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          SEC considering proposals concerning Greek funding

          Bryan Bourgeois

          Issue date: 3/5/10 Section: News
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          Last week's Student Executive Council (SEC) meeting included the introduction of two proposals that could potentially affect the way Greek life is funded at Case. The two proposals were introduced separately by Class Officer Collective president Miriam Posner at the Feb. 25 meeting and were scheduled to be discussed further at the SEC meeting yesterday.

          One proposal involves a reallocation of money among SEC organizations. Specifically, the amount of money equivalent to that allocated for Greek Week would be reduced from the Greek allocation. This proposal would likely be evaluated soon, since SEC budgets allocations of student activities fee money at their March 18 meeting.

          The other proposal is more wide-ranging because it seeks to evaluate if Greek life should be funded via student activities fee (SAF) money at all. The stated rationale for both proposals is to open a discussion concerning whether the money that SEC allocates from the student activities fee (a fee collected from each student at a rate of .08 percent of tuition) should be used to fund activities or organizations which are not open to all students. According to the Office of Greek Life, approximately 30 percent of Case undergraduates are affiliated with a Greek organization.

          Greek life is represented on SEC by two organizations - Interfraternity Congress and Panhellenic Council - and has been so since SEC was formed in the early 1980s. Last semester, Greek life received 6.85 percent of SAF money allocated, or $37,058. Of that money, 16 percent is directed toward Greek Week.

          While the first proposal would reduce the Greek SAF allocation by approximately that amount, it does not dictate how Greek life allocates money. Theoretically, Greek life could still fund Greek Week with the money they receive, so the stated intent of this proposal is to foster a discussion regarding whether SAF money should fund events exclusive to particular students. The second proposal, if brought to fruition, could conceivably eliminate SAF funding for Greek life. In the event of this, one possibility being considered by IFC and Panhel would be an increase in dues paid by Greeks. Given current membership and due amounts, an increase in individual dues that would cover SAF funding would be approximately $33.

          Alicia Sanchez, the current chair of SEC, emphasized that the purpose of the March 4 SEC meeting as it pertained to Greek funding would be to further discuss the issue. Sanchez said that a variety of information still needed to be brought forward regarding these proposals and conferred upon, including the arguments on both sides of the proposal, data concerning Greek activities and budgeting, and potential alternatives to the SAF, among many things, before any of the proposals could be enacted.

          Though SEC did not specifically call for members of Greek life to attend the March 4 meeting (beside current IFC and Panhel representatives), SEC meetings are largely open, and sources indicated that many Greek chapters would be represented there.
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            posted 3/06/10 @ 11:30 PM EST

            I'm paying for all those Greek events???? Let the Greeks f'ing pay for their own stuff. Leave my money out of it.

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            CWRU Law Student

            posted 3/14/10 @ 5:09 PM EST

            The stated logic is that is does not make sense to fund groups and events which are not open to the student body at large. However, this argument paves a dangerous path, as one has to ask themselves "How many important student groups/events are really open to the student body at large?" Couldn't the same logic be used to de-fund LGBT? Indian Students Association? Black Student Union?
            It is best to think in terms of "How does funding these groups/activities benefit CWRU student life as a whole?" That is the proper subject of conversation. (Continued…)

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