The University of Colorado Student Government approved four proposals at Thursday night’s Legislative Council meeting, despite strong opposition from student groups.
Three bills addressing student group funding brought in more than 100 students who had hopes of swaying the Council’s vote.
All four proposals were approved, which moves them to final approval Thursday.
Neither CUSG’s public relations director nor the tri-executives responded to requests for a statement.
Some attendees were opposed to a reform of the Student Group Funding Board bylaws — one, which would forbid hiring of non-student employees.
The bill would mainly affect the Colorado Public Interest and Research Group — which pays a full-time non-student campus organizer.
Thomas Benning, Legislative Council vice president and a sponsor of the bill, said it’s unfortunate that the bill would directly affect CoPIRG, although he said the proposal is aimed at the regulation of student fees.
“This is not about CoPIRG,” Benning said. “It’s to protect student fees from paying non-student employees hired by groups.”
Helen Katich, chapter chair for the Colorado Public Interest and Research Group, said the reform would eliminate their paid organizer, which would be detrimental to CoPIRG.
“Our success is largely due to the work and training of our campus organizer, Lisa Ritland,” Katich said. “This bill will kill CoPIRG and our ability to run effective campaigns.”
Other students were upset after the Council approved the ITP Responsibility Act, which removed funding from the Interactive Theatre Project. The group will lose about 46 percent of its funding if the bill is approved on Thursday.
CU junior Brittni Hernandez was disappointed by the results of the meeting and is planning to attend again this week in hopes of saving ITP’s funding.
“They weren’t even listening,” she said at Thursday’s meeting.
Most students were in support of the approved Student Group referendum, which would allow the student body to vote on which university-affiliated groups are allotted student fee funds.
“Let’s give the power to the students to decide,” said Samuel John, author of the referendum and Legislative Council representative.
If the student body approved a group’s funding through a vote — as allotted by the referendum — the group’s fee would be added to the student’s bills the following semester. However, students will have the option to waive the fee at registration.
A less controversial referendum allowing the student body to vote this spring on a fee increases that would fund a Recreation Center renovation also passed first reading. The fee increase would not go into effect until at least the fall of 2013, exempting many current students from the new fee they’ll likely vote on in April.