The Oberlin Review

Senate, OST Delay Appointing SFC Chairs

Melissa Harris, Editor-in-Chief

May 11, 2018

Filed under Campus News, NEWS, Recent Stories

Student Senate and the Office of the Student Treasurer will delay the Student Finance Committee member appointments until this fall rather than completing them before the end of the semester — an action that’s part of Senate and the OST’s recent plan to restructure the student finance system to become more transparent, flexible, and efficient in allocating funds. Senate and the OST’s pivot to restructure campus student financing came about after they evaluated how student activity funding is allocated. Out of a pool of about $1.2 million in the allocated funds to student organizations, $600,000 remained unspent as of April 24, said Senate Chair and College junior Kameron Dunbar. With the ad hoc pool emptying t...

SFC Pivots to Ad-Hoc Fund After Board Rejects Fee Increase

Roman Broszkowski, News Editor

April 20, 2018

Filed under Campus News, NEWS, Recent Stories

The Board of Trustees rejected the Student Senate’s proposal to increase the student activity fee by $63 per semester next fiscal year. The decision — made at a March 22 board meeting — also called for the Student Finance Committee to repropose the fee raise when the board begins discussions for FY 2020 funding allocations. Senate initially presented the fee increase to the board March 9. The Office of the Student Treasurer initially drafted the proposal so that the SFC could keep up with student organizations’ budget demands and to bolster the diminishing funding pool. Student Senate Chair and College junior Kameron Dunbar presented the proposal to the board, and he added that he was disappointed in the boar...

Student Activity Fee Proposed to Increase $63 More Per Semester

Melissa Harris, Editor-in-Chief

March 9, 2018

Filed under Campus News, NEWS

Student Senate presented the Office of the Student Treasurer’s proposed increase to the student activity fee by $63.16 per semester — totaling approximately $528 per academic year — to the Board of Trustees this afternoon. The proposal comes from trends of sustained or increased student organization budgeting demand with a smaller pool of money in the Student Activity Fund, which funds student organizations. For Fiscal Year 2018, the Student Finance Committee chartered about $1.3 million to 191 student organizations. However, the money in the SAF comes from student tuition, and enrollment was 85 students under target this year. Since the OST has not appealed to the board for an increase in the SAF the past th...

Public Censure

Student Senate

April 18, 2015

Filed under OPINIONS, Student Senate

Senator Ty Wagner has been found to be repeatedly absent from working group meetings, late and absent from plenary meetings of the Student Senate and in non-compliance with Student Finance Committee-stipulated time card requirements. Senator’s failure to perform necessary duties will not be tolerated by the Oberlin College Student Senate.

Student Senate December Update

Machmud Makhmudov, Student Senator

December 5, 2014

Filed under Columns, OPINIONS, Student Senate

Last month, Student Senate engaged in a variety of unique projects in addition to its regular duties. On Nov. 19, Senate hosted a forum discussion to explore the issue of student hunger during term breaks. Given that many students do not have the resources to return home during fall, winter or spring break, a sizable portion instead stays on campus. Dining halls are not open during these periods, which can make it difficult to feed oneself. Furthermore, not all co-ops are fully functional during this time period either. Students and community members came together during the forum to discuss possible ways to make food accessible to all students who remain on campus during breaks. A few students mentioned the possibility...

Open Letter: SFC Stipend Cuts Limit Campus Discourse

Sam Morrow, Associate Editor, Wilder Voice

November 7, 2014

Filed under Letters to the Editors, OPINIONS

To the Editors: This semester, the Student Finance Committee elected to reduce The Oberlin Review and Wilder Voice’s allocated stipend hours, leaving the publications’ operating budgets otherwise unaltered. The only thing affected by the changes this semester is the amount of money pooled for editors of the Review and the Voice. With these cuts, the papers’ circulation will do just fine. Alarmingly, the same cannot be said for their content. Cutting stipends is essentially a problem because you cannot disentangle writing from writers. Though writers have never been paid, those who excel are often promoted to stipended editorial positions. Any piece of writing will eventually lead you to a human being. Pardo...

