During its last meeting of the year Tuesday, the Student Life Committee (SLC) approved the allocation of the student activity fee for the 2011-2012 school year and wrapped up its discussion about revising the finals schedule to reduce student stress.
Associate Director of Campus Life Kathleen Drake and junior Student Senate Treasurer Gordon Barratt explained Senate’s process for budgeting clubs and how the rest of the fee was allocated.
Senate budgeted and approved $106,446 last week for club budgets, including the appeals process. That is an increase from $99,000 this year, but there are also 18 more clubs budgeted for next year. As a result, there were decreases in the general and Executive Board discretionary funds.
There was a $5,000 increase in the Athletic Committee’s fund. Barratt explained that this is a fair increase, since a Senate resolution earlier this year urged the Athletic Committee to provide more storage for club sports and it will need a larger budget to meet that charge.
The student activity fee also funds Union Board, the Broadcast, Internet & Publications Board (BIP) and the Dean of Students’ discretionary fund.
SLC passed the recommendations with no opposition from members of the committee.
The committee then proceeded to continue an ongoing conversation this term about potentially changing the finals schedule to add reading days either in the middle of the term or at the end and adding more finals slots.
Professor of Mathematics and SLC chair Dennis Schneider wanted to discuss the implications of some of the proposals floating around through Executive Committee (ExComm) and get a report back from Student Senate on its consensus on the issue.
The major proposal in ExComm would entail one-and-a-half reading days at the end of the term and three-and-a-half days of finals. Schneider’s original proposals included four full days of finals with either a reading day in the middle of the term or two reading days at the end.
Student Senate discussed these ideas in a meeting earlier this month and Senate President senior Sam Claypool relayed Senate’s overall sentiments to the committee.
“Everyone was very into that idea,” Claypool said. “I believe people were more supportive of a midterm reading day in the middle of the term.”
Schneider expressed his belief that SLC has not had much input in the ExComm discussion and he will be looking into attending its final meeting of the year next week.
SLC is a faculty standing committee, which meets every Tuesday at 4 p.m. in Borzello Hall 116.