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are still waiting. student organizations, seems to exist
There is also a lack of transparency, to keep tabs on organizations. Clubs
When notified of their budget are required to file monthly activity
cut, clubs were told that Inter- reports and attend meetings, but
Club Council and Senate made the clubs get no benefit from this,
decision. However, after finally Student organizations receive a
getting more information, my club budget from Senate, and should be
was told that ICC made the decision accountable. But beyond a budget,
with the consultation of some Senate Senate gives no support. This is
Executives and that since both not an issue unique to our current
are part of Senate, Senate made the Senate, but an ingrained institutional
Senate Executives are not Senate. When a club messes up, the action
ICC is not Senate. The combined is disciplinary, such as a budget cut or
they spent too much; it's because they whole of Senate is the only thing that probation. But what's really needed is
spent too little. is Senate. The distinction is important, for someone to be willing to talk with
Recent mid-year reviews for that club, and hgure out what
clubs resulted in budget cuts • ■ - "
for more than a third of student
organizations. Furthermore, an
astounding 14 clubs have been
put on probation. These and all
other figures were provided by
the Office of Student Leadership
Speaking as president of the
GuilCo Gamers, these cuts were
not only unprecedented and
damaging—leaving several clubs
with next to or less than nothing
— they were unnecessary. Senate
regained almost 40 percent of
general allocations budget, bringing as this was much less oi
it to about 60 percent in mid-February, portrayed. *
A month later, the general allocations I don't "Expect ^ perfection from
budget was still above 50 percent.
April 1, 2011
By David Pferdekamper
Several clubs are now finding that
they don't have enough money to
function. However, this isn't because
problems they're experiencing,
and what can be done to
Running a club is hard, and
I don't expect perfection from
my student government. In fact,
Iff! a ^ J-^ 1_ I _t
0 number of the cuts and issues
of probation were fair. But more
_ ^ . my student government. In fact, a
That's insanely high for this time number of the cuts and issues of
in the academic year. Senate cannot probation were fair. But, many were
possibly use its budget before the end questionable,
of the year, making the large scale of
these cuts ridiculous.
Getting information about these
cuts has been difficult. As a club
leader, I had to wait three weeks to
get any information, and some clubs
Senate cannot continue to treat
clubs the same when each club
has different needs. The one
ICC chair senator is not enough
to handle the needs of all 50
student organizations. Most of
all, clubs need proactive support
to be successful, not discipline.
This is why these cuts hurt so much.
Clubs do their best to contribute to
the community, and they do it on
their own. To have discipline come
from a parent organization that offers
nothing but a budget is not fair.
The effects of these cuts are far-
reaching. If you ever attend club-
I want improvement and support, sponsored events, if you think you
As it is, there is no institutional might want to start a new club, if you
support from Senate to dubs. Instead, have ever attended a Senate meeting,
there is salutary neglect. if you listen to WQFS, if you read The
ICC, diough its stated purpose is Guilfordian, then this affects you, and
to facilitate collaboration between you need to care.
Letter to the Editor
Community senate coalition wants your ideas
Tell us about your problems.
We know you have them, and we want to
help change that. We are not the type of candi
dates that want to tell you our good ideas (not
to say that we are without ideas), but we don't
believe in the types of administrations that see
positions of leadership as the power to steer
the school in the direction we see fit.
We want you to tell us what you think, real
ly think, about what is going on at Guilford.
If you want something changed, or want
support for an initiative, we see it as our
responsibility to serve you, to see if there is
shared student support, and to not back down
on the demands of the students. We will not
back down if something looks hard to figure
out, but rather if the students want us to keep
pushing we will be there until the student
body is satisfied.
It is the primary responsibility of executive
officers to represent the students, to serve you.
do the dirty work of bureaucracy. To this end, we
want to make things as transparent as possible in
terms of communication on this campus, between
the administration, the students, senate, faculty/
To this end, we firmly believe that students can
come together and use our collective power to make
this school the way we want it to be. We deserve
more than 'good enough,' and following on the
heels of this years senate we want to enact real
change on this campus.
What'll that look like?
You haven't told us yet, when you have idea, let's
talk, and let's make it real.
Brian Jones for VP, Yahya Alazrak for Clerk/
Karen Turner for Treasurer, Erich Pohanka for
Serendipity not for
Serendipity 2011 arrived with the usual rain forecast,
runny face paint, and late night fun. But this year, special
attention was paid to the invitation, which was extended
I solely to traditional students and their chosen guests. The
event — aimed at fostering community — excluded a
large portion of Guilford's population: the CCE student.
The students of Guilford's adult school program, the
Center for Continuing Education make up about 1,300
students, while there are approximately 1,500 traditional
I students. But while the two are nearly equal in num-
I bers, the CCE student's Serendipity access was far more
limited — they could not attend except as the guest of a
"The reason why CCE students are not allowed — it's
a traditional student funded event, from student activity
fees that traditional students pay every year," said Justin
Shreve, senior and president of the Campus Activities
Board. "CCE students do pay activity fees to the SGA, but
the SGA did not contribute anything to Serendipity."
While CAB explained the policy as a matter of finances
— one set by Campus Life that the student-run club is
obligated to follow — some students felt the exclusivity
was a violation of Guilford's Quaker principles.
"If we are not going to adhere to the core values in all
cases, we might as well just toss them out the window,"
said senior and CCE student Esta Broderick in response to
the policy. "Are we equal or not? Are we a full community
Critiques like Broderick's were not uncommon among
students, who found irony in Serendipity's advertised
goal. The policy did not align with Serendipity's pub
According to the brochure published by the Serendipity
Planning Committee, "Throughout the years, the look and
sound of this late March weekend has changed, but that
overall commitment to building kinship and celebrating
the cooperative spirit of Guilford has not."
Despite an offer to exchange a Saturday concert
wristband for a canned food donation, , some students
remained unsatisfied with the initial exclusion from the
annual community event. CAB was aware of the tension
caused by the policy.
"At Guilford we are not just traditional students, we
are CCE students and early college students," Shreve said.
"CCE students are part of our student life. We see them
every day. They are part of the community that we want
to celebrate during Serendipity."
CAB has responded with motions to consider CCE
admittance for next year's Serendipity.
"Moving forward, next year the CAB board will have
the opportunity to change (the policy) and work with the
CCE SGA and Campus Life to figure out the details of
bringing CCE students to Serendipity," Shreve said.
"The CCE department has focused on creating commu
nity-building events for their adult students.
"Since Serendipity is a traditional student Senate and
funded activity, CCE has not been involved in any way,"
said Dean for Continuing Education and Director of
Summer School Rita Serotkin in an email interview. "To
my knowledge, the CCE SGA has not been invited either
and generally has had its own social calendar of events
that is aimed more specifically at adult interests."
The exclusivity of Serendipity's guest list means that
Guilford's two calendars foster separate communities on
the same campus. While it is traditional students' activity
fees that fund Serendipity's community-building events,
both traditional and CCE students make up that com
Traditional and CCE students are often separated by
age, by background, and by residency. Serendipity should
be utilized as an opportunity to join the campus where it
is too often divided.