SFC Responds to Stipend Concerns

Student Finance Committee

October 31, 2014

Filed under Letters to the Editors, OPINIONS

To the Editors: Last spring, the Student Finance Committee voted to allocate fewer stipended hours than requested by The Oberlin Review, among other organizations, than in previous years. In order to ensure that the student body is accurately informed, the SFC feels compelled to respond to recent criticisms of this decision published in the Review (“SFC Cuts Hurt Quality, Accessibility of Publications,” The Oberlin Review, Oct. 3, 2014). We welcome all comments, questions, criticisms and ideas that help improve the quality of life on this campus, but we are concerned when opinions are framed as facts and not all the information is presented. Some of the problems that the Review found with the SFC’s decision i...

Funding Favors Privilege

Tyler Sloan, Sports Editor

October 10, 2014

Filed under SPORTS, Sports Editorials & Features

Financial support is an issue that club sport athletes must face almost daily, and the lack of funding they receive limits the accessibility of these organizations. Although the Student Finance Committee finances the teams somewhat generously each year, with 18 percent of the Student Activity Fund dedicated to the 21 club sports teams via the Club Sports Council, the funding mechanism isn’t exactly functional. For example, each year the women’s Ultimate Frisbee team, the Preying Manti, is given its percentage of that 18 percent of the Student Activity Fund. Yet, when it comes down to it, captains are forced to front money for a substantial portion of the team’s expenses. While the College covers expenses for tra...

SFC Cuts Hurt Quality, Accessibility of Publications

Editorial Board

October 3, 2014

Filed under Editorials, OPINIONS

At Oberlin, journalism falls largely outside the scope of any department and thus into the hands of student publications. We strive to report on issues that matter, helping students remain informed and empowering them to serve as voices for change within their community. But a recent financial decision endangers all that. This week, the Review Editorial Board is partnering with the editors of Wilder Voice to call attention to recent policy changes by the Student Finance Committee that threaten student journalism at Oberlin. The Committee’s recent budget cuts not only limit our organizations’ accessibility, but also are the result of the SFC’s willfully ignorant and biased decision-making process. In what we feel ...

OPIRG Looks Inward After Charter Amendment

Rosemary Boeglin, News Editor

April 26, 2013

Filed under Campus News, Community News, NEWS

Last semester, the Student Finance Committee began evaluating Article XI of the Student Financial Charter, which provides for a “special funding mechanism” by which student organizations can tithe an essentially automatic donation from student term bills every semester, provided that they distribute opt-out slips to students via OCMR mailboxes. According to student senators, Ohio Public Interest Research Group is the only student organization that has successfully received funding through this mechanism. In fact, according College senior and student senator Charlotte Landes, the special funding mechanism was likely created specifically for OPIRG. “My understanding is that in the ’70s ... this funding structure...

OPIRG Ready to Start in New Direction

OPIRG Board of Directors

April 19, 2013

Filed under Letters to the Editors, OPINIONS

To the Editors: From April 8 to 10, Oberlin students couldn’t move through Wilder Bowl without hearing, “Hey, have you signed the Ohio PIRG petition?” Then ... there was nothing. What happened to the OPIRG petition and why? What does this mean for the group and the school? Permit us, OPIRG’s Board of Directors, to tell our story. The issue revolves around Oberlin’s Alternative Funding Mechanism, which allows students to fund organizations collectively, as they have done with OPIRG for nearly four decades. The AFM’s transparency has attracted controversy since the 1990s. We joined the debate this semester, after the former OPIRG Board resigned. By then, the Student Finance Committee had voted to replace...

Senate Amends Financial Charter

Rosemary Boeglin, News Editor

April 19, 2013

Filed under Campus News, Community News, NEWS

This week the process of removing Article XI, the special funding mechanism, from the Student Financial Charter has moved into its final stages. If approved at next month’s General Faculty meeting, the existing Article XI will be replaced by a capital investment fund accessible to student organizations seeking funds for large investment purchases. The existing budgetary loophole allows for student organizations approved under Article XI to gain direct access to student funds without the oversight of the Student Financial Committee. The special funding mechanism allocates a consistent dollar amount to the organization from term bills each semester and in order to receive these funds organizations under this structure...

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