Funding policy for alternative spring breaks changed
Published: Thursday, October 24, 2013
Updated: Thursday, October 24, 2013 00:10
In a busy night for the Undergraduate Student Government changes in funding for alternative break passed and three senators were removed from their positions.
Last spring, due to lack of funds, four alternative break groups, out of five that applied, were denied funding. Three out of the four groups that were denied funding applied for emergency funding during the spring semester and received packages. However the funding they received was at a fraction of what they would have received, said Chief of Staff John Giardina.
With the new change, USG will allocate $20,000 to alternative break after the fall funding period passes on Oct. 25. This money was allocated by Comptroller Claire Price from USG’s $1.1 million budget.
“The lack of funds was caused by an exhaustion of funds to events that were open to all participants, such as on-campus events,” said Comptroller Price. “I took a portion of our $ 1.1 million budget and set it aside to enable students to go.”
The changes do not affect other Tier II initiatives applying for funding and will only be available to organizations that have completed the alternative break training session.
Three USG senators were removed from the senate at last night’s meeting for having poor attendance. According to USG’s guidelines, senators are supposed to attend the bi-weekly meetings, with lapses in attendance to over two meetings being grounds for removal by the speaker.
The senior class senator, Shawn Chaudhary, was removed, as was Jason Novak and a College of Liberal Arts and Sciences Senator, Blake Wright.
“The overwhelming majority of our senators do great work,” said Senate Speaker Shiv Gandhi. “The precedent we set today was that we will show up on a daily basis to work for our constituents.
USG also granted seven emergency funding requests to student groups such as the Women’s Volleyball Club, UConn Capoeira, UCTHunderaas and the UConn Tap Team.
USG also announced that a charter for the new recreational facility is in development and Wi-Fi will be coming to a larger area of the current recreation center within the semester.