USG announces end to student organization finance requests

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Undergraduate Student Government announced at its meeting Monday night that the Student Budget Committee has finished hearing proposals from student organizations who requested financing.

The total requested from student organizations reached $1.2 million, but SBC has just $434,000 to give out, USG Treasurer Jon Zachrich said. The SBC is made up of various student leaders at the University and funds organizations’ activities.

“It now moves to our advisor Jodi Webb and she goes over appeals,” Zachrich said.

Student organizations will find out in March what their budgets are based on if they received any money from SBC.

Senator Ebonee Johnson also updated the assembly on dining services.

After a Friday meeting with the dining advisory board, Dining Services Director Mike Paulus decided to extend Falcon’s Nest Outtakes closing hours to 9 p.m., three hours later than it currently closes. Johnson added Dining Services is also considering other changes, such as a customized commuter meal plan.

During the open forum, senior Jacob Clolinger, a member of the board for the Student Green Initiative Fund, asked for a USG resolution in support of purchasing renewable energy credits.

These credits represent property rights to the energy produced from renewable resources, Clolinger said.

The Green Fund has tentatively agreed to purchase these credits, roughly worth $4,000 a month, which would cover 10 percent of the University’s energy costs.

The initiative comes in the wake of President Mary Ellen Mazey’s signing of the “American Colleges and Universities Presidents’ Climate Commitment” this past October. The Environmental Action Group has also pushed for a 100 percent clean University, gaining 2,000 signatures on a petition.

“We want to show the University administration that this is something backed by the undergraduate student body,” Clolinger told USG.

USG President Alex Solis does not think they have enough information to form a resolution yet, but senator Eric Juzkiw, who sits on the green fund board, said he wants to look into it.

“I’m hoping for this going through,” Juzkiw said.

While there are monetary restraints that make the initiative unrealistic for the long-term, the initiative could be an immediate way to start dialogue and influence other groups to take up the cause, he said.

“We [the green fund] feels that this is a good short-term assistance,” he said. “We don’t feel this is a very long-term goal.”