The Student Activities Commission and the Performing Arts Advisory Commission have been left out of the final advisory board funding allocations as Georgetown University Student Association Finance and Appropriations Committee passed the final budget on Thursday night.
The budgets for SAC and PAAC will be finalized once the advisory boards agree to comply with the recently established six-point funding reform plan. The $16,000 potential allocation to PAAC and $25,000 potential allocation to SAC will be placed in the GUSA reserves until all parties are in agreement.
The Finance and Appropriations Committee is still struggling to come to a compromise with SAC on the provision of open votes. According to Sen. Colton Malkerson (COL ’13), member of the Finance and Appropriations Committee, SAC and the committee should be able to come to an agreement in the near future. Arbitration by a neutral administrator should not be necessary, he said.
According to Malkerson, PAAC liaison, PAAC has two remaining concerns. The first is that PAAC will be hosting a meeting for its members and would like more time to discuss the stipulations. Second, members of the senior staff are still undecided as to how they will deal with their $84,000 in excess reserves. Malkerson called for patience from the Finance and Appropriations Committee.
“[PAAC is] not being resistant, they just need more time to work through their faculty advisers, board and members to discuss what their policy will be,” he said.
PAAC announced a Mask & Bauble request for $25,000 to fund the purchase of a new stage, which it said will significantly cut into the commission’s reserves. Expressing a need to accommodate large-scale products like the stage purchase, PAAC asked for more time before cutting its reserves down to the $50,000 cap. Erika Cohen-Derr, director of student programs, advised giving PAAC a grace period so that it could reduce its reserves and arrange its financial plans for the future.
The committee meeting had been delayed for several days because advisory boards needed to sign letters of intent stating they would comply with the six-point funding reform plan. The advisory boards for Club Sports and the Georgetown Media Board have already signed the documents. The Center for Social Justice has agreed to all of the stipulations, but had not yet signed the letter of intent. According to Malkerson, the letter will be signed in the next few days.
The legislation will be passed onto the GUSA senate for a final vote on Sunday.