TCU Senate Dedicates Over $2.6 Million to Student Organizations in FY23

The Tufts Community Union Senate held its annual budget day — allocating $2,608,225 to more than 200 student organizations for fiscal year 2023 — and heard two resolutions at a Sunday night meeting in the Sophia Multipurpose Hall. Gordon.

TCU’s budget is derived from the $396 student activities fee that undergraduates paid this academic year. For Budget Day, all TCU-funded clubs are divided into nine councils, with each council made up of thematically related student organizations, plus an engineering council and an additional division for various umbrella organizations such as club sports .

TCU Associate Treasurer, Jalen Little bOrganized Budget Day by presenting Council One, which brings together 34 cultural organizations. The $147,558 budget for the first council passed with 24 senators voting in favour, none opposing and none abstaining.

Allocations Council member Enrique Rodríguez then presented Council Two’s budget, which includes the programming organizations. The $38,527 budget for Council 2 passed with 25 senators voting in favour, none opposing and none abstaining.

Rodríguez, a junior, also oversaw the allocation of $101,114 to the Engineering Council. This budget was adopted with 25 senators voting in favour, none against and none abstaining.

Allocations Council member João Ribeiro presented the budget for Council Three, which includes 14 media groups. Council Three’s $114,426 budget passed with 23 senators voting in favour, none opposing and none abstaining.

Allocations Council member Nessren Ourdyl presented the budget for Council Four, which includes faith groups at Tufts and is made up of nine organizations. EThe proposed budget of $98,546 for Council Four was adopted with 24 senators voted for, none against and one abstained.

Natalie Rossinow, Member of the Allocations Council and Assistant Treasurer, gave a presentation on Council Five, which consists of 43 performance groups. The proposed budget of $167,518 passed with 24 senators voting in favour, none opposing and none abstaining.

Allocations Council member Arielle Galinsky presented the budget for Council Six, which is made up of various organizations on campus, including competition groups and community service groups. Council Six’s budget of $162,234 passed with 25 senators voting in favour, none opposing and none abstaining.

Allocations Council member Kristin Ng budgeted for Council Seven, which is made up of 31 pre-professional groups. The $56,765 budget for Council Seven passed with 25 senators voting in favour, none opposing and none abstaining.

Allocations Council member Ritesh Vidhun budgeted Council Eight, which includes political and advocacy groups. The Allocations Council allocated a total of $34,744 in funding, which passed with 23 senators voting in favour, none opposing and none abstaining.

TCU President Amma Agyei budgeted Council Nine, which includes the TCU Senate, the TCU Judiciary, the Election Commission, and the SMFA Student Government. The proposed budget of $61,793 passed with 26 senators voting in favour, none opposing and none abstaining.

Allocations Council Chair and TCU Treasurer Elizabeth Hom presented the budget for Council 10, which includes umbrella groups such as sports clubs, the Leonard Carmichael Society and the Tufts University Social Collective. Council 10 received a total of $1,340,000.

Club Sports received $225,000, the Leonard Carmichael Society received $60,000 perd TUSC received $1,055,000. Council 10 passed with 26 senators voting in favour, none opposing and none abstaining.

After a brief break, the TCU Parliamentary Ibrahim Al Mouasher presented two resolutions.

The first, “A resolution calling for additional members for the Presidential Recruitment Committee”, aims to diversify the recruitment committee for the replacement of the President of the University Anthony Monaco. The effort would be to add a professor representing the SMFA, a humanist professor from a department with a graduate program, and an undergraduate representative from the School of Arts and Sciences.

Administrator Representative Max Miller and SMFA Community Senator Ryan Steuerman, the sponsor of the resolution, noted that the current search committee does not accurately represent Tufts’ listing. The resolution will be voted on at a future meeting.

Next, “A Resolution Calling for Financial Investments and Equitable Policy Regarding Student Mental Health” drew attention to improving mental health resources on campus. The resolution calls for additional counselors, long-term in-house counseling, shorter wait times for appointments, training for residential counselors to direct their students to resources, and clearer guidelines for that faculty respond to the mental health needs of students. The resolution will be voted on at a future meeting.

AlMuasher then proposed an amendment to the TCU Constitution that would automatically suspend a senator for violating Senate attendance policy. The Senate will vote on this amendment at a future session.

Vice President Tim Leong opened the floor for updates from the Committee Chairs.

Galinsky, a sophomore who chairs the Services Committee, noted Class of 2025 Senator Eva Sheedy’s project on reducing plastic in dining rooms, Class of 2024 Senator Helina Mesfin’s work on the photo shoot and the expansion of the menstrual products project this week. She also discussed the committee’s work on the upcoming textbook exchange and self-care kits for the final exam.

Education Committee Chair Claire Bolash highlighted her committee’s work at the Resource Fair, which took place on April 6.

Class of 2025 Senator Niki Patel spoke about her hopes to address the lack of diversity among Tufts admissions officers as well as over-enrollment.

Jaden Pena, TCU’s diversity manager, drew attention to the SMFA Ball, which will take place this Friday and is open to everyone.

TCU historian Mariana Janer-Agrelot noted that the deadline to apply for the student leadership stipend is April 15 and the link to the application is available on the TCU Senate Instagram.

The proceeding held a closed session before adjourning.

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