GREENVILLE — As some at the University question the UNC Association of Student Governments’ credibility, the president’s attempt at improving its effectiveness was shot down by his own council members Saturday.
After much debate, student body presidents from across the state decided to table ASG President Atul Bhula’s bill, a campaign to gain a vote at UNC-system Board of Governors’ meetings.
Bhula, who is a non-voting member of the system board, still has the authority to speak out on behalf of UNC students at the meetings.
Donors to UNC-CH
In anticipation of a budget shortfall, UNC-system schools are looking to donors to make up some of the difference.
The number of donors to UNC-Chapel Hill has increased in recent years —
- 2008: 74,854
- 2009: 77,486
- 2010: 78,039
In the 2010-11 fiscal year, the University raised $286.4 million, $52.2 million of which was invested in endowment funds.
He said a vote on the board would increase the association’s credibility. UNC-CH’s College Republicans are petitioning for students to vote whether they should be a part of the organization, which they say is ineffective.
Members of the council — which is composed of student body presidents from UNC-system schools — said Bhula wasn’t prepared to argue their case against board members and legislators in gaining a vote.