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USG's Student Life Improvement Grant delayed, but still moving

Gillian Seaman

Issue date: 3/6/09 Section: News
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Buy a cheap new car. Pay Case tuition for (not quite) half a semester. Spend it all on candy.

What's the best way to use $15,000?

Some alternate ideas are currently discussed by Undergraduate Student Government as they go about awarding a grant for that amount to the most promising proposal from the campus community. Last year, USG's Student Life Improvement Grant offered anyone an opportunity to apply for that $15,000 grant to "fund any project that will profoundly impact student life."

Unfortunately, the selection process has been delayed. Due to committee issues, the Executive Board of USG is now handling the project.

"We originally wanted to have this given out last semester, but we got behind at first," said vice president of Finance Michael Petrick.

Petrick went on to stress, "We're hoping for implementation this semester."

In all, USG received 12 proposals, ranging from securing chairs for Carlton Commons to purchasing a new mascot costume. According to Petrick, the Executive Board is "sitting down with the top few right now. We're seeing how they're feasible."

It may turn out that the grant is given out to more than one proposal; however, many of the top applicants require all the funds.

An absolute necessity of any proposal was "a project that gave a lot back to the campus with a one-time expenditure of money." Consequently, several proposals were dismissed because, said Petrick, "those wouldn't be one-time expenditures; they would require a constant influx of money."

Furthermore, the applicants' proposals will be judged upon size and quality of impact on student life, probability of proposal execution and completion, and distinctiveness from other existing USG and campus offerings.

Currently, two of the most popular proposals involve purchasing chairs for Carlton Commons and purchasing audio/visual (A/V)equipment for theater groups.

According to vice president of Student Life Ali Hasanali, the two proposals are of great interest.
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