SGA spending in question
September 7, 2012
The debatable spending on school tradition could be headed to SGA’s way very soon.
During the first SGA meeting the student Senate approved $5,500 for the purchase of rally towels during the griffon athletic games. The funding for the towels is coming from the Senate’s special project budget that deals with improving the students experience at Missouri Western.
Usually this project works to bring students free t-shirts as well as the new chairs and tables last year in Popplewell. The Senate is careful to spend the funds wisely toward getting students items that they can use on a daily basis. It just seems that for the senate to purchase 3,000 rally towels at $1.85 per towel for only half of the students is clearly wrong.
The idea behind the towels is a great idea in keeping with school tradition, but for SGA to pass this through is completely unfair to say the least. Western has over 6,000 students who are full and part-time, and each one of these students pays the SGA fee depending on the amount of credit hours enrolled in.
The SGA fee pays toward the rally towels, and though each student pays for the SGA fee not every student will get a rally towel. It’s time for the student Senate to touch base with the students and find out whether they believe the funding should be going toward items like these.
The price of the towel is inexpensive, but most feel that the quality is very poor. There will always be those who disapprove of them, and those who like the idea. A few senators voted against the towels, but having the towel issue on the agenda during the first meeting might not have been the best idea.
If the Senate and SGA are looking at these towels as a form of tradition for the school, the question of price per towel and assurance that each student will receive one must be addressed. What happens to these towels after the games is a good question to ask.
There are already school traditions for Western, such as the homecoming bonfire, or the rival football game with Northwest Missouri State. SGA should plan out where funding is necessary, and not waste it on one- time items such as these towels.