Creamer vetoes choir trip funding

Student body president rejects bill that would give $20,000 to UND choir

Student Body President Nick Creamer vetoed a bill Tuesday, which would have allocated $20,000 to the UND Concert Choir for their trip to Cuba.

In his veto message to Student Senate, Creamer said he did not believe it was fair to give $20,000 to Concert Choir — more than double the Student Organization Funding Agency’s maximum allocation amount of $8,000 — but not to other student organizations.

“This decision is not indicative of any opposition to allocating funds to help defray the costs of this trip, but instead I think that it would be most appropriate if there were to be a more clearly defined correlation between the amount authorized by this bill and the amount that is eligible to all other student groups,” Creamer said in his veto message.

Creamer added although he vetoed the bill, he supports the ability to allocate over the $8,000 maximum when senate deems necessary. However, he said he opposed spending over double the maximum amount.

“In the spirit of compromise, I would hope that this body will consider these suggestions and use them to make the appropriate adjustments to the current bill, so we can come together with a bill that provides funding to the Concert Choir to defray the total cost to the students going on this trip,” Creamer said.