Keene State College’s Student Assembly came together on Tuesday, Feb. 6, 2018 at 6:30 p.m.. A funding request for The Equinox for $25,000 was discussed. The Equinox’s Administrative Executive Editor Sebastien Mehegan and Business Manager Puja Thapa went in front of the assembly to explain why they made the request.

Mehegan explained The Equinox was given about $63,000 last year, despite requesting about $85,000. Treasurer of Student Assembly Casey Matthews explained to the assembly that last year after The Equinox’s budget was given, the previous administrative executive editor and business manager appealed the budget. Matthews said at the time, it didn’t make sense to give the extra $10,000 that was requested that could help other clubs. Student Government Advisor Brandon Mathieu said The Equinox was told to come back in the fall with the request.

Mehegan said that when The Equinox requested a budget of about $85,000, it was already a “shoestring budget,” and the budget wouldn’t be enough for this upcoming year.

Thapa explained due to the lack of budget, The Equinox had to cut 50 percent of its color pages, missed this past annual conference they attend where they received a national award and couldn’t fix two computers that need to be replaced.

The request was approved unanimously.

In other business, Matthews said the budget submissions for clubs will open next week. Mathieu said they will be over communicating this year to clubs and that no deadlines have passed yet.

Student Body President Kenadee Cadieux said four to five Provost candidates will be on campus Feb. 12, 19, 23, 26 and Mar. 2.

Grace Pecci can be contacted at gpecci@kscequinox.com