Following an unexpectedly large increase of 20 percent in the total amount of special fees requested by student groups this year, Senate Chair Ben Holston ’15 and Appropriations Committee Chair Angela Zhang ’16 spent the last week modifying the special fees budgets of various student groups in an effort to mitigate any rise in the student activity fee levied on all students.
In a long discussion on Tuesday evening, the 15th ASSU Undergraduate Senate debated how to best adjust the monetary amount it had initially recommended be allocated to special fees groups.
FLiCKS, a student group that offers free movies on campus, received $91,000—including $9,900 for officer salaries—in special fees funding last month, after the ASSU Undergraduate Senate had rejected the group’s fee request based in part on those salaries.
After becoming the only special fees group to be denied their funding request in this year’s ASSU elections, the Legal Counseling Office (LCO) — a service offered by the ASSU to both undergraduate and graduate students — faces uncertainty about its future.
With the buzz on campus about the amount of money that voluntary student organizations (VSOs) receive from students through the special fees process, Paul Benigeri ’15 has a simple solution—a computer script allowing students to opt out of the special fees process.