January 26, 2011

Senate discusses SMURF updates

The Special Meeting on the Use of the Restricted Fund (SMURF) is moving forward, Senate Communications Officer senior Chris Bugajski reported at the weekly Student Senate meeting on Thursday, Jan. 20.

SMURF recently sent out a survey to students asking what they would like to see done with the approximately $150,000 available for Senate to spend. SMURF will be tabling throughout this week to gather more opinions and then prepare a final report for Senate, which is expected to be completed by the end of the term.

Senator first-year Esther Farler-Westphal updated Senate on Allies for Sexual Assault Prevention (ASAP). ASAP will be holding a community event on Feb. 10 in the Skylight Room.

Other upcoming events include Senators and Subs, which will be held on Saturday, Jan. 29 at noon in Ferris Lounge. Senators will be available to discuss issues with constituents and Jimmy Johns subs will be served.

Senator sophomore Kenton Tilford proposed changes to the Finance Committee guidelines. Previously, if clubs went over their allotted budget, they would not be allowed to request any funds during the next term. Tilford suggested that clubs that went over budget be allowed to request funds at the discretion of the Finance Committee. The changes passed.

“While we want to establish a culture of financial responsibility, the finance committee’s first and foremost responsibility is to make sure the student body gets the most they possibly can out of their Student Activity Fee,” Tilford said.

Tilford also reported on additional funds requests. Chemistry Club received $212 for dues to the American Chemical Society, International Club received $1050 for various expenses related to International Fair and Alpha Phi Omega received $222 for several events.

Anna Meier

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