Clubs face a tricky situation as student activities fees become allocated into a whole new manner. At the Interclub Council meeting that took place Tuesday, Aug. 27, representatives from each club or interest group on campus discussed how groups would be placed into a new four-tier plan for the year. With a grand total of $300,000 for the year, this is how the money will be distributed:
The first tier consists of $75,000 that will go into a reserve for ABAC’s soon-to-be Wellness Center. Students have complained about Thrash Gymnasium, so a solution will soon be developed though student fees.
The second tier consisting of $123,000 will be split between institutional programs such as intramural sports and the Forest Lakes Golf Course. The third tier, which takes 30 percent of the funds at $90,000, is Academic Allied Clubs such as Rural Studies and student media as well as SPAGE Wildlife Society and 4-H. The deans of the schools will be in control of how the funds are allocated for this tier group.
“We’re trying to put it in the hands of the deans,” said Dean of Students Bernice Hughes.
Most clubs will fall in the fourth tier, which will receive $12,000 to split between clubs such as the College Republicans, Black Student Association and the Political Science club. Clubs that are grouped into the fourth tier will vote to decide how the money is allocated between them. This vote will take place sometime in the near future.
Another topic of interest discussed at the meeting is the fact that any club/organization whose Facebook page has ABAC in the name must make Ashley Mock an admin.
“The purpose is to keep misinformation from escaping,” said Stephen Aaron.
This new development raised questions of censorship among clubs, especially those political in nature.
Here is a list to see what category clubs will fall under:
Category 1: Budget Reserves- ($75,000) Recreational Fields, Wellness Center
Category 2: Institutional Programs- ($123,000) -Student Government Association, Student Judiciary, Intramural Sports, Ambassadors, Aquatics, CAB, Arts Connection, Phi Theta Kappa, Forest Lakes Golf Club and also copyright/license fees.
Category 3: Academically-Allied Student Activities:-($90,000)- 4-H, AET, Agribusiness, Cattlemen’s Association, FFA, Horticulture, Society of American Foresters, Turf grass, Wildlife Society, Family and Consumer Sciences, Rural Studies, SPAGE, George Scott Day, Pegasus, The Stallion, WPLH, Alpha Beta Gamma
Category 4: Interclub Council: ($12,000)- Equestrian, History, Shooting Sports, BCM, Bass Fishing, Campus Cats, Canterbury, College Democrats, College Republicans, Collegiate Fitness and Health, Christian Student Fellowship, Criminal Justice, Cultura Latina, Helping Professionals, Honors, Black Student Association, Political Science, Pre-Vet/Animal Science, Racooner’s, RHS, Spectra, Student African American Brotherhood and Moultrie on the Square Leadership Society.