The Athletic Department has received $89,000 in ASI funding to replace lights in Kellogg Stadium.
Carol Lee who serves as the ASI Director of Financial Services spoke about approving two budget requests. This is an account that typically gets $75,000 mandated allocation annually from ASI fees.
“It is used to enhance sports and recreation facilities,” said Lee.
Athletics requested this increase to replace the orange lights in Kellogg Stadium with new lights.
The cost of that project would be approximately $31,955. This would enhance some of the cameras and video footage for the games.
Lee stated Campus Recreation requested $17,400 for some portable lights for the Intramural sports and sports clubs to play on the activity fields.
According to Lee, both projects cost $106,450.
Lee stated there was $228,614 in reserve which allowed them to pay for these one-time only projects.
Athletic Director Brian Swanson asked Lee to look into the possibility of raising their $75,000 annual allocation.
This amount was approved in the referendum 18 years ago but has not since been revisited unlike other allocations which are adjusted by the Higher Education Price Index.
Financial Services plans to do some research about this annual allocation.
Members of ASI Senate attended the Assembly budget subcommittee on education finance. The Assembly Budget subcommittee approved an amount that exceeded the CSU Board of Trustees initial request.
“The Board of Trustees request was $282.9 million and the total recommendation that the Assembly budget subcommittee is making is $307 million,” said Attorney General Joshua Ebiner.
This amount meets all the additional requests and addresses food and housing insecurity.
This will also address enrollment growth.
Ebiner discussed the recommendation from the Rules and Policies Committee regarding the ASI Sustainability Committee Code and the ASI Governmental Affairs Committee Code.
They wanted to reword and expand the purpose of the ASI Sustainability Code.
The line they have drawn within ASI states voting members include the president, the vice president and senators who are elected directly by students.
Ebiner stated the committee believes cabinet members should not have a vote because they are not elected by the students and therefore not directly accountable to the students.
This will be voted on at the next ASI Senate Meeting.
The Governmental Affairs Committee opposed the proposal of a new amendment that would remove the voting power from the Secretary of External Affairs, Civic Engagement Officer and Legislative Affairs Officer.
Secretary of External Affairs Gustavo Callejas spoke on behalf of the Governmental Affairs Committee.
“The proposed amendments to the Governmental Affairs Committee Code violates California State Law, CSU policy, ASI Bylaws and Robert’s Rules,” Callejas said.
The next ASI Senate meeting will be next Thursday, May 31.
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