The 2011-12 Student Services and Activities budget was the reason the Board of Trustees met for a special session on Monday, June 28, 2010.
The Board had not reached consensus to support the budget request at their regularly scheduled meeting on Wednesday, June 23, 2010 where students had proposed an increase to the SS&A fee from $7.09 per credit to $8 per credit. Things looked different, however, at the special session on Monday, where Board members had the opportunity to look at two other options, ending up approving Proposal #2.
The winning proposal adjusts the Student Services and Activities fee for 2010-2011 (effective July 1, 2010) from $7.09 to $7.65 (a $.56 increase in student fees per quarter) beginning Fall Quarter 2010. The new budget does not call for the 10% cut across all lines or additional cuts that Proposal 1 included. Baseline budgets for clubs, however, will be cut from $500 to $300, and this budget does not provide a contingency fund.
SBA President Yasuhiro Sumino and Minister of Finance, Pat Yiu provided expert presentations on all three proposals as well as rationale for each.
“We worked hard to find solutions,” SBA President Sumino said. And members of the Board noticed.
Trustee Shoubee Liaw told the student representatives that their presentation was the best she had seen in a long time. “That tells me you really understood our (board members) questions. Thank you for doing such a really good job.”
Chair Roger Olstad agreed with Liaw’s comments, and Trustee Gidget Terpstra told Sumino that he “had a very fine cabinet this year.” Trustee Phil Barrett was equally impressed with the work of the students. Trustee Jerry Smith was not in attendance.
Proposal #1 had not been a consideration for the trustees because it would require a 10 percent cut from all organizations – including a nearly $3,000 decrease to funding for travel, which would greatly affect the music and athletics programs, funding for such activities as the Student of Color Conference, and the 10 percent cut to the Parent-Child Center would have had to go straight to the pockets of any student using the center.
But proposals #2 and #3 both offered realistic budgets. The second budget proposal called for a $.56 SS&A fee increase – from the current $7.09 per credit up to 10 credits to $7.65, and the third option calling for an increase to $8.00.
Following the student presentations, which included a video of students involved in a service learning project, and some clarifications, the Board got down to business.
President Lambert, who is on annual leave, joined the meeting via telephone, and asked Board members to consider Proposal #3. After various questions by the Board about the third option, it was time to vote.
Trustees Terpstra and Olstad opted for Proposal #3; Liaw and Barrett, for #2. The doors were opened for additional motions.
Barrett said that a middle of the road budget was good and that it seemed to be developed with a good, focused approach (speaking about Proposal #2).
More questions brought clarification and in the end, all trustees voted for the proposed budget #2.