KSPU proposal fails at senate

A proposal that would allow KSPU to purchase remote broadcasting equipment, making it possible to go on-air live from home sporting events, failed to pass at senate Monday night.

"Specifically for next quarter, (the new equipment) would have allowed us to broadcast basketball games," Jon Cook, KSPU’s station manager, said.

Additionally, KSPU would have been able to go live during other on-campus activities like the Second Essence unveiling, concerts and CFE events.

"We’d have used it for different things, too," Cook said, "(not only) sporting events."

KSPU’s proposal, named Proposal 18, called for the purchase of several pieces of equipment including a remote broadcasting device, several microphones, cables, microphone stands, headphones and a microphone case.

The total projected cost was $1,752.63.

Before Proposal 18 came before senate, it was first sent, like other student proposals, to the Finance Board. At the Finance Board, it received a "do-pass" recommendation.

Proposal 18 was then sent to senate, where it was considered on Nov. 17.

According to ASSP Executive Vice President and Senate Chair James Pedrick, some senators at that session expressed concern that the cost of the equipment wasn’t proportional to its projected benefit, or to the number of students that listen to KSPU.

Pedrick also said that it was suggested that the Athletic Department be asked to contribute some money towards the cost of the equipment since it would be used, at least in part, to broadcast athletic events.

At the Nov. 17th session, Proposal 18 was tabled to allow senators time to talk with their constituents about interest in KSPU’s possible expansion, and to allow KSPU time to approach the Athletic Department for supplemental funding.

Last Monday, Proposal 18 came before the senate again.

By that time, KSPU had secured money from the Athletic Department.

"(They) agreed to put in $500 on the basis of KSPU broadcasting men’s and women’s basketball games," Cook said.

However, regardless of the additional funding, Proposal 18 failed to pass. The final vote was 12-7.

According to Cook, some of the same concerns that postponed the senate’s Nov. 17th vote on Proposal 18 contributed to its defeat Monday night.

"Some people in ASSP … think that the high cost wasn’t justified by the service," he said.

Pedrick added that, "a lot of senators thought that it wasn’t going to be an effective use of funding."

In addition to those reasons, both Cook and Pedrick noted that at least a perceived lack of student interest in KSPU might have influenced senators’ votes.

According to Cook, KSPU has, on average, 15 to 30 listeners at a time.

ASSP President Bri Clark, who was present and voted at senate on Monday night, observed another concern.

"Several of the senators mentioned that they would rather see KSPU start to reach a broader audience or diversify their programming before investing more money into the station," she said.

Although KSPU’s proposal failed to pass on Monday night, Cook hopes that purchasing the new equipment and broadcasting from different areas on campus will remain a possibility for the future.

"I think it would benefit the station," he said. "It would give us the chance to provide a practical service."

Clark, for one, agrees. "I think that it would be a fantastic way for KSPU to expand its programming and provide something unique to the SPU campus," she said.

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Title: KSPU proposal fails at senate | Author: Sara Schilling | Section: News | Published Date: 2003-12-03 | Internal ID: 3653