SGA board approves IEEE funds


By: Matt Horning

Dec. 10th, 2018

The Cleveland State University Student Government Association reviewed its financial summary and deliberated over the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers (IEEE) budget for the VEX Robotics Competition at its final meeting of the fall semester, Nov. 30.

An IEEE student committee, with faculty adviser Lili Dong, addressed the SGA board to again request funding for the VEX Robotics Competition after SGA denied its initial request.

The committee talked about the positives for hosting the event at Cleveland State, citing that in 2017 36 teams from local area high schools participated and that more than 203 various students, staff and faculty attended.

For this year’s competition, Dong said IEEE expects 40 teams to come to Cleveland State, which allows Cleveland State to open up the campus and show itself to high school students and their families.

The main selling point for the presentation revolved around the chance of showcasing Cleveland State to the community.

“With 10 different schools and churches in the Cleveland community associated with IEEE, we are passionate about this project,” said Derek O. Woods, the organization’s treasurer. “It is an excellent networking opportunity for students and a chance for them to get a preview of college.”

Following the presentation, which included a budget that involved every detail from robotic parts to food, the IEEE committee took questions from the senators ranging from gathering exact details of the event that Cleveland State has hosted for 11 years, to the amount of work and preparation involved.

After a spirited discussion following the presentation, the assembled senators voted on the budget with IEEE gaining a 16-10 in favor vote to move forward with the budget for the event.

Arlindo Ahmetaj, treasurer of the SGA board, then followed up with the financial summary for the Fall 2018 semester.

From a beginning balance of $214,082.00, SGA approved $106,722.29 to 80 various organizations for 144 different activities throughout the semester.

It leaves SGA with $107,359.71 heading into the spring term.

Cleveland State President Harlan Sands also provided SGA with updates from himself and the board of trustees.

Sands, who on the day of the meeting had fulfilled the first six months of his tenure at Cleveland State, kept it lighthearted as he discussed his vision to keep Cleveland State affordable and accessible and the strides taken by the board to ensure the campus continues to evolve.

Sands also touched on financial distributions around the university, noting that while funds distributed between departments are not even, a solution to this problem would be not to pool from the state so heavily but to bring in more revenues from outside opportunities, such as donors, which would then bring more revenue into the institution.

After the president’s report, SGA reminded attendees that the next meeting will be held on Jan 25.


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