SEC proposes cutting 20 percent of Greek life funds
Issue date: 3/26/10 Section: News
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Last Thursday, members of the Student Executive Council (SEC) gathered to discuss a proposal to cut student activities fee funding from Greek life. The meeting, attended by representatives from SEC's seven member organizations, addressed the question of whether Greek life funds should be cut, and if so, how much money should be removed from the budgets.
The proposal to cut Greek life funding was brought to SEC at the beginning of the spring semester by members of the Class Officer Collective. Miriam Posner, president of the Class Officer Collective and one of the drivers of the proposal, said that although the idea of removing Greek life funding was presented to SEC just this semester, it is something that has been talked about for a while.
"This has been something that I and several others have been thinking about for a long time, this philosophical question - what does it mean that 100 percent of students pay for the activities of one-third of the students?" Posner said.
Currently, all CWRU undergraduate students pay a student activities fee of $143.50 to the university. This money is then allocated to SEC organizations and used to fund the activities of these organizations. As SEC organizations, both the Interfraternity Congress and Panhellenic Council receive a portion of this student activities fee. The issue that Posner and others have with this allocation, Posner said, is whether this use of student activities fees to fund the Greek organizations that 30 percent of CWRU undergraduates belong to is in the best interest of the entire student body.
"This isn't an attack on the Greek community. Greek life here is wonderful, it's award-winning, but I think ultimately, Greeks should be paying for their Greek experience, not non-Greeks," said Posner. "It's SEC's job to ensure that funding is being used in a way that will have the greatest impact for all students."