SGA Column

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Jenna Connors

$250.

That’s the price of a decent Michael Kors bag or a new Xbox, but it’s also the price you pay for student involvement. Have you ever wondered where the money for Campus Activities Board events comes from, or all the Pup Cup events or Midnight Madness? Let me explain.

At the beginning of the academic year, the Vice President for Financial Affairs on Student Government (that’s me) met with four administrators, Dean of Students, Bob Ravenelle; Dean of Campus Life, Conway Campbell; Dean of Student Development, Neil Castronovo; and the Director of Student Activities, Hannah Fatemi and two student representatives to gather the enrollment numbers for the 2014-2015 academic year and calculate the budget from the Student Activity Fee.

After calculating this budget, this committee, called the Budget Planning and Priorities Committee, decided how much of this budget should be allocated to certain clubs and organizations, such as Pup Cup, CAB, Club Sports, the fairly new School Spirit Fund, Student Government, Safe Ride, the Finance Committee and many more.

In case you did not know, the Student Activity Fee costs you $125 per semester, so $250 per academic year as part of tuition. Now multiply that by about 2,000 students per year. It’s up to you how to make the most of these expenses.

For example, did you realize that getting more involved on campus will help you take advantage of the Student Activity Fee? I’m sure you’ve heard everyone in your family or on campus preach to you about getting involved, but I bet you didn’t think you could put a price on it.

For this low price of $125 per semester here at Assumption College, you could attend events such as Midnight Madness, Midnight Breakfast, Spring Ball, CAB Welcome Weekends, Late Night events in Charlie’s at 10 p.m. on Fridays or get involved in a club sport that you’ve been dying to try. If you’re feeling really ambitious, why not run for a Student Government position, start going to CAB general meetings or writing for Le Provocateur to see if you would like to get further involved in each respective club .

In order to make things more financially clear, let me talk a little bit more about a part of my role in this process. Along with overseeing the budget for the Student Government Association, I also preside over the Student Finance Committee and oversee its budget allocations. That money is allotted to this account to provide funding for certain smaller clubs and organizations, such as GAME (Greyhound Association for Marketing Enrichment), the Psychology Club, Assumption against Cancer, Accounting Club, the National Student Speech Language Hearing Association and many more.

At the beginning of each semester, each of these clubs will present a budget to the Student Finance Committee in which we vote on how much to allocate to each club or organization. Have you wondered if there are clubs such as these on campus that you would like to get involved in but were not sure if they existed? Seek them out. Have you wanted to start your own club but weren’t sure how to go about doing so? Ask me or one of your Student Government representatives.

As I also mentioned above, one of the newer accounts that has been created through the Student Activity Fee is the School Spirit Fund. It was created as of the beginning of the 2013-2014 academic year and has served to provide funding for buses to off-campus events such as Men’s Hockey games, the Mr. Worcester pageant and extra t-shirts to give away at Midnight Madness So far this funding has proven to be beneficial in improving student morale and school spirit, and the ideas will continue to grow as well.

Perhaps it sounds superficial to start putting a price on things, but I don’t think I can stress enough how important it is to take advantage of every opportunity on campus for student involvement. Your tuition money is an important investment, and it’s up to you how to handle that investment. Whether it’s larger organizations or smaller clubs, or both, that you find your devotion to, the possibilities are endless for only $125 a semester.

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