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A capella group's appeal capped after miscalculation

by Jackie Tempera / Beacon Staff • February 7, 2013

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Walker Dessing and Celia Letchman at Noteworthy's appeal.
Walker Dessing and Celia Letchman at Noteworthy's appeal.

The Student Government Association granted Noteworthy, an on-campus a capella group, $1,437.08 on Tuesday to record its second album, a significant decrease to the $4,100.98 the organization originally asked for. 

The $4,100.98 appeal was meant to cover fees for a new album, theater reservations for an upcoming show, posters, sheet music, and funds to reimburse club president and senior Maria Murray, who paid to finance the group’s first album, Ten

The group’s initial proposal was increased by $70 because of a mathematical error caught by class of 2013 President Jenna McPadden, a writing, literature, and publishing, and marketing communication double major.

The allotted money, along with the group’s fundraising funds that they earned through donations and performances, will be used to pay for theaters reservations, sheet music, and fees for the Spring 2013 album. 

Last year, Noteworthy was allocated $1,400 of SGA funds specifically for the production of Ten, according to SGA Elections Commissioner Kassandra King, a sophomore political communication major. 

“All the money went to the album, but it disappeared very quickly,” said Walker Desing, Noteworthy’s music director. 

After recording the tracks for the first album in Emerson radio station WERS, the employee who was working with the organization moved to Los Angeles abruptly, said Noteworthy Vice President Celia Letchman. The club had to pay this employee for the work he had done, and then pay another outside production company to complete the project, she said. 

“The money was all fronted because we were down to the wire. We won’t be able to produce anything so high-quality again if we aren’t reimbursed,” said Letchman, a sophomore theater studies major. 

SGA Treasurer Tanya Flink noted that Warlords had a similar appeal last year, in which the club asked for, but was not awarded, money to reimburse a member. 

Class of 2015 President Nicholas de la Canal voted to allocate all of the funds to Noteworthy.

“I don’t think we should just say no because it’s a reimbursement. The appeals are for money to help organizations. This is still helping the organization,” he said. “I know we may get a little ticked off that they spent money just expecting to get it back, but I think it is a great album and it is something we should support.”

After a lengthy discussion, seven SGA members voted to give the club the amended funds and not include the reimbursement. Five members voted no and three abstained. 

Now, $36,823.14 remains in the pool account.