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SGA wants to hold organizations accountable for funding

SGA wants to hold organizations accountable for funding

November 05
01:48 2015

Lisa Dreher | Staff Writer

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Dawaelyne Jones, Student Government Association director for student affairs, wants to hold campus organizations more accountable for the money they receive from SGA’s Eagle’s Nest Fund.

The Eagle’s Nest Fund, appropriated by SGA, was set up to provide student organizations with additional funding for campus-wide events. Under Jones’ plan, SGA members would attend campus events hosted by Eagle’s Nest-funded organizations.

Jones then evaluates if an event was organized thoroughly, produced decent turnout and served students with educational or recreational purposes.

If the student government determines the group has not put on a worthwhile event, Jones said this could influence SGA’s decision on whether to approve funding should the organization re-apply for Eagle’s Nest money.

“If they put up an event that goes against everything that they said in the Eagle’s Nest meeting, and it’s something that wasn’t needed or wasn’t planned correctly, I feel like that’s something that I need to be held accountable for on my part too,” Jones said.

Every year, the Eagle’s Nest Fund provides $60,000 ($30,000 per semester) to organizations SGA said must carry out their vision of the event proposed to the Eagle’s Nest Committee. This displays trustworthiness for future funding.

Jones, when asked, said he feels every Eagle’s Nest-funded group “has used funds correctly.” And he pointed to one fraternity specifically, Beta Upsilon Chi, for its use of the money.

SGA gave the Christian fraternity funds for Grave Rave, a free campus-wide event the day before Halloween.

The multi-thousand dollar event was cancelled this fall because of inclement weather after three months of planning and coordination with almost 10 different UNT departments and three companies off of campus.

Beta Upsilon Chi’s vice president, John Michael Davis, said the energy and money spent helped establish the groundwork for future Grave Raves.

“We knew we were going to need some extra outside funding because the cost can build up rather quickly,” Davis said. “It wasn’t God’s will for it to go down this fall but we are very pleased with the new relationships formed from the planning stages and the hype Grave Rave generated.”

The fraternity planned on hosting hundreds of students after promoting the event through social media, flyers, ads and personal organization invitations. Next year, the event will be indoors.

Eagle Peer Recovery used its funds to help UNT host the third annual North Texas Recovery Conference by making twenty page programs for them.

From Sept. 23 to 25, the conference gathered students, staff and health professionals to address and solve alcohol and substance misuse issues through sessions and workshops.

Shawn Seamus Riley, the president of Eagle Peer Recovery, which was founded three years ago, believes the conference attracts attention for UNT’s umbrella Collegiate Recovery Program.

That program has inspired colleges like the University of Texas and Texas Tech to revamp their own recovery programs.

“We’re doing something that no other school has ever done, and that’s building a program from the ground up with students in mind,” Riley said. “Starting the conference every year shows us what we’ve accomplished and what we’re looking forward to.”

Eagle Peer Recovery also holds events and gatherings like going to the movies, attending plays and sober tailgating at games. Because of the Eagle’s Nest Fund, EPR can create a foundation of peer support through membership.

“All of that money goes towards making sure that our members are having alternative events to do instead of feeling like they need to go out and drink or do some kind of substance,” Riley said. “Now we’re being able to show our members that we do fun stuff.”

Featured Image: Members of the Eagle Peer Recovery program ranging from students to graduates read stories aloud told from a recovering alcoholic’s point of view. Dylan Nadwodny | Staff Photographer

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