With the time left in the spring semester quickly running out, the Student Activities Commission has delayed the introduction of lump sum funding into its allocation process, which was originally slated to begin this month, until the Fall 2010 semester.
For the fall, SAC will begin to transition some clubs to lump sum funding, or bulk allocation, while still allocating money on an event-by-event basis for most clubs. For the Spring of 2011, SAC plans to allocate to all clubs through lump sum funding, while still reserving money to allocate for specific events not included in the full semester budgets clubs will present for SAC approval.
Georgetown University Student Association Senator Greg Laverriere (COL ’12), the Finance and Appropriations Committee member who liaisons with SAC, said that SAC chose to delay the transition so the switch would go smoothly, and not because they were reconsidering bulk allocation.
“I know from sitting in on their meetings that they are fully committed to the switch,” he wrote in an e-mail.
In a phone conversation, he explained that SAC would spend the summer reworking many of its budgeting rules for the changeover, including standardizing amounts they will allocate for individual events, like a dinner in Copley Formal. There are guidelines in place now, but they are not specific enough to facilitate an efficient bulk allocation process.
Neither SAC Chair Ethel Amponsah (NHS ’11) nor SAC Commissioner Harrison Holcomb (NHS ’11) responded to repeated requests for comment, but SAC minutes show that most commissioners felt that the original time line was rushed.
Lump sum funding is one of the remaining few funding board reforms SAC must accomplish before GUSA will allocate its portion of the Student Activities Fee. Members of the FinApp Committee will hold discussions with SAC members this week or next to try to reach an agreement on transparent voting, which SAC is still resisting.