Administration asks students for NPAC funds

CAB hosted an open forum to discuss the use of student activity fees in the NPAC improvements fund for a new outdoor track facility during Tuesday’s CAB meeting.

President Randy Rhine, Athletic Director Joel Smith and Vice President of Administration and Finance Kari Gaswick attended the meeting to field questions from CAB representatives about the proposed use of $200,000 of student activity fees.

The requested money would come from a fund that is already allocated for NPAC improvements.

Student activity fees are divided into two accounts; 64 percent goes to Senate and CAB and 36 percent goes into an account for NPAC maintenance and improvements.

“The NPAC account has accumulated to a little over $500,000,” Senate Vice President Konery Klueber said. “For NPAC improvements the college is proposing that $200,000 from the NPAC account go towards the building of a new outdoor track.”

President Rhine said the current estimated cost of the track facility is $2.2 million.

The $200,000 will allow the college to get started on the facility without having to wait for other funds.

“We did an analysis, and based on this … we should be able to continue the commitments and the replacement of equipment (in the NPAC) going forward. (This decision) should not effect that ability,” Gaswick said.

Klueber said the meeting served as a way for student senate and CAB to get feedback from students so that senators can make an informed decision when they vote.

“If you guys don’t approve the track allocation, you don’t approve the track allocation and we work other options,” Gaswick said. “We will still be working to figure out how to get this track on our campus.”

Rachel Johnson from Northwest Community Action Partnership and volunteer Frances Gonzales came to speak with CAB representatives about a volunteer and fundraising opportunity in the community called Feed A Hungry Senior.

“Every day in Chadron there are seniors who go hungry,” Johnson said. “Because of some funding cuts and some changes, our Meals on Wheels program participation has gone down 40 percent in the last year and the senior center has seen something similar in their attendance. If this continues both of those centers will be in jeopardy.”

Johnson said that the decrease in participation in not the result of a lack of need, but that many seniors can no longer afford the programs and go hungry.

She asked that clubs or students in need of volunteer hours help out with the program, and encouraged students to come up with some creative ideas to help them raise money.

The majority of clubs have not submitted their homecoming nominations, which are due by 5 p.m. on Monday to Chief Justice Samantha Merrill.

CAB voted for Vice Chair of Public Relations Sadie Sheppard, junior of Fargo, North Dakota, and Herschel Foster, junior of Hemingford, as their homecoming nominations during Tuesday’s meeting.

Effective Monday, CAB will begin its new meeting time at 5 p.m. on Monday’s, prior to the Senate meeting at 5:30 p.m.

The next Free Movie Night will be at 6:45 p.m. on Sunday, Sept. 23.

Rush week begins next week for sororities Xi Delta Zeta and Zeta Alpha Kappa. Their first event, Meet and Greek, will be at 7 p.m. at The Landing on Monday.

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