The Student Association executive released a formal recommendation for initial student organization allocations Tuesday night at the first official SA senate meeting of the year.
In conjunction with sophomore Shawn Dejbaksh, SA vice president of student activities, SA President Vishal Aswani recommended that the senate finance committee allocate a large percentage of student funds to politically oriented student organizations, Greek groups, small organizations and organizations that were highly productive last year.
This year, the SA has $700,000 to allocate to student organizations – almost $500,000 more than last year – due to the student fee increase that went into effect this semester.
“With (the) increase in the student fee, the SA senate finds itself in a position to increase the resources available to student organizations on campus,” Aswani wrote in a letter to the senate. “This increase in funds comes with tremendous pressure to implement an across the board increase in funding for those organizations.”
Aswani, a senior, said politically oriented organizations deserve funding in order to create programming for the upcoming presidential election.
Due to the 150th anniversary of Greek life on campus, Aswani said Greek organizations, should receive funding to hold events on campus.
Smaller organizations were another focus of Aswani’s recommendations.
“With the increase in the student fee, the SA should aim at investing in smaller, worthwhile organizations,” he said.
Lastly, Aswani said student organizations that held successful events last year should receive an ample amount of funding,
SA Sen. Julie Bindelglass (CCAS-U), chair of the finance committee, said she agrees with the recommendations Aswani made, but added that these recommendations are not foolproof. The SA senate will approve initial allocations at the next senate meeting Oct. 7.