St. Paul Board of Colleges likely to receive no fees funding.

Board members did not appeal the Student Services Fees committee initial recommendation, which was unanimous.

by Emily Cutts

The Saint Paul Board of Colleges used to make their money by selling old test files in the 1980s.

After the Internet took off, it relied on the Student Services Fees Committee for funding. Next year, it will likely receive nothing.

Its request for $18,000 was denied and the committee recommended that they receive nothing.

The Board of Colleges represents St. Paul colleges and students in student government and uses funding to provide grants on the St. Paul campus for groups to put on events.

âÄúItâÄôs very disappointing they donâÄôt understand or didnâÄôt feel the need for what we do,âÄù said Andrew Kryzer, president of the board.

Like all those who applied for funding, the board could have attended a public hearing to oppose cuts but Kryzer said the group did not attend the hearing because the vote to deny funding was unanimous.

âÄúLooking at past [record],âÄù Kryzer said, âÄúthey donâÄôt change their mind on things.âÄù

One recent Board of Colleges grant recipient is Minnesota Royal, which puts on a week-long event that attract students as well as alumni.

Courtney Heuer, president of Minnesota Royal, said this yearâÄôs funding is secured but next yearâÄôs board will have to look elsewhere.

âÄúItâÄôs hard when we have relied on that money each year. We hoped that they could continue to support us,âÄù Heuer said.

Although the initial decision was two weeks ago, word of the committeeâÄôs decision has not reached many of those who receive funding from SPBOC.

CFANS student services director Bill Ganzlin said he found out about the decision on Wednesday.

Kryzer said the board is notifying the groups it helps soon but is unsure of the boardâÄôs future role.

SPBOC was one of nine groups that requested funding and was denied any.

The final recommendations will be e-mailed to applicants March 28 and the decisions will be published in the April 4 Minnesota Daily.