Administrative Executive Editor
Three budget increases were requested from different offices and organizations around campus.
On Tuesday Nov. 6, Interim Director of Athletics Dr. Denisha Hendricks made a presentation to the Student Assembly, explaining how important the Athletics Department is for the campus, and why they should have a three percent increase in their ask from student fees for fiscal year (FY) 2020. Hendricks touched on the marketing aspect, and how the athletics program expands the diversity of the school as a whole, as well as how it helps to recruit students. Hendricks emphasized the need for the increase in budget based on certain aspects of the Athletic Department’s memberships to NCAA and the LEC, and how prices have increased for travel and various other smaller details the department worries about. Hendricks’ request was approved unanimously.
Director of Campus Safety and Compliance Jeff Maher made a presentation asking for a 2.5 percent increase to the Campus Shuttle Service Fee budget, and for that same account to have its name changed to Safety Fee. His presentation included the different services Campus Safety provides the school to keep it a safe environment, and to improve the experiences of the students attending Keene State College. He went on to explain how the budget increase would help the commencement of different programs that would improve on the current transportation service Campus Safety provides. Maher said the department wanted to change the name of the account so it will free up the money to be used for other improvements regarding safety so students might start to see some returns on their investment, i.e. student fees. Maher’s request was approved unanimously.
The third party to present was the dance team, who stated they needed a $2,000 increase to their traveling budget. Members of the dance team said this will help when they go on their Annual Nationals Trip which usually costs around $18,000. The dance team’s request was approved unanimously.
At the end of the assembly, Coordinator of Fraternity/Sorority Life & Student Leadership Brandon Mathieu addressed the Student Assembly, saying KSC President Melinda Treadwell intended to be at the meeting. Unfortunately, she couldn’t make it, due to scheduling issues. Mathieu said she wanted to hear the general thoughts on whether or not the school should continue to distribute regalia hoods to the graduating class or whether it would be better to distribute medallions instead. The topic was tabled until a later date.
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