Student Government Association adopts fall budget
The Student Government Association shared its budget for the fall semester 2021 in a bulletin sent via HowlConnect on October 29, 2021. The proposed budget, which was adopted in late September, was changed just hours before the SGA voted on it, causing confusion and concern among some senators.
President Deon Wilson said the proposed budget initially shared with the Senate was based on previous budgets and stood at $ 125,000, the same amount as the fall 2020 budget. She said as soon as the Department Student Life and the Ministry informed her that the total budget for fall 2021 would be $ 150,000, the budget has been adjusted to reflect this.
“The Senate could have tabled the budget because of this change and taken longer to review it, but they voted to review it that night,” Wilson said.
Wilson said Loyola has allocated more money to SGA because Loyola’s student body is growing. She also said she worked closely with CFO Carrie Elizabeth Smith to develop the budget.
Compared to the fall 2020 budget, this year’s budget added a total of $ 2,227 to the compensation of the president, vice president and cabinet and $ 26,770 to initiatives. It also included a reduction of $ 4,000 in allowances for student organizations.
The budget was passed with 18 “yes” votes, two “no” votes and one senator abstaining.
Adele Colson, a junior in psychology, a senator from the College of Arts and Sciences, said she was one of many senators who initially worried about increasing salaries for ministerial positions, but allocations to the fund for the students’ difficulties had not increased from the initial proposed budget. .
However, Colson said that after seeing comparisons to previous budgets and seeing that the firm’s compensation had increased in the past, she came to the conclusion that the proposed budget was reasonable, which led her to vote. ” Yes “. She is also setting up an on-campus flea market to be held in December to raise money for the student hardship fund.
Wilson said the allowances for the president, vice-president and other cabinet members have increased every year for at least several years. She said these allowances are increasing because the workload for the SGA leadership increases each year and because the president and vice-president are not allowed to occupy other positions of authority on campus. Wilson said she had been RA for the past two years and had to step down in order to be SGA president.
Junior Political Science and Criminology Senator Joseph Pitre said he voted “no” on the budget because he felt the vote was rushed.
“I would have felt a lot better if we had had the time to ask them to explain things, but that was towards the end of the file, so we didn’t take a lot of time to talk about it,” Pitre said. .
Senator for History Analene McCullough, also a senator for the College of Arts and Sciences, was the other senator who voted “no”. She said she didn’t feel like enough extra money was going to programs that directly help students, like the Student Hardship Fund.
McCullough noted that SGA held an emergency meeting shortly after Hurricane Ida to allocate $ 5,000 to the student hardship fund, but no further money was made available to it in the budget. final.
Wilson said the majority of the extra money has been spent on program allocations for students, much of it through the university’s programming council.
Vice President Tyler Sanchez said he believes most of the new money will help students.
“I think we were able to accomplish a lot with this budget,” he said. “Nothing was cut from the original budget proposed and we were able to fund many things related to social justice, from donating money to the student hardship fund to ensuring that the Grace of Ignatius was always funded to ensure that Iggy’s Cupboard had full funding, ”he said.