SG clears up confusion over source of funds

Published: Wednesday, June 1, 2005 at 6:01 a.m.
Last Modified: Wednesday, June 1, 2005 at 12:46 a.m.
University of Florida Student Senator Jackie Pace addressed Tuesday night some confusion surrounding the source of money being used to pay for student Gator Growl tickets.
At its May 24 meeting, the senate agreed to buy 24,000 student tickets from Florida Blue Key using reserves in the amount of $200,000 for this year's 80th annual Gator Growl. SG would also allocate to FBK, who runs the rally, $140,000 from its reserves for technical contracts, deposits and advertising. The bill passed its second and final reading with no new amendments.
The confusion was over the use of the term "reserves," which is where much of the money SG doles out comes from.
"All unused funds (from the previous fiscal year) revert back into (SG's) reserve account," Pace explained. "So no new money is used (when we pull from our reserves)."
SG also agreed Tuesday to several other special requests for the transfer of funds from its reserves.
Pace requested the transfer of $97,000 from SG reserves to fund two semesters of Museum Nights, held on Thursdays from 6 -10 p.m., for the 2005-2006 fiscal year. Pace also requested nearly $20,000 to fund other special events for students on campus.
According to Senate President Diane Kassim, the SG-funded Museum Nights benefits students who would otherwise be unable to visit the Florida Museum of Natural History or the Harn Museum of Art, both of which regularly operate during the daytime hours only.
"Students who work or have day classes aren't able to see the museums," Kassim said. "They miss out."
Museum Nights was launched by SG during the 2004 spring semester.
Also, Messianic Jewish Fellowship treasurer Joshua Taylor requested that SG allocate $400 to fund its Israeli Folk Dance class and Bible study in the Reitz Union Rion Ballroom.
"The money would go toward (Rion Ballroom) rental fees and food for the (Bible study) meetings," said Allocations Vice Chair Mike Patrone.

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