Lion’s Eye left lacking in funds

The Student Finance Board (SFB) revoked $2,650 in funds for the Lion’s Eye literary magazine on Friday. Members of the Lion’s Eye editorial staff had intended to use those funds to print an issue of the magazine this semester.

SFB allocated the $2,650 to Lion’s Eye in the fall so that it could print an issue last semester. However, Lion’s Eye did not spend those funds in the fall.

SFB policy mandates that money allocated for one semester must be spent in that semester. As a result, SFB reclaimed its money this past week.

Members of the Lion’s Eye had intended to print an issue in either the first or second week of March, a printing which is now threatened by a lack of funds.

Part of the problem with funding for the Lion’s Eye arises from the presence of two literary magazines on campus at the College. SFB funds the Lion’s Eye in the fall and the Siren in the spring. In previous years, both literary magazines were funded at the beginning of the Fall semester to spend their budgets throughout the year.

This year, SFB expected each magazine to print in the semester for which it was funded, so that two competing SFB-funded literary magazines would not be released on campus at the same time.

“SFB didn’t put a deadline on the money. So as far as we know, we’re all right,” Laurie Gumbs, executive editor of the Lion’s Eye, said on Monday, before she had been made aware that funding had been revoked.

“Laurie should be aware (of the budgetary provisions) as she signed off on her approved budget for this year, where it clearly states that the money is to be used in the fall,” Jon Borst, executive director of SFB, wrote in an e-mail to The Signal.

“I was actually with the executive editor of the Siren and we went up to SFB to clarify this. They gave us our money in the fall and Siren gets funded in the spring, but we couldn’t put the money to use in the fall,” Gumbs said.

Gumbs said that members of the Lion’s Eye editorial staff had difficulty organizing submissions and meeting the deadline for a fall printing. She also said that problems with its printing service resulted in delays.

Gumbs also said that, despite not printing in the fall, the Siren was allowed to publish a fall issue online.

However, Borst indicated that SFB is not likely to be sympathetic to the Lion’s Eye’s plight.

“If the Lion’s Eye does intend on publishing for the spring, the organization will have to present a request for funds through the Special Appropriations process. Because the Lion’s Eye did receive funds for a fall publication but failed to spend that money, or notify the Board of any problems, it is unlikely that the Board will fund a request for Special Appropriations funding,” he wrote.

Another problem for the Lion’s Eye results from a contest it ran last semester. Members of the Lion’s Eye called on artists and poets on campus to submit their work for special placement in the literary magazine. The winning artist was to have his or her work placed on the cover of the magazine, while the winning poem would be specially indicated inside.

After Gumbs was notified that SFB had revoked funding for the spring semester, she declined to comment to The Signal.

The difficulties for the Lion’s Eye follow revisions in SFB’s policy regarding funding requests by student organizations made in the fall. Student organizations can now only revise their budgets until October.