SUFAC election sees 1.8 percent voter turnoutBy Rachael Shaff • April 19, 2012 • Category: News
Each vote was worth nearly $5,344 in the 2012-13 Segregated University Fee Allocation Commission election.
This year alone, $700,000 were allocated to more than 100 student organizations, BILSA Commissioner Nick Kirby said.
Approximately 1.8 percent of the student population voted for SUFAC commissioners.
Each college is represented by two commissioners.
Four members of Sigma Phi Epsilon, Kirby, Commissioner At-Large Michael Schmidt, EMS Commissioner Jon Koll and LAE Commissioner Eric Hauser were the only candidates to run on a ticket for commissioner positions.
Two people interested in being a commissioner did not turn paperwork in on time and will not be seated until SUFAC executive board elections occur, Schmidt said. Neither candidate is a member of SPE fraternity.
“Our fraternity has it in our values to be virtuous,” Kirby said. “Our members know better than to break the law. Everything is recorded during the meetings, and we train to make sure there is viewpoint neutrality.”
SPE does not ask for funding from SUFAC. Schmidt said this eliminates the conflict of interest they would otherwise have by being SUFAC commissioners.
SUFAC is working to implement a commissioner education program. This program will teach SUFAC members the steps of the budgeting process, parliamentary procedure, the system to handle deliberations and the policies they must follow while handling deliberations.
“I was a commissioner last year, not knowing much, and learned most my first day,” Schmidt said. “What we are doing is trying to get everyone ready to roll for when the budget deliberations begin.”
Nominations for SUFAC executive board members will take place today. Elections will be held next week.