Student Resource Guide, Napkin Board, and Spring Budgeting

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Resource Guide Update

Maria Thomson ’14, StuCo Secretary, will continue the formulation of the Resource Guide over the summer and will have a draft ready at the start of the next academic year.

The project will link together information about various strands of college life such as internship opportunities and study abroad programs into a single cohesive guide.

Email Policy

StuCo members said the email policy will be finalized over the course of the summer and will be introduced in the fall semester.

Before a concrete draft is finalized, some members suggested asking student groups for their views on what should constitute the policy. However, others thought it would be more constructive to actually present a draft to student groups to critique before the policy is put into practice.

StuCo Movie Night

The StuCo Movie Night will be held next Sunday, May 1st, starting at 7 pm in the amphitheatre. Snacks offered will include cotton candy, popcorn, and dippin’ dots.

While originally The Lion King and Madagascar were the movies decided upon for the ‘Hakuna Matata’-themed movie night, Tarzan has replaced The Lion King because Swank, the company through which the College obtains screening rights, does not have the rights to the latter.

StuCo is still trying to find a way of screening The Lion King.

In case of rain, the event will take place in Upper Tarble.

Napkin Board

Victor Brady ’13, Campus Life Representative, suggested putting a napkin board in Shane lounge as an additional means of communication between students and StuCo. The board would act similarly to the board at the entrance of Sharples.

The napkin board will be introduced next semester.

SBC Budget

StuCo decided to delay the approval of the budget until members have gathered more information about the budget proposals of the student groups.

Before the budget proposals were received, a benchmark of $400,000 was set as the total budget allocation by SBC. As the unapproved budget currently stands, the total allocation is $407,562.

The sum total of unrestricted funds for this year’s budget is $60,000, up from $58,000 compared to last year’s spring budget.

Unrestricted funds are those set aside for student groups’ supplemental allocation requests. They are essentially a resource for groups that are uncertain of how much funding they will need during the budgetary process.

StuCo wants to comb over the proposals of student groups with SBC to eliminate all uncertain events and/or supply proposals. The SBC would like groups to specify the dates by which they will use their requested funds instead of setting vague dates.

Rather than cutting back on funding, StuCo aims to make the process easier for groups.


  • There will be a lecture by Gary Okihiro, a scholar in comparative ethnic studies, at 4:30 pm today in SCI 101. Okihiro will be talking about the possible introduction of an ethnic studies department at Swarthmore.
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