Elon University Student Government Association Joint Committee votes to increase board stipend to $8,000 per term

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Correction: A previous version of this article stated that funding was denied based on the 3-7-24 vote. The correct vote is 3-24-7. Elon News Network regrets this error.

At the Elon University Student Government Association business meeting on March 3, Student Body President Jack Corby announced that the SGA Joint Committee had voted to increase the stipend. from the board at $8,000 per term and that the SGA had voted not to fund Elon Elite’s event, open to the student body.

The SGA budget to be allocated to other student organizations is $451,422 and $217,204 of this amount has already been allocated to student funds. This money comes from student activity fees and the board allocation comes from the SGA budget at the start of the term.

The reasons given for the increase in salaries are inflation over time, the salary has only been increased once since 2001 and the future minimum wage of $15 an hour promised by the president of Elon University, Connie Book. The current salary for each member of the executive council is $5,200, or $10 an hour, working 10 hours a week, as required by the SGA constitution, during the 52-week term of the Senate.

For the next term, pay will be reduced to $15 an hour, working 10 hours a week for a 53-week term in the Senate. The term was also extended by one week to allow the executive council to be paid for the transition week when the new council is sworn in. SGA’s Joint Committee, consisting of their Finance Council and Judiciary Committee, voted unanimously with nine students present to make this change.

SGA voted not to fund Elon Elite’s event for the student body. Elon Elite, an event hosted by Charlie Breckenridge senior, was a talent show that aired live on April 6 to raise money for the Chaplain’s Fund, which serves to help Elon’s students and faculty in the event of an unexpected financial crisis. Breckenridge requested $12,078 and was approved by SGA’s finance board before the Senate vote. Sen. Gabby Gutierrez, also a member of the finance council, said he passed this funding by a 5-1 vote because he was following the direction of the finance council.

“Logistically, there’s nothing wrong with that contradicting anything in our playbook,” Guitierrez said. “Whether or not the members of the finance council agreed with this, and what we are funding, we had no logistically good reason to reject it.”

There are nearly 50 students who worked on this event, and they hoped to have nearly 150 students involved later in the planning. This event would have had talent from the dance and music production departments and worked in conjunction with Elon Student Television and Limelight Records, according to Breckenridge.

“Last year in the spring I led an event similar to this,” Breckenridge said. “Through student life and the studios, we raised $500 for the chaplain’s fund…This year we decided to do it again on a larger scale.

Many senators spoke out against the funding of this event, including William Wood, senator from the School of Communications.

“As a senator from your communications school … I would really like you to listen to me,” Wood said. “It’s a very good idea, but in its current state, it’s not feasible. They teach us four things [in the School of Communications]: research, objectives, planning and execution. If you think any of those four pillars were met in the presentation we received with the plan that was presented, they weren’t.

This funding did not pass with a vote of 3-24-7.

Elon University’s Model United Nations was also seeking funding to attend a MUN conference at the University of Chicago. They were looking for $6,410 and that funding passed. SGA has also adopted an updated financial handbook, specifically stating that an organization that is not open to everyone on campus, for example if it has auditions or offers to get it, can still get a funding from SGA, but the event itself must be open to the entire student body. This law was also passed.

Next week, SGA will not be holding a business meeting, but will instead be hosting a fireside chat on March 8 from 7-8.30pm at Downstairs Moseley. This event is open to the student body, giving students the opportunity to ask questions of Book and Jon Dooley, Vice President for Student Life.


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