This year’s Funding at Columbia University committee approved minor changes to governing board allocations for the next year, given the same student life fees as the 2012-13 school year.
Governing boards were allowed to have some veto power during this year's Funding at Columbia University process. Only the Activities Board at Columbia did not vote for the final allocations.
The Activities Board at Columbia presented its proposal to Barnard’s Student Governing Association on Monday night, just one week before the Funding at Columbia University process begins.
F@CU was the main topic of discussion at Sunday night’s Columbia College Student Council meeting, which was attended by many governing board members.
SGB initially thought its 2011-2012 allocation would be $6,000 less than the budget from last year, prompting a minor panic from within the board’s ranks. However, it recently learned that it will only have to endure minor budgetary cuts, due to a 3 percent hike in student life fees.
F@CU must stop unfairly slashing student group funds and reform its budget process.
“It’s the budget of all of these student groups on campus that the councils are playing a game with,” said Barry Weinberg, CC ’12 and the chair of SGB.
Budgets arrive late for governing boards, leaving clubs with less time than usual to plan for the year.
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