week the Student Finance Committee announced the years final
budgets to student organizations. SFC distributes the money collected
through students activity fees to over 150 chartered organizations.
Budgets were announced last spring, but many organizations appealed
their initial budget this fall, and those decisions have just been
We had approximately $450,000 this year to distribute between
allocations, appeals and ad-hocs. We allocated almost $360,000 last
spring, and a little under $40,000 this year for appeals, that leaves
us with about $50,000 for ad-hocs, senior Student Treasurer
Jessica Marish said.
Many treasurers were disappointed by their final budget, there was
a feeling that the goals of groups were impossible with the budgets
given. Oberlin Action Against Prisons had planned to bring speaker
Angela Davis to campus during their seventh annual conference in
November. From our point of view, I dont think it was
fair, sophomore treasurer and co-chair Alex Braunstein said.
OAAP requested $34,000. That was always a ridiculous number,
but they allotted us $1,931. With that amount of money, it seems
not only are they not interested in bringing Angela Davis, but theyre
not interested in continuing our conference, he said.
Oberlin Film Series will not be able to fulfill its charter with
the money it was allotted. Its in our charter that were
supposed to show 100 films, senior OFS co-chair Peter Prows
said. Prows said that SFC recommended OFS show 65 films, but that
their budget will not even cover that. Admission prices have been
raised for some movies, and about 50 movies will be shown this year.
OFS receives the largest budget of any group on campus. This year,
it requested $34,000 and received, after appeals, about $21,300.
We believe we provide an important service to the Oberlin
community. Were essentially the only film group on campus,
Sophomore Lauren Haynes is President of her Class Council, which
was allotted $831.99 of the $3061 they requested. Honestly,
for what we are supposed to do which is class-building activities
for the sophomore class, I dont think that is enough,