Arkansas Tech’s Student Government Association voted to pass a resolution to contribute $5,000 to the Student Activities Board annual Summer Send-Off carnival. The final semester event where students have the opportunity to hangout before leaving campus for the summer break will be held on Thursday, April 26.
“$10,000 is what SGA usually gives, but since it was too much last year we decreased our asking price to $5,000,” said Jenny Butler, assistant director of Campus Life and SGA, SAB adviser.
Summer Send-Off costs an estimated $50,000, including six rides, four food options, bottled water, 500 T-shirts, portable toilets and wash stations and assistance from Tech’s facilities management team with cleanup, according to the resolution.
“The Resident Hall Association, National Residence Hall Honorary and the Office of Residence Life have already contributed,” Butler said. “Without SGA’s help, SAB would have to cover the cost, and that would lessen our budget for the fall semester.”
SGA’s logo will appear on flyers and t-shirts for the event –further justifying the amount contributed to the event, according to the resolution.
“This is one of the biggest events at this school, and it’s important for the largest organizations on campus to sponsor this event so students can put faces to the names of our student leaders,” said Lakyn Kidd, SAB social media chair and public relations major from Hope.
Although the resolution passed, at least one member opposed the idea of contributing money to the event.
“I feel as though it is too much money to give towards the event when we just talked about wanting to save up money to put towards campus projects, such as fixing up Doc Bryan,” said Brooke Miller, senator-at-large and psychology major from Bigelow.