guess they thought that it was cut a long time ago from our budget, and it was just miscommunication,” Perkins said. “This year we finally got it straightened out.”
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