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Letter to the Editor: Stronger SEC commitment to accountability, their constitution needed before they take away Greek Life's money

Issue date: 9/3/10 Section: Opinion
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Finally, the voting process for last year's Greek funding reallocation did not follow the SEC's own constitutional timeline. The constitution states that any revisions in the SAF allocation must be approved by the 5th meeting of the semester by a 3/5 majority vote. As of the fifth meeting of last semester (see Mar. 18 minutes), the proposal for cutting Greek Funding was still being drafted and debated. A vote should not have been held after this fifth meeting to modify the allocation - the issue should have been tabled for a semester and more time allowed for a thorough discussion.

In short, I think that this year's SEC leadership should have a pretty full agenda without trying to tackle the Greek funding issue, chief among them competence, accountability and transparency. I do not think that the SEC organization is in a position to single out member organizations for reallocation when they cannot seem to abide by their own regulations in the first place. As was stated several times in last week's Observer, this would be a great time for SEC to bring member organizations - and the campus community - together instead of driving them apart.

I hope that you keep that in mind as well during your vote on the referendum next week, and choose to return the SAF allocations to their previous levels until further review merits an honest change.

Michael Lyrenmann

Undergraduate Student
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