New SGA budget supports increased funding for clubs and the fall concert

SGA Frog Aides held a TCU State Fair in the commons. (Photo courtesy of Frog Aides via Instagram)

In a hurried attempt to approve a budget before summer, Student Government Association changed its original proposal to one that supports Frog Aides and increases money for clubs and the fall concert.

“We, as an organization, need a budget, and we pretty much need it today,” said Robby Gay, the student body treasurer and senior mathematics major.

A total of $905,000 will be collected for SGA from

SGA tables bill that would have eliminated funding for Frog Aides

Plans to scrap all SGA funding for the Frog Aides program were shelved Tuesday after an impassioned speech from Vivian Blakeley, next year’s Frog Aides co-director.

The tabled budget proposed reallocated the $27,500 budget of the leadership program for first-years to the fall concert budget. The spending plan also increased student organization funding and cut $10,000 from SGA programming and conference funding.

The budget is expected to be revised this week and presented to the House at its n

New student body officers plan for next year

Next year’s student body officers talk about the summer and plans for the fall in the SGA offices. (Ella M. Mercer/ Staff Writer)

The student body officers-elect are planning the fall concert, working to improve advising and meeting with a committee to prepare for a tight budget next year.

Joe Winick, president-elect, Dominic Mendlik, vice president-elect and Kellen Meagher, treasurer-elect, will work over the summer with students and administrators.

Winick, a sophomore political science majo

Student body president candidates set to debate Wednesday

Student body president candidates will have a live debate for TCU 360 at 3 p.m. today.

Candidates Luke Homfeldt and Joe Winick have been campaigning for over a week. Their Instagram pages highlight platform goals for the 2023-24 school year.

Both candidates aim to improve parking, dining and the Recreation Center.

Winick said he’s been advocating for a debate and is excited for students to see what both candidates are all about.

“This debate will provide a space where my opponent and I can b

Voter guide to SGA elections

Students can vote for student body officers and on a budget referendum to raise the student body fee in the SGA election on March 31.

The student body president, student body vice president and student body treasurer will be chosen in the election, open to all students.

Since campaigning began last Monday, signs are sprouting on the campus lawns, and candidates are gaining traction on social media.

Representatives for each college on campus are elected by students in the fall.

The student bo

A week with theCrew

theCrew has hosted events on campus for over a decade, bringing the TCU community together. (Photo courtesy of theCrew)

They craft. They hand out food. They even pet cows named Moolisa. No matter the activity, theCrew has one goal in mind: to build community on campus.

The organization plans over 100 events every year, according to its website. Since the mid-2000s, each event is planned and hosted by student volunteers.

How it all began

In 2008, TCU staff planned daily activities for student

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Los Angeles Unified School District teachers and Service Employees International Union 99 (SEIU) members strike outside the LAUSD headquarters in Los Angeles, Tuesday, March 21, 2023. Tens of thousands of workers in the Los Angeles Unified School District walked off the job Tuesday over stalled contract talks, and they were joined by teachers in a three-day strike that shut down the nation’s second-largest school system. (AP Photo/Damian Dovarganes)

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Students voice opinions on increased student body fee

It’s been over 10 years since TCU students approved an increase in the activity fee paid every semester to underwrite entertainment and student organizations.

Over the years, student fees have helped pay for acts such as Macklemore in 2016, Flo Rida in 2021 and Kesha in 2022. Additionally, students in academic, extracurricular and sports clubs apply to receive funding from SGA every semester.

SGA has proposed doubling the student body fee to $90 per semester. Students have the option to vote l

TCU wake club resurfaces

TCU wakeboarders pose for a picture at a tabling event near the library. From left to right: Christian Pizzarelli, Isabella Diruggiero, Padraig Fitzgerald, Matthew Moyer, Lawson Orradre and Blake Martin. (Ella M. Mercer/Staff Writer)

In an effort to bring the culture of back home to Fort Worth, some TCU students have come together to restart a wakeboarding club.

The wakeboarding club team has around 70 active members, starting with a few that brought their gear from home to hit the water at La
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SGA votes to double student body fee

Student body treasurer Robby Gay presents the bill that will allow students to vote on the student body fee amount. (Ella Mercer/ Staff Writer)

Students are going to be asked to double TCU’s activity fee from $45 to $90 a semester, an amount SGA says is necessary to keep up with rising costs.

SGA approved the increase at Tuesday’s meeting and now the matter is up for a student vote.

If students approve, the board of trustees will vote on the proposal.

The increase would boost budgets for eve

SGA will vote to double student body fee

The fee students pay for activities, including concerts and student organizations, could double to $180 for the 2023-24 academic year under a proposal that the Student Government Association is expected to vote on Tuesday evening.

If the proposal gets approved by two-thirds of the House, it will go to the board of trustees at their spring meeting. If the trustees approve it, students will vote on the matter during the spring 2023 officer elections.

The bill would double the $90 SGA fee, half o

What we’re reading: State of the Union address, earthquake death toll rises

President Joe Biden delivers the State of the Union address to a joint session of Congress at the U.S. Capitol, Tuesday, Feb. 7, 2023, in Washington. Vice President Kamala Harris and House Speaker Kevin McCarthy of Calif., listen. (AP Photo/Patrick Semansky)

Biden speaks of bipartisan ‘possibilities’ in State of the Union address

Members of Congress must work together to prioritize more bipartisan legislation and retain the confidence of all Americans, President Biden said in his State of the

Classes resume 10 a.m. on Feb. 3 following winter storm

TCU closed campus at 12 p.m. due to incoming inclement weather. A winter storm warning was issued through Wednesday at 6 a.m. (Courtesy of:

After four days of cancelled classes due the winter storm, TCU will resume classes Friday morning at 10 a.m., the university announced via the TCU Alert system.

Fallout from the storm includes a broken boiler in Sadler Hall that will be under repair Friday. Classes located in Sadler from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. will be held in othe