The Student Services Finance Committee met Wednesday to consider the budgets for the Student Leadership Program and the UW Madison Student Radio.
SLP originally applied for $33,605, nearly double the amount the group received the previous year. By cutting the allotment for program supplies from $17,200 to $11,200, cutting its travel budget and adjusting the hourly salary budget, the SSFC eventually voted to allot a total of $26,835 for the annual budget of SLP.
WSUM Student Radio applied for a budget of $655,268, but after adjusting travel allotments and hourly pay the SSFC awarded a total of $653,799.
WSUM General Manager Dave Black was happy with that amount.
“It’s amazing,” Black said. “This is my seventh time through this process, and the level of communication and support from students on this campus is inspiring. The students’ level of thought, and their desire to stand firm is just tremendous … generation after generation.”
Overall, the general feeling among SSFC was that they had chosen well when deciding on the allocation of funds to these two groups.
“I think we did a good job,” said SSFC member Rob Staude. “We were fair and I think everyone ended up happy.”
SSFC also met to reconsider a previous decision that deemed the Indigenous Law Students Association ineligible for funding through the SSFC.
After one member of SSFC expressed regret at his vote last week regarding the ISLA’s eligibility for funding, the motion was put on the table for reconsideration. However, it won only eight of thirteen votes, falling short of the two-thirds majority needed to reallow ILSA.
SSFC member Matt Modell supported this decision.
“I think we were wise not to pass a reconsideration,” Modell said. “ILSA was requesting money essentially for two banquets and a conference every five years. These are great projects for ASM event grants and the Student Bar Association, but not something that should be funded by SSFC.”