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An update regarding funding of multicultural center was addressed at the Student Government Association meeting on Wednesday.

SGA met to discuss the raising of student fees for an academic enhancement fund. The student fees review committee has met throughout the semester to develop the plan.

Protestors for a multicultural center gathered outside a committee meeting on Feb. 5, saying that the raising of fees was being considered for a multicultural center. However, recent statements show that the cost will be paid in other ways.

“It’s looking more and more like it isn’t going to be general revenue funded,” Procurement Officer Specialist Stacy Brown said at the SGA meeting.

The academic enhancement fee would be a general revenue fund and Brown suggests that funds could instead be allocated from other fees. The fund would only be used for academic purposes, such as classroom technology and classroom maintenance. It’s unclear if the multicultural center will fit under an academic umbrella.

“We need to know how the multicultural center will be utilized, and that will determine what funding source that we use for the facility,” Executive Director of Business Operations Wendy Bates said.

“There are other fees and other avenues that we are researching so that we make sure we can bring the multicultural center to campus.”

A suggestion was made at the meeting to have the multicultural center be funded by the state, however that would result in a long wait. Illinois State University receives the least amount of funds per student from the state and are still waiting on funding from as early as 2011.

“We are looking into bringing a multicultural center to campus in such a way that we are not dependent on waiting on the state or necessarily needing additional fees up and beyond what’s already there,” Dean of Students John Davenport said.

Davenport is a member of the committee researching the multicultural center.

ELIZABETH SEILS is a News Reporter for The Vidette. She can be contacted at Follow her on Twitter at @SeilsElizabeth 

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