Organizations’ finances plunge further in doubt

The financial threats facing the Women and Gender Equity Center and the Center for Alcohol Studies and Education got a bit more serious last week, with both entities now possibly staring at collapses next year.

The Flipside is facing financial concerns of its own after the English department rescinded its sponsorship of the magazine earlier this semester, curtailing the magazine’s status and possibly placing new limits on its funding eligibility.

Student Senate announced Monday that WAGE and CASE, both of which had scrambled earlier this year to obtain financial support through student-segregated fees, were denied any funding next year by the Senate Finance Commission.

Senate Treasurer Michael Umhoefer said after Monday’s meeting both organizations knew they were up against deadlines to find new sources of funding and failed to do so, which caused both to ask for financial support months after official requests for funding had been due.

“There has to be some sort of responsibility there,” Umhoefer said. “If I don’t turn in my budget for Senate, I get in trouble and there would be financial repercussions, and that’s just how it goes.”

Umhoefer and Sen. Dylan Jambrek also said that WAGE and CASE are administrative organizations and should be funded by the university administration rather than student fees.

WAGE was funded through differential tuition dollars during the first three years of its operation. During those three years, the organization was required to find new sources of money but failed to do so, forcing WAGE to scramble for funding last year.

The organization was saved this year after several administrative offices agreed to fund WAGE for one year, but the organization again failed to find other sources of funding.

CASE has previously been supported through grants, but that funding is about to dry up with no alternatives yet on the table.

Jambrek said WAGE and CASE are now facing bankruptcy next year, but added both organizations can still appeal to Senate for a new decision.

“They have this year, and next year they have zero dollars, unless their appeal is successful,” Jambrek said, adding the appeal process will begin next week. He said Senate has between $600,000 and $900,000 in carryover funds available to hand out to organizations, but whether any of that will go to WAGE or CASE is yet to be determined.

Jambrek added that both organizations might still be able to receive help through grants or from the Chancellor, but that if those options don’t pan out, “then they’re pretty much eradicated – they’re pretty much gone.”

The Flipside’s funding eligibility could drop to just $750 a year after the English department withdrew its sponsorship of the organization this year, Jambrek said. Senate granted the Flipside $7,200 for the 2008-09 year, according to an e-mail sent to The Spectator last May by then-President Ray French.

“Basically any administrative or faculty department needs to absorb them and sponsor them,” Jambrek said. “They need to find a home, and if they don’t they’ll be at $750, which from my understanding of their budget would presumably kill their organization unless they have some other source of funding.”