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Have you heard about: Student Executive Council?

Meredith Collier

Issue date: 3/6/09 Section: News
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There are over 160 student groups at Case, and each semester, these groups arguably accomplish some pretty impressive things. Some groups mentor middle school students, others produce elaborate musicals, while still others host campus-wide dances and events. All of these activities cost money, however, and how much money each of these groups receives per semester can be traced back to a single umbrella organization, Student Executive Council (SEC).

"SEC is the overarching organization that manages the student activities fund," says junior Brian Browne, treasurer of University Programming Board and a representative on SEC. SEC is comprised of two members of USG (Undergraduate Student Government), UPB (University Program Board), Class Officer Collective, Media Board, the presidents of IFC (Interfraternity Congress) and Panhel (Panhellenic Council), The president of RHA (Residence Hall Association) sits on SEC, but as a non-voting member.

With the exception of RHA, each of these organizations' representatives is responsible for collectively deciding how much of the student activities fund each organization will receive each semester.

"Every organization just got their allocation for the semester. $599000 was given out to those organizations for the spring semester. So we're talking just over a million dollars a year," Browne said.

The process that SEC uses to allocate funds is hardly arbitrary. Instead, SEC members look carefully at each organization and analyze previous semesters' spending.

"It's difficult because everybody does different things, so it's hard to compare a Spot Night to a newspaper to funding a student organization," says Browne. "So what we've really taken to looking at is how well are you fulfilling your mission as an organization, and also really kind of asking the question, 'If this dollar were in another organization, would they spend it to better student life a little bit differently?'"

Even though SEC is responsible for funding nearly all student activities on campus, many students are unfamiliar with SEC and their enormous impact on campus.
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