Effective immediately, Student Government will have stamps placed on organization fliers that have events funded by them.
Whenever student organizations post fliers for events, the SCE places a stamp of approval on the flier, verifying that the event is being held by an official SCE organization. Student government plans to do the same when the event in question is funded with their money.
They feel that if they put money into an event, then they should receive recognition for it, similar to any other sponsorship.
“The big drive this year has been to increase awareness of what Student Government is doing,” Aden Baker, first-year senator, said.
Baker believes that many students don’t realize the full role and responsibilities that Student Government holds on campus.
“A big part of the reason why we exist is to allocate the budget that we have to organizations for events that you see all over campus,” Baker said.
All organizations are eligible to receive funding from student government for their events. Of course, the events must be open to the public and not just a private gathering of members.
There’s an allocation committee inside Student Government that determines what organizations get certain amounts of money.
The Christmas Tree Lighting Celebration in November was a catalyst for the creation of the new bill in question. The event’s “iceless” ice skating rink was funded with Student Government’s own money.
“We paid somewhere around $6,000 to have that put in,” Baker said. “I think some of us just got a little edgy about doing all that and not receiving recognition for it.”
Currently, the Student Government stamp is put manually onto the printed fliers, but Baker is hoping that student government will roll out a digital version of the stamp so that organization leaders can incorporate it into their flier designs before printing.
This could prove more efficient than someone having to manually stamp event fliers.
At the moment, there isn’t a size requirement for the stamp.
“So if an organization wants to put the tiny disclaimer at the bottom, there’s no law saying that they can’t,” Baker said.
Baker is aware that Student Government may receive some backlash for this new bill.
“I expect a little pushback,” he said. “I just don’t think that it’ll be that serious. I think that if you’re applying to ask us for money, the least you can do is say that we provided it.”
Baker is hopeful that the groundwork that they set now will help cultivate a stronger, more mutual relationship between Student Government and campus organizations.
“Obviously, Student Government doesn’t want to take credit for the whole thing,” Baker said. “But it’s pretty simple to say, ‘Hey, if we scratch your back, scratch ours.’ I hope that it turns into a mutual thing.”