When the Undergraduate Senate met Tuesday evening, it was business as usual. But with a simple procedural approval of the consent agenda, the Undergraduate Senate did something it had not done in 25 years: approved student government funding for The Daily Tar Heel.
“The DTH used to get a significant amount of student fee funding – in the six figures,” said Erica Perel, general manager of the DTH. “We defunded ourselves in 1993 because of the conflict there.”
Now with the DTH facing financial difficulties, the Board of Directors decided to take advantage of the paper’s status as an officially recognized student organization and apply for a small amount of funds to cover student expenses.
“We realized that at this point students are paying out of pocket to send other students, or to go (themselves), to things like the national championship game, for which they are not being reimbursed,” said John Hess, treasurer of the DTH Board of Directors. “These costs are not coming back because the DTH simply doesn’t have the money to reimburse them.”
The board made a presentation to the Undergraduate Finance Committee asking for $2,000 said Matt Queen, the board president. From that request, the committee granted funding of $1,000 which may decrease pending a final review.