Budget Cuts Mean Meals over Break Are Not Guaranteed
BY COURTNEY GALLAGHER
As a result of a $1 million dollar schoolwide budget cut, students who stay on campus over Thanksgiving, winter, and spring break will no longer be receiving one meal a day from Fresh Ideas, beginning this Thanksgiving.
Cuts to Student Life were outlined at the Student Government Association meeting on Oct. 6. Athletics will receive a $45,000 cut to its budget, the student life office will lose $9,000 for supplies and printing, and $44,000 of those cuts will be taken from meals.
This cut will largely affect international students.
Student life is discussing alternative ways to provide food to students who stay on campus.
“The Emerson Center and other staff have been working really hard to figure out a plan to feed students since the meals were cut,” said Molly Dwyer, president of SGA. “They already have a plan in place for Thanksgiving break, and I believe the conversation is now about plans for Christmas break.”
One suggestion SGA developed in Tuesday’s meeting was to fund a few meals with a possible gift from the Parents’ Association.
Immediate solutions are also being developed.
“Finance committee approved funding for “to go” bags of food, and I’ve heard that one of the local churches is planning a meal or two,” Dwyer said. “While this is an adjustment, I know that a lot of planning is already happening to ensure that students are having food over break. Once everything is discussed and figured out, I will make sure students are aware of what the final plan entails.”