GPSC funds semester, not annual budget

By Cheryl Fogle

Arizona Daily Wildcat

The Associated Students budget passed through the Graduate and Professional Student Council last night, but ASUA was funded for only a semester instead of a full academic year.

GPSC refused to pass an annual budget because the council wanted to see changes in ASUA funding. GPSC and the Undergraduate Senate will negotiate. Meanwhile, the budget passed last night is valid until Jan. 15.

One major disagreement between the two groups concerns money for the Professional Opportunities Development, a new program that funds conferences and research by graduate students. Although both GPSC and the senate support it, they disagree about its funding. It is under the clubs and organization budget, but GPSC wants it to be an independent program.

According to ASUA President Ben Driggs, POD cannot be a separate fund because it it is against the ASUA constitution to give student fees to individuals, so it must be given to clubs.

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