SGA will not provide fan bus to NIU contest

Ball State students will have to find their own ride if they want to support the football team at Northern Illinois University Saturday. The Student Government Association has decided it cannot charter buses for the event.

President Tommy Rector said funding and time constraints affected the decision.

According to Rector, the idea was considered by SGA on Nov. 6. SGA and Cardinal Varsity Club met to discuss the possibility of chartering buses.

"This would be a Ball State community bus trip," Rector said. "The problem is we couldn't get enough money in enough time to charter the bus."

After talking to CVC, Rector said no funds were available. Finding a bus company on short notice was also an issue.

"By the time I made all the phone calls, it was Wednesday (Nov. 7)," Rector said. "The final decision was needed by that Friday, so it wasn't working out."

Rector said that in order to charter the busses, more time was needed to pay for the bus service. Rector said he called a few different bus services and most were booked.

The company that was available asked for $1,400 for the trip. Rector said with the $200 allotted from SGA, the cost would be around $50 per person, including the $13 ticket price. Rector discussed this option with the SGA Executive Board.


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