Senate Decisions

Mitchell Gertken
mgertken@css.edu

When I was a member of my high school senate, the individual members did very little involving purchases. There were teachers appointed to act as advisors for most events, who made sure that we wouldn’t “accidentally” toss $2,000 that we didn’t have towards our own personal inflatable castle. Even with my lack of experience in dealing with these matters, I can understand the tough decisions behind appointing budgets; especially with so many people that wish to be involved. $50,000 may be an incredible amount of money to dole out, but among seventy different clubs (with some of them asking for thousands individually), on top of the issues of the senate itself? We had a tough enough time organizing the homecoming Olympics! I can’t image how my old school might have dealt with the College of Saint Scholastica’s issues. However, that doesn’t make the problems around the current budget any less disconcerting. Unsure totals, some groups having to downsize, discussions acting more like one-sided arguments…I understand that it’s all par for the course, but it’s still a bit worrying.

If I had the privilege to throw my hat in the ring for this, I might suggest people to take a second look at the scope of this decision. With the little information I’ve heard, it sounds like the total funds for the semester are forgotten on occasion (on both sides of the issue). I get how, out of a possible $50,000 for the semester, an initial estimate around $33,000 doesn’t sound too reckless, but life can throw curveballs when least expected. I’m not sure whether that merits a near $27,000 drop, however. The tabled requests could easily hike up the $6,512 the senate’s decided on, but I don’t know if a reasonably increased total could end as poorly as people might fear.

Of course, I’m not in the student senate, so I probably don’t have the right to call a money request appropriate or not. At the end of the day, it’s a bunch of student-led organizations trying to earn what’s best for their members. In such a place as CSS, I think that’s commendable.