Editor’s Note: The article that follows is a news analysis.
Megan McReynolds, ASG president and junior sociology major, has contacted The Bulletin requesting a correction to the numbers that we published in our recent article about the proposed funding cuts for student organizations at ESU.
The Bulletin is dedicated to accurate reporting and we stand by the numbers that we published in our earlier article. Our numbers are based on full-time student fees only.
“The Bulletin stands by the numbers that we calculated using the information provided to us,” said Rayna Karst, editor-in-chief of The Bulletin and senior English major. “Further, it is disingenuous of McReynolds to suggest that the senate is not considering a 12-percent decrease to our funding every year for the next four years. That is a misrepresentation of the current proposed Bulletin line item resolution.”
McReynolds, in an email to The Bulletin, provided what she considers to be the correct figures and has said that they were checked by a university accountant.
Here are the corrections proposed by McReynolds, along with the figures that The Bulletin arrived at and published in the article.
“The Bulletin: Bulletin published 12 percent over 4 years,” McReynolds said. “The actual proposal is 12 percent for the upcoming year.”
To say that the actual proposal is only 12 percent for the upcoming year is a misrepresentation of the proposed resolution, which “recommends a student fee decrease of twelve (12) percent to be administered each year for the next four (4) years to the student line item.”
“Performing Arts Board: Bulletin published 40 percent. ” McReynolds said. “The actual proposal is 39 percent.”
According to The Bulletin’s calculations, using the full time student fee amounts for fiscal year 2018 and 2019, the proposed budget cut for the Performing Arts Board is 39.6 percent. The Bulletin rounded to the nearest whole number.
“Sports Clubs: Bulletin published 17 percent,” McReynolds said. “The actual proposal is 16 percent.”
According to calculations using the full time student fee amounts for last year and the proposed fee amounts, Sports Clubs are facing a proposed funding cut of 16.6 percent. The Bulletin rounded to the nearest whole number.
“Quivera (sic): Bulletin published 60 percent,” McReynolds said. “The actual proposal is 56 percent.”
Currently, Quivira is receiving 25 cents from full time students and will be reduced to 10 cents if the proposed cuts are passed. According to the calculations that The Bulletin did, these numbers mean that Quivira is facing a proposed 60 percent cut.
“ASG: Bulletin published 7.5 percent,” McReynolds said. “The actual proposal is 9 percent.”
According to The Bulletin’s calculations, using the full time student fee amount of $16 for last year and the proposed amount of $14.80, ASG is proposed to receive exactly a 7.5 percent cut.
“CECE: Bulletin published 7.5 percent,” McReynolds said. “The actual proposal is 7 percent.”
In The Bulletin’s article, the proposed cuts for the CECE were written as 6 percent. Through The Bulletin’s calculations, we came to the final number of 6.1 percent, which we rounded down to 6 percent, to the nearest whole number.
McReynolds offered no correction to the information concerning the line item of The Sunflower.
According to McReynolds, the proposed funding cuts are intended to ease financial difficulties that students may be facing due to the rising cost of education. ASG oversees 12 line items and has proposed to cut seven of them.
“If the proposed cuts are intended to save students money, then they would be across the board and include all line item organizations,” Karst said. “Instead, the cuts are focused almost exclusively on the humanities and student publications.”
Currently, Kansas Collegiate Media (KCM) is planning to address their concerns with the proposed budget cuts to student publications before the Kansas Board of Regents votes on the submitted university budgets, which will happen this summer.
“It is the concern of the organization, in light of the budget cuts to the Sunflower newspaper at Wichita State and the proposed budget cuts to both the Emporia State Bulletin newspaper and the Sunflower yearbook, these type of cuts could eventually reciprocate to other programs across the state,” said Kristy Dekat, professor of journalism and adviser to The Sunflower, who attended the KCM meeting.