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ASUA 2008-09 Budget Released

Posted in Campus, Politics by Evan Lisull on 23 March 2009

Creative Cooking on a Budget ASUAWhat’s more, it’s only a 604K document, meaning that there’s no reason that the ASUA website can’t host its own budget. For now, though, we’re the only game in town; the budget can be accessed here. [PDF]

We’ll have more on this in the coming days, but a few quick hits:

1. Notehall, again. On September 17 last year, I wrote the following regarding the Notehall startup:

All in all, it has potential. I have a few issues with some of their hypotheses (”We don’t go to college to hear the professor lecture. . . [college] is more than pure academics,” for one), but my main issue comes with ASUA’s role in the start-up company (they plan on expanding to fifteen more campuses this coming spring). I’ll say again, this is a start-up firm, seeking to expand their market share. I wish them the best of luck. But is it responsible for ASUA — your student dollars — to be engaged in what is essentially small-scale corporate welfare?

The guys behind the company were kind enough to write back, and declared the following:

“We are not asking for ASUA to subsidize us in any way and at no place in our resolution do we ever mention receiving any monetary support from them.  For the future reference, we will never ask for any monetary support from ASUA [emphasis added– EML].”

Unfortunately, this seems to have not been the case. From page 7 of the budget:

In addition, the Academic Affairs Director will work to implement academic programs for students to boost academic awareness to boost academic awareness. For example, the director will provide several academic grants that will fund specific academic project as well as launch the Advising Mentorship Program and the Notehall Service.

The current director of Academic Affairs is Sam Ellis, a former Notehall member. There’s a plausible argument to be made that Notehall decided in the end not to ask for money; but at this point, it’s hard to argue that ASUA did not at one point in time seek to fund Notehall directly.

2. Big Book’s student government. A full 45 percent of ASUA’s revenue comes from the money that you spend at the bookstore. Interestingly, this percentage is down from 2003, when half of ASUA’s funds came from the bookstore. One would have to assume that this reflects increased sources of revenue from elsewhere – in fact, when you take out the $150,000 that come from the wonderful Student Services Fee (referred to in the budget as the ‘Student Affairs Fee’), the money from the bookstore makes up 50.9% of revenue.

3. Freedom of Association Fee. From the EVP’s budget breakdown:

A $30 fee will be collected for each club’s recognition for the 2008-09 year. The fee will support leadership workshops, printed handbooks & other resources, implementation of club interface software, and all things clubs and organizations!

Whatever it is, I fear exclamation points, especially bearing fees. Remember that without club recognition, a club cannot reserve space on the Mall, cannot seek funding from the Appropriations Board, and cannot use rooms in the Student Union.


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  1. Dave said, on 23 March 2009 at 3:12 pm

    The good news is next year they can just reuse the “How to get drunk” cards because they’re all still sitting here at the front desk. Woo, we saved $1000!

  2. […] Posted in Campus by Connor Mendenhall on March 25th, 2009 Spend a few minutes perusing the ASUA budget, and you’ll notice two outlays that outshine the rest. First, the $110,000 Special Events […]

  3. […] case against it becomes even stronger. For with the allocating of SSF money, along with the mandatory club registration fee, ASUA has effectively become an involuntary union. Advocating against ASUA becomes less about […]

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