Hundreds of thousands of student dollars were allocated to three programs that made their first request for Services and Activities Fees this year.
COUGAR LEADERSHIP PROGRAM
The Cougar Leadership Program received $175,825.
This money is coming from allocations that would normally be requested by Student Involvement and UREC.
The Cougar Leadership Program partnered with the University Recreation Challenge Program to provide better services for students, said Brian Shuffield, associate director of Student Involvement.
“It’s a new request, but it was made with existing money,” he said.
The organizers plan to use the funds to maintain and grow beyond the standard of services they have been providing, Shuffield said.
“We were hoping to expand and build on the things we’ve currently already been doing. We’re not quite there yet,” he said. “There’s a lot more that can be done and a lot more opportunities that can be available for students. But hopefully, we will be able to continue doing the things we’ve been doing.”
STUDENT ENTERTAINMENT BOARD
Another organization that received an allocation for the first time this year was the Student Entertainment Board (SEB), with $442,376.
SEB was originally created as a part of ASWSU with the intention of separating from the student government once it was stable enough to operate on its own, SEB Director Brian Logan said.
“We talked to ASWSU and we mutually decided that it was the best situation to do it now since we had a strong board coming next year,” he said.
As a result, SEB can go directly to the S&A Committee instead of being represented by ASWSU, he said.
The 2012-2013 school year will be SEB’s 10th at WSU.
“During those 10 years, SEB has expanded from what it once was,” he said. “We’ve incorporated the Up All Nights, which used to be part of Student Involvement. This year we incorporated the (Visual Performing Literary Arts Committee) and the CUB Gallery … We’ve taken on more things that used to be run by administrators and made them all student-led positions so students have more say about what’s going on on our campus.”
They received no increase in funds from last year's request on their behalf by ASWSU. The SEB leadership plans to utilize the money in the same way in the upcoming school year, Logan said.
“I think next year is set to be a really exciting year,” he said. “Outwardly, there should be no difference in how the board operates. It’s mostly internal changes … I think we’re in a perfect place to provide better events than we’ve ever had. We’re super excited for next year.”
MULTICULTURAL STUDENT SERVICES
The third organization to make a first-time request was the Multicultural Student Services, which received a one-time allocation of $20,000.
The group requested $30,000 total, but the S&A Committee refused to grant $10,000 for an ongoing graduation ceremony, according to the S&A Committee's reccommended allocations.
The money will fund the program’s 25-year anniversary celebration, said J. Manuel Acevedo, director of the WSU Office of Multicultural Student Services. The celebration will include several events to take place next year along with a conference and banquet on Oct. 27.
“The money will be used in support of the various activities,” he said. “Some of that will include paying for some of the students to help with activities associated with the event, speakers, production of the documentary to highlight WSU’s advancement in diversity during the last 25 years.”