PSU news by
Penn State's student blog

Topics

About

CCSG Budget Proposal Passes Through SAFB

The day of reckoning is over for CCSG and its controversial budget proposal. At this afternoon’s meeting, the Student Activity Fee Board voted (8-3-1) to approve a new budget for the Council of Commonwealth Student Governments, which includes the contested $14,800 from the student activity fee at University Park. The SAFB vote is non-binding, but it does hold significant weight in the office of Student Affairs.

Spencer Malloy (UPUA Chairman), Courtney Lennartz (UPUA President), and Mary Edgington (Senior Director of Union and Student Activities) all voted against the proposal, while GSA President Wanika Fisher abstained from voting. Every other board member voted yes. As of now, the budget only needs to be approved by Vice President for Student Affairs Damon Sims.

While the debate was tense throughout the meeting, it was quite clear from the start that only Malloy and Lennartz were outright opposed to the budget. Both Lennartz and Malloy had expressed their disapproval of the plan before, and were not comfortable with giving any University Park money to CCSG.

However, many CCSG representatives argued that this budget was as “fair” as the organization was going to get, and that a lot of effort was put into this final proposal.

The approval of this budget is a slap in the face to UPUA — which formally opposed the budget — and University Park students as a whole. Yes — the CCSG Central Staff is made up of University Park students, but the organization does not represent the interests of University Park. Even more troubling is the make up of the SAF board — of which 7 of the 12 voting members have a vested interest in the Commonwealth campuses.

If University Park students aren’t in control of their own student activity fee, what’s the point of having a board? It’s certainly unsettling knowing that CCSG has enough power to tap University Park student activity fee funds at its leisure, completely bypassing the opinion of the UPUA assembly. It’s a direct insult to UPUA and the student body at University Park

If there’s any good that comes out of this, it’s that people realize students should be given more control over their own student activity fee. Something like this can not happen again.

The budget must still be approved by Damon Sims, although historically, the Student Activity Fee Board vote has significant weight in the  the Office of Student Affairs decision.

Here is CCSG’s line item justification for the $14,800 that University Park students will be paying:

  • $3,500 for a fall retreat for the staff at University Park to form “positive relationships along with friendships.”
  • $2,500 for a mid-year retreat — again only for the staff at University Park.
  • $3,500 to attend a summer leadership conference to enhance the “leadership, citizenship and networking skills” of CCSG members.
  • $800 for office supplies.
  • $3,000 for a discretionary fund, which will be used for “central team building activities to help all of central staff build friendships and work effectively and efficiently together.”
  • $1,500 to promote Capital Day

The budget request also includes $20,500 from the branch campus student activity fees and $11,650 from central administration.

Whelp.

About the Author

Greg Schlosser

Greg is a senior majoring in energy engineering at Penn State. He is a big fan of Pittsburgh sports and sandwiches with coleslaw and french fries. You can email him at [email protected] or find him at the Phyrst drunkenly requesting the band to play "One Headlight."

Comments

More by Greg

Make The Most Of Happy Valley: Greg Schlosser’s Senior Column

They say there are three inevitable certainties in life: Death, Taxes, and Graduation. Or at least I think that’s the saying, anyways.

Penn State Football Selects 2015 Leadership Council

Peter and Ann Tombros Offer Donation To Improve Basketball Facilities

Athletics

Tony Carr Experienced ‘Greatest Feeling Of His Life’ At NBA Draft

“Just to be able to hear my name called at the NBA Draft, it’s just a dream come true.” Penn State men’s basketball guard has reached the pinnacle of the sport — entering the NBA pro ranks after getting drafted Thursday night in Brooklyn by the New Orleans Pelicans. Carr, who had to wait around […]

Pelicans GM Excited To Bring In ‘Crafty’ Tony Carr

[VIDEO] New Orleans Pelicans Select Tony Carr In 2018 NBA Draft

Tony Carr First Nittany Lion Selected In NBA Draft Since 1999

Bundling Student Tickets And Offering Options: What Penn State Can Learn

Student Life

Student Farm To Commemorate Summer Solstice With Second Annual Celebration

Penn State’s Student Farm will celebrate the longest day of the year with tours and live music Thursday evening.

Penn State Love Stories: A Chance Meeting At Beaver Stadium

Virtual Reality: Changing The Game At Penn State

Plans Submitted For New KFC In State College

Developers have submitted preliminary land development plans to build a new KFC restaurant at 1780 S. Atherton St. in State College.

Tony Carr First Nittany Lion Selected In NBA Draft Since 1999

He averaged 19.6 points and five assists per game in the 2017-18 slate — leading Penn State to an NIT title in its first postseason berth since a CBI appearance in 2014.

McLanahan’s Self-Serve Beer Taps Open For Business

Carry-out beer will be available in the coming weeks in coolers along the south side of the store.

Be the first to know

  • Top posts and the best Penn State stories

Thank you for subscribing.

Something went wrong.

Don’t Like Penn State Student Ticket Policies? Change Them.

That potential lies as much in the hands of active, informed, and opinionated students as it does in those of the profit-driven athletic departments.

Send this to a friend