Students Express Indignation Over SAFC Procedures

Controversy surrounding the Student Assembly Finance Commission’s budget funding process has returned to the limelight since the Student Assembly passed a moratorium on the creation of new student groups last Thursday.
“A moratorium … will provide an opportunity to adequately assess and audit currently registered student organizations and the method by which they are allocated funding,” stated one of the six clauses in Resolution 21. The ban came into effect yesterday.

S.A. Halts Creation Of Student Groups

The Student Assembly passed Resolution 21 yesterday by a 12 to 6 margin, calling for a temporary moratorium on the formation of new student groups. It will take effect next Wednesday and terminate on June 1, 2009.
In addition to the moratorium, Resolution 21 also created the Registered Student Organization Auditing Task Force. The task force will examine and create solutions to a number of issues currently associated with the vast number of student groups on campus, as well as issues with the registration and funding processes.
The resolution was sponsored by S.A. President Ryan Lavin ’09, Vice President for Finance Gregory Mezey ’09 and Vice President for Internal Operations Anthony Miller ’10.

S.A. Approves Revisions to SAFC Application Process

Last night, the Student Assembly voted to pass the revisions to the Student Assembly Finance Committee’s rules and regulations handbook.
The handbook offers guidelines and provides deadlines to which student organization presidents and treasurers must adhere throughout the application process for funding from the SAFC. The revised handbook has been organized into 12 chapters to better clarify the original rules and newer amendments that have been made to policies in the past.
The SAFC has also worked to rewrite confusing jargon and get rid of poorly defined terms, such as “discrimination” by the SAFC, and has replaced them with more precise labels.