To Elliv or Not to Elliv

The last issue of Cedars included an article by Jackie Kari sharply criticizing SGA’s Elliv and all the money that went into it. Jason Ney has written a reply, which might be featured in the next Cedars but it’s unknown yet. Below is Jason’s rebuttal:

I am writing in response to Jackie Kari’s article concerning the “Loose SGA Spending” on Elliv. Miss Kari asserts in her article that the current budget for Elliv is too large, and SGA needs to find a way to bring down the budget. In the article, she quotes Ian Ellis, who states that “Elliv is an expenditure on fun, not an investment in the development and betterment of the student body.” Since when are entertainment and betterment of the student body opposed? By the end of the semester, the students are ready for something fun and extravagant. If they weren’t, then why was Elliv last year’s highest-attended event, with approximately 2000 attendants? Shouldn’t the largest part of the budget go to the largest, most popular event? Also, how can Kari objectively judge the worth of an event that, as a freshman, she has never even attended? Ian Ellis, who seems just as skeptical as Kari about the budgetary allotment Elliv receives, was a presenter at last year’s show. If he doesn’t approve of the money spent on Elliv, then why was he an active participant? Also, in the article, he suggests using creativity, such as “advertisements and other fundraisers” so that the “primary goals” of SGA would not have to be compromised. SGA is currently working toward such goals for the present and the future.

Kari states that half of the costs of Elliv are covered by tickets sales, but still questions if the Elliv budget could be spent on “student organizations and leadership opportunities.” The last time I checked, my e-mail inbox contains invitations on a nearly daily basis to attend Excel Leadership Initiatives or join some sort of Ministry Team or small group. Cedarville is currently overflowing with student orgs (check the section dedicated to them in last year’s yearbook for proof). The budget for those orgs and leadership opportunities certainly does not seem to be suffering. In light of this, Elliv receiving a quarter of the SGA budget seems very reasonable. I work on a committee for Elliv, and I can testify to the fact that we work very hard to stay within budget, while giving the students a great night of entertainment to cap off the semester. College is about out-of-class experiences as well as academic learning, and Elliv is a great example of how the student body can come together and unify through a night of amazing fun. If the primary goal of SGA is to exist, as Kari states, as “the representative voice of the students,” it seems that the students have spoken. Elliv is the most popular one-night event on campus. Anyone who went to last year’s Elliv will tell you that the price they spent on the ticket, and any money spent from the SGA budget, was well worth it. Kari has not been to Elliv, nor seen the DVD they sold of the show. My advice to her is to go to the show this year and experience what she seems so skeptical about. Hopefully her opinion will change.

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