The Associated Students Finance Committee members discussed A.S. President Adam Salgado’s review of next year’s annual budget, voted on changes to the budget language, and allocated funds from their unallocated reserve account at their Monday meeting.
The Intercollegiate Athletics department may receive an increase of $4,600 from the original recommended amount of almost $1.476 million in 2007-08. Salgado requested the recommendation be increased by $7,000 so that $23 from every student’s A.S. fees would go to athletics.
Recommended funding for the Armenian Student Association was increased from $4,800 to $5,200 at Salgado’s request. A.S. General Manager David Crandall explained to committee members that Salgado wanted to keep funding consistent with previous years.
The source of funding for kiosks for the Matador Involvement Center Board Services was changed from annual fee to capital improvement.
Confusion among committee members about the president’s request of shifting funds from the science and math retention tutors to science and math retention advising caused the committee to deny the request change.
The committee also denied Salgado’s request of allocating $0 to Dig LA in hopes that Dig LA could receive their funding through the Instructionally Related Activity fee, and they turned down the request to add $2,600 to the Contingency fund.
The committee voted to begin allocating up to $60 per night per person for lodging when attending academically related events. The current school year’s allocations for lodging go up to $50.
“Most hotels are generally more than $50. … It would be nice to see a small increase,” said Student Development Adviser Sonja Daniels.
The group decided $60 was probably close to the cost per person for a shared hotel room.
The committee also decided to remove a clause that stated it was mandatory for individuals going on trips to turn in a brief travel report to the Senate no later than two weeks after their arrival. Failure to comply would result in no further allocations for similar purposes in the next fiscal year and a forfeit of all leftover travel funds.
The committee does not commonly practice this anymore, which is why they decided to remove it from the budget language.
The current budget language states that clubs and organizations can make change-of-purpose requests of no more than $200 and have the process passed without Finance Committee or Senate consideration. The new language will raise that amount to $300.
Also receiving an increase in the next fiscal year are students requesting funds from the Academically Related Reserve Account. What is now a standard allocation of $400 per person will be raised to $500 per person.
A few allocation requests were also funded with just over $3,600 left in the unallocated funds accounts.
A recommendation of $650 was made to CSUN Chabad for a lecture with Doron Kornbluth. The lecture will be about dating, love and religion.
A funding of $300 from ARRA was recommended for a photo exhibition titled “People of La Boca,” which will be held by a graduate student in the journalism department.
The Athletic Training Club was recommended $825 for the Far West Athletic Trainers’ Association Annual Conference.
The committee also discussed a possible $45,000 that may be added to the unallocated funds account for the current fiscal year. The funds will be coming in from excess enrollment and fee waivers.