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SGA fills senate, passes new budget

SGA fills senate, passes new budget

September 10
23:28 2014

Joshua Knopp // News Editor

The Student Government Association’s 45-seat senate is full for the first time in seven years.

The executive staff was jubilant after a four-and-a-half hour marathon meeting, in which 20 senators were appointed. The association also approved next year’s budget.

SGA president Troy Elliott was elated. He referred to a summer meeting when an administrator had said SGA doesn’t represent the entirety of the student body, and said this is no longer a plausible argument.

“Now they know that when we go to bat for students, they will come,” Elliott said.

This is the second major campaign promise Elliott and vice president Kamaeron Willard have followed through on. The first was creating a body to represent student organizations directly in SGA. Students will vote on whether or not this house of representatives will go into effect Sept. 22.

Elliott credited communications director Aaron Presley and marketing director Adam Alattry for re-branding the organization and reaching out to students.

Earlier in the meeting, the senate passed an emergency bill written by Elliott to allow transfer and graduate students to be appointed as senators. Previously, only students who had taken at least 12 hours at UNT were allowed in, which excluded experienced transfer students. Elliott said at least two students who were appointed would have been blocked by the previous restrictions.

The $174,000 budget, written by chief of staff Ike Esedebe, divides the association’s money among its departments. Employee wages made up 35 percent of the budget, or $60,241. This is up from last year, when the executive staff could earn a maximum of $43,500. It also includes two new executive positions.

The rest of the budget is divided among departments. All expenditures must be approved by SGA advisor Melissa McGuire, and all expenditures of more than $1,000 must be approved by the student senate.

Employee wages$60,241.74
Communications (directed by Aaron Presley)$5,000
Marketing (directed by Adam Alattry)$10,000
Equity and diversity (directed by Hanna Bagheri)$3,000
Chief of Staff (Ike Esedebe)$5,701.23
Leadership and development (directed by Jedon Wimberly)$5,000
Student affairs (directed by Shelbie Sumter)$79,300
Awards$1,000
Presidential discretionary budget$5,000
Total budget$174,242.97

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