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Clubs left without budget after power outage

by Tori Martinez - Managing Editor
Tue, Apr 24th 2018 10:00 pm

For clubs that wanted to submit a budget request to the Brockport Student Government (BSG) for the 2018-19 academic year, the deadline was midnight on Friday, April 13. All clubs that submitted a request on time were given the amount they asked for, as long as it fell into the correct budget tier.

BSG treasurer Chantelle Nasri said that a number of clubs will not receive a budget next year either because they did not need to request one, they have not met all the requirements to receive a budget yet or they missed the deadline.

Nasri explained that some clubs are frustrated about not obtaining a budget for next year because club officers thought they might have had more time to submit their request due to a power outage. Nasri tried to send an email reminder out at around 5 p.m. on Friday because at the time, only about 15 clubs had submitted requests. The power outage led to a server outage, though, and Nasri’s email did not go out until Monday morning, days after the midnight deadline.

“Yes, the communication could have been improved, and time was definitely an issue, but I had also done everything in my power up until that point to communicate that deadline,” Nasri said.

On March 6, Nasri sent an email to all club presidents to give them a heads up for the April 13 deadline. She included a list of requirements for each tier, as clubs can fall under three different tiers that allow them to request up to $12,500, $8,000 or 500, depending on the tier they fall under. Nasri created this system after she was elected treasurer last semester in place of the previous point system.

The tier system includes checklists for registration deadlines and attendance of meetings, workshops, and trainings and community involvement. If clubs want to request a budget under any of the three tiers, they have to do so on time. A decent amount of clubs missed the deadline, but Nasri said she cannot accept any requests past the deadline.

“My main goal was to create a system with integrity, and that’s the tier system. So if I don’t abide by the deadline, I’m going back on my word, and I don’t want to do that,” Nasri said. “It’s going to be a tough year with some clubs not having a budget, but we also have reserves … there’s a lot of ways you can get money next year.”

Clubs that do not have a specified budget for the year are not completely out of luck. Nasri said she made sure to leave plenty of money in the council reserves, which will allow clubs to request money from the respective council they belong to. If a club needs money, the president may go to the council meeting and request any amount, which the council will then vote on.

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