Joshua Dunk


With the school year’s end fast approaching, the executive staff have begun budget planning for the 2012-2013 year.


The executive staff have initiated the Common Sense budget website. The website is designed to get input from the faculty and students. 


It’s the President’s initiative to hear other thoughts and ideas on how others believe they can contribute to closing the short fall that is in place for the 2012-2013 budget, said John Veilleux, vice president of marketing and communication and spokesperson for the university.


In addition to the Common Sense budget website, there will also be open forum sessions, where anyone can hear updates and share their ideas in person.


These open forum sessions are designed to solicit the feedback of faculty and staff in an open type of environment where they can talk about the planning that is going on to close the budget shortfall.


“You can hear about it; you can talk about it, and you are able to say what you like and don’t like. Honesty is the key in this matter,” Veilleux said. “What you see from the website and the open forums is the president’s vision of providing complete transparency to the budget process.”


The website will be able to provide an understanding to the status of the 2012-2013 budget and give people an opportunity to participate in the budget planning process.


If a student thinks he or she can provide some opportunities for identifying efficiencies in terms of how the university is run, the president is encouraging opinions and comments, Veilleux said.


“As a student living on campus I want the best for my school,” Christina Anderson, freshman business management major, said. “I can’t complain about the problems that go on if I don’t do my part and take action.” 


Lagustra Bryant, sophomore athletic training major, said she likes the idea of doing something to make her school better.


“I am more than a student,” Bryant said. “I am a leader that can use this to make my voice heard.”