In the SGA's final Senate meeting of the 2013-2014 legislative year, the Senate approved their operating budget for the 2014-2015 academic year, as well as four special allocations.

The Senate unanimously approved the finance committee's allocation of $499,580 to 75 student organizations for funding for the 2014-2015 academic year. The figure is based on a projection of 5,194 students as of fall 2014, with each student contributing a $247 student activity fee.

Senior Class Treasurer Patrick Brown said the Senate should next year re-examine how much money is allotted for the annual homecoming concert. Brown said the $100,000 given to the concert could be better served through student organizations.

"Homecoming is just one day, one night, and this really takes the place of what our outstanding and developing student organizations can do," Brown said.

The Senate also approved Senate Bills 14-2.1 and 14-2.2 unanimously. Bill 14-2.1 designates a yearly commemoration in memorial  of the tragic events of Sept. 11, 2001. The annual commemoration is set to be planned in conjunction with the Truitt Center for Religious Life.

Senate Bill 14-2.2 provides for a commemoration of Elon University faculty, staff and students who worked to maintain campus functions during the bouts of severe winter weather in the past several months.

The Senate allotted Elonthon $6,200 in a special allocation. The charity dance marathon has lost five sponsors in the past several months. Also granted special allocations were Elon Club Tennis, for a trip to nationals, and ELN, in order to travel to Los Angeles to take home the Emmy they have been nominated for from ELN morning.

Club Tennis was allotted $2,000 and ELN was granted $1,400.


To conclude, Jana Lynn Patterson, associate vice president for student life, thanked the SGA senior for their service and for the "outstanding young leaders" they have become.