WSGA makes history, funds more student groups than ever

Travis Perry

As of Wednesday, the Bowhay/Keller administration will achieve a feat unprecedented in Washburn Student Government Association history, as they will have distributed all funds set aside specifically for student organizations.

With the increase in the student activity fee this school year, WSGA raised the amount of funds allocated for student organizations by $14,000 to a grand total of $110,000, the last of which will be distributed at the WSGA meeting this week, 6:30 p.m. Wednesday, in the Kansas room of the Memorial Union.

“We have funded more organizations by the end of February than any other WSGA administration,” said Vince Bowhay, WSGA president, who said that 84 of 107 student organizations applied for funding, a number that increased 133 percent from last year.

Bowhay also said that he was aware that while people could see spending $110,000 as a negative thing, this event is actually very positive, as it means that student organizations are utilizing the services and funds provided to them by WSGA.

However, for those organizations who have yet to apply for funding this semester, they may find themselves coming up short.

“As of right now, funding is first come, first serve, but cannot be guaranteed,” said Josh Maples, WSGA budget director.

Any additional funds to be made available would come after several student organizations turn in receipts to WSGA. Each group is allocated 2,500, so any receipts turned in totaling less than that would free up funds to be made available for other organizations.

Bowhay said that any organizations applying for funding from here on out will be treated in a hierarchical format with all requests being time stamped to mark order of application.

The money allocated for student organizations makes up nearly 50 percent of the WSGA budget.