Fischer addresses budget woes

Alissa Atkinson and James Heggen — S

The Government of the Student Body held its first meeting of the semester Wednesday night, finishing all of its business in nearly 45 minutes.

Daniel Fischer, GSB president and senior in agricultural business, addressed the senate at Wednesday night’s meeting. Fischer talked about the cuts the university is facing, and said it is estimated the state’s revenue is expected to drop 0.4 percent from last fiscal year.

Fischer said GSB will have representation at the state capitol through Alyssa Staley, director of ISU Ambassadors and senior in political science. Staley is clerking for a representative this semester. Additionally, Jamison Arends, business senator and freshman in pre-business, has been appointed by Fischer to serve on a university committee examining how the university will deal with budget cuts.

Fischer also said the off-campus housing liaison position GSB was hoping to revive will be scaled back in the face of the economic situation. Instead of a full-time position, GSB will work on developing resources for students about off-campus housing policies.

Fischer said he still thinks the project is feasible, just not to the same magnitude they had originally hoped.

Fischer said he will be requesting $1,890 in funds from the senate discretionary fund next week for advertisements and poster distribution to promote the financial literacy campaign.

Jacob Wilson, sophomore in political science, and Cedric Jones, senior in journalism and mass communication, were both seated as off-campus senators.

At next week’s meeting, the Veishea general co-chairpersons will be giving a program to discuss this year’s celebration. There will also be two bills concerning Veishea up for second read.