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April 20, 2010
MARYVILLE, Mo. - Northwest Missouri State's Student Senate is giving $10,000 from its budget back to the University in response to cuts in the state's budget.
With a unanimous vote, the Student Senate approved the allocation to the University as a sign of students' commitment to respond to the education budget cuts, Student Senate Treasurer Andrew Maddux said.
Student Senate President Erin Holm said executive board members began discussing the idea earlier this spring before taking it to all Student Senate members in March.
"I believe students will want to help out in any way they can because they truly believe in this University and what it stands for," Holm said. "Everyone was really on board with it and felt it was a good thing to give back."
Northwest is facing a 5.2 percent cut in state appropriations during the next fiscal year, and state cuts to higher education for the year after that are projected to be greater as legislators respond to the slowly recovering economy.
Northwest Missouri State University President Dr. John Jasinski commended the Student Senate for its efforts.
"I join my colleagues and offer our most heartfelt appreciation," Jasinksi said. "We have witnessed so many good things transpire through these challenging times and this adds to our list."
Maddux said the Student Senate is planning to allocate additional unused funds toward other projects to benefit the students and University.
The mission of the Student Government Association (SGA) is to act as a unified body, advancing the interests and general welfare of every student. The SGA represents each student and serves as a liaison amongst students, the University and the community.
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