Marquette University Student Government Senate assembled on Thursday, Nov. 21, for its weekly meeting for the approval of its new Financial Vice President (FVP), the allocation of unanticipated revenue from Student Activity Fee and the approval of Student Organization Funding allocations. Senate brought in the FVP nominee Nicholas Ciccone for final Senate approval before fulfilling his new role.
Before the motion for approval, Legislative Vice Present Kyle Whelton opened the floor to Senate for a period of questions and debate. Afterward, Senate unanimously approved Ciccone as the FVP for the 2014-15 fiscal year.
After the approval of the new FVP, Senate moved on to discuss the allocation of unanticipated revenue from the Student Activity Fee. With unanticipated revenue of $21,000, Senate was faced with the challenge of allocating revenue fairly and strategically to satisfy the needs of the student body. MUSG’s Budget Committee convened prior to the meeting to draft a proposed allocation of funds. Among the proposed distribution was a highly contested $7,425 allocation to the Program Board, specifically for its Unplugged and Speaker Commissions.
Senator Twaddle and Senator Hansen spoke against the Program Board allocation based upon attendance to the Unplugged and Speaker Series events. Both asserted that they believed the investment would better serve other student initiatives.
In order for the allocations to pass, 22 votes were needed. However, with only 19 votes in favor of the allocations, the proposal was rejected. Later in the meeting, Senator Wallace moved to reconsider the motion. After a lengthy period of question and debate the final vote was 14-9-1 resulting in a second rejection of the allocation proposal. The proposal will be sent back to the Budget Committee for reconsideration and will be discussed again in the Dec. 5, Senate meeting.
Senate ended its meeting with the approval of the Student Organization Funding Club Sports allocations. Approved allocations included funds to Club Rowing, Women’s Club Lacrosse, Club Baseball, Club Waterski and Wakeboard, Club Hockey and Men’s Club Lacrosse. Full information on SOF allocations can be found on the MUSG website.
Senate adjourned at 9:58 p.m.