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FORUM Unnecessary cinb cnts affect campns 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 decision. problem. 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 and Engagement. 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 Staff Writer 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 improve. 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 were questionable. its amjt was _ ^ . 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/ staff etc... 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. -BYKE Brian Jones for VP, Yahya Alazrak for Clerk/ President, Karen Turner for Treasurer, Erich Pohanka for Secretary Staff Editorial Serendipity not for everyone 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 traditional student. "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 or not?" 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 lished mission. 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 munity. 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.