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Sports Club Council creates new budget process

The Sport Club Council (SCC) will control its own budget for the 2015-2016 academic year.

According to Emily Aron, the SCC president, this will help the Council better accommodate the different sport clubs at FGCU.

“We are looking forward to being able to help out our organizations and better benefit them,” Aron said.

Currently, each of the 27 registered sport clubs must submit an individual budget application to Student Government and meet with the Appropriations Committee in a 15-minute hearing.

However, with the new process, the SCC executive board will propose a single budget to the Appropriations Committee on behalf of all sport clubs in one hearing and then continue to monitor the spending of each registered sport club throughout the year.

“We were really pushing for this because we thought it would better recognize what our clubs need because sometimes student government glances over something that might be vital to an organization,” Aron said.

SG Appropriations Chair Thieldens Elneus thinks the change in the budget process will not only make the process easier for the sport clubs but for the Appropriations Committee as well.

“On the appropriations end, it will be a single hearing for all the sport clubs that are involved and the SCC will have a chance to effectively represent the clubs that take part in the SCC,” Elneus said. “I would say that it is a benefit for them as well as us.”

The idea for the new budget has been floating around in the minds of the Sport Club Council for a while, according to Aron. The budget was created to help each sport club reach its full potential.

“We realized how hard a club works during the year from how much fundraising and community service they do, to their involvement,” Aron said. “It just makes sense to better monitor their spending.”

The budget for the 2014-15 academic year was already determined last spring. The SCC executive board hopes the new budget process for the coming year will be a positive change for each sport club.

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