By Nate Coe
The Western Student Association met Sept. 17, focused on approving the budget and its guidelines as well as the allocation bylaws and guidelines for the 2008‑2009 school year.
The WSA budget was passed, 28‑0‑0; the budget guidelines passed, 28‑0‑0; the allocation bylaws passed, 28‑0‑0; and the allocation guidelines passed, 28‑0‑0.
The WSA’s total budget for the 2008‑09 school year is $82,585.99. The money is allocated towards registered student organizations and other WSA sponsored events.
The WSA also appointed several, but not the entire Allocations Committee. Newly appointed members include David Benesh, Zach Hudson, Steve Luda, Devin Brown, Sarah McCormick and Alecia Johansen.
Next, a budget request from Drive Safe Kalamazoo was approved. Due to low summer enrollment and the Student Assessment Fee not going into affect until the fall, DSK didn’t receive enough funding.
According to the Campus Activities Board Treasurer, CAB will sponsor DSK out of their miscellaneous budget, effectively giving DSK $1,000.
Edward Williams was elected as the new fall 2008 speaker pro tempore. The speaker pro tempore is responsible for recording minutes and keeping a historic record for the WSA.
Guest speaker Diane Anderson, vice president of Student Affairs and dean of students spoke about her position at Western Michigan University.
“What we want to do in student affairs is make sure we are offering programs and services that help students be successful at being students,” she said.
Examples being everything oriented around health and wellness, the student recreation center and the health center; student organizations; faith and spiritual development; the student newspaper and the student radio station.
She also wants to offer experiences outside of the classroom to help students figure out how to connect with what they want to do with their lives.
“This fall is particularly exciting … we have a team of people in the senior administration all committed to student success,” she said. “It is not lip service, it is really very sincere.”
The next WSA meeting will take place Sept. 24, 4:15 p.m. in room 157 of the Bernhard Center with President John Dunn as the guest speaker.