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ENMU regents hear tailgating proposal

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The Eastern New Mexico University Board of Regents meeting on Friday had many issues that were discussed, including tailgating and dropping the requirement of bachelor degrees to 120 hours.

Student regent Chase Sturdevant discussed a student proposal for tailgating before football games. The Associated Students of Eastern New Mexico University made the proposal by looking at other university’s policies, and have polled students.

Last year, the poll resulted in a 77 percent in favor of tailgating. They are conducting another poll this year.

Board President Jane Christensen was impressed by the work put into the proposal.

“You have done a very good job with it,” Christensen said to the ASENMU President Katherynne Padilla, who attended the meeting,

The proposal also looked into allowing alcohol outside the stadium.

“My own personal stance is that alcohol does not have a place on our campus,” ENMU President Steve Gamble said.

Board member Chad Lydick said if the student feel strongly about this issue, then they should bring the proposal to the board to vote on.

Jamie Laurenz, vice president of academic affairs, gave a report on the issue of dropping the requirement of many bachelor degree programs to 120 credit hours.

Laurenz said by 2015, most of the programs will require 120 hours to graduate.

Laurenz said some of the degrees that will require more than 120 hours will be explicitly stated in the degree catalog.

One example is secondary education, which has to meet state licensure requirements.

Gamble said the school is looking at reducing required hours as much as possible.

The meeting also had report of the comparison of the operating budget against the actual results of operations, which will be submitted to NMHED at the end of the fiscal year.

Scott Smart, vice president of business affairs, said the overall revenue budget for the 2013-14 was under performing at 1.4 percent.

Smart said there were three factors that contributed to the decline, including a reduction in semester credit hours, a change in the mix of full-time versus part-time students, and the west campus remodeling.

However, Smart said expenditures showed a positive operating variance of 4 percent as instructional and general expenses were 2 percent below budget and auxiliary fund expenses came in at $617,000 below budget.

The end of year fund balance saw a 24 percent increase in comparison to the budgeted amount and the actual amount.

Here are other items discussed at the Friday meeting:

• Approval of the ENMU policies to update legal citations, adjust titles and to assure the policies and campus practices fully align.

• Approval of the ENMU Foundation and Board of Regents agreement.

• Approval of the resolution to support the General Obligation Bond C for all three ENMU campuses.