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Current SEC board coping with unfinished business

Nick Knoske

Issue date: 9/3/10 Section: News
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The Student Executive Council met on Aug. 26 to discuss the proposed Greek Life referendum. The referendum, to be held on Sept. 8 and 9, will either maintain or overturn the former SEC's decision regarding Greek funding.
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The Student Executive Council met on Aug. 26 to discuss the proposed Greek Life referendum. The referendum, to be held on Sept. 8 and 9, will either maintain or overturn the former SEC's decision regarding Greek funding.
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After a spring semester characterized by bad press and controversial decisions, Case Western Reserve Universities Student Executive Council (SEC) has been meeting unofficially in small, focused groups throughout the summer, dedicating time to an intensive revision of its constitution and bylaws, among other tasks.

"This year, with stuff that was pending in relationship to the Greek allocation change, and cleaning up some bylaws and constitutional issues, a segment of SEC has met over the summer," said Glenn Nicholls, the vice president of student affairs and adviser to the SEC. "Working on that stuff so they can bring it to the first [official] SEC meeting and not have to start from nothing."

Because the SEC is populated by various officers of student leadership--and because those officers are only temporarily incumbent--many of the Council's members are often replaced with each new academic year and election cycle. Current SEC members, then, are tasked with resolving the unfinished business of last spring's members, who decided to cut Greek life's funding by as much as twenty percent after discovering approximately $83,950.67 in unused rollover money.

The proposed resolution is a referendum, to be held on September 8th and 9th, which will either maintain or overturn the former SEC's decision regarding Greek funding allocations. Should the referendum uphold the decision to reduce this allocation, Greek life will receive 5.48% of the Student Activities Fee (SAF) for the Fall 2010 semester, as decided last spring. If instead the referendum nullifies this allocation decision, the SEC will then have to decide on new percentages for Greek life's allocation this semester. In either event, the rollover money will remain with Greek life until its potential uses can be discussed further. (A common proposition is that the money be donated to the production of the Tinkham Veale III University Center, provided such a donation is feasible--it remains to be researched.)
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