On Thursday, the Students’ Association released their budget for the 2007-08 school year. The SA President and SA Senate both received large increases in funding. Also, a number of new groups received funding, such as Japan Matsuri, Non-Violent on Campus and UR Israel Council and some groups such as Messenger and Students for Social Justice, lost funding for various reasons.
The total expenditures this year add up to $1,091,801. After income and budget cuts, the SA’s total subsidy is $877,351.57.
The SA funds many groups on campus. Their expenditures are primarily split between expenses for programming, cultural, intercollegiate and governing organizations.
The Polish Club, Messenger, Taiwanese American Students’ Association and Journal of Undergraduate Research lost all of their funding. Each group lost funding because it failed to apply for a budget.
The Thelion Society lost 54 percent of its budget after eliminating post-season play. Students for Social Justice lost 59 percent due to internal management concerns.
A few groups received increases in funding, such as the Marching Band, UR Hip-Hop and the Community Service Network.
The Student Government itself received large increases.
“The Senate budget went up because of increased initiatives,” Senator and sophomore Harrell Kirstein said. He mentioned increased funds for post-season play and the City Cycles Program.
The SA President’s budget also increased from $4,500 to $10,500.
“The $6,000 was allocated for Club Rochester events,” Kirstein said. “The previous president had not allocated money for Club Rochester, even though we are supposed to pay $1,000 per event.”
Wrobel is a member of the class of 2010.