Editor’s note: This article was initially published in The Daily Gazette, Swarthmore’s online, daily newspaper founded in Fall 1996. As of Fall 2018, the DG has merged with The Phoenix. See the about page to read more about the DG.
Yesterday, SBC met, with a bare quorum of four members, to consider five budget proposals.
A group of sixteen students presented a Fun FunD proposal to pay 50% of the costs associated with bringing anti-oppression experts from Training for Change to Swarthmore. Training for Change would lead workshops for up to 100 students with the goal of making “all participants better allies in groups,” and “better members of the wider campus community.”
The organizers requested and received $1,500.
The newly chartered Swarthmore Drag Troupe presented its ‘spring budget.’ New groups are allowed to present initial budgets which match the less exacting standards of spring budgeting. In their proposal, the group asked for $150 in group supplies, $75 for student labor, $50 for transportation, and $250 for their end-of-semester Drag Show.
SBC elected to completely cut the student labor and transportation requests, citing precedent concerns, but urging the group to return if more concrete proposals could be made. SBC members also decided to fund a drag show for the Fall semester first, and then allow to group to reapply for the Spring. Their group supplies request was completely funded. In total, the Drag Troupe received $300.00.
The College Democrats came to SBC to request $180 to pay for more canvassing trips in preparation for the upcoming election. According to the Dems, the money would eight additional canvassing trips. The Committee voted to give full funding.
The Queer-Straight Alliance came to request $87.50 to help pay a facilitator at Coming Out Week’s Ally Workshop. The Committee voted for full funding.
The Daily Gazette presented a proposal asking for $144.00 to pay for RAM costs associated with the website launch, and $100 to out-source search capabilities to Google. As two members of the Committee had to recuse themselves from the decision, the funding was unanimously approved by a vote of two.
Finally, pun/ctum magazine came to SBC to resubmit their proposal for a polaroid camera event. pun/ctum requested $530.00, including $500 for 430 polaroids, $20 for a Kitao event, and $10 for markers. The Committee put forth proposals for $430.00 and $530.00 in funding, and with the SBC Manager breaking a tie-vote, full funding was approved.