The debate over approving the $400,180 budget from student activity fees filled the discussion in the Student Life Committee meeting on Tuesday.
-Four clubs received a “zero budget club” standing. This means the clubs have no budget, but there is no limit on additional funds requests from student senate. These clubs are Alliance for Peaceful Action, Gaming Information Network, Math Club and Movimiento Estudiantil Chicano de Aztlan.
-Increases in Broadcast, Internet and Publications Board and Union Board funding by $17,000 and minimal changes in club budgets will lead to a decrease of senate discretionary funds for the 2012-2013 school year. The total budget is a conservative number and is likely to rise after final student activity fees arecalculated, providing additional funds to senate’s discretionary funds.
-Folio has been approved for $2,425 after being approved as a college publication during Monday’s faculty meeting.
-Union Board will receive an additional $15,505 for another larger Flunk Day performer next year and a specific large act for fall term.
-Discussion included a better understanding of the Dean of Students’ discretionary funds, better evaluation system for Union Board and the drying up of honorary funds for speakers and awards.
-The student activity fee vote overwhelmingly passed with no down votes and only one abstention.
-Updates from the Inter-Fraternity Council (IFC) and Panhellenic Council surrounded the consolidation of the recruitment weeks. IFC announced the work to get all fraternities up to fire code and the work to make one risk management policy for the fraternities.
-The Office of Student Development announced the hire of John Leedock as the new Director of International Student Services and the return of the Director of International Student Advisement Cathy Walters from active military duty.
-OSD is planning a greener orientation mailing, with most of the content being online and limiting mailings to a few postcards.
-The senate committee that is in charge of setting up a program to allow abandoned student artwork to be checked out is working through logistical issues and sees the likely need for $2,000-2,500 for labor and program cataloging of all the art available.
-Senate has updated the permanent theme houses to being long-term theme houses, being evaluated and up for approval every two years.
-Committee briefly discussed the Greek Reports, but they were tabled to next week’s meeting, when they are formally scheduled for review.
SLC meets every Tuesday at 4 p.m. in Borzello Hall. Next week, it will be discussing the new Greek reports from all fraternities and sororities.