BFC Weekend Goes On in Spite of Vacancies

Budget and Finance Committee (BFC) weekend will still take place even if the two seats designated for student senators remain vacant on April 1.

BFC weekend is the time designated for the committee to make decisions and plans for next year’s budget that supports clubs and organizations funded by the Student Activity fee.

Even though the Student Association Constitution states that besides five students, five student senators must sit on the BFC committee, Vice President of Finance Youssouf Kouyo said BFC weekend will not be affected.

“It’s not going to affect BFC weekend because right now I work very well with the group that I have,” said Kouyo. “Having [two more] senators wouldn’t make the difference. Nine is enough for the weekend.”

The committee currently has nine members, six Council of Organizations members and three student senators.

Sen. Rose Faber, also a BFC member, said that even though BFC is an important committee to sit in, a lot of student senators haven’t joined because the committee’s meeting time conflicts with their schedules.

“I don’t feel that it’s not that they don’t care,” she said. “It’s just a busy day for them.”

Kouyo agreed with Faber and said that a lot of student senators are resident assistants or club presidents and don’t have the time to be a part of the committee.

Kouyo said he will continue to mention the vacant seats at senate meetings but can’t force anybody to join.

Ultimately, Kouyo said BFC is running smoothly.

“I like the way we work together,” he said. “We’re forming a good and strong team.”

BFC weekend will begin on April 1. Kuouyo said all club presidents should go to Student Union 428 to get budget request forms for the 2011-12 year. Forms are due on March 30 by 5 p.m.