Student Senate passes SGA allocation bill
Bill requesting the use of dining dollars in Kyle Field also passed
Published: Thursday, October 3, 2013
Updated: Thursday, October 3, 2013 16:10
After weeks of debate, Student Senate passed the annual $50,000 Student Government Assoication budget Wednesday night.
A large majority of senators agreed that $5,000 of the budget should be reserved for emergency projects during the year.
During debate, an amendment to increase the funding to the Big Event committee by $450 for printing and postal services failed, but the passed budget allocated more than one-fifth of its budget, $11,357, to the Big Event committee.
Student Body President, Reid Joseph, was against reserving the $5,000 and wanted to allocate all the money to committees that requested it up front. He said the next step was to make do with the senate-approved budget.
“We are focusing on having the remainder of money allocated in the most responsible way possible to help committees and SGA as a whole as we move forward and continue to represent students,” Joseph said.
The Let the 12th Man Eat Bill, which requests the use of dinning dollars at Kyle Field, was also passed. Bill author and senior biomedical sciences major, Travis Walters, said the use of dining dollars in the stadium is a reasonable request since it could bring higher profits to concessions.
“If [the bill] doesn’t seem very feasible to you, then you might want to reconsider that thought,” Walters said. “This is an opportunity for these companies to actually bring in more money because students are probably going to be more apt to pay dining dollars.”
The Freedom Isn’t Free Bill was introduced at the meeting and was sent to committee for discussion and amending. It proposed that an American flag be placed in every classroom and that the Pledge of Allegiance be recited during the first class period of the day.
The bill authors were not specific on what funds would be used to procure the American flags.
Chris Woolsey, bill author and junior political science major, said buying American flags would be a good use of student fees. Woolsey said he hoped professors would lead the pledges but that the details are not yet clear.
Woolsey said it would be optional for students to recite the pledge.
“There is nowhere in [the bill] that says you are compelled to stand and pledge the flag at gunpoint by police,” Woolsey said. “But it says that you have the opportunity to recite the pledge. “
A concern voiced about the bill related to the international community on campus, including students and professors who are not American citizens.
Other bills that were introduced included a bill to open Evan’s Library until 2 a.m. Monday-Thursday and a bill that would enable SGA to purchase and place a scantron vending machine in the Wehner and Harrington buildings.
The “Maintaining Traditions Resolution,” which does not support the creation of a separate wildcat for graduate students, was postponed for a vote until the next meeting.
Resolution author and senior political science major, Cary Cheshire, said he does not want to change tradition by creating a graduate student wildcat.
“We have been allowing graduate students to do the senior wildcat for 105 years, and we have been doing pretty well at it,” Cheshire said.
“We invite the graduate students who even did not complete their undergraduate at A&M to participate in the senior wildcat,” Cheshire said. “We are happy to include them in the Aggie family.”