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Tense SEC open forum addresses internal SEC issues and upcoming Greek Life referendum

Gillian Seaman

Issue date: 9/3/10 Section: News
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Media Board chair Paul Brinnel fields a question during Wednesday's SEC-sponsored open form regarding the upcoming Greek life referendum.
Media Board chair Paul Brinnel fields a question during Wednesday's SEC-sponsored open form regarding the upcoming Greek life referendum.
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Many students, most sporting
Greek attire, crowded Thwing
Atrium Wednesday to attend
the Student Executive Council's
open forum on the upcoming
Greek Life Student Activity
Fee (SAF) allocation referendum
to take place Sept. 8 and 9.

The referendum seeks to alter
the decision by the spring
2010 SEC board to cut the Inter-
Fraternity and Panhellenic
councils' SAF allocation from
6.5 to 5.7 percent. Should the
referendum pass, IFC/Panhel's
allocation would be reduced to
5.7 percent. As explained during
the forum, the cut stemmed
both from the discovery of an
$84,000 rollover and the decision
that certain Greek Life
events were "exclusive" and
thus ineligible for SAF funding.

"SEC wants to discourage
large rollovers," said Jim Petras,
treasurer of the Class Officer
Collective. But Petras also
stressed that the reduction in
funding was not permanent. "If
in three semesters or in x number
of semesters, IFC/Panhel
says we need more funds, the
SEC could change the allocation
of funds."

John Witowski, president of
IFC, took the opportunity to announce
the plan to donate Greek
Life's rollover to the new University
Center should the referendum
fail. The gift, however,
is contingent upon the referendum's
failure. "To remain financially
stable we cannot gift
this money if the referendum
fails," he said.

IFC/Panhel representatives
also dismissed rumors that
Greek Week would have to be canceled
if the referendum failed. "I'm hesitant
to say we're going to cut anything," said
Panhel president Katie Seymour.

Caitlyn Powell, Panhel vice president
of finance, did admit that Greek
Life would only be able to function at
current levels for 4 to 6 years before
the rollover is exhausted. "But that will
severely limit our ability to start new
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