The Undergraduate Student Government approved its 2009 fall budget of $254,244 Sunday, Oct 11.
The largest part of the budget, $120,000, goes to on-campus clubs and organizations, an increase of $27,000 from last year. The rest is divided between external expenses ($50,600), internal expenses ($50,590), class councils ($17,000), general contingency ($10,134) and committees ($5,900).
Class council budgets also increased while internal expenses and general contingencies decreased.
Brady Narloch, USG vice president of financial affairs, said the finance committee increased funding for clubs and organizations due to the increasing number of requests and growing number of clubs. Narloch also said that class council budgets rose so the council can take a more active role on campus this year.
Internal expenses include the USG’s own expenses such as promotional material, special events and executive board stipends. Class council budgets are used at the discretion of class presidents and class councils. External expenses are fixed and consist of transfers to STAR and Campus Life.
Special elections were held for two positions at this week’s meeting. Jessica Root was elected freshman residential senator and Derek Michalski was elected transfer senator.
